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Title:  Sr. Automation Engineer

Requisition ID:  60799
Date:  Feb 13, 2024

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 lead the development and implementation of new manufacturing processes, capacity expansions, and equipment/process optimization initiatives within various manufacturing sites.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads capital equipment projects, including defining technical specifications, seeking competitive proposals, and managing all activities and requirements to full-scale production.
  • Research and develop design concepts for new automation/technology and present proposals to leadership.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams to implement sustainable manufacturing processes and systems.
  • Validation of new equipment or equipment modifications, including acceptance testing (FAT/SAT), process development (characterization studies, DOEs, Gage R&Rs, etc.) and installation, operational, performance qualifications (IQ/OQ/PQ).
  • Supports various manufacturing sites with root cause and corrective action (RCCA) of equipment, continuous improvement initiatives, and product-related opportunities.
  • Technical and hands-on automated equipment troubleshooting, repair, and improvements.
  • Analyze data for problem solving, validation, and identification of improvement opportunities.
  • Write user requirements, equipment specifications, validation protocols and reports, and other documents as needed.
  • Promote and support a Lean Manufacturing environment within all sites.
  • Provide a “Customer Service” attitude when interacting with internal and external customers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Automation includes – PLC-driven assembly machines, robots, end-of-arm tooling, pneumatic and servo systems, vision systems, label applicators, test equipment, etc.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS in Engineering or other technical degree.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in automated manufacturing.
  • Hands-on troubleshooting and repair of automated equipment.
  • Experience performing acceptance testing and validation of new equipment.
  • Experience in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma.
  • Experience with data analytics and statistical process control.
  • Knowledge of best practices in manufacturing processes, workflows, production equipment and industrial techniques.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in engineering.
  • Experience in medical device industry or other regulated industry.
  • Proficiency in SolidWorks CAD design and drawings.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt.
  • Experience developing data collection systems, reports, and dashboards.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Light – exerting up to 20lbs/9kg of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force frequently constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of force greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.
  • Proven ability to work in a virtual environment in a global organization and to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Make independent and sound judgments.
  • Multitask, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Excellent communicator with ability to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflicts and ambiguity.
  • Use written and verbal communication skills effectively. Maintain clear communication paths with stakeholders, providing routine project review updates as needed.
  • Read and interpret data, information, and documents to analyze and solve problems.
  • Solves complex problems analyzing possible solutions using standard methodologies, procedures, experience, judgment, and precedents.
  • Learn and apply new information and new skills.










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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