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Title:  (Senior) Packaging Specialist R&D (m/f/d)

Requisition ID:  63213
Date:  Feb 10, 2024

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 pharma closures and containers to enhance and preserve West’s high value products. You will act as subject matter expert for sterile barrier packaging and work with strategic suppliers to develop and improve West packaging systems. You will support life-cycle management of existing packaging systems by preparation, execution and documentation of qualification studies. You will work closely with multidisciplinary and international teams including process engineering, procurement and quality assurance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute sterile barrier packaging design verification and process validation activities to verify package performance and integrity to assure regulatory compliance
  • Coordinate packaging testing activities for engineering and verification studies through internal and external packaging laboratories in accordance with ISO 11607
  • Support compliant and technical/scientific documentation in writing protocols, reports, risk analysis (FMEAs) and maintenance of Design History Files (DHF)
  • Create and optimize packaging diagrams, procedures and conduct design reviews
  • 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



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering (Packaging, Materials, Mechanical, Chemical) or related science
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of professional experience in packaging or a related field, desirable in the pharmaceutical or medical device industry
  • Strong technical writing abilities and documentation, such as protocols, reports and technical evaluations with dedication to precision and detail
  • Effective problem-solving ability and strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ideally project leadership within international, cross-functional teams
  • 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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