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Engineer, R&D, Packaging, Medical Devices

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Date: Jun 1, 2021

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Company: West Pharmaceutical Services



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 Engineer, R&D Packaging will provide project support for the development of new packaging, products, and technologies. Contribute to the selection of materials, create specifications, and manage tasks associated with the development of unique and functional packaging that enhances and preserves the value of West’s products. Perform packaging process development activities and equipment setup as appropriate in laboratory and production environment following all appropriate cGMP and company policies and procedures.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead tasks for various engineering projects and contribute to R&D activities that will allow the achievement of project goals and objectives through the implementation of new and/or improved packaging designs and processes.
  • Participate in planning and execution of packaging design verification activities and support process validation activities as required, including sample preparation and testing
  • Conceptualize and develop prototypes for new innovative packaging solutions to maintain West’s position as an industry leader. Design and conduct experiments to verify package performance and integrity.
  • Author protocols, reports, risk analyses to support and maintain Design History File (DHF).
  • Apply project management techniques utilizing computer scheduling and resource management to coordinate tasks assigned for key projects within budget and schedule constraints.
  • Identify equipment needs to support packaging development and execute installation, setup, and qualification efforts.  Develop test methods for evaluation and validation of packaging design.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and ensure compliance with industry and government regulations.
  • Support operations by authoring appropriate procedures and providing training and guidance to production and quality assurance personnel.
  • Provide post-commercialization packaging support to West plants / customers to sustain current business.
  • Maintain awareness of technology trends through literature, trade shows, and intellectual property.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Packaging, Materials, Mechanical, Chemical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in packaging engineering or related role


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 5 years’ experience in a packaging engineering role
  • Technical project leadership
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical or medical device environment
  • Strong technical writing abilities
  • Understand of fundamental engineering principles and prior experience with packaging design, materials, manufacturing processes, and test methodology
  • Effective problem-solving abilities and strong interpersonal and communication skills

Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 15% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Employee may be required to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) without assistance







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 kimberley.eby@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.