Quality Search -  Since 1981

Position Title

Sr. Packaging Engineer or Principal Packaging Engineer




5-10 years


Consumer Goods

Salary Range


Targeted Bonus Range



B.S. Degree in Packaging Engineering or equivalent


10% - Some International

Reports to

Operations Manager

Direct Reports





The perfect candidate will thrive in an environment that requires thinking on your feet. Strong understanding of consumer goods packaging.  He, or she, will have the ability to handle the ebb and flow and ambiguity of managing ever-changing prioritization of tasks. The ideal candidate will be someone who loves working across cross-functional teams and aiming for continuous improvements and exploratory platforms for next-generational package design and materials selection.. They will need retail knowledge, software acumen and the ability to deal with overseas factories.


Company Overview: This privately held company, founded in 2001, has a strong entrepreneurial business They continue to grow and expand their brands and product portfolio significantly. They have placed millions of products in the hands of consumers around the world. As their reach has grown, so has their team, network and commitment to creating a fresh perspective in mature categories. Whether it is a new product concept or an operational enhancement, each of their team members has a voice and the ability to make a difference. Their retail and distribution partners rely on them to stay ahead of the market and constantly elevate their product offerings – resulting in increased profitability throughout the value chain. Continued growth has presented a (long overdue!) opportunity for a packaging professional to be the first in-house designer and developer of packaging, in a collaborative and innovative environment. This is an opportunity to grow a function from the ground up.   

Position:  The Sr. Packaging Engineer or Principal Packaging Engineer, will lead packaging development projects from initiation through launch. Someone who loves working across cross-functional teams and aiming for continuous improvements and exploratory platforms for next-generational package design and materials selection. The Packaging Engineer will liaise between the company and its contract manufacturers to communicate quality requirements and ensure activities are tracked and met.  The perfect candidate will thrive in an environment that requires thinking on your feet, handing ambiguity, and managing ever-changing prioritization of tasks.  The atmosphere is basically like a start-up, but without a burn rate since they are privately owned-- the best of both worlds!. While they are a smaller company in terms of number of employees, they are doing BIG things with BIG INTERNATIONAL customers. If you are tired of the grind of a large company atmosphere and are truly ready to impact change-- then this company is for you. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Oversee and manage complete packaging development process, including the creation of packaging designs, prototype development, and performance testing

·        Structural design of all types of material packaging (e.g. corrugate, paperboard, plastic, film, etc.)

·        Troubleshoot new and existing packaging problems involving structural designs, materials and processes and provide creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions

·        Analyze product specifications to determine adequate and compliant packaging characteristics, transportation handling, environmental and safety requirements.

·        Work closely with global suppliers, Project Management, Operations, Sourcing, Product Development, Marketing, Sales, and Operations to optimize lead-time, regionalization, standardization, and compliance with customer, regulatory, and internal requirements

·        Support all activities involved to achieve merchandising objectives and new product launch plans.

·        Provide technical support to manufacturing and implementation processes of product packaging

·        Specify and recommend efficiency tools and in-house test methods to develop and validate packaging designs and quality

·        Develop and implement comprehensive third-party test plans (transit, compression, vibration tests, etc.) to ensure that packaging meets and exceeds customer specifications

·        Prepare, document, and ensure maintenance of all engineering and manufacturing specifications, and bill of materials of packaging designs according to required specification

·        Establish and prepare final die-lines (die layout) for retail packaging and display units

·        Produce 3D rendering of display and pallet layout

·        Provide packaging tech pack with component breakdown and specifications for quoting purposes

·        Establish standards and guidelines for supplier evaluation. Evaluate and select packaging suppliers/vendors; periodically conduct vendor reviews

·        Coordinate and manage tasks and communication with both domestic and international packaging suppliers

·        Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage

·        Work closely with Logistics to optimize loading plans and freight cost

·        Work with the overseas suppliers to insure that the packaging designs are optimized for manufacturability

·        Create display assembling instruction manuals


Education:  B.S. Degree in Packaging Engineering, Science or equivalent

Experience:  Requires a minimum of 5-10 years of experience in packaging design and development of Consumer Products. Experienced with retail customers and consumer goods (point of sale, promotional displays, etc.)

Overseas experience is a plus, but not required.  The actual title or either Senior Packaging Engineer or Principal Packaging Engineer will be determined by experience at the time of being chosen for the position.  

Required Skills:

  • Full understanding of overseas corrugate cost drivers
  • Strong understanding of consumer goods packaging
  • Self-manage projects and deadlines, strong organizational skills
  • Manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel up to 15%  with some International (Approximately two annual trips overseas and two annual trips domestic).
  • The desire to drive completion of tasks in a thorough detailed manner
  • Clear communicator and possess the ability to present to upper management and key stake holders throughout the organization
  • Proficiency in Artios CAD, Cape Pack, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project)


  • HIGHLY detail oriented and proactive
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Ability to learn new technologies and systems quickly
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Embrace a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • Problem solver, quick study, and self-starter
  • Take direction but can also make decisions independently
  • High energy and a positive attitude
  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a productive manner

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

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


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