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Position Title

Principal Engineer – Process Development


West Coast


8 or more years



Salary Range


Targeted Bonus Range



B.S. Degree in Packaging Engineering or equivalent


Up to 15%

Reports to

Director of Packaging Engineering and Labeling


Available for the right candidate


COMPANY:  This company was founded over three decades ago and has pioneered and focused on areas of high unmet medical needs. They have leveraged their expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. They have become one of the world’s leading independent biopharmaceutical companies.

DUTIES:  The Principal Engineer in Process Development (PD) will report to the Director of Packaging Engineering and Labeling. He, or she, will develop annual goals and strategic direction for the packaging organization to the Final Product Team Lead (FPTL).  The Principal Engineer will identify and drive efficiencies and utilization of the commercialization process, the lifecycle of products, and the overall manufacturing capability of company operations across the global networks. The successful candidate for this position will lead a team of engineers responsible for the clinical and commercial packaging for drug substance, drug product, primary container closures and final product presentations.   The candidate will help create and implement the long-term strategy to ensure that the Company becomes and remains an industry leader in this area. They will work cross functionally as a Device Technology Lead (DTL) within PD and across the Company to develop products that create a successful patient experience.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Drive continuous improvement in the packaging processes from project initiation through launch as well as life cycle management.  In alignment with regulatory and commercial manufacturing requirements.
  • Pursue packaging technologies that will drive innovation and gain efficiencies in the network
  • Design, qualification and implementation of packaging designs
  • DTL lead for molecule programs driving packaging strategy and milestone to the PDT
  • Consistently deliver results aligned with departmental and program goals.
  • Develop and maintain a high performing team of engineers, with advanced degrees and experience in packaging engineering that are professionally and technically competent.
  • Be a role model in living the Company values and leadership attributes.
  • Identify resource requirements to deliver on program portfolio and negotiate resource assignments from leadership.
  • Deliver progress reports and presentations ensuring that management is aware of the current status, progress and future needs within Operations.
  • Identify and ensure area of responsibility complies with the most current standards and company policies.
  • Author regulatory documents in support of molecule applications.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to ensure consultants, contract manufacturers, and external business partners comply with business standards and requirements.


Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging and 8 or more years of Packaging and/or Mechanical Engineering experience with 3-4 years within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology area. Master’s degree and 6 years of Engineering experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Science or related technological field with 5 years of work experience, with previous experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology area.
  • Proven ability to manage and deliver results in a highly fluid, interactive matrixed environment.
  • 10 years of packaging engineering experience in a site and/or corporate engineering environment, with specific specialized expertise in operations and packaging design.
  • 3 years managing a team.
  • 3 years of experience in executing packaging engineering projects (cross functional team managing departmental or functional level projects: approving resources, assigning tasks, presenting milestones, cost/benefit analysis).
  • Strong communication, relationship building, leadership and mentoring skills.
  • AutoCad or similar software application to create, modify and approve engineering drawings.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams to successful project results within established time guidelines.
  • Excellent leadership, project management, technical problem solving and communication (written and verbal) skills, and the ability to manage remote people, work in teams and adapt to rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership in a wide range of packaging related technologies with strong fundamental knowledge of primary and secondary packaging systems and processes, manufacturing process equipment and processes, material science, and quality systems.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, technical, problem solving and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a range of technically and culturally diverse people, influencing them to get the job done, and delivering value-added business results that meet high quality requirements within a tight schedule.

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Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident or have authorization to work in the United States.



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