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Title:  Extruding Compounding Operator

Requisition ID:  61517
Date:  May 19, 2023

St Petersburg, Florida, US

Department:  Operations



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 duty of the Extruding/Compounding Operator is to accurately and consistently prepare and convert weighted raw materials into mixed compounded materials from which our various products are produced and meet our customer specifications.  Use quick thinking and confident to ensure consistent processing and foresight to know the next task required. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Retrieve approved ingredients in preparation to make our various product formulations; documenting and recording the ingredients to make each of the various compounds to be produced.  Prepare, identify and deliver these approved ingredients to each area/stage of the production process; using any required assisting and/or measuring devices required to move items or check ingredients for conformity to standards.
  • Operates mixing equipment, extruder, cutter, calendar and other auxiliary equipment in forming, shaping and cutting mixed materials for further processing.
  • Monitors dimensions by using measuring equipment and micrometer; monitors computer generated dimensions.
  • Prepare, identify and deliver these approved ingredients to each area/stage of the production process; using any required assisting and/or measuring devices required to move items or check ingredients for conformity to standards.
  • Assembly all required materials according to our specific product formulation using the area forklift or other material handling devices as required to assemble these items.
  • Operate all required equipment to mix, form, shape and/or cut these prepared materials for further product processing.
  • Weigh up and document formulas that do not meet specifications and completes necessary QC, SPC and production forms.
  • Assist, guide and/or train employees new to the compounding area as required.
  • Keep Compounding Supervisor informed of any issues.
  • Set up Dispersion Enhanced Systems (DES) with a screen pack and Breaker Plate for formulas to be ran while maintaining traceability for all formulations running on the extruder.
  • Load recipe and set up the extruders (Inner rings, Outer Rings, Ring Components) for items to be ran while maintaining the correct weight, length and width of stock.
  • Problem solve and troubleshoot equipment related issues that are adversely affecting the unit’s production.
  • Must be able to read a ruler and convert fractions to decimals.
  • Operate forklift and other material handling devices as needed to bring totes of compounded materials to be extruded to the extrusion area.
  • Follow all corporate and site policies, practices, procedures and SOI’s
  • Keep the compounding area and all equipment in this area clean and in orderly condition.
  • Keeps Compounding Supervisor informed of off-standard work and any unusual or unsafe conditions encountered.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned based on business needs.


Education and Experience:

  • Must be able to pass pre-employment testing
  • 0 - 3 Years of manufacturing experience
  • Must successfully complete in–the-job training with qualified operator. Follow written training procedures. Previous experience preferred.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Forklift certification preferred
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target


Travel Requirements:

  • None


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • At a minimum, the following vision tests need to be passed: 20/30 vision at approximately 45 cm (18 inches) from eye, with or without correction lens and Color blindness
  • Be able to tolerate temperatures (250-350 degrees F) for short durations
  • Able to tolerate frequent steam emissions resulting from job-related equipment and functions
  • Frequent above shoulder height work to move bags and material.  Frequent bilateral grip/grasp and manual dexterity work required
  • Push or pull wheeled objects weighing up to 500+ lbs. short time/distances and lift 75 lbs.
  • Frequent bending, twisting and continuous standing as required by the job
  • Must also be able to tolerate industrial odors and smells on a frequent basis
  • Must be able to read and write and good communication skills.



  • Non-US only where required for certain levels







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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