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Drug Product Engineer, Downstream Processing

MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG

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Drug Product Engineer, Downstream Processing

Drug Product Engineer, Downstream Processing-BIO004610


MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.
Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


MSD in Switzerland is recruiting an innovative Drug Product Engineer to join our biological drug product development and manufacturing site MSD Werthenstein BioPharma located in the Greater Lucerne area. MSD Werthenstein BioPharma employs a diverse group of highly skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and process specialists from more than 15 nations and provides an important contribution to MSD’s endeavor to bring new innovative medicines to patients as fast as possible, while applying highest quality standards to all activities.

You will be an active part of the newly established Drug Product, Downstream Technology and Automation group of our state-of-the-art biotechnology facility and significantly contribute to the design, qualification, and validation of a new integrated manufacturing process from vial thaw to secondary packaging.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Define new business processes around Drug Product Manufacturing to support the startup of the new group.
  • SOPs, Batch Documents, Inventory, Spare Parts, Manufacturing Capacity Planning
  • Design Visual Inspection Qualification Program for the manual inspection program
  • Design, Qualification, Validation and Maintenance of equipment that supports Drug Product manufacturing and new Technology within Downstream Processing.
  • Work with other colleagues from around the network; coordinating activities, evaluating best practices in other areas, and working on continuous improvement project.
  • Support the development of Batch Documentation for DP Manufacturing.
  • Execute Batch Document / Run Equipment on the Process floor in coordination with other members of the team (Setup, Filling, Visual Inspection).
  • Provide support for Process Simulations (Microbial / Personnel) and Investigations.
  • Support coordination of daily work schedules and effectively organize needed support groups by attending the Tier meetings.
  • Investigate and Purchase New technologies to bring efficiencies to the organization and make the area a leader of innovation within the global network



  • University degree (MSc/BSc) in Biology, Pharmacy, Process engineering, or another relevant discipline

Required Experience and Skills:

  • At least 1 year of work experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry
  • Familiarity with Biotech Manufacturing processes and a general understanding of Downstream Unit Operations
  • Competent in analyzing complex situations and show practical problem solving capabilities
  • Effective verbal or spoken communication skills
  • Good communication skills in German and English

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • At least 3 years of work experience in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry (sterile manufacturing of pharmaceutical or biological components/finished products)
  • Demonstrated Microbiological knowledge and practical experience

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.


Recruitment Agency / Search Firm representatives please note:
MSD will not accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies / search firms under any circumstances. In order to present CVs to MSD, your Recruitment Agency / Search Firm will have been invited to work on a specific vacancy and have Terms of Business signed and agreed with the relevant Recruitment and Staffing Regional Lead. Should you send CVs for a vacancy that you have not been specifically invited to work on to any employee at MSD (via email, post, internet, Taleo or any other method), these will be deemed the sole property of MSD. MSD will pay no introduction fee to the Recruitment Agency / Search Firm if a candidate is hired as a result of an agency introduction under these circumstances.



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Primary Location

: EMEA-Switzerland-LU-Schachen

Employee Status

: Regular


Number of Openings

: 1

Company Trade Name:MSD