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Title:  Sr. Process Engineer, Molding

Requisition ID:  56206
Date:  May 21, 2023

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:

The Senior Process Engineer is responsible for organizing, coordinating, or performing modifications, validations and enhancement of processes to ensure maximum yields, quality, cost effectiveness to ensure the molding area are an optimal process. The Senior Process Engineer will be accountable for implementing sustainable processes and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure qualified processes reach and sustain and improve production levels. This position requires the handling of formal and informal team member training. Management of personnel for process implementation and process improvements may be required.  This role also includes presenting a professional appearance in line with the following job responsibilities as well as presenting a professional attitude. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and provide sound engineering support with hands on expertise and practices in projects from conception through production. Interact with engineering, management, site and corporate team members and/or vendors to develop engineering controls or required process improvements.
  • Provide engineering guidance to assure plant, machinery, and processes are optimized. 
  • Guide, coordinate, or perform modifications, improvements or validations of existing or new formulations/products, processes and equipment.
  • Support and Manage process or technology transfer projects between plants from a  process stand point as assigned.
  • Initiate, support and execute Corrective Action/Preventative Action(CAPA) and other quality initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance to all cGMP’s, FDA and other regulations as necessary.
  • Ensure all changes are appropriately documented through engineering studies, change controls or other methods of documenting change.
  • Support and lead Operations Excellence lean and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Support projects and initiatives stemming from the Global Process Engineering Team.
  • Improve processes and procedures to manufacture a quality product at a minimum cost.
  • Provide technical expertise to other plant personnel.
  • Research and analyze data to determine optimal processing conditions.
  • Assist in installation of new products and related processes; make new product/process recommendations.
  • Support Engineering projects and Support Product Development as required.
  • Provides engineering assistance to ensure plant, machinery, tooling and processes are at optimum.
  • Contributes to continuous process improvement efforts to reduce scrap, cycle times, improve efficiency.
  • Provides a “Customer Service” attitude when interacting with internal and external customers while accomplishing work, production, and achieving quality standards.
  • Maintains a clean, orderly and safe workstation and environment at all times.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and safety rules.
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on business need.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's in Engineering or technical degree
  • 5-8 years of experience.
  • 3+ years of practical Engineering implementation experience in a manufacturing / production environment (prefer experience with compression molding experience).
  • Utilize DMAIC (Design-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) or other lean methodology.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description.
  • cGMP knowledge.
  • Ability to manage and document validations and changes within the responsible area
  • Self-motivated and solution-oriented personality.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Ability/courage to successfully communicate with any required parties.


Physical, Mental and Travel Requirements

  • <5% as needed
  • While performing the duties of this job on the production floor, the employee regularly stands, walks, talks, and hears.               
  • Noise level in the work environment while on the production floor is usually moderate to loud.  Hearing protection is required.
  • Must be self-motivated, must have excellent people skills, written and verbal communication, problem solving, coaching, training, relationship building, managing resistance and project management skills.
  • Must follow and comply with Plant’s Dress and Hygiene Code (SOI).
  • 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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