Jennifer Wipf
Director, Project Management
Merck & Co., Inc.
Kenilworth, NJ

“I love being able to see our operations teams engage whole-heartedly in improving quality, efficiency and delivery. We can literally watch the work we do whiz by every minute that allows us to better serve our customer's needs and ultimately improve human health in the U.S. and across the world.”

From 2012 to 2014, Jennifer led the Integrated Production Team and Lean Six Sigma deployment at Merck’s Swords, Ireland Facility. The integrated process team included six supervisors, and a total of 70 employees supporting the sterile bulk and sterile filling of pharmaceutical products. She was instrumental in driving transformational efforts at the site and leading it to significantly higher levels of performance. 
In 2014, Jennifer joined the Late Lifecycle Development group as a new product development team leader.  She has demonstrated leadership in working across cultures, and has helped educate her team on cultural awareness. Jennifer is the key interface from the manufacturing process development efforts to the marketing and clinical development teams. She has earned the trust and respect of all parties and is the key leader in the product development program.
Jennifer directly mentors others and also leads mentoring programs to help develop people in the organization overall.  She is a leader in the "Women in Science and Engineering" initiative in the science and technology groups of the Merck Manufacturing Division. She is also an expert in Lean Six Sigma techniques and has mentored many personnel in the company through their training and certification. 
At the Swords, Ireland plant, Jennifer created and was the leader for the “Swords Community Team” to provide a mechanism to engage the staff with the local community. Among other efforts, the community teams participated in the Junior Achievement. As part of this effort, employees taught a series of courses in STEM at local schools. Across the sites in Ireland, the community teams had 93 volunteers, reaching 48 schools and more than 2,000 students.

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