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Title:  Lab Engineer, R&D

Requisition ID:  39783
Date:  Oct 15, 2021

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Department:  R&D

Who We Are:

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, the Lab Engineer will work under the direction of the Lab Supervisor to assist with test equipment qualifications, test fixture/jig design, test method development, and test method validations. This individual will bring excellent analytical, engineering, and organizational talent to the execution of development projects at West.  The essential duties and responsibilities are as follows:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Primarily responsible for development of test methods, as well as the planning and coordination of test method validations (TMV) and Gage R&Rs for electromechanical medical devices.
  • Assists in the designing, troubleshooting, and testing of laboratory fixtures and jigs as part of test method development activities.
  • Creates test programs on tensile/compression testing machines (Instron and Zwick). 
  • Authors test method work instructions, TMV protocols/reports, Equipment qualification (IQ/OQ) protocols/reports.
  • Ensures lab equipment and environmental chambers receive the appropriate level of calibration and validation for their intended use.
  • Works closely with the Lab Supervisor, Verification Engineers, and Lab Technicians to plan, coordinate, and execute testing needs.
  • Performs data analysis (using Minitab), as needed, for technical reports. 
  • Recognizes inefficiencies and takes initiative to improve processes and implement procedures to streamline workflows and increase effectiveness.  
  • Maintains a clean and tidy laboratory environment that is audit-ready at all times.
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
  • Demonstrates a “Customer Service” attitude when interacting with internal and external customers.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules. 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Required minimum education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering (mechanical engineering preferred)
  • Required minimum experience: 3-5 years of experience


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experienced in measurement system analysis, test method development, and test method validations (specifically Gage R&R) for electromechanical medical devices.
  • Experienced using and programming Instron and Zwick machines.
  • Experienced in equipment qualifications and validations (IQ,OQ)
  • Experienced and proficient in Statistical data analysis using Minitab.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills as well as keen analytical abilities. 
  • Excellent technical writing skills, with experience authoring work instructions, protocols, and reports.
  • Proficient in CAD design and drafting in SolidWorks a plus
  • Proficient in MS Office suite including PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills.
  • Knowledge of ISO 13485 – Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices.
  • Knowledge of 21 CFR 820.30  - Design Controls



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 Apply.Accommodation@westpharma.com.  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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