Job Details

  • Title: Packaging Engineer
  • Code: RCI-20489-1
  • Location: Kalamazoo Michigan (MI) 49001
  • Posted Date: 02/23/2021
  • Duration: 12 Months
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  Job Description


The role will be primarily on 1st shift and there will be a need for frequent overtime and off shift support to a 24x7x365 operation

Position summary:

  • This engineering role is to be the primary subject matter expert on our vaccine packaging operations.

Position responsibilities:

  • This role will be the primary subject matter expert for vaccine packaging operations within Logistics.
  • Provides technical support and guidance to ensure packaging systems comply with all relevant governmental regulations and meet internal and external customer and quality needs.
  • Partner with outside vendors and internal cross functional teams to develop and engineer packages to ensure functionality, compliance, cost, and timing objectives are met.
  • Communicate and participate in packaging material investigations, deviations, troubleshooting, corrective actions, and vendor capability assessments.
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute appropriate package qualification/compliance testing as required (shock and vibration, packaging line trials, USP/EP/JP compendia, child resistance CPSC, hazmat, etc.).
  • Develop, author, and approve packaging specifications, pallet patterns, and bills of materials for package container/closure systems, secondary, and tertiary packaging.
  • Participate in test method validation for packaging materials.

Education & experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience directly in Pharmaceutical Packaging Operations Support with focus primarily on sterile product primary and secondary packaging material testing and qualification.
  • Bachelor of Science in Package Engineering or related Engineering discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience directly with package material qualification and or test method validation.

Technical skills required:

  • Familiarity with EP and JP compendia testing requirements.
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Understanding of Method 1 - DMAIC, Six Sigma, or related Statistical Process Control methodology for problem solving.
  • Familiarity with USP General Tests and Assay requirements and FDA Guidance for Industry: Container Closure Systems for Packaging Human Drugs and Biologics.
  • Familiarity with Design Controls for Medical Device and Combination Products.
  • Familiarity with a variety of package performance testing equipment and methods such as (ASTM, ISTA, HDA, Instron, PTI Leak Detection systems, Shock and Vibration Testing).
  • Experience with package labeling requirements with specific regard to serialization, trade dress alignment, Batch variable imprinting methods and their impact on operations.
  • All contracted resources working onsite under this agreement must adhere to Worker Policy and Procedure.

Top Skills Required:

  • Material Science Knowledge MANDATORY! (not just the equipment knowledge but need to know the material science piece)
  • Medical Device experience nice to have! (Specification management, writing of bills management, etc)
  • Test Methods/validations/qualified material
  • TEST METHODS: ASTM studies, USP studies,
  • Qualification Packaging Experience (vile, primary or secondary: bottles, tubes, boxes- runs study + test diff packaging parameters)...
  • Pharma Package Engineer Exp IDEAL
  • Writing package quality protocols/ report writing/lab reports
  • At least a few years experience in Pharma (Example: if candidate has 4-6 yrs exp and 2 yrs is in Pharma, that is acceptable)
  • (medical device, combination product experience in package design in medical devices -- this would be considerable for role as well)