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Title:  Process Engineer

Requisition ID:  48434
Date:  Aug 9, 2022

Kinston, North Carolina, 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:

In this role, you will organize, coordinate, or perform modifications, validations, and enhancements of processes and equipment to ensure safety, maximum yields, quality, cost effectiveness and throughput of our processes.  This role will primarily focus on the processes surrounding mixing and extrusion of rubber.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead assigned process improvement projects.
  • Plan, schedule, or perform projects within the approved time schedules and budgets.
  • Guide, coordinate, or perform modifications, improvements or validations of existing or new formulations/products, processes and equipment.
  • Ensure that all projects and activities are in compliance with local, regional and best practice requirements on HSE and meet other applicable authority requirements. All internal change control procedures incl. e.g. adequate risk assessment / FMEA are to be followed strictly.
  • Support product transfer projects between plants from a process stand-point as assigned.
  • Support & Manage process or technology transfer projects between plants from a process stand-point as assigned.
  • Support new and experimental development activities.
  • Support projects and initiatives stemming from the Global Process Engineering team.
  • Support/lead Operations Excellence lean and continuous improvement activities.
  • Review procedures to ensure they reflect the most effective means and contain the most current and correct information.
  • Maintain Process engineering records and documents as required.
  • Gather and evaluate In-process control data (CPP graphs, rheological data, etc.) in order to support process improvements and ensure the process Quality.
  • Initiate, support, execute CAPA and other quality initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with cGMPs, FDA and other regulations as necessary.
  • Prepare reports as may be required on a routine basis or on demand within established deadlines.
  • Safeguard confidential information.
  • Maintain effective team member relations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on business needs.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction and all safety rules.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor's in Engineering or Sciences.
  • 3+ years’ experience or similar job experience within the manufacturing industry.
  • Ability to assert technical solutions and standards.
  • Self-motivated, results- and solution-oriented personality.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: good team player and individual contributor as well.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Previous experience with elastomer or polymer compounding and/or extrusion desirable.
  • Good knowledge of LEAN and 6 sigma manufacturing principles: Lean/6 sigma green belt desirable.
  • Working knowledge of SPC and Minitab software.
  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing preferably pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Ability of authoring/revising SOIs, SOPs and validation documents.
  • 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 at all times.
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.


Travel Requirements:

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


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Office and production floor environment.
  • Must also be able to tolerate industrial odors, smells and dust or powders on a frequent basis. 
  • Must be able to gown into required clothing for a controlled room.
  • Must follow and comply with all Company and Plant policies, procedure (SOIs), rules and State and Federal laws.







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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