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Position Title:

Senior Packaging Engineer




4 or more years of experience



Materials & Processes:

Portion packs, edible oils, bulk packs, rigid plastics, pretty much everything

Salary Range:


Targeted Bonus Range:

Profit Sharing


B.S. Degree in Packaging or equivalent


Up to 40% travel mostly to manufacturing plants

Reports to:

Manager of Packaging

Direct Reports:

Will not have any direct reports


Yes – Lump Sum


Fast paced environment with a broad portfolio of products of which 80% is for the food service industry and 20% in retail. They have over a dozen manufacturing plant locations in US and Canada. Current department includes three packaging engineers, one being the manager. Need an adaptable self-starter who will hit the ground running and who is comfortable working in a plant environment.


Company Overview:  This company is a leading national manufacturer for the foodservice and retail industries. They specialize in branded and custom made culinary bases and pan coatings that include shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces and margarines. 

Position: The Senior Packaging Engineer will be responsible for identification, development and commercialization of new, improved and/or cost-reduced structures and packages. The incumbent will act as a lead on technical projects; develop innovative approaches toward achieving project objectives; and coordinate activities involving Packaging Engineering in company-wide projects.   

Duties & Responsibilities:

·        Support initiatives of multiple business units in new packaging product launches.

·        Help specify and install new packaging equipment, define packaging process parameters for operations.

·        Develop packaging QA test procedures and perform new packaging supplier qualifications. 

·        Champion ideas for minimizing the cost of packaging components and improve operational performance and quality via systems and design optimization.

·        Lead the qualification process for new suppliers and packaging.

·        Review feasibility of new packaging specifications.

·        Development and execution of Qualification Protocol.

·        Support shelf life and distribution/ performance testing.

·        Determine production requirements and capital needed for new packaging.

·        Develop timelines for project completion.

·        Lead the development process for new packaging concepts for Sales and Marketing initiatives.

This work includes the following tasks:

1.      Present packaging cost and design options

2.      Determine mechanical feasibility in production and distribution

3.      Develop of concepts and modification of design based on focus group feedback

4.      Determine production requirements and capital needed for design.

5.      Support shelf life and distribution / performance testing

6.      Develop and execute qualification protocols.

7.      Travel up to 40% to manufacturing plants in US & Canada.

In addition, the Senior Packaging Engineer will develop and issue technical specifications and qualification reports for packaging systems and components. They will align critical characteristics with QA requirements and Packaging Certificates of Analysis.  They also will identify new and applicable innovative packaging concepts for the company and maintain and build upon a knowledge and understanding of emerging designs and technologies, recognizing supplier capabilities, competitor or industry benchmarking, customer requirements and practices, and consumer trends.


Education:  Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Packaging or an Equivalent Engineering degree.  An MBA is preferred.

Experience:  Requires a minimum of 4 or more years of experience in packaging design, development, and evaluation, preferably in a consumer products environment. This individual should have a background in specifications (concept development through commercialization) as well as experience working with Operations, Sales and Marketing personnel. Plant experience and financial aptitude is a must, as is the ability to interact at all levels of the organization and handle multiple projects simultaneously.

Knowledge & Skill Level:

This individual must possess a broad knowledge of packaging materials and systems, equipment, and testing procedures. Technical experience in rigid plastics, flexible packaging, and corrugated is necessary. Strong team leadership skills are preferred.

Scope of the job:

Optimize current packaging configuration(s); identify best practices and be able to present them to all levels of the organization with the intent of directing teams to an appropriate conclusion; work with sales/marketing/R & D/Ops to insure new product development meets criteria of the market while maximizing plant efficiency.


  • This individual must possess a broad knowledge of packaging materials and systems, equipment, and testing procedures.
  • Technical experience in: rigid plastics, flexible packaging, and corrugated is necessary.
  • Strong team leadership skills are preferred. 

Contact us to discuss this opportunity - OR -  Pass this job along to a fellow Packaging Professional

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