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Technician, Operations (M-F 10AM-6:30PM)

Company: Merck & Co., Inc.
Location: de soto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a "Safety First, Quality Always" mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

Position Description

This split shift Technician position is available at our Company Animal Health facility in De Soto, Kansas, located near Kansas City metropolitan area. The DeSoto facility is expanding operations to manufacturing vaccines and biologics for large and companion animals. Leveraging an experienced and innovative team environment, the key technologies at the site are biologics production using fermentation and cell culture platforms, filling and packaging.

* The De Soto facility is part of the global of our Company Animal Health Manufacturing Division network and is a key contributor to the manufacturing of animal health products.

* Working within the Cell Culture team you take ownership of the manufacturing processes associated with the large scale manufacture of Lawsonia antigen as well as new products coming into the department and be expected to contribute to the weekly completion and schedule adherence of other production activities within the team. The antigen manufacturing operation is made up of teams that carry out the production activities for the preparation and sterilization of equipment, preparation and sterilization of media components, fermentation of bacterial antigens, downstream processing of bacterial antigens and serial batching of antigens to blend the final vaccines prior to sterile filling.

* The Cell Culture Department is responsible for the end to end production of key antigens manufactured at the De Soto site, that are then used in the formulation of final vaccines.

* Primary tasks for the team will include fermentation activities from breakout to large scale fermentation, clean down, set up and operation of vessels and equipment and contribution to the site safety and continuous improvement activities.

* The position requires someone who can demonstrate excellent attention to detail and achieve a consistent error-free execution of daily job assignments, be able to complete documentation using Good Documentation Practices and be able to identify opportunities for process improvement and employ basic problem-solving skills.


* Associates degree or equivalent in a Science or engineering discipline -OR- High School diploma or equivalent and 5 years applicable industry work experience required; Degree in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Immunology or similar.

Qualifications and Skills:

* Proficient oral and written communication skills.

* Able to follow/comply with Manufacturing Directions, Standard Operating Procedures, Company/Corporate/Regulatory Policies.

* Can demonstrate basic skills in effective time management to meet given deadlines.

* Can demonstrate ability to perform basic laboratory procedures.

* Ability to work effectively with team members and show initiative to assist others on the team when needed.

* Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

* Experience working in a leadership role in a manufacturing environment.

* Experience using large scale filtration and separation techniques.

* Knowledge of aseptic processes used in manufacturing.

* Experience using quality improvement tools and continuous improvement processes and site quality metrics.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that's committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:

Travel Requirements:


Flexible Work Arrangements:

Flex Time


Not Indicated

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Hazardous Material(s):

caustics, biologicals, inactivants, dyes, disinfectants

Number of Openings:


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