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Principal Engineer - Packaging Engineering

Juncos, PR
Start date
Nov 3, 2022
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If you feel like youre part of something bigger, its because you are. At Amgen our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve togetherresearching, manufacturing and delivering ever-better products that read over 10 million patients worldwide. Its time for a career you can be proud of. Join us.

Principal Engineer Packaging Engineering


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world! In this vital role you will utilize physics, engineering and chemistry principles coupled with advanced and diverse materials science understanding and principles to assist in the evaluation, design, qualification and implementation of Primary and Secondary Packaging components and the associated systems such as packaging design, equipment, and processes development.

The position falls within 2 different categories NPIs (New Product Introductions) and LCM (Life Cycle Management), also supporting global supply, launch, partnerships / acquisitions, combination products and devices.

This role reports into the Package Engineering group under Combination Products Operations in Amgen Thousand Oaks (ATO), CA., but will be located in Amgen Manufacturing Limited (AML), Puerto Rico site.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation, recommendation, and selection of new primary and secondary packaging materials for both large and small molecules product.
  • Assessing complex problems relating to materials, recommending, and implementing solutions.
  • Technology transfer from clinical to commercial or from site to site for packaging components and equipment processes.
  • Participants in Pre-Approval Inspections (PAI) and interact with regulatory bodies (e.g., FDA, EMEA, etc) as needed.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams (i.e. Research, QA/QC, Supply Chain, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Regulatory, etc.) in pre-commercial and commercial activities and maintain the collaborative relationship with these and others partnering organizations.
  • Establish standards for technical excellence in the packaging process and qualification.
  • Project manager for mid to large size projects.
  • Develop specifications, batch records, bill of materials and resolving technical issues with component suppliers.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Principal Engineer professional we seek is a collaborative leader with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree in Engineering & 2 years of engineering, manufacturing and/or operations industry experience


Masters degree in Engineering & 6 years of engineering, manufacturing and/or operations industry experience


Bachelors degree in Engineering & 8 years of engineering, manufacturing and/or operations industry experience

Beyond that, additional preferred qualifications are:

  • Key Material knowledge of the structural components and chemical properties of glass/ceramics, rubber, polymers, metals, lubricants, adhesives, inks, varnishes, and paper.
  • Strong knowledge of common materials used in pharmaceutical primary and secondary packaging Academic background in Packaging Engineering, Material Science or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Understanding of manufacturing fill/finish equipment and processes and how materials interact with these.
  • Ability to manage and deliver results in a highly fluid, interactive matrixed environment.
  • 10+ years of packaging engineering experience in a site and/or corporate engineering environment, with specific specialized expertise in operations and packaging design for Fill Finish.
  • 3+ years managing or leading teams (staff development, assigning tasks).
  • 3+ years of experience in executing packaging engineering projects (cross functional team managing departmental or functional level projects: approving resources, assigning tasks, presenting milestones, cost/benefit analysis).
  • Understands operational aspects of biopharma and/or engineering industries.
  • Strong communication, relationship building, leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Knowledge of design control is a plus.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills (writing and presentations) in English.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, technical problem solving and communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Ability to work in teams and adapt to rapidly changing environment.


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth and well-being.

  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization
  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act
  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

Apply now

for a career that defies imagination

In our quest to serve patients above all else, Amgen is the first to imagine, and the last to doubt.

Join us.

Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.


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