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Packaging Development Associate Principal Design controls / Combination products)Engineer

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Durham, North Carolina

Job Type: Full time


We are seeking a highly skilled Packaging Engineer with a specialization in secondary packaging, particularly focused on combination products. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in distribution testing, ASTM/ISTA testing, and design verification, with a specific emphasis on secondary packaging development. This role requires expertise in simulated testing and a thorough understanding of design controls methodology to ensure robust packaging solutions for our products.

What you will do:

  • Lead the design and development of secondary packaging solutions for combination products, considering factors such as product compatibility, transportation requirements, and regulatory compliance.

  • Conduct comprehensive distribution testing utilizing ASTM/ISTA standards to evaluate packaging performance under simulated transport and handling conditions.

  • Implement design controls methodology to establish clear requirements, specifications, and verification/validation protocols for secondary packaging designs.

  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including R&D, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Affairs to integrate packaging considerations into product development processes.

  • Utilize advanced simulation tools and techniques to predict packaging performance and identify potential failure modes before physical testing. Perform rigorous design verification activities with a focus on secondary packaging functionality, reliability, and scalability.

  • Lead the development of innovative packaging concepts and materials to improve product protection, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.

  • Maintain documentation in compliance with regulatory standards and company policies, including design history files, risk assessments, and test reports.

  • Provide technical expertise and support to troubleshoot packaging-related issues during production, distribution, and post-market surveillance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field. Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in packaging engineering with a focus on secondary packaging design and development for combination products.

  • Proficiency in distribution testing methodologies, including ASTM and ISTA standards.

  • Demonstrated expertise in design controls methodology, including risk management and verification/validation activities.

  • Experience with simulation software (e.g., Finite Element Analysis) for predictive modeling of packaging performance.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to work effectively within multidisciplinary teams.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements for packaging in regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices is desirable.

If you are a results-driven packaging engineer with a passion for innovation and a commitment to excellence, we invite you to join our team and contribute to the development of cutting-edge packaging solutions for our combination products.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace, and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca:

Be part of shaping the future of Operations here at AstraZeneca. Be part of shaping the next phase of Operations' journey towards the 2025 strategy. Build on our foundations of high performance through agility, responsiveness, reliability and efficiency to deliver our new modalities and complex pipeline to market at speed. Backed by a supportive team, be part of accelerating our operational excellence with innovations in cutting-edge science, Lean ways of working, and fast-changing digital technologies.

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Date Posted


Closing Date

14-Apr-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.
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