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Title:  Process Engineer, Vision

Requisition ID:  60871
Date:  Feb 12, 2024

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.




Initiate the application of vision systems as well as maintain and enhance current vision systems in the manufacturing process to improve process control and finished goods quality while maintaining high standards of quality and safety on all phases.  Provide technical support to manufacturing.  Work with facilities main customers in a Six Sigma approach to deliver vision specifications of the future. Work with Global Engineering Team to ensure standards are maintained.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ability to specify, test and design and install machine vision systems and components, including the ability to write and revise software configurations.
  • Provide recommendations and support to current and future projects as related to vision operations.
  • Apply and support lean manufacturing initiatives, identifying vision reject reduction opportunities through process improvements, tuning of configurations, or other strategies.  Improve the speed and reliability of vision system changeovers.
  • Assume full responsibility for various vision engineering projects as assigned, allowing the achievement of maximizing output and / or minimizing cost by either the implementation of new equipment and / or methods or the improvement of existing equipment and / or methods.
  • Plan, schedule, and perform project or sub-project details; follow-up on new and revised improvements to assure proper implementation.
  • Operate within approved time schedules and project budgets.
  • Prepare procedures and validation documentation
  • Perform testing and validation of new systems before release to production.
  • Consult and cooperate with corporate / customer / supplier personnel as authorized and required.  Maintain effective communication and working relations.
  • Qualify equipment distributors and representatives for the procurement of evaluation samples and production resources.
  • Keep supervisor advised of any unusual situation, which might impair the progress, execution of final project objective so that they may act accordingly.
  • Maintain an awareness of “state of the art” technology as it applies to our industry.  Take part in educational programs pertinent to process projects.
  • Instruct and train West Pharmaceutical Services personnel in the use of any special equipment that may be required for project completion.
  • Implement and maintain the vision control strategy through accurate project records and Gantt charts and other tools.
  • Conduct any activities with established policies and corporate objectives.
  • Fully define projects via specifications or drawings before releasing to a vendor.
  • All other duties as required.



  • Bachelor’s in Engineering or Sciences preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience with Vision Inspection preferred
  • Must have excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: good team player and individual contributor as well.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s  Degree in software / computer / electronic engineering discipline with five (5) years active, hands-on experience.  Vision algorithm development experience is preferred.  3-5 years of experience in Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical manufacturing desired.


Physical & Travel Requirements

  • 5% travel with normal on the shop floor work lifting and standing









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