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Title:  Sr Automation Engineer

Requisition ID:  62876
Date:  Aug 30, 2023

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Department:  Engineering


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:

In this role, you will be responsible for developing new technology and supporting existing technology to improve production, quality, profitability and safety. This individual will be responsible for the planning, scheduling, execution of projects and communicating project status to targeted timelines. This individual will also manage/assist in facility expansion/modifications.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support development of new technology, existing technology and existing production lines to improve quality, profitability and safety.
  • Develop, execute and document project assignments in compliance with committed timelines and project goals, and per established governance policies and procedures.
  • Ensure technical and customer requirements for assigned projects are achieved.
  • Develop and maintain required validation and project management documents.
  • Conduct or participate in routine project reviews with Project Teams and Management
  • Perform design work, layouts, sketches, concepts, etc. as needed for projects and/or plant layouts.
  • Develop and/or review engineering change requests for modifications to processes, equipment and facilities.
  • Troubleshoot and repair of all automation.
  • Evaluate and maintain proper machine safeties to ensure employees are protected when operating any piece of automation.
  • Ensure automation lines are meeting their targeted output and OEE by analyzing production data.
  • Maintain quality finished product through proper maintenance and operation of all automation. 
  • Provide timely notification to shift leaders and program managers of maintenance and down time issues.
  • Interfaces daily with engineering manager and shift support staff.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
  • Automation includes – assembly machines/fixtures, label applicators, robots, end of arms, separators and test equipment.  Any other equipment assigned by management.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education or Equivalent Experience: 4-year technical degree.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 3-5 years of experience in related industry.
  • Experience in medical device industry or other regulated industry.
  • Background with medical/pharmaceutical clinical trials would be a plus.
  • Knowledge of quality systems requirements, FDA Quality System Regulation, cGMP and ISO 9002.


Travel Requirements:

  • Minimal.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a 40-hour work week, plus overtime and/or irregular hours as required to complete assignments. May stand or sit for extended periods of time. Must transport oneself to and from other areas of the facility and travel to other divisions when necessary. Must have good visual acuity. If specifically necessitated by customer requirements, must be able to see with or without corrective lenses and distinguish color differences for product and safety issues.
  • Medical Device manufacturing requires strict adherence to standards. Working environment is a manufacturing facility, which houses plastic injection molding machines. Must tolerate fumes and particulate generated from various plastics. Work areas are equipped with adequate lighting, cooling/heating and equipment that are in a good working condition. Must work constructively in an environment that may always be stressful due to competing resources while maintaining company confidentiality.









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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