Material Specialist (Plastics/Primary Packaging) – Gerresheimer

Our client

Gerresheimer is one of the strongest global solution partners for pharma, biotech, healthcare, and cosmetics. Headquartered in Düsseldorf. Gerresheimer develops and manufactures primary packaging for drugs and cosmetics, drug delivery systems, and medical devices. The company is highly successful and growing with approx. 12.000 employees in 16 countries, sales amounted to approx. 1.82 bn in 2022.

In the plastics division, Gerresheimer offers a wide range of packaging solutions for solid, liquid, and ophthalmic applications; catering to our customer’s high requirements, Gerresheimer ensures full conformity of their products with the European pharmacopeia, the United States Pharmacopeia, and the requirements for FDA registration with a Drug Master File as the standard. Production activities are conducted within clean rooms (ISO class 7/8/9), and Gerresheimer adheres to good manufacturing practices (GMP) and is certified under several ISO standards.

Gerresheimer is represented in Denmark with two plants in Værløse and Haarby, with approx.140 employees operating in a flat organization. The sites develop and manufacture Primary Packaging for solid dosages for the global market. The assortment includes screw cap containers, snap-on containers, US-type containers, and closures with/without desiccant and with child-resistant and senior-friendly features.

The Danish organization empowers its employees with responsibility, emphasizing attention to crucial details. There is a strong collaboration with colleagues at various locations to identify optimal solutions and enhance production sites.

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The Material Specialist role

The Material Specialist is part of a team consisting of a tool specialist, a production engineer, a measuring specialist, and a process specialist. This role is key in supporting customer-specific projects and improvement projects and will advise on plastic material selection for primary packaging in pharmaceuticals.

Areas of consideration could include bio sensitivity, product stability, shelf-time sensitivity, appropriate thickness and barrier properties of plastics, and UV protection. All while adhering strictly to pharmaceutical regulatory standards and the customer’s requirements for product modifications.

You will be expected to take on a consultative role, investigate and research areas, and be technically curious about specifications and requirements, quickly learning and bridging on any relevant experience you have.

You will participate in projects from initiation, technical scoping, and feasibility to developing a profitable business case, supporting the Project Development Manager. You will also be involved with researching and selecting raw material suppliers and liaising with Gerresheimer Global Innovation Center for technical support.

A relevant background in understanding materials’ composition and properties and a willingness to learn and grow more professionally are key for this role.

The Material Specialist will report to the Project Development Manager.

Area of responsibility

  • Address and resolve customer technical inquiries, focusing on the selection of plastic materials and their impact on product functionality.
  • Provide expert advice on the compatibility, performance, and usage of plastic materials, responding to customer needs and specifications.
  • Analyze and recommend solutions to enhance product performance and customer satisfaction through optimal material selection.
  • Contribute to the customer and improvement projects in the sites in DK.
  • Participating in developing strong business cases and project plans for new projects based on customer expectations and company capabilities.
  • Contribute to project meetings to ensure project progress in your area.
  • Participate in design enhancements in design and material usage.
  • Give technical support on an ad hoc basis concerning any operational and quality issues internally and externally.

Ideal candidate profile

  • Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree in material science, chemical engineering, or similar.
  • Possesses some technical understanding of the properties and processing of materials, including. plastics such as polymers, composites, and material science in general.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry is an advantage; however, it is not a prerequisite.
  • Experience with ISO/GMP is an advantage, however, not a prerequisite.
  • Extrovert and collaborate across the organization.
  • Comfortable with making decisions and finding solutions.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues to people with a non-technical background.
  • Commercial and customer understanding.
  • Good skills in understanding, speaking, and writing English.
  • Hold a valid work and residence permit for Denmark.

Gerresheimer offers:

A broad role working for a market-leading supplier of primary plastic packaging for the pharmaceutical industry focused on delivering high-quality solutions to our customers.

A position where you can learn and grow in a cross-functional role in a broad but still specialized role.

A flat organization and informal environment, where you are challenged and get to influence the projects and the direction. A role where you can consult with experts and make the decisions. A broad stakeholder consultation across internal departments, such as our innovation and sales teams, and direct customer contact.

For further information:

Contact: Managing Partner Anne Borgen, mail: or mobile +45 6169 0101 or
Associate Recruitment Partner Bettina Bakhauge, mail: or mobile +45 2968 4689

You can apply for the position using this link.

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