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Position Title

Flexible Film Packaging Engineer


Contract  - Duration approximately 1 year


Based in Atlanta, GA


10 or more years



Material Strengths

Films - Primary and secondary packaging technologies

Salary Range

$70 -110  Hourly

Targeted Bonus Range


Projected Hours/Week



BS, MS in Packaging, Materials Engineering or Equivalent



Reports to

President & CEO


n/a - Georgia based preferred

Other & Unique Aspects

Position could transition to full time permanent at some point,


Company Overview:  This client is a global leader in supplying Flexible Films for the Packaging industry. Founded in 1969 they have grown to be a true leader in their field.  Their integrated packaging capabilities help their customers sell their products as their innovative packaging can enhance a products appeal. Their focus on customer satisfaction is demonstrated by a strictly-maintained record of simultaneously delivering quality, speed, and low cost.

Summary Job Description:

The “Flexible Film Packaging Engineer”, will have overarching responsibility is to coordinate the validation testing and implementation of new film substrates from bid award.  He, or is envisioned to be a high achieving individual contributor with no direct reports. This person will project manage film transition meetings, witness line test in Atlanta, Savannah, Iowa and Visalia plants.  In addition, they will publish line test results that meet end customer requirements.  Additionally they will:

  • Publish technical film specifications that meet customer requirements. 
  • Oversee the physical and heat seal testing protocols to validate film attributes. 
  • Assure film is manufactured consistently to meet customer needs for quality (operations, customer and product requirements).

Roles and Responsibilities:

1.      Using expertise at professional project management to convert film substrates and print versions from the existing supplier to new supplier.  Manage the cross-functional team process to coordinate artwork, film run-outs and film validation to full commercialization.

2.      Do so by managing team meetings, meeting notes, published timelines and agendas.

3.      Conduct testing protocols, operations, shelf life and supply chain qualifications (e.g. raw material and supplier conformance) which result in technically sound packaging specifications.

4.      Lead plant trials for packaging materials.  Properly plan, coordinate and report each trial, provide appropriate level of technical support and troubleshooting to execute trial objectives and ensure proper documentation of each activity.

5.      Implement successful film specifications to satisfaction of functional, quality, and operational requirements and end customer requirements.

6.      Ensure all Packaging Quality expectations are delivered.  Familiar with some Six Sigma and Root Cause Analysis concepts and how to apply throughout the development and commercialization process

7.      Provide Management with technical expertise on shop floor productivity, machine efficiency, and quality associated with packaging materials and their structural design

8.      Proactively identify and implement projects which provide total cost of ownership competitive advantage, whose levers may stem from material costs, line efficiency, and logistics

9.      Apply knowledge of graphics pertaining to the printing process to determine how it affects package performance.  Effectively apply to business issues and make appropriate recommendations

10.  Optimizing film structures to increase shelf life; and do so from changing packaging specifications or the supplier base, while maintaining product integrity

a.       Consolidate film structures and packaging categories they support through a taxonomy mapping exercise


Education:  Four-year engineering degree related to packaging such as industrial, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering; or materials science, from a recognized national or regional university

Experience:Minimum 10 years of total professional experience most of which should have been in R&D and design related to food or beverage packaging in a Fortune 500 food manufacturing company, or leading middle market one


1.      Candidate must have direct packaging experience in food science and food and beverage industries – flexible packaging and portion control experience a plus.

2.      Skilled in following competencies learned in larger corporate settings with formalized business processes and training around:

a.       Customer Focused

b.      Value engineering

c.       Materials science as it relates to packaging; and specifically: flexible packaging, paper, corrugate, glass, aluminum, plastics

d.      Principles of experimental design (e.g., “DOE” - design of experiments), prototyping techniques, and statistical sampling and analysis of variance (ANOVA) techniques

e.       Manufacturing and packaging equipment process as they relate to package material performance, efficiency, and quality

f.        Product development stage gate process

g.       Strategic sourcing

3.      Computer skills including MS Project, MS-Excel

4.      Strong influencing qualities, team player.  Able to quickly gain the respect of customer and internal cross-functional team.

5.      Demonstrated success in the application of the engineering skills necessary to develop and implement new and modified packages from conception through implementation on a large scale, complex and multi-facility basis

6.      A problem solver who can present scientific findings in understandable manner to colleagues and executives

7.      Excellent communicator both in written and oral English, with excellent influencing skills especially with those over whom there is no formal authority

8.      Great capacity for taking on work, enormous drive for winning and with a natural sense of urgency to “get things done quickly.”

9.      Baseline industrial physical requirements are: 

a.       May require stooping, bending and crouching to file, retrieve supplies. Occasional lifting of approximately 25 pounds

Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident or have authorization to work in the United States.

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