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Title:  Project Management Specialist, R&D

Requisition ID:  61207
Date:  May 10, 2023

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Department:  R&D

Onsite position in Scottsdale, AZ


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:

The Project Manager will coordinate multiple projects simultaneously within R&D. Formulate, plan, and execute completion of projects in conjunction with technical leads to targeted timelines in a manner compliant to applicable governance policies and procedures.  Responsible for compiling reporting status and critical issues to management and customers. Provides analysis for project plans and schedules to identify critical path(s), optimize plans, facilitate discussions between team members.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages single workstreams locally and may work across multiple workstreams.
  • Drives transparency of program workloads, financial, commitments, and expectations. Analyze, Forecast and Report the program budget.
  • Build, track, and manage program schedules in DevOps and Microsoft Project.
  • Monitor resource needs and issues, work closely with resource managers to develop action plans to ensure program commitments remain on track. Compliments team deficiencies and drives financial accountability
  • Manage cross-project and program dependencies, escalating to the R&D management as needed.
  • Ensure R&D projects are planned properly, including financials, resourcing, scheduling, and the business case, in support of quality deliverables.
  • Define, drive and manage change management and communications activities that support assigned programs.
  • support the development of business cases on assigned programs and track ROI for business initiatives including cost, benefits, and risk.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with customers, business partners, functional managers, and other senior level executives.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering discipline or equivalent
  • 3-5  years of experience and track record of successfully managing projects.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Project Management experience with matrix and cross-functional project teams.
  • Experience in Medical Materials, Medical Device and/or Drug Delivery Systems product development preferred.  Working knowledge of applicable federal and international regulations such as 21CFR Parts 210, 211, and 820.  cGMP manufacturing experience preferred. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and project management software such as MS Project and DevOps.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience managing projects or programs in the medical device and pharma manufacturing industries, knowledge of applicable federal and international regulations.
  • PMP certification
  • Works independently, with guidance only in complex situations.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel to domestic and international customers as well as West manufacturing locations as project requirements and R&D department dictate. <20% travel on average.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Sedentary - exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met




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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