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Title:  Sr Manufacturing Engineer

Requisition ID:  57042
Date:  Nov 11, 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:


Responsible for supporting execution of new projects and continuous improvement activities for manufacturing and support equipment.  Support manufacturing through the implementation of projects to continually improve existing facility, equipment or processes. Execute on implementation of long-term corrective actions to meet or exceed internal and external standards and regulations. Provide high-level troubleshooting assistance to maintenance personnel for complex equipment issues.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under guidance and leadership, work with internal and external engineering teams to:
    • Scope project requirements in support of new equipment and process optimization development projects.
    • Support development, execution and documentation of project assignments in compliance with committed timelines and project goals, and per established governance policies and procedures.
    • Execute facility Strategic Plan related to equipment replacements or upgrades to meet updates requirements or technologies
  • Provide engineering assistance to keep production equipment operating at an optimum efficiency.
  • Evaluate existing equipment and facility systems, looking for methods to improve performance, efficiency, reliability or accuracy and present recommendations for same.
  • Analyze problem areas with existing equipment and prepare design changes or recommend component replacement as required to resolve problems.
  • Assist in mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical design modifications of equipment.
  • Assist with preparation and execution of all necessary validations and/or engineering evaluations as needed for manufacturing equipment.
  • Support equipment improvements for safety and reliability, cost reductions/savings, scrap reductions, quality improvements etc. through the implementation of LEAN concepts.
  • Create/modify work instructions, technical documents, engineering studies, and non-conformance reports as needed to support production.
  • Understand key business drivers and follow applicable West project management process & methods in execution of assigned tasks
  • Maintain clear communication paths with stakeholders, providing routine project review updates as needed.
  • Impacts quality of own work and the work of others on the team; works within guidelines and policies
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on business needs.




Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Industrial, or Electrical Engineering
  • Minimum 7 years in industrial engineering role. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Medical device development and manufacturing background preferred
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, workflows, and industrial techniques
  • Strong background in PLC’s and related systems – AB, Siemens, Mitsubishi
  • Solid understanding of industrial utility systems – electrical, water, pneumatics, etc
  • Experienced in equipment level diagnostics and repairs
  • Must have effective problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Must have knowledge of sound engineering principles and practice
  • Must possess the ability to plan work and supervise others, as needed

Travel Requirements:

  • 5 – 10% travel


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to perform job duties as required with limited physical demands







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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