Lead Laboratory Operations Technician

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Our Animal Health team offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. The Millsboro, DE Animal Health facility is located in Sussex County, DE, within the Salisbury, MD-DE Metropolitan Area.

Millsboro is situated at the first point on the Indian River and is conveniently located 20 minutes from the beautiful Delaware beaches and 40 minutes from Ocean City, MD. Millsboro is rich in culture and is home to the Nanticoke Indian Tribe. Free concerts in the park, the outdoor farmer’s markets, dining at the many restaurants, antique and vintage shopping and boating are just some of the many ways people enjoy life in this quaint river town.

We are looking for talented individuals to join our Production teams using key technologies for cell culture, filling and packaging. Join us and experience our culture first-hand, one of strong ethics and integrity, diversified experiences, and a passion for improving animal health. Our company, is consistently cited as a great place to work, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Lead Laboratory Operations Technician that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

+ Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

+ Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

+ Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

+ Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

+ Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us


Day one, we will provide you the necessary training the Lead Technician will need to follow Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures and adhere to all safety and company policies while completing advanced laboratory services in various manufacturing areas. Throughout your career, we will offer you continued development through training classes, workshops, meetings, etc., to improve job skills and product-related procedures.

Key Functions

+ Work Independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Motivational Ambition | Respect | Inclusion

+ Work with a variety of manufacturing equipment while completing processes throughout the manufacturing cycle

+ Completes manual and/or automated operations, general maintenance and support functions

+ Anticipates and solves complex production/operational problems

+ Organizes own time and that of others and may supervise some work of others

+ Read, write and comprehend technical information and to effectively impart information to colleagues at various levels

+ Complete more advanced mathematical calculations and conversions

+ Housekeeping in all work areas | Executes facility decontamination according to approved procedures

+ Conduct aseptic procedures including media preparation, antigen inoculation and harvest, tissue culture preparation and harvest, filling vaccines, etc.

+ Complete non-aseptic procedures including handling of live poultry in the process of harvesting tissue and waste

+ Filling, labeling, capping, packaging, and inspecting product

+ Concurrent record keeping including charts, log books, and all pertinent documentation

+ Identifies and addresses compliance, environmental, safety, and process deviations as appropriate while notifying appropriate personnel

+ Accountable for accumulation, labeling and management of hazardous wastes, as appropriate to their area, providing they are properly trained prior to assignment

+ Planning and implementing daily and weekly laboratory assignments as well as special projects and other tasks

+ Attend training classes, workshops, meetings, etc., as required to improve job skills and product-related procedures

+ Demonstrates, at all times, safe work habits and maintains a safe work environment. Comprehends and complies with all safety and company policies and procedures

+ Train, mentor and assist in supervision of other team members within the manufacturing group

+ Assist in weekly reports

+ Serves on safety, quality and other committees

+ Complete daily SAP transaction and ordering for processes (if SAP access has not yet been granted, training will be required)

+ Complete Reliance investigations and CAPA’s (if Reliance access has no yet been granted, training will be required)

Direction of Others

+ Accountability as a team leader

+ Being a facilitator to resolve conflicts within a team

+ Ensuring written procedures are being followed | Safety of team members

+ Ensuring facility and equipment are properly maintained

+ Participating in special projects


+ High School diploma/GED with two years laboratory or production experience

+ OR Associates degree in Science or Engineering with one year laboratory or production experience

+ OR Bachelor degree in Science or Engineering


+ Ability to read, write and comprehend technical information and to effectively impart information to colleagues at various levels

+ Ability to operate manufacturing equipment with training

+ Strong attention to detail and documentation skills

+ Knowledge of reading, mathematics and computer skills

+ Ability to communicate and work in cooperation with other employees in a manufacturing environment

+ Successful completion of a Physical Abilities Test


+ Experience in Aseptic clean room behaviors

Work Conditions

+ May have varying hours based on the needs of the business

+ May require a rotating shift with weekend work

+ Flexibility working overtime

+ Travel is not a part of this position

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted 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., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.


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Job Posting: JC222905024

Posted On: Sep 04, 2022

Updated On: Sep 29, 2022