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Job Title: Senior Specialist, Estimating/Planning  - CHE005505


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. 


The Senior Specialist, Estimator/Planner will be responsible for developing, validating and defending cost estimates for capital and expense projects throughout Merck's research, manufacturing, and corporate network of sites. The successful candidate must have technical skills in the areas engineering and/or project management, including estimating, planning, and benchmarking. The candidate will require strong communication skills, able to work as a member of multi-discipline teams. The main roles and responsibilities are as follows:


Planning and Estimating Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and estimating effort for capital and expense projects and studies, working with multi-discipline project teams.
  • Gather and validate estimate information from multiple groups both within and outside the company.
  • Prepare Total Installed Cost (TIC) estimates, including conceptual schedules and staffing plans, for concept and siting studies.
  • Support the Long Range capital planning process, with estimating cost, schedule and spending data.
  • Support project benchmarking efforts, both internally and through external relationships (AACE, CII, IPA).
  • Support the front end planning and funding process (schedule, resources, etc...).
  • Lead / facilitate estimate risk analysis sessions.
  • Review and validate subcontractor's estimates.
  • In collaboration with the Cost Engineering group, set up project budgets per a standard WBS, and assist in developing contractor bid package cost tabulations.
  • Support maintenance of the department cost database, estimate assemblies, and parametric models.
  • In collaboration with the Procurement group, evaluate current market conditions.
  • Support preparation of project return cost data and close-out reports.



  • Bachelors of Engineering degree in Chemical, Mechanical , or Civil Engineering


  • Minimum 5 years of Estimating or Project Management experience
  • Knowledge of estimating methods and data (i.e. factored and detailed estimates)
  • Proficient with spreadsheet and/or database software
  • Pharmaceutical owner/operator experience a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work and interface with, cross-functional teams.
  • Knowledge of estimating methods and data (i.e. factored and detailed estimates, Means, Compass International).
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and/or database software.
  • Knowledge of industry standard project control systems, with knowledge of SAP a plus.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills.


  • Pharmaceutical owner/operator experience a plus
  • Knowledge of cost estimating software systems, such as Hardollar or Timberline, is a plus


Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Job Chemical Engineering

Primary Location NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations NA-US-NJ-Whitehouse Station West, NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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