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Title:  Principle Automation Project Engineer

Requisition ID:  62948
Date:  Nov 12, 2023

Eschweiler, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE

Department:  Engineering


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: new role

Contract details: Permanent, Full-Time

Travel requirements: up to 20%

Start date: asap

Contact person: Katharina Steffens


Job Summary:

The Principal Automation Project Engineer (m/f/d) is responsible for leading global, complex automation projects with external automation specialists in our production facilities, starting with defining the scope, leading the automation technology selection process up to managing the entire project lifecycle up to successful commercialization of an automation technology.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive complex automation projects up to production readiness
  • Selection of the most economical (ROI calculation) automation technology through state-of-the-art automation technologies for material handling, transportation, factory integration as well as technology selection processes
  • Lead global project teams and external automation firms in developing material handling - and transportation solutions from feasibility study up to industrialization
  • Establish the project framework to ensure a successful delivery of the projects according to best-in-class project management standards
  • Anticipate internal and or external business challenges, vendor and/or regulatory issues; recommend process, product or service improvement
  • Cooperation with West’s global procurement function to ensure that Master Procurement Agreements (MPAs) are in place with all 3rd party suppliers and that the capital costs of the equipment are negotiated
  • Close cooperation within global subject matter experts for equipment & processes as well as supporting functions in the network



  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in engineering or related science preferred in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering or equivalent
  • Multiple years of experience within automation technologies and implementing automation projects
  • Strong background and proven track record in project management and experience in a customer facing environment
  • Fluent in English both written and verbal as well as strong communication and presentation skills
  • Financial acumen to assess the return on investment for each project and negotiate costs with suppliers
  • Business acumen to lead and manage automation partners to completion of programs/ projects
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and global environment, with international cross-functional teams
  • Ability to travel worldwide


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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