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Job Title: Senior Specialist, Manufacturing Automation  - MAN004372


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’s Information Technology organization partners with colleagues across the business to help serve our patients and customers around the world. Ours is a high energy team of dynamic, innovative individuals dedicated to advancing Merck’s contribution to global medical innovation by leveraging information and technology to efficiently advance the business by driving revenue and productivity.  


Technical leadership management of various scale manufacturing automation platforms across the global MMD network. It will involve working closely with the business, IT technical staff, other engineering groups and the management of suppliers to ensure a cohesive technology roadmap is in place.

This technical leadership role will focus primarily on the use of PLC/SCADA systems used in the production of key Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) products in all three areas of MSD Manufacturing:

  • Biological/Sterile
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical

Focus will also be on employing technologies including:

  • Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
  • Supervisory Control Systems (SCADA)
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
  • Process Data Management Systems
  • Process Data Analytics Systems
  • IT Integration Services

The technology leader must also understand the business needs of MMD and stay abreast of new technologies to make recommendations for business improvements.



  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering/Computer Science.


  • An engineering degree and comparable manufacturing experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years manufacturing or related experience.
  • Experience and accomplishments with PLC/SCADA automation systems for pharmaceutical, biological or bulk-manufacturing facilities.
  • Experience building technology roadmaps and working with business architects to deliver the proper technical solutions to the business.
  • Good understanding of industrial cyber-security best practices for SCADA networks.
  • Ability to work alongside corporate security professionals to develop and constantly evolve SCADA Security standards.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to participate in and lead highly effective teams.
  • Ability to become influential in his/her area demonstrated by suitable technical degrees and/or experience.
  • Ability to work with all levels of business customers in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills in motivating staff and customers in the achievement of shared objectives.
  • High personal integrity, credibility, and energy.
  • Ability to integrate diverse initiatives across systems development groups, business and client organizations, and infrastructure areas.


  • In-depth understanding of System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and applications systems development.
  • Other information technology experiences a plus, especially in the areas of Virtualization, Thin Clients, and Windows server.

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 Manufacturing Automation

Primary Location NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations NA-US-NJ-Branchburg

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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