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Associate Principal / Principal Packaging Engineer – Packaging Sustainability

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Durham, North Carolina, Mount Vernon, Indiana, Newark, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


If you have strong technical and scientific skills with experience in the development and life cycle management of packaging solutions for oral, parenteral, or inhalation products and are passionate, and strive to accelerate growth and make people’s lives better – then AstraZeneca and the Associate Principal / Principal Packaging Engineer – Packaging Sustainability is for you!

Make a positive impact, in a team where it means more. In operations, we have a big ambition – to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership, and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out-of-the-box thinking.

Bring out the best in each other, and yourself, by working together as one! Be appreciated for your contributions. Our culture of recognition and reward means each of us feels supported and empowered to step up and take responsibility. With all the tools you need to excel at every level, coupled with ongoing constructive feedback and coaching, there’s no better place to bring out your best.

In our Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) department, we understand the importance of managing the demands of both home and work life. To support this, many of our staff work flexibly in different ways, including working part-time, regular home-working, flexible start/finish times etc. We will consider requests for flexible working for this role and encourage applicants to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need.

We have an open position for an Associate Principal / Principal Packaging Engineer – Packaging Sustainability based in our Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) department. This role will support the entire PT&D product and packaging portfolio. PT&D is the bridge, which turns brilliant science into actual medicines that help millions of people. We work across the entire value chain, designing and delivering active ingredients, formulations, and devices required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in early toxicology studies and clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs can be scaled up for commercial manufacture.

What you’ll do:

We will rely on you to bring leadership in sustainable packaging development across our commercial product portfolio. Your subject matter expertise supports input for pharmaceutics, analytical sciences, validation science knowledge management, product robustness, analytics, process engineering, and technology enablement. Working as the technical leader in our packaging development team, you will work closely with our packing partners in commercial operations, focusing on sustainability, design methodology, and standardization. In addition, you will help drive delivery of our packaging strategy in a diverse, multi-skilled environment. Key responsibilities include:

  • Managing packaging support to our commercial product portfolio, applying specialist knowledge and expertise to achieve project targets in a timely fashion and to agreed quality standards

  • Leading cross-functional packaging sustainability projects across AstraZeneca and partner organizations and being the point of contact to technically assess proposed pack changes and influence decision making.

  • Ensuring that work is performed in accordance with appropriate safety (SHE), quality and compliance standards, e.g. GMP, and being able to understand and interpret packaging regulations.

  • Generating and reviewing regulatory submission documents, project plans, protocols and reports ensuring that the project objectives are met

  • Apply your technical expertise to support our packaging sustainability strategy in materials sourcing, asset transfers, capacity expansion, and manage the packaging product lifecycle with lean and six sigma methodologies. ​

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science required; MS or PhD preferred.

  • Extensive experience in a commercial manufacturing and / or development environment.

  • Expert understanding of the principles and concepts in relation to pharmaceutical packaging including design controls and packaging sustainability

  • Recognized leader with direct experience and project management in an array of packaging aspects in one or more of the following: materials and polymer science, design methodology, sustainability, pharmaceutical packaging regulations and testing requirements, qualification and validation of new materials and product technical transfer.

  • Ability to lead multi-functional teams across a global platform working with internal and external partners including contract manufacturers, vendors and academia while being able to hold a large degree of independence representing own department or area of expertise

  • Experience in working with appropriate Safety, Health & Environment (SHE), quality and compliance standards, e.g. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

  • Certified in lean and/or six sigma methodologies

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients, and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth, and development.

So, what’s next

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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