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Title:  Automation Engineering Manager

Requisition ID:  62699
Date:  Sep 13, 2023

Tempe, Arizona, US

Department:  Engineering


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

In this role, you will effectively plan and guide Engineering department, ensuring quality product and operational efficiencies are met.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide engineering assistance to assure plant, machinery and processes are at an optimum level.
  • Provide assistance and make recommendations to Division Engineering on a timely basis.
  • Administrator of the maintenance management software.
  • Ensure plant is in compliance with OSHA and local, state and federal environmental regulations.
  • Routinely evaluate and review employee performance.
  • Write validation, user requirements, equipment specification and other documents as needed.
  • Promote and support a Lean Manufacturing environment within the facility.
  • Improve processes and procedures to manufacture a quality product at a minimum cost.
  • Quotes new automation lines, engineering services, etc. for new and existing customers. Develops suppliers and maintain audit. Develops design concepts for new Automation.
  • Provide leadership to engineers. Provide and schedule tools and supplies for departments. Assume responsibility for various engineering projects as assigned.
  • Facilitate meetings with the customer both on and off site to determine the needs, requirements, and customer specifications. Establishes relationships with customer and automation suppliers in pursuit of winwin results and ongoing business.
  • Provide and schedule training for the department. Purchases tooling related equipment in accordance with the company policy.
  • Responsible for project cost accounting and delivering projects on schedule and at budget.
  • Provides a “Customer Service” attitude when interacting with internal and external customers while accomplishing work, production, and achieving quality standards.
  • Maintain machine and plant equipment drawings.
  • Manage and oversee the functioning of the site engineering groups.
  • Develop initial project scope, timeline, savings and cost estimations.
  • Write PER (Project Expenditure Request) and project justification documents.
  • Develop equipment requirements.
  • Research new technologies and methodologies to use in the plant.
  • Present justification to management and/or customer to attain approvals.
  • Lead project teams and team meetings as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on business needs.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Exhibits regular, reliable, punctual and predictable attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor's in Engineering or Science field is preferred.
  • Experience: 6- 10 years of experience
  • 6+ years of managerial or supervisory experience in manufacturing environment required.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, workflows, production equipment and industrial techniques.
  • Must have effective problem solving and interpersonal skills.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Six sigma green belt preferred.
  • Strong mechanical background and experience with CAD and SAP systems a plus.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 10-20% of the time.


Physical and 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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