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Manager Product Innovation (m/f/d)

Requisition ID:  26922
Date:  Sep 25, 2021

Eschweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Department:  R&D



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.

At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $1.84B in 2019. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Location: Kiefernweg Campus in Eschweiler, Germany

Contract Conditions: full-time, permanent

Travel requirements: up to 10%

Recruiter: Martina Erens

Start date: ASAP

Job Summary:

Within the Research and Development Team, you will research novel and integrated components used for the delivery of injectable drug products. In this role you will create and implement a strategy for future component developments. Using agile methods, you will drive the research of novel product solutions to address unmet market needs. You will also cultivate an innovative culture for early development projects in the R&D components systems team.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • One of your main tasks will be to define, plan, conduct and direct novel component innovation projects to be used for the delivery of injectable drug products.
  • Using agile methods, you will lead the research activities up to proof of concept To develop a deep understanding of performance characteristics you will define performance criteria and testing modalities
  • In addition, you will advise team members on manufacturing methods for prototyping and production
  • You initiate initiatives to cultivate an innovative culture for early development activities by mentoring engineers in their understanding of agile early product development and innovation methodologies
  • You will support direct manager and components systems team in maintaining and reporting on the early development strategy for the global components systems group.
  • Furthermore, you need to develop an understanding of the injectable drug market to define, together with other internal stakeholders, potential unmet market needs.
  • To stay up to date with trends and materials, you will build and foster successful cooperation with external networks like suppliers and universities, as well as knowledge centres




  • You own a Master’s degree in Engineering (Product development, Mechanical) or comparable with proven years of experience in product design or development
  • To be successful in this role, you have a sound knowledge of materials with a background in medical device or pharmaceutical industry
  • In your roles, you demonstrated proficiency in project management and deep experience in leading development programs using agile methodologies
  • While dealing with multiple technical projects and many varied stakeholders, you know how to organize and communicate technical ideas and concepts
  • You are a team player with experience in driving projects from the idea to reality while working in international teams
  • To find your way in our dynamic environment, you are able to make quick informed decisions under pressure and challenge existing and new ways to act and think
  • As you will work in a multicultural environment, you need to speak English fluently. German language skills would be a plus
  • You are willing to travel up to 10% internationally to West facilities, suppliers, technical conferences and trade fairs


West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please send an email to peggy.tayloe@westpharma.com. Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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