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Title:  Senior Packaging Engineer

Requisition ID:  63937
Date:  Feb 9, 2024

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  R&D


The position is hybrid in Exton, PA. Candidates applying to this position must be located within a 50 mile radius or willing to relocate to Exton, PA.


Who We Are:


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.  



Job Summary:

In this role, you will be responsible for planning, organizing, and leading projects to support the development of new packaging systems and or components that enhance and preserve West’s high value products. The ideal candidate will drive technical projects, work with cross-functional development teams, and work with strategic suppliers to develop new packaging systems for West’s HVP offerings.  You will act as a subject matter expert for component packaging and drive technical decisions which support West’s business objectives. 


Key responsibilities include project management, testing coordination and execution, specification / drawing development, Design History File (DHF) creation and cross functional collaboration while engaging with various project teams and functional groups. As a Senior Engineer, you will be responsible for mentoring more junior engineers within the group and identifying innovative solutions to broaden West’s portfolio.  The individual will bring excellent analytical, engineering, and leadership talent to the packaging Research & Development group.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Technical packaging lead for R&D efforts related to product design and development processes from conceptualization to commercialization.
  • Engage with cross-functional teams that include R&D, Pharma Processing, Marketing, Regulatory, Quality and Supply Chain to develop new packaging solutions.
  • Develop innovative packaging solutions to support business growth and to enhance West’s position as an industry leader in containment and delivery.
  • Responsible for creation and maintenance of packaging elements for Design History File (DHF) for all assigned projects including Design Inputs, Risk Analysis (FMEAs), test protocols, and Design Verification.
  • Support customers and suppliers as required for development of new packaging solutions.  Maintain effective communications and working relations with all external parties.
  • Coordinate packaging testing activities for engineering studies and protocols through internal and contract packaging laboratories.
  • Deliver technical reports, executive summaries, and presentations to communicate activities and timelines to management and core team members.
  • Identify and drive continuous improvement efforts within the packaging group.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education or Equivalent Experience: Bachelor's in Packaging, Mechanical, Materials, or Chemical Engineering, or related engineering discipline.
  • Experience: 5-8 years of experience in development of packaging, medical devices, or pharmaceuticals.
  • Working understanding and application of fundamental engineering principals.
  • Experience leading technical projects from concept through commercialization.
  • Strong technical writing abilities.
  • Experience in working under requirements of Quality Management System in a regulated environment.
  • Experience in communicating complex technical concepts to customers and internal stakeholders.
  • Thorough understanding or global testing standards and regulatory requirements related to sterile barrier packaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Previous experience in packaging development of sterile barrier systems
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy and quality at all times.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 5-10% of the time.




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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