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Title:  Principal Engineer QA, Automation Validation (m/f/d)

Requisition ID:  43504
Date:  Jan 2, 2022

Eschweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Department:  Quality



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Location: Kiefernweg Campus, Eschweiler, NRW

Contract details: Permanent, Full-Time

Travel requirements: up to 20 %

Start date: asap

Contact person: Martina Erens



Job Summary:

As a Principal Engineer, QA, Automation Validation (m/f/d), you will be leading the West automation quality validation program globally. As part of a wider Team, you will be responsible for the quality deliverables on the development and deployment of automated forming cell for rubber pharmaceutical devices.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • You will be the quality support in the preparation, reviewing and approving of VMP, URS, FAT, SAT, IQ, OQ, PQ and other relevant documents, reports and protocols associated with the automation validation lifecycle at West
  • You will lead the development and implementation of the control strategy for the automated process
  • In addition, you will review that the procedures and systems are in place and ensure compliance with GMP and other regulations
  • You will participate in the review and disposition of all quality attribute and variable data for the program against West specification and drawing
  • You will also be involved in the leading or participation of several continuous improvement projects associated with quality enhancements and operational lead initiative
  • You will drive the close out of change control, deviations, quality continuous improvements identified during the development and deployment projects
  • At all levels within West, you will support training and development of personnel on new processes and systems


Your Profile:

  • In order to succeed in this position, you will need a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Quality or Sciences
  • You have at least 5 years of professional work experience within a high-speed manufacturing industry with an expertise in manufacturing automation and validation process
  • A comprehensive Quality Management education is essential
  • Ideally, you will bring good knowledge of LEAN and Six Sigma manufacturing principles as well as working knowledge of Statistical Process Controls and Minitab Software
  • The understanding of GAMP 5 guidelines would be helpful
  • To find you way in a dynamic environment, you are able to assert technical solutions and standards
  • On a personal level, you will be a good team player and individual contributor with a self-motivated, results- and solution-oriented attitude
  • As you will interact at all levels, you will bring excellent written and verbal skills in English. A working knowledge in German is advantageous




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