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Manager Product Development – West Pharmaceutical, Eschweiler (DE)

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.

Job Summary:

Within the Research and Development Team, you will research and develop novel components and integrated component products for the delivery of injectable drug products. In this role you will create a vision and strategy for future components. Using fast cycle product development, you will focus on developing an in depth understanding of specific market segments and driving the development of product solutions to address unmet needs. You will also cultivate an innovative culture for early development projects in the packaging components team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As Manager Product Development one of your main tasks will be to plan, conduct and direct novel component projects

  • Beside defining and executing novel component development with novel materials, you will Perform critical and objective appraisals of the data generated

  • You will lead the development proof of concept test beds and methods to evaluate key performance criteria

  • To develop a deep understanding of performance characteristics you will define performance criteria and testing modalities

  • In addition, you will Advise team members on manufacturing methods for prototyping and production

  • It will be on you to cultivate an innovative culture for early development by mentoring engineers in their understanding of product development and innovation methodologies

  • You will support direct manager and packaging components team in maintaining and reporting on the early development strategy for the packaging components group.

  • To stay up to date with trends and materials, you will build and foster successful cooperation with external networks like suppliers and universities, as well as knowledge centers


  • You own a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or comparable with proven years of experience in product design or development - minimum 10 years

  • To be successful in this role, you have a sound knowledge of elastomers, plastic and rubber with a background in medical device or pharmaceutical industry

  • In your roles you demonstrated proficiency in CAD modeling, project management and deep experience in leading development programs

  • While dealing with multiple technical projects and many varied stakeholders, you know how to organize and communicate technical ideas and concepts

  • You are a Team player with experience in driving projects from the idea to reality while working in international teams

  • To find your way in our dynamic environment, you are able to make quick informed decisions under pressure and challenge existing and new ways to act and think

  • As you interact at all levels, you are a strong communicator in English. German skills or the ability to learn is positively evaluated

  • You are willing to travel up to 10% internationally to West facilities, suppliers, technical conferences and trade fairs

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 disability or special need that requires accommodation, please send an email to peggy.tayloe@westpharma.com

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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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 $1.84B in 2019. 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.

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