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Title:  Senior Packaging R&D Engineer, Medical Devices

Requisition ID:  34934
Date:  Apr 25, 2022

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Department:  R&D



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.


In this Sr. Engineer, R&D, Packaging role, you will be responsible for planning, organizing, and leading projects to support the development of new packaging systems that enhance and preserve West’s high value products. The ideal candidate will drive technical projects, work with cross-functional development teams, and work with strategic suppliers to develop and improve packaging systems for West’s HVP offerings.  You will act as a subject matter expert for component packaging and drive technical decisions which support West’s business objectives.  Key responsibilities include engaging with various project teams and functional groups at West to develop packaging critical to the integrity of West’s products, supporting supply chain and operations in the sustainment of commercial packaging, mentoring more junior engineers within the group, and identifying innovative solutions to broaden West’s portfolio.  The individual will bring excellent analytical, engineering, and leadership talent to the packaging Research & Development group.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Technical packaging lead for R&D efforts including the design, development, testing, and qualification of packaging solutions that enhance and preserve the value of West’s products.
  • Engage with cross-functional teams that include R&D, Pharma Processing, Marketing, Regulatory, Quality and Supply Chain to develop new packaging solutions.
  • Develop innovative packaging solutions to support business growth and to enhance West’s position as an industry leader in containment and delivery.
  • Responsible for creation and maintenance of packaging elements for Design History File (DHF) for all assigned projects including Design Inputs, Risk Analysis (FMEAs), test protocols, and Design Verification.
  • Support customers and suppliers as required for packaging-related activities.  Maintain effective communications and working relations with all external parties.
  • Coordinate packaging testing activities for engineering studies and protocols through internal packaging laboratory.
  • Deliver progress reports and presentations to communicate activities and timelines to management and core team members.
  • Identify and drive continuous improvement efforts within the packaging group.
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education or Equivalent Experience: Bachelor's in Packaging, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience: 5-8 years of experience in development of packaging, medical devices, or pharmaceuticals
  • Working understanding and application of fundamental engineering principals.
  • Experience leading technical projects from concept through commercialization.
  • Experience in working under requirements of Quality Management System in a regulated environment
  • Experience in communicating complex technical concepts to customers and internal stakeholders
  • Thorough understanding or global testing standards and regulatory requirements related to sterile barrier packaging
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Previous experience in packaging development of sterile barrier systems
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety policy at all times
  • Able to comply with the company’s quality policy at all times.







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.

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