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  • Packaging Engineer – Athlone

    Role Summary:


    • A new vacancy has arisen for an experienced Packaging Engineer at our client’s pharmaceutical site in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
    • The Packaging Engineer provides technical support and expertise in the design, procurement, installation, commissioning, validation, and tech-transfer activities associated with the execution of packaging operations in the client’s new Ireland manufacturing facility.
    • For the on-going commercial operation of the facility, the Packaging Engineer will provide key technical support in the areas of manufacturing process troubleshooting, process optimization, process development, and product transfer.
    • The Packaging Engineer will report to the Technical Services Manager.


    Core Duties and Responsibilities:


    • Works with manufacturing and quality colleagues as part of an Operations team whose shared goal is to realise the safety, quality, delivery and cost objectives of the site.
    • Prioritises safety and is diligent in the use of all appropriate safety tools and permits – champions safe working always.
    • Represent Packaging Operations on the site’s New Product Introduction team and lead NPI and Technology Transfer activity in Packaging.
    • Lead the design of site packaging equipment, layout and operational systems to ensure packaging meets the performance requirements of the site across safety, quality, delivery and cost goals.
    • Lead packaging multi-discipline packaging team projects and understand the requirements of these different disciplines which can include process engineering, validation engineering, new product introduction, QA, QC, supply chain and manufacturing.
    • Ensure a lean packaging mindset is designed into operational and engineering personnel within packaging to minimise packaging downtime, human errors and to optimise performance of this area.
    • Lead operational excellence through continuous improvement in Packaging.
    • Lead site engagement with colleagues within the wider organisation on packaging related issues.
    • Build maintenance plans and equipment supplier relationships necessary to delivery on the expected level of equipment performance.
    • Understand packaging quality requirements and lead preparation for regulatory audits within the Packaging area.
    • Work with partners and company stakeholders to design, build and operate serialisation and aggregation technology in line with the company’s serialisation strategy.
    • Provides technical support for product PPRs (Periodic Product Review) from a Packaging perspective.
    • Supports manufacturing by leading/supporting deviation investigations, and is familiar with structured problem solving and root cause analysis
    • Supports validation activity as required.
    • Provides training and mentoring to build technical capabilities among team colleagues.
    • Supports capital projects throughout equipment lifecycle.
    • The role will typically require infrequent, off site national and international travel, for business or equipment/project review meetings, including overnight stays, up to 10% of the time.


    Minimum Qualifications and Experience:


    • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or similar (ideally mechanical/manufacturing/industrial)
    • Further qualification (Diploma/Masters) in Packaging Technology
    • At least 5 years relevant experience in a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing environment, with at least 5 years’ experience in a comparable packaging engineering role.
    • Strong technical knowledge of packaging equipment, packaging materials and packaging operations design.
    • Understanding of how drug product is impacted by handling and processing, especially with regards to packaging.
    • Basic understanding of extractables and leachables.
    • Broader tech services knowledge with understanding of process engineering and validation engineering requirements which feed into validation projects.
    • Track record of supporting packaging line operation and maintenance.
    • Experience in bringing new packaging lines through initial design phases right through qualification.
    • New product introduction and Serialisation experience.
    • Strong experience of engineering principles of structured problem solving, program management and maintenance systems design.
    • Strong understanding of pharmaceutical industry regulatory requirements as they apply to packaging.


    To Apply: Quote – PE22083


    If you would like to discuss this vacancy or to discuss your career and other job opportunities in confidence, contact us:

    GC North Valley Business Centre, Cork, T23 KC67, Ireland.

    +353 21 2066178


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    Please note, we do not require agency assistance with this role.