Lead Laboratory Operations Technician

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

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 linked to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products.

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, 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.

What you can expect :

Starting on 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 performing 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.

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

+ Performs 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 will supervise some work of others

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

+ Perform more advanced mathematical calculations and conversions

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

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

+ Performing 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 as assigned.

+ Serves on safety, quality and other committees, if applicable.

Assist with the direction of others by:

+ Having accountability as a team leader; may have minimal supervision responsibilities within this position.

+ Acting as a facilitator to resolve conflicts within a team.

+ Ensuring written procedures are being followed

+ Ensuring safety of team members

+ Ensuring facility and equipment are properly maintained

+ Participating in special projects as assigned

+ Assisting in scheduling work

+ Ensuring work is completed and assume supervisory role when supervision is absent

Required Education:

+ High School diploma/GED with minimum of 4 years of laboratory or production experience

+ OR Associates degree in Science or Engineering with a minimum of 3 years laboratory or production experience

+ OR Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering with a minimum of 2 years laboratory or production experience

Required Experience:

+ Must have the 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 are required

+ Knowledge of reading, mathematics and computer skills are required.

+ 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 preferred

Working conditions :

+ This position may have varying hours based on the needs of the business

+ May require a rotating shift

+ Flexibility working overtime is a requirement in manufacturing

+ Travel is not a part of this position

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.


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.

**New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company dete

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Job Posting: JC223746525

Posted On: Sep 15, 2022

Updated On: Sep 29, 2022