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Title:  Principal Scientist

Requisition ID:  50661
Date:  Jun 23, 2022

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  TCS



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 $2.14B in 2020. 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.


 Job Summary:

1.  creation and representation of technical information that promotes:  (a) differentiated market position, (b) sales, (c) adoption of higher-value products, (d) recognition as scientific destination and thought leader, and

2.  management/mentoring of staff in said creation (including analytical studies) and representation


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:



1.  promote differentiated West business position through creation and representation of technical information, in particular relating to component and system performance, namely plungers, syringe systems, and self-injection devices

 2.  manage staff in said creation and representation


  • serve as subject matter expert regarding syringes, cartridges, and self-injection devices
  • identify, prioritize, and manage undertaking of component and system projects (including analytical studies) based upon in-development and commercial product scientific needs
  • manage and oversee studies:  writing protocols, negotiating resources/timing, sample sourcing, ensuring timely completion, writing reports, and intergroup collaborations (Product Management, Marketing, and R&D)
  • create and edit scientific publications (articles, posters, presentations, blogs)
  • serve as a resource for complex problem solving and product enablement with customer-assigned projects
  • contribute to corporate scientific review process
  • represent West externally in industry groups and thought leadership
  • gather market intelligence and effectively represent to key stakeholders
  • serve as subject matter expert in a business critical area (e.g., standards, regulations, and application thereof to West products)


Basic Qualifications 

  • Education or Equivalent:
    • Bachelors in a technical field (Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Materials Science, Packaging) with at least 12 years experience.  Masters in a technical field with at least 5 years experience.  Doctorate in a technical field with at least 3 years experience.
    • Graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience:  8 years minimum.  Record as principal author of external publications/presentations preferred.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • understanding of syringes, cartridges, and self-injection devices to enable:
  • testing according to industry benchmark standards and novel or new methods
  • understanding of interdependencies and integration of components, systems, and devices, including design space and usability ranges
  • ability to manage/mentor staff in:
    • writing project protocols
    • execution of projects
    • writing project reports
  • ability to create high-quality scientific publications (articles, posters, presentations, blogs)
  • ability to deliver effective presentations
  • ability to survey literature, conferences, etc. and extract information relevant to West business (opportunity and threat), and conceive/promote strategy based thereon
  • expertise in plungers, syringe systems, and self-injection/wearable systems
  • proficiency in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
  • English fluency
  • participation in industry-related councils Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.


  • excellent oral/written communication skills
  • ability to effectively manage/mentor staff
  • ability to prioritize work based on changing priorities
  • high level of detail orientation
  • ability to interact across company with stakeholders, establishing/maintaining good interpersonal relationships, for purpose of meeting objectives
  • ability to interact with outside parties for purpose of project execution
  • ability to challenge extant modes of operation
  • exercise of sound judgement regarding allocation of company resources
  • satisfaction of general West foundation competencies as defined in Leadership Model
  • satisfaction of specific West foundation competencies (P4) as defined in Leadership Model

Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 5% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • List any physical requirements - NA
  • List any mental requirements - NA








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