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Position Title

Senior Packaging Development Engineer


Central Michigan


7 or more years



Salary Range


Targeted Bonus Range



B.S. Degree in Packaging, Engineering or equivalent


5 to 15% depending on projects.

Reports to

Head of Regional Packaging Design & Development

Direct Reports





Their products are both liquid and powder. Rigid plastics are mostly used for packaging, but they also have a need for someone with knowledge of flexiblea. Aseptic would be a plus, but not a must. Innovation experience is very important and is a must.


Company Overview:  This global company has led the way for more than a century in developing products designed to help meet the nutritional needs of pediatrics. Today, that passion remains their primary pursuit.  Parents and healthcare professionals around the world trust them to provide sustenance, strength and support to newborns, infants, and young children  They operate in a growing and vital industry, bringing to market a broad portfolio of leading brands and more than 70 products. It is a strong and profitable company that is very employee-oriented and they encourage a good work/life balance.

Position:  The Senior Packaging Development Engineer position will be part of the North America Research & Development Function and will report to the Head of Regional Packaging Design & Development. The scope of work is related, but not limited to innovation, cost savings, brand maintenance and/or customer requests. The role will act as a key technical lead on various programs from concept through commercialization. He, or she, will serve and be viewed as a key technical leader, with emphasis on holistic package development practices within the department. The individual will be expected to accomplish objectives through their individual contributions as well as indirect reporting relationships within the department and/or function.

Duties, Responsibilities:

Technical Knowledge / Acumen 

·        Creates packaging material specifications, associated drawings, and packaging procedural specifications to provide the required technical information necessary to support the product/packaging configurations.

·        Possesses and applies an understanding of industry knowledge and technical expertise in research and data analysis to create best in class products

·        Identify material requirements, draft specifications, and apply testing procedures to ensure projects deliver efficient cost, line performance, package quality, supply chain robustness, and fulfill the consumer need state.

·        Participate in or assist in developing consumer studies to understand consumers’ behaviors or preferences as it relates to company’s packaging and its implication on Total User Experience.

·        Applies fundamental packaging principles in recognizing potential issues and identifies timely and cost effective solutions.

·        Applies technical packaging knowledge and information from a wide variety of sources to solve difficult problems and provide solutions based on risk and benefit assessments. 

·        Maintain a developed technical acumen of company packaging formats such that incumbent is comfortable communicating information about our packages in cross functional settings when accuracy of information matters.

Project Leadership

·        Leads and/or participates in project meetings, issues related to documentation, produces and manage timelines, manage project communications down and across the business as appropriate.

·        Demonstrates project planning and management skills for streamlined execution by effectively prioritizing responsibilities to ensure excellence in project completion.

·        Conduct root cause analysis, facilitate a D.O.E, and apply trouble shooting techniques to solve for technical issues and performance challenges.

·        Plans, leads and attends packaging manufacturer and company plant trials to assist in evaluation and problem resolution.

·        Manage and conduct lab analysis, production line trials and supplier testing as needed on related projects. Generate and analyze performance based data to drive technical and business recommendations.

·        Supports the development of packaging cost models and scenarios comparing and contrasting alternatives to recommend ideal solutions.

Innovation Management  

·        Analyzes the industry/customer/prime prospect dynamics, scientific/technical feasibility, and market viability in all aspects of the R&D process to build innovative solutions that enhance organizational value.

·        Supports the identification and development of enabling technologies that drive breakthrough new packages, cost savings and/or core renovation initiatives.

·        Effectively partner with the business to commercialize packaging solutions for medium projects/programs that are led by others or small projects/programs lead by others or the incumbent.  Partner with other department staff to effectively support large projects/program led by others.

·        Support the research of equipment solutions at the front end, support identifying new technologies or appropriate existing technologies for the organization, for transition to Engineering.

·        Work across all functions, including the balance of R&D, Operations, Quality, Engineering, Commercial, Procurement and Suppliers to support project launches as need.


Education:  Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging, Package Engineering, Packaging Science or similar technical field such as Engineering or Food Science required. Master’s Degree preferred in Packaging or Business.

Experience:  Requires a minimum of 7 or more years of relevant experience with progressive responsibilities and project leadership in the consumer products or food packaging industry.

Knowledge Desired:

  • Expert level understanding of rigid and flexible polymeric materials and their manufacturing and converting process (blow molding, injection molding, thermoforming, film and sheet conversion).
  • Strong knowledge of science and technology discovery, design, and development processes, information systems.
  • Working knowledge of networking with external resources outside of R&D.
  • Strong understanding of how to translate consumer and customer insights into functional value that creates benefit
  • Able to embody design theories and output packaging solutions that can be commercialized.
  • Business skills that can drive initiatives through an organization.
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity and deploy effective use of creative problem solving skills.
  • Effective and proactive verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and present technical and project management overviews without assistance.
  • A strong background in packaging equipment systems and qualifications.
  • Demonstrated skills handling or supporting multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to embrace and live company’s Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Recognizes the importance of employee safety in the workplace including compliance with legal, corporate safety, and environmental guidelines.
  • Energetic and self-motivated professional with a strong sense of urgency.
  • Ability to mentor junior staff and others.
  • Demonstrated efficiency with MS Office, Infor Optiva & SAP.

Experiences Desired:

  • Demonstrated high-level of contribution to cross-functional/multi-disciplined teams operating in a dynamic, result-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated history of high performance in designing and developing packages at the bench, pilot plant and commercial scale.
  • Experience communicating and networking effectively with a diverse audience at multiple levels
  • Experience and expertise with fiber based packaging, high barrier rigid and flexible packaging substrates and/or hybrid applications combining multiple substrate types. 
  • Experience in Aseptic process and packaging principles as well as thermal processing as it relates to packaging design.
  • Must have experience or advanced training and demonstrate proficiency in problem analysis and resolution, statistical methods, and design of experiments.
  • Experience with government regulatory requirements in the infant formula in relation to Packaging.

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