Improvement Engineer


Competitive Salary & Benefits

Make a positive impact, in a team where it means more.

We are driven by our commitment to deliver accelerated growth for AstraZeneca and to make people’s lives better. It pushes us to keep building on our foundations and progressing as we turn our ever-growing and increasingly complex pipeline from molecule to medicine. Be part of evolving how we work with Lean, cutting-edge science, digitalisation and sustainable practices.

Macclesfield supplies products for most of AstraZeneca’s therapy areas and currently sources over 130 markets worldwide. Many of AstraZeneca’s biggest brands are formulated and packed for distribution at Macclesfield.

We are now seeking an Improvement Engineer to work within the Packing Department at the Macclesfield site which is part of UK Operations, the 2nd largest operational site within the AstraZeneca network. Packing supplies an extensive range of AstraZeneca products to markets around the globe. The products cover oral solid dose tablets presented in either blister strips or bottles through to syringes. Macclesfield is additionally a key site for launching new products.

The Improvement Engineer provides improvements, governance, CapEx/Revenue portfolio management and technical expertise to the Packing Department to optimise assets, process and investment priorities, and to demonstrate sustained improvements.

You’ll join AstraZeneca and Packing at a very exciting time where we are looking to digitise our processes and make the factory of the future a reality. We are always looking for opportunities to stream line our processes with the very latest technologies such as the use of Cobots to work alongside our work force.

Here at AstraZeneca we have made LEAN a component of our licence to operate right alongside Safety and Quality.

We are making Lean a foundation in our strategy to give us top quartile lean performance moving us from “Good” to “Great”, without this we will not be competitive or enable AstraZeneca’s bold ambition. Lean needs to be embedded in everything we do.


As an Improvement Engineer you will provide key technical and engineering support to the manufacturing area. This will include identifying and driving improvement initiatives in maintenance and technology as well as progressing and supporting key projects such as assessing fit for purpose assets and equipment reliability.

Your technical expertise will be used to prioritise improvements via risk management and benefits analysis. Through the application of technical aptitude, engineering tools, systematic processes and good engineering practices, you will be responsible for the delivery and management of asset improvement initiatives, process improvements and project delivery.

You’ll be required to lead or participate in Project Management for revenue and capital improvement projects. Responsibilities will include management of changes on behalf of the manufacturing teams. Packing has a vast project portfolio ranging from small projects to the larger projects such as the introduction of new packing lines.

You will have the ability to analyse process inputs, processes and process outputs to understand and improve the overall process capability. You can define, measure, analyse, and control the product/process and interactions. Define and create targeted improvements that reduces and controls the variability in the process or improves the robustness of the manufacturing asset.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Proven expertise in analytical problem-solving methodology
  • Significant & relevant delivery experience of equipment & process improvement practices within a highly regulated manufacturing environment (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing)
  • Relevant technical/engineering degree (or appropriate experience)
  • Statistical benefit needs analysis understanding (data set justification etc.)
  • Technical report writing & generation
  • Reactive and proactive technical support within a manufacturing environment including experience with equipment and materials within a packaging environment would be beneficial
  • Experience of working and delivering initiative and project based activity
  • OEE/Pareto understanding & improvement
  • Practitioner in change control implementation
  • Understanding of Qualification/Validation

Interested in this opportunity? Then apply today, we are waiting for your application!

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