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Title:  Sr. Engineer, R&D, Glass Systems

Requisition ID:  49223
Date:  Nov 26, 2022

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

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 $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.


The R&D team within West’s Glass Systems business is seeking a Senior R&D Engineer.  In this role you will support design & development activities within Wests Product Development Process demonstrating leadership and strategic thinking within a goal-oriented organization. The incumbent will:

  1. Demonstrate accountability for the successful and timely achievement of goals
  2. Work independently only with strategic guidance in the most complex situations
  3. Interpret internal and external business issues and unmet needs and take a broad perspective to define/plan/lead/develop solutions.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Plan and execute projects through all phases with a focus on design and qualification through verification and validation
  • Create, edit, Product models/drawings
  • Write engineering test protocols, reports, and work instructions
  • Lead technical reviews and design reviews
  • Apply engineering principles for design/analysis of complex technical problems
  • Drive innovation and process efficiency of glass systems
  • Develops technical solutions to complex problems using sound engineering principles, utilizing experimental, computational, and analytical methods
  • Applies innovative & logical risk-based approach to product development challenges with the capacity for original thinking. Develops robust test methods, design test fixtures and execute measurement system analysis
  • Plans, executes, and analyzes design of experiments (DOE)
  • Writes, implements and leads bench studies, tolerance stack up analysis, design verification, validation, materials specifications and component specifications.
  • Generates, records and analyzes data, presents results to peers and business leadership
  • Integrates planning activities between West and development/manufacturing partners
  • Works closely with Procurement to identify and qualify vendors ensuring appropriate components are procured and delivered as needed throughout the phased development process
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules
  • Other duties as assigned



Basic Qualifications: 

  • Minimum B.S. in Mechanical, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering, M.S. preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in medical device or Combination Product industry
  • Expertise in medical device design control and change management is required
  • Expertise with Risk Management, Design Verification & Validation strategy development and execution is required
  • Expertise with test method development, validation strategy, and execution is required
  • Proficiency in Solid Modeling/Drafting is required
  • Proficiency in solid mechanics/mechanics of materials is required
  • Proficiency in statistical methods/tools is required
  • Proficiency in project management is required



Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with Combination Products requirements and regulation is a plus
  • Experience in high-volume, automated manufacturing processes, and glass forming is a plus
  • Experience in Human Factors for Medical Devices is a plus
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma (DMAIC) practices, and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodologies are a plus.
  • Ability to lead and teach others to assess project/program needs, formulate strategies, build support, and execute initiatives
  • Strong interpersonal and decision-making skills and the ability to effectively manage change and uncertainty
  • Knowledge of applicable ISO, and USP standards for drug delivery is a plus
  • Knowledge of applicable health authority regulations including FDA, MDR is a plus



Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • physical requirements include normal activities in R&D lab work and office desk work
  • mental requirements include dealing ambiguity, reliable and predictable attendance, timely decision making, sensitivity for IP protection, concise presentation to high profile conferences, understanding in strategic direction and making contribution to strategy formation




  • Non-US only where required for certain levels







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 special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  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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