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Title:  Automation Engineering Manager

Requisition ID:  54881
Date:  Mar 19, 2023

Tempe, Arizona, US

Department:  Engineering



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, you will effectively plan and guide the Engineering department’s automation assets ensuring quality product, operational efficiencies, mentorship, and sitewide support.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide engineering support to ensure that the plant’s machinery and processes are at an optimum level
  • Manage and oversee the functioning of the site’s engineering groups
  • Conform with and abide by all company policies, work procedures, and safety regulations
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to staff engineers and routinely evaluate employee performance
  • Provide and schedule training for the engineering personnel as well as other site employees
  • Write validation reports, user requirements, equipment specifications, and other documents
  • Write PER (Project Expenditure Request) and project financial justification documents
  • Develop design concepts for new Automation equipment
  • Research new technologies and methodologies to employ across the site
  • Maintain equipment drawings and software revisions
  • Promote and support a Lean Manufacturing environment within the facility
  • Improve processes and procedures to manufacture a quality product at an anticipated cost
  • Secure quotes for new automation lines, engineering services, and replacement parts
  • Establish relationships to develop suppliers and perform audits as needed
  • Act as an administrator of the maintenance management software
  • Ensure scheduling tools and supplies are available for the engineering department
  • Facilitate meetings both internally and externally to determine customer specifications
  • Provide a “Customer Service” attitude when interacting with internal and external customers while accomplishing work, production, and achieving quality standards
  • Deliver presentations to management and internal customers to attain project approvals
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual, and predictable attendance


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor's in Engineering or Technological field
  • Experience: 5-8 years of experience
  • 3+ years of managerial or supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, workflows, production equipment and industrial techniques
  • Must have effective problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Must have a command of written and spoken English


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong electrical and mechanical background preferred
  • Experience with CAD and SAP systems a plus
  • Six sigma green belt or Lean Champion preferred
  • Experience with programming robotics or PLCs is a strong benefit
  • Medical device manufacturing experience and FDA familiarity is desirable


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to perform job duties as required with limited physical demands







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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