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Title:  (Senior) Packaging Engineer (m/f/d)

Requisition ID:  63213
Date:  Sep 18, 2023

Eschweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Department:  R&D

At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  


Location: Eschweiler, NRW, Germany

Reason for open role: replacement

Contract details: permanent, full-time

Travel requirements: 5-10%

Start date: asap

Contact Person: Katharina Steffens


Job Summary:

In this role, you will be responsible for executing projects to support the qualification and re-validations of sterilizable packaging systems for existing components to enhance and preserve West’s high value products. You will act as subject matter expert for flexible, sterile barrier packaging and work with strategic suppliers to develop and improve West packaging systems. You will work closely with multidisciplinary and international groups including facility engineering, process engineering, procurement, quality assurance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute sterile barrier packaging design verification and process validation activities to verify package performance and integrity
  • Coordinate packaging testing activities for engineering studies and protocols through internal and external packaging laboratories
  • Support compliant and technical/scientific documentation in writing protocols, reports, and risk analysis (FMEAs) to maintain the Design History File (DHF)
  • Create and optimize packaging diagrams, procedures, conduct design reviews and author reports
  • Apply project management techniques to coordinate tasks assigned for key projects within budget, schedule constraints and maintain planned project milestones
  • Technical point of contact for strategic suppliers of packaging material in close collaboration with West procurement
  • Support operations in developing packaging procedures and providing training to production personnel, where applicable
  • Provide post-commercialization packaging support to West operations / customers to sustain current business



  • Successfully completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Packaging, Materials, Mechanical, Chemical Engineering or another technical or scientific area
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of professional experience in packaging engineering or a related field, desirable in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry
  • Project leadership within international, cross-functional teams
  • Strong technical writing abilities and documentation, such as protocols, reports and technical evaluations
  • Effective problem-solving ability and strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent English knowledge and good German language knowledge both written and spoken
  • Travelling mostly within Europe to suppliers


West embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We foster an environment where all individuals are safe, treated fairly, valued and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Where permitted by law, employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of post-offer background screening and/or drug screening.  

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