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Job: Senior Specialist, Analytics and Data Engineering, Merck & Co., Durham, NC

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Job title:
Senior Specialist, Analytics and Data Engineering
Job location:
Durham, NC  27701 United States
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Sales & Marketing
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Specialist, Analytics and Data Engineering for a capital project start-up in Durham, North Carolina.  The facility will include end-to-end processing of drug substance, drug product, including biotech culture growth, harvest, lyophilization, product inspection, and quality control laboratories.  The Senior Specialist will utilize data to enable continued performance improvements at the new Manufacturing Facility in Durham, North Carolina.

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.  

Reporting to the Associate Director, Manufacturing Automation , the Senior Specialist for Analytics and Data Engineering is responsible for establishing and implementing methods to collect and convert raw data into useful data systems. This includes, but is not limited to, optimizing data collection from multiple process inputs, improving execution efficiency by aligning data systems with business goals, and conducting data analysis to predict and prevent issues and enhance manufacturing process robustness.


  • Leverage experience and domain knowledge in databases and manufacturing processes to identify and define analytical opportunities

  • Collaborate with Global Engineering Solutions (GES), Supply Chain, Operations, Technology for the Technical Transfer of Data Systems from the current to the new manufacturing facility ensuring risks are minimized

  • Reporting information using data visualization and statistical analysis

  • Delivering value to the organization through collaboration with site teams and above site stakeholders to provide information that will be used to enable process improvements, increase process robustness, predict and troubleshoot issues, enhance learning and process understanding, and reduce risk with process changes

  • Technical ownership for data engineering to optimize data collection and manage data storage

  • Serving as technical SME for data analytics

  • Contributing to the technical operations, automation, and validation team 

Education Requirements 

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Engineering, Science, or related field AND at least five (5) years relevant work experience or

  • Master degree with relevant graduate experience AND at least three (3) years relevant work experience or

  • Doctorate degree with relevant graduate experience

Experience and Skills


  • Data Engineering or similar role

  • SQL | Programming Languages (i.e. JAVA or Python)

  • Medical clearance (TB Test and Chest X-ray)


  • Coding, data science, data analytics

  • Data visualization and statistical tools such as R, Minitab, Spotfire, JMP, databases, and systems that create data such as automation systems

  • Communication experience and skills to share information with teams across the manufacturing site through verbal, written, and visual means

  • Manufacturing automation systems like OSI PI, Delta V, MES and SAP.

  • Familiarity with pharmaceutical or biotech operations

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 …

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.


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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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Requisition ID:R118122

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