Associate Director, Package Engineering

Lake County, Illinois
Jul 19, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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About AbbVie
AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


Job Description

Job Title: Associate Director, Package Engineering


Plan and direct all package development activities for AbbVie products worldwide. <br/><br/>Responsible for package development, material testing and operations support for all products, and products manufactured for third parties. <br/><br/>Provide technical and managerial leadership to various section managers, project managers, engineers, documentation editors and interns.  


•Develop scope, design, cost estimate and implementation plans for major projects and manage multiple concurrent projects. Analyze plans to ensure that they are feasible within resource constraints. Review and adjust plans to meet overall business objectives. Define key results or objectives of project assignments and communicate roles and responsibilities to appropriate staff. Obtain resources (funding, staff, materials, equipment) necessary to complete key projects.
•Identify and implement cost reductions, manage the departmental budget, and develop and manage the annual capital budget. Manage the molds and dies budget for construction of new packaging component molds.
•Provide packaging engineering support and technical expertise to all AbbVie manufacturing plants. Provide first line of defense for packaging commodity quality issues experienced at the plants. Coordinate with Supplier Quality Assurance to address supplier quality problems
•Develop comprehensive contingency plans which address continued sources of supply of key packaging components; evaluate vulnerabilities related to materials, suppliers and their sites, molds, regulations and develop contingency plans which limit risks to AbbVie.
•Provide Packaging Engineering support for the development and launch of new products. This includes defining package design parameters with Marketing and Product Development, developing and testing prototypes and authoring the CMC section of New Drug Applications (NDAs). Support Clinical operations in the development of new packaging systems that support administration and data collection for clinical drugs. Work closely with Pharmaceutical and Analytical Research and Development to evaluate pro
•Possess a thorough understanding of all regulations and requirements associated with packaging and labeling. Ensure that all equipment in the Packaging test laboratory is validated and calibrated in accordance with regulatory requirements. Participate in internal and external audits of packaging. Represent AbbVie on FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission audits.
•Develop material specifications and commodity drawings that are used by Corporate Purchasing to procure the packaging materials that are required to produce and ship AbbVie products. Manage and expedite Change Request documents, material specifications and manufacturing bills of materials (Package Masters) required to produce products. Develop and manage several databases used throughout AbbVie and within Packaging Engineering.
•Work very closely with suppliers and cultivate relationships with key commodity suppliers. Work with Corporate Purchasing to identify potential suppliers and play a significant role in supplier selection. Coordinate efforts of Packaging Engineering, Purchasing, Supplier Quality Assurance, Materials Management and Manufacturing to establish new suppliers. Work with Corporate Purchasing to initiate contract negotiations and develop long-term contracts with key suppliers.
•Evaluate new packaging or process technologies to enhance AbbVie packaging or increase productivity in production. Examples include: Bar codes, reduced space symbology codes and data matrix; anticounterfeit and product diversion technologies; material technologies such as switching from copolymer plastics to homopolymer plastics; molding technologies; induction sealing materials; preprinted foils; tamper-evident packaging.



•Bachelors Degree Packaging Engineering or related discipline, or equivalent technical experience is required.  Masters Degree/MBA preferred.
•Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) preferred.
•Total combined minimum years of experience required is ten (10) years. Experience should include the following (# of years in parenthesis): Broad knowledge of health care packaging industry (7); Supervisory/management (4); Project management (6); Negotiating (2); Working Knowledge of FDA Regulations (5); Materials Management (2); Financial Analysis (2); Production Planning (2); Systems Development or Administration (2); Quality/Regulatory (3); Engineering (2); Sales (2).
•Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to lead, teach, and motivate individuals is required

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Yes, 5 % of the Time
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Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.