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Sr. Packaging Engineer


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Kalamazoo, MI
Other/Not Classified
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
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Sr. Packaging Engineer

About the Job


  • The Package Engineer will provide support for the design, qualification, approval, and implementation of new and revised packaging materials and packaging bills of materials for Pfizer products and for Pfizer affiliated products.
  • Serve as key contact for packaging technical support for Pfizer sites and Contract Manufacturing sites in North America.
  • Accountable for all aspects of package development, anticipating and recognizing risks, analyzing data, identifying root causes, and drawing conclusions to deliver viable packaging solutions that solve problems. 

  • Provides technical support and guidance to ensure packaging systems comply with all relevant governmental regulations and meet internal and external customer and quality needs.
  • Partner with outside vendors and internal cross functional teams to develop and engineer packages to ensure functionality, compliance, cost, and timing objectives are met.
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute appropriate package qualification/compliance testing as required (shock and vibration, packaging line trials, USP/EP/JP compendia, child resistance CPSC, hazmat, etc.).
  • Develop, author, and approve packaging specifications, pallet patterns, and bills of materials for package container/closure systems, secondary, and tertiary packaging.
  • Communicate and participate in packaging material investigations, deviations, troubleshooting, corrective actions, and vendor capability assessments.

  • Bachelor of Science in Package Engineering or related Engineering discipline. 
  • Min 5 years of experience directly in Pharmaceutical Packaging Operations Support with focus primarily on sterile product primary and secondary packaging material testing and qualification.

  • Familiarity with USP General Tests and Assay requirements and FDA Guidance for Industry: Container Closure Systems for Packaging Human Drugs and Biologics.
  • Familiarity with Design Controls for Medical Device and Combination Products.
  • Understanding of Method 1 - DMAIC, Six Sigma, or related Statistical Process Control methodology for problem solving.
  • Familiarity with a variety of package performance testing equipment and methods such as (ASTM, ISTA, HDA, Instron, PTI Leak Detection systems, Shock and Vibration Testing).
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Experience with package labeling requirements with specific regard to serialization, trade dress alignment, Batch variable imprinting methods and their impact on operations.
  • Familiarity with EP and JP compendia testing requirements.

  • Job will include standing, walking and sitting.  Occasional lifting may be required. 
  • Occasional lab sample preparation, lab testing and ability to analyze data results.

  • Operates primarily on first shift.
  • Supports Kalamazoo, MI, Rochester, MI, and External Supply sites throughout North America.
  • Some travel required (approx. 10 - 15%).

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.   Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure.  Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act.  Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 07/19/2018
  • Eligible for Relocation Package

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.


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