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Lilly Packaging Engineer in Basel, Switzerland

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Type of Employment:

Full-Time Employment - FTE


This position will support the packaging of Elanco products worldwide at Elanco manufacturing and Contract Manufacturing sites within EMEA. This position will have direct responsibility for key Elanco packaging projects globally and will provide technical knowledge and project management skills to ensure Elanco products are packaged in a safe, efficient, and compliant manner.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Knowledgeable of packaging materials and packaging equipment for multiple platforms (blister, bottle, syringe, vial, cartons, etc.)

  • Ability to evaluate existing packaging formats and packaging operations to improve productivity and initiate cost savings projects.

  • Originate change controls and events to support packaging material changes that effect operations at Contract Manufactures (CMs) and Elanco sites as needed.

  • Understand the packaging requirements for international shipments, including dangerous goods and UN certification.

  • Interface with internal teams and external suppliers to conduct packaging testing (including shipping validations) of packaging materials and packaged components.

  • Support the process qualification and validation of packaging equipment on key projects that evaluates the new or modified packaging components at CMs and internal Elanco sites.

  • Provide guidance regarding technical protocols and reports for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging components and associated qualifications and/or validations.

  • Accountable for updating and maintaining packaging specifications as required to support packaging operations at CMs and Elanco sites where applicable. This would include primary, secondary and tertiary packaging components, ensuring that all Elanco products are compliant with RCD (Regulatory Commitment Documents).

  • Author, review and approve packaging instructions as applicable, generated by CMOs or Elanco internal sites to perform packaging of Elanco products.

  • Site resource for packaging activities (including CMs) and awareness of industry and regulatory developments with respect to packaging materials.

  • Support the packaging artwork change process by providing the appropriate dimensional templates for packaging components (cartons, labels, bags, etc.) that allows the art studio to layout the text and graphics properly on the packaging component.

  • Provide guidance around the design and selection of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging components and suppliers.

  • Support the Audit group in auditing of Packaging manufacturers and suppliers.

  • Technical representative for packaging deviations and ensures deviations and complaints are investigated thoroughly to ensure that a corrective action is consistent with the root cause analysis.

  • Work with the production scheduling group and procurement department to ensure packaging component changes are supported in a timely manner in order to support packaging operations and minimize packaging waste.

Basic Qualificiations:


· Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma (or equivalent work experience)

· Prior Packaging Experience

· Ability to prioritize multiple activities

· Ability to influence others


English fluent spoken and written is a must; German and/or French: fluent spoken and written

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Strong problem solving capabilities including strategic and creative thinking

  • Strong interpersonal/communication skill: verbal and written

  • Excellent project management skills - ability to support projects with contract manufacturing organizations

  • Cross-functional networking and influencing ability

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deal with ambiguity

  • Good understanding of packaging equipment, materials, and technologies utilized in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Thorough understanding of cGMP regulations and regulatory agencies packaging requirements from (country relevant Pharmacopeias)

  • Must have experience in working with equipment vendors and distributors, for packaging engineering projects and support activities.

  • Self-motivated Demonstrated strong documentation skills.

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication and interpersonal interaction skills.

Additional Information:


  • This position serves an 8-hour Monday through Friday work schedule

  • Situations may arise where off-schedule work, both on-site and off-site may be required

  • This position may require 30-35% travel to contract manufacturing and Elanco manufacturing sites, domestic and international locations on an annual basis

Company Overview:

Elanco Animal Health is a global animal health company that develops products and knowledge services to prevent and treat diseases in food animals and pets in more than 90 countries. Founded in 1954, we rigorously innovate to improve the health of animals and benefit our customers, while fostering an inclusive, cause-driven culture for more than 5,800 employees.

Posted Date:


Region: Europe; Middle East; Africa

City: Basel

State: Basel Stadt

Country: Switzerland

Location Details: Basel

Req Id: 51160BR