Senior Specialist, Planner Scheduler

Merck & Co., Inc. Durham , NC 27701

Posted 2 months ago

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.

The Planner Scheduler is a member of the Plant Engineering team providing technical support to the manufacturing site. The site includes an utilities, facilities, manufacturing production equipment, quality labs, and a warehouse. This support position will focus on scheduling maintenance execution and project tracking and successful shutdown planning and implementation along with departmental support functions.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Individual contributor role working with Staff and Technician employees and/or contractors

  • Contributes to the performance and results of the department

  • Adapts departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges

  • Decisions are guided by policies, procedures and business plan; receives guidance from manager

  • Provides planning and scheduling guidance to employees, colleagues or contractors for maintenance activities on production and utility equipment in manufacturing building and lab building

  • Anticipates and interprets client and/or customer needs to identify solutions

  • Works as a liaison between Engineering, Maintenance, Production and other Site Business Partner's

  • Ensures daily maintenance operations and daily priorities and schedules project/work meeting the criteria established by site objectives and maintenance metrics

  • Print, track and close and file work orders in CMMS system

  • Support major equipment maintenance, production, and utility equipment related projects by planning path forward for least disruption to plant operations

  • Creates and tracks master shutdown schedule including all maintenance, calibration, capital project work, and GMP Cleaning for all facility shutdowns

  • Coordinates with IPT production planners

  • Leads departmental shutdown meetings. Attends site daily shutdown meetings ensuring department owned activities are tracked and completed

  • Identifies and executes revisions, deletions, or additions to the calibration and maintenance programs to ensure that calibration and maintenance activities are completed in accordance with established safety, GMP, and calibration/maintenance procedures

  • Improves maintenance procedures to ensure scheduling process can be easily integrated with difficult operations schedule

  • Must be willing to learn CMMS system platforms and route engineering change requests through CMMS system

  • Manage pressure relief device program spares for maintenance activities

  • Manage spare parts process ordering for maintenance activities tied to work orders

  • The successful candidate must have strong problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving. The successful candidate should be able to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and identify root cause

Education Minimum Requirement

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Science and a minimum of 5 years experience in a production and/or calibration and/or maintenance background

Required Experience and Skills

  • Effective planning, scheduling, and time management skills

  • Familiarity of regulatory requirements in accordance with GMP manufacturing operations

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Calibration and maintenance databases

  • CMMS/ERP experience related to plant maintenance and spare parts procurement systems

  • Experience with formal problem solving techniques, such as root cause analysis (RCA), failure mode effects analysis (FMEA, and/or Lean Six Sigma tools

  • Familiarity of "World Class" maintenance practices is paramount (e.g. PMs, RCM, PdM, etc.)

  • Technical writing and investigation

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Project management, including change control and equipment qualification

  • SAP related to plant maintenance and spare parts procurement systems

  • cGMP in a sterile, bulk or finished pharmaceutical environment

  • Mechanical functionality and reliability knowledge (asset management)

  • Green Belt/Black Belt Certification

  • Microsoft Project or similar platform

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals 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

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as "Merck" in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as "MSD" in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world's biggest investors in Research & Development.

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.





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  • 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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Senior Specialist, Planner Scheduler

Merck & Co., Inc.