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Position Title:

Senior Packaging Engineer




6-8 years of experience



Salary Range:


Targeted Bonus Range:



B.S. Degree in Packaging or equivalent


Up to 25%

Reports to:

Director of Packaging

Direct Reports:

Will not have any direct reports




This position requires a good understanding of flexible and semi-rigid materials (flexible films, paperboard, corrugate and thermoforming) and how they interface with packaging equipment. First choice would be from food. Then other fast-paced CPG companies.  This is a fast-paced, team oriented environment with an opportunity to make a difference. 


Company Overview:  This company was founded in 1937 and has annual sales exceeding $1 billion.  They are recognized worldwide and ranks in the top 2 percent of brands worldwide in brand equity for their good tasting and quality food products.

Position: This is a Senior Packaging Engineer Position in the Snacking Packaging Development Team. This position will engage with cross-functional partners, working closely with Operations, Marketing, Supply Chain, Procurement, Quality, and Product Development. The individual must have strong leadership and project management capabilities in order to drive Base Packaging Programs, Enablers and Packaging Innovation. The Senior Packaging Engineer requires a proactive mindset that can provide alternative innovative solutions in order to drive business growth, and the ability to work with the brand team, driving consumer packaging research when appropriate. Additionally, this individual will be required to coach and provide direction to Junior Engineers and Packaging Interns.

Principle Accountabilities:

·        Executes multiple moderate to high risk packaging projects

·        Builds relationships with a business team (customer)

·        Identifies and executes new packaging format innovations

·        Leads small project teams

·        Identifies opportunities to improve material and performance specifications

·        Reviews quality issues and develops plans to resolve

·        Conducts competitive material evaluations

·        Job Complexity:

·        Development of new packaging technologies the are capable of running on existing or new equipment

·        Trouble shooting issues that arise during line trials and package testing on moderate to high risk projects with minimal supervision.

·        Manage and lead packaging projects effectively and professionally to align with key business objectives and ensure product launch criteria is met.

·        Influence and negotiate with cross functional team members to implement the optimal consumer package solution.

·        Develop strong relationships with vendors to identify improvement opportunities for packaging materials and equipment

·        Identify and implement cost savings and continuous improvement initiatives

·        Collaborates with the Packaging Team and other cross functional teams to help identify new approaches, processes and best practices

·        Communicates implications of material changes to our manufacturing plants and is able to make recommendations with limited guidance

·        Collaborates with the business to drive consumer packaging insights early on in the development process

·        Formulates and executes complex experimental design

·        Understands the specification system and is able to create & maintain packaging specifications and formula build

·        Prioritizes and tracks projects to ensure projects stay on track, any risks are highlighted, and are executed with excellence

·        Understands the relationship between package, product and process


Education:  Requires a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering (Packaging Preferred).. 

Experience:  Requires a minimum of 6-8 years minimum of experience in Packaging R&D or related field.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Strong communication and written skills
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Self starter with the ability to drive innovative technical solutions forward and multi-task on key programs/projects
  • Has analytical depth and technical expertise in packaging materials, processes, or systems
  • Prefer materials knowledge in flexible films, folding cartons, paper related substrates, corrugated, and thermoformed containers.
  • Able to develop an implementation plan on low-moderate risk projects using sound technical methodology
  • Determine the type of testing necessary to simulate the distribution environment
  • Ability to work with ambiguous or abstract concepts/information and synthesize options for management
  • Proficient in pallet programs-TOPS or CAPE, specification database management, and MS Office software
  • Working conditions:
  • Travel (25% to 30%) is often associated to line trials at manufacturing plants or vendor plants. A significant portion of the job is in a normal office environment.

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Quality Search, 1820 Graham Drive • Chesterton • IN • 46304-1627 • (219) 926-5015 (HQ) www.qsjobs.com


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