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Title:  Principal Engineer, Global Facility (HVAC & Utilities)

Requisition ID:  61813
Date:  Sep 16, 2023

Waterford, Munster, IE

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 HVAC & black utilities engineering element of the Global Facility Engineering team while supporting the team in project engineering & management. HVAC system include all air systems and associated components required to maintain the required cleanliness levels in clean zone and cleanroom. Black utilities include all elements of water systems including Heating, Chilled, and Process Cooling Water, Hot & Cold-water systems, compressed air systems, steam & condensate systems, Building Management System and Environmental Monitoring Systems. You will support the Global Facility Engineering Network to provide consistent technical engineering support and guidance to the global facilities to achieve corporate goals for Quality, Overall Efficiency, Cost Reduction, Safety and Well-being.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Global Facility Engineering Network in establishing and providing consistent technical engineering support and guidance to the global facilities in all areas relating to HVAC & utilities to achieve corporate goals for Quality, Overall Efficiency, Cost Reduction, Safety and Well-being.
  • Develop & drive standardization and harmonization of existing & new global facilities and implement standards at any new projects with a focus and ownership of HVAC & utility systems.
  • Develop and maintain engineering guidelines for HVAC & black utility systems in terms of quality, investment and energy efficiency.
  • Ensure all new equipment is designed to be the most sustainable and energy efficient as available. Support all projects implementing Energy Efficient design (EED)
  • Work closely and proactively with Operations, Process Engineering, Equipment Engineering and HSE teams in order to develop best in class facility engineering solutions.
  • Execute and direct new projects through West facility engineering defined Project Execution Strategy
  • Provide consistent technical support to the various global sites by being the subject matter experts (SME) for HVAC & utility systems in West globally.
  • Ensure that GMP aspects, current technical standards, local regulations and safety standards for all systems are being considered and met.
  • Establish the engineering expectations for new facility investment projects (Greenfields and plant rebuilt) by communicating the engineering guidelines and establishing clear basis of design documentation.
  • Take an active part in the evaluation and selection of external partners such as engineering consultants and building contractors. Collaborate with and manage external consultants and contractors in building projects to ensure that project tasks and deliverables are being achieved.
  • Provides input regarding best practices based on standard, technical, compliancy working knowledge and experience.
  • Taking the lead in new projects for all disciplines including design reviews, commissioning reviews, operation reviews, and perform constructability analysis during the design phase in close alignment with our external engineering partners and plant engineering teams.
  • Develop and lead engineering document reviews for equipment, facility and utilities and support Project Execution, Vendor Development, including URS, FS, DQ, FAT, FAT, IQ, OQ, and PQ documents.
  • Lead commissioning and qualification activities.
  • Ensure facilities are operating as efficiently as possible to minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree, Masters degree or equivalent in Engineering or Science.
  • 10 years’ of experience in design/construction/operation in Pharmaceutical or Medical Device industry or Clean Utilities industry.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of design and construction, operations & maintenance of HVAC & utility systems & generation equipment.
  • Detailed engineering knowledge of global cleanroom and GMP standards with ability to assert technical solutions and standards in an international environment.
  • Demonstrated trouble shooting skills (facility engineering, HVAC & utility systems).


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good business acumen and ability to think strategically.
  • Strong in Project and Time Management.
  • Ability to drive change and to think outside the box.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to facilitate project delivery through international teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and coordinate numerous activities and groups of people.
  • 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.


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 30% of the time, globally.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Sedentary - exerting up to 10lbs/4kgs of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to life, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.
  • Mental requirements include ability to communicate effectively and with a global team in a matrix-environment balancing multiple stakeholders.

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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