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Title:  Project Specialist

Requisition ID:  58822
Date:  Mar 24, 2023

Kearney, Nebraska, US

Department:  Engineering



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:

The Project Specialist is responsible for coordinating the successful implementation of assigned projects necessary for the continued success of the facility. This individual will be responsible for the planning, scheduling, execution of projects and communicating project status. This individual will also manage/assist in facility expansion/modifications. This individual will be provide high level troubleshooting assistance to maintenance personnel to resolve complex equipment issues.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Assume responsibility for various Engineering projects as assigned.  Projects may include implementation of new equipment and facilities, or the improvement of existing equipment and facilities
  • Perform design work, layouts, sketches, concepts, etc. as needed for plant expansions & modifications
  • Manage and update project timelines and budgets for all projects
  • Work with Validations to develop applicable documents for new equipment, transferred equipment, facility modifications, facility expansions, etc
  • Review engineering change request for modifications to equipment and facilities
  • Coordinate Engineering meetings with contractors and vendors to review project scope of work, timelines, and monitor status of project
  • Develop and maintain project budgets and timelines
  • Work independently with guidance from manager
  • Develop technical knowledge as appropriate
  • Conduct routine project reviews with project teams and management
  • Support the development, transfer, and improvement of products and processes to support the company’s global strategies
  • Interact with maintenance personnel to solve complex equipment problems through advanced understanding of equipment and systems
  • Support projects and initiatives stemming from Global Process Engineering team.  Provide reliable and timely communication with global colleagues
  • Consult and cooperate with corporate/customer/supplier personnel as authorized and required.  Maintain effective communication and working relationships
  • Instruct and train West Pharmaceutical Services personnel in the use of any special equipment that may be required after project completion
  • Maintain accurate project records, engineering records, and other controlled documentation.  Review and revise procedures to ensure they reflect the most effective means and contain the most current and correct information
  • Lead the way in supporting the plant’s efforts in meeting corporate and plant goals
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance
  • Performs other duties, as assigned based on business needs







Basic Qualifications: 


  • Education: Bachelor's in Mechanical, Chemical, or Industrial Engineering; or 3-5+ years of experience professional experience in an equivalent role
  • Must have excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: good team player and individual contributor as well


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Experience in a Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (or Green Belt with solid track of lean improvements)
  • Knowledge of cGMP.
  • Ability of authoring/revising SOIs, SOPs and validation documents
  • Excellent understanding of manufacturing equipment systems
    • PLC’s, analog and digital controls
    • Electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics


Travel Requirements:

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



Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Must maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations.
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Must also be able to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to make independent and sound judgments.
  • Use written and oral communication skills
  • Read and interpret data, information and documents
  • Analyze and solve problems
  • Observe and interpret situations
  • Learn and apply new information or new skills
  • Operate in both office and manufacturing environments
  • Ability to work in both hot and cold environments. 
  • Ability to repetitively lift 35 pounds. 







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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