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Process Engineer

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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. Mercks 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 thats committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

This position is responsible for technical evaluation of processes, overseeing construction and implementation of capital projects to ensure safety, quality workmanship, reliability and cost effectiveness. This position has no direct reports but will have responsibility for project teams, contractors, designers, and consultants at the Merck Animal Health Biotech facility located in De Soto, KS (Kansas City Metro area) facility.

Project Management

- Creates an effective project team and leads it
- Works with Manufacturing to trouble shoot and evaluate process equipment issues
- Works with Manufacturing Operations and R & D to determine new process requirements
- Prepares engineering estimates / budgets for new or modified facilities, equipment and processes
- Drafts capital requests to obtain financial approval
- Responsible for preliminary engineering and feasibility studies to ensure equipment is safe, reliable and accomplishes the needed tasks
- Prepares and manages purchase orders for contractor services or equipment
- Performs technical reviews / evaluations of contractor proposals and recommends the contractor who is most qualified for the required task(s)
- Responsible for capital projects from $5,000 - $10,000,000
- Works with outside contractors to establish a project schedule to ensure construction start and completion time
- Responsible for start-up verification and testing of projects to meet customer needs
- Works with compliance to create an effective validation plan
- Creates and communicates project plans, identifies milestones and critical tasks, and monitors performance against plan
- Responsible for capital project drawings, modifications and alterations of any equipment installed to be added to any existing drawings or correct as built

Safety Management:

- Conducts the applicable hazard analysis, process safety management, and operational readiness review of the project to ensure the safety of the operations and maintenance as well as the reliability of equipment
- Prepares Standard Operating Procedures for new equipment and processes to ensure safety and reliability instructions for operators to perform task
- Ensures contractor understanding of High Risk Work permit requirements and safe work procedures

Process Management:

- Assists in troubleshooting of existing and new facilities, equipment and processes to eliminate problem areas
- Work on the operation of existing and new processes / equipment to de-bug and improve efficiency



- Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Construction Management or similar 4 year degree required
- Seven (7) years of experience in project management relative to capital and construction in a manufacturing environment required
- Five (5) years in a regulated environment - FDA or USDA preferred
- Five (5) years in biotech manufacturing is desirable


- Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and work with minimal supervision
- PC literate with the following applications: MS Excel, MS Word, MS Project, E-Mail, Drawing Applications
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to create PIDs (piping and instrument diagrams) and PFDs (process flow diagrams) preferred
- Functional understanding of manufacturing in a regulated environment preferred
- Ability to write a variety of documents in a concise and clear manner
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of contractors, designers, consultants, employees of the organization, and/or senior leadership

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

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to .

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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