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Position Title

Packaging Engineering Manager


Western Rockies


10 or more years



Salary Range


Targeted Bonus Range



B.S. Degree in Packaging Engineering or equivalent


Up to 20%

Reports to

Director of R&D

Direct Reports





The position requires a high level of technical competency in packaging technology including but not limited to flexible films, thermoform resins/process, and paperboard.


Company Overview:  This company is a privately held, family owned Food company has been in operation since 1933.  It is a market leader and innovator in shelf stable food products. Continued growth has resulted in the need for a Packaging Engineering Manager

Position:  The Packaging Engineering Manager manages the Packaging Development team including; setting the direction and expectations for team performance, using independent judgment to identifying strategic improvement opportunities for the company, and clearly planning and prioritizing work. The position requires a high level of technical competency in packaging technology including but not limited to flexible films, thermoform resins/process, and paperboard. Additionally, the position requires that the candidate have a solid working knowledge/experience driving projects that integrate packaging material and machinery interactions.  The position demands an individual that can manage cross functional teams with marketing, supply chain, legal, regulatory, etc. to help successfully guide/deliver multiple programs.

Essential Job Duties and Key Accountabilities: 

1.      Direct the Packaging Development team in support of strategic growth and maintenance projects; provide clear direction and help establish team priorities based on the company strategic goals and business needs as identified by Marketing and Innovation & Insights. 

2.      Leverage technical packaging expertise to identify, develop and implement new/novel packaging technologies with emphasis on retail trends and innovation. Lead packaging technology screening to assess commercial value and develop KPI's and timelines. 

3.      Collaborate with the marketing team, product development, operations, engineering and procurement to develop a network asset & materials strategy linked to future state packaging structure/format designs delivering flexible manufacturing platforms and affordable designs. 

4.      Lead innovation projects by translating and identifying technology needs to better enable the execution of the innovation pipeline; develop packaging solutions for innovation projects as needed.  Manage packaging supplier relationships to optimize process structure, design requirements, and quality. 

5.      Oversee the development of packaging material specifications, palletizing specifications, and packaging operating specifications and initiate specifications for new development.  Lead team during graphics conversion projects by facilitating cross functional communication. 

6.      Manage packaging materials optimization and cost reduction. Author, coordinate and oversee packaging test requests. Provide technical support to Marketing, Sales, Technology and Operations teams in troubleshooting and solving packaging material performance problems. On capital projects ensure packaging materials and machinery is compatible.


Education:  B.S. in Packaging Science/Engineering, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering

Experience:  Requires a minimum of 10 years’ experience with a minimum of 8 years in the food industry and 3-5 years of supervisory experience..

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of package conversion processes and technologies; and the package graphics and printing processes. 
  • Practical knowledge of packaging development practices and packaging substrates including rigid and flexible plastic, fiberboard, paper, corrugated. 
  • Fosters an environment of continuous improvement and problem solving, demonstrates an ability to lead teams in identifying and collaboratively solving problems. Provides direction and influence for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of all packaging systems.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of resourcefulness and entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Manages projects, plans and coordinate project activities, communicates progress and challenges, and acts as a technical expert.
  • Have flexibility to work beyond normal workday hours, shift work, and some weekends.
  • Demonstrates leadership, cost consciousness, communication skills, and diplomacy that will promote good relations with all facets of management and other disciplines in the effective execution of projects.
  • Must maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity while embodying the tenets of company’s Mission and Values.
  • Confident and effective at communicating with all levels of an organization in an honest, open and constructive fashion.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results with large-scale cross functional teams, with a proven track record of executing complex projects.
  • Willing to take realistic personal and business risks.  Comfortable with ambiguity and influencing others to a greater comfort level.

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