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West Pharmaceutical Services

Director Global Material Development, R&D (m/f/d) Aachen (Germany)

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West Pharmaceutical Services | Liège | Permanent, Full-time

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Welcome to West!

Established in 1923, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. has become a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration. Each and every day, West manufactures more than 112 million products that are used to help improve health care for millions of people around the world.

Join our team of 7,500 employees in 16 countries to help us write the next chapter of our success story. We are constantly looking for new talents and people who won’t settle for second best. Thinkers. Doers. Enthusiasts. As an employee, you will experience a collaborative and dynamic global working environment, where your development is our priority.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. Working by the side of its customers from concept to patient, West creates products that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of the world's pharmaceutical drug supply. West is headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, and supports its customers from locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. West's 2018 sales of $1.7 billion reflect the daily use of approximately 112 million of its components and devices, which are designed to improve the delivery of healthcare to patients around the world.

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Director Global Material Development, R&D (m/f/d) Aachen (Germany)

Job description

  • Define and develop new elastomer formulations to be used as primary packaging material in medical devices for injectable drug products
  • Define and execute a multi-year strategic plan for elastomer development aligned with the packaging components strategy
  • Act as subject matter expert (SME) for all material (mainly elastomer, plastic and coatings) related questions and problems
  • Manage R&D laboratory that supports all R&D activities of the R&D Kiefernweg Eschweiler team
  • Support and maintain the life cycle management of active elastomer formulations. This includes alternative raw materials as well as customer and operations support
  • Scientific understanding of the materials and their potential interaction with drug products. Stay up-to-date with trends and new materials by building up an external network with suppliers, knowledge centers and universities
  • Stay on the leading edge of the technology areas and pharma/biotech market trends
  • Define and execute a material research roadmap
  • Manage and coach a team of 4 direct reports (3 Material Managers, 1 R&D Lab Manager with 2 Lab Technicians)


  • M. Sc./Engineer or equivalent in Chemistry, Material Sciences or similar
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience in material development, process development or a similar role
  • Knowledge of rubber chemistry and/or rubber processing would be an asset
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques to understand the chemistry and extractables of elastomeric formulations
  • Strong management and organizational skills as well as very good communication skills
  • Results-oriented
  • Fluency in English is required; German language skills would be a plus (the willingness to learn is important)
  • Ability and willingness to travel globally


  • Internationality – As an American company, we live a global cooperation within international structures
  • Philanthropy – We value an appreciative and friendly work environment as well as flat hierarchies
  • Market-appropriate remuneration – We offer an attractive, market-oriented remuneration, including company social benefits and purchasing benefits
  • Social engagement – We support local aid organizations through various actions organized by our employees
  • Diversity – We at West value the wide range of our employees who make up our company
  • Safety – Occupational safety is our highest priority; we offer secure jobs in a sustainable industry
  • Development opportunities – Our employees benefit from an extensive range of trainings as well as from a constant and targeted employee development
  • Family-friendly culture – We attach great importance to reconciling private life and work; flexible working hours are a matter of course for us
Have we aroused your interest?
Then become part of our West-Family!

Please apply online with your complete application documents via our recruiting system.

Please submit your application in English!

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Have we aroused your interest?
Then become part of our West-Family!

Please apply online with your complete application documents via our recruiting system.

Please submit your application in English!

We are looking forward to meeting you!

West Pharmaceutical Services Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Stolberger Straße 21-41 | 52249 Eschweiler, Germany | Tel.: +49 2403 796-100
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