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Quality Search -  Since 1981

Position Title

Principal Packaging Engineer


Western Rockies


10 Plus Years


Health & Wellness

Salary Range

$110-120K  F-H

Targeted Bonus Range



B.S. Degree in Packaging Engineering or equivalent



Reports to

Packaging Section Manager

Direct Reports





Products include Vitamins, Supplements, Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking product lines.  


Company:  For over three decades this privately held company with approximately 4,000 employees and revenues in excess of $2B has been growing, most recently at 15%/year.  They have 6 manufacturing plants and they produce and distribute nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, facial care, home hygiene, and other wellness products.  They market directly to the consumer through a full-service catalog and Internet shopping system.

Position:  The Principal Packaging Engineer will perform a wide variety of technical tasks in support of specific new or existing Company products, under the supervision of the Packaging Manager.  Provide technical guidance on packaging material selection and design.  Recommends/specifies appropriate product packaging, as well as solves existing package related issues. These tasks are highly specific and usually require the use of quantitative methods and the application of technical judgment to assist in the development of new packaging or to troubleshoot problems with existing packaging configurations.  Will also manage special projects as needed.


  • Develop packaging solutions for new and existing products.
  • Work with Marketing, R&D, Production, Engineering, & external partners to evaluate, qualify, & recommend new designs & prototypes.
  • Evaluate competitive products, Company products, and trial compositions according to established procedures.
  • Prepare samples & perform required tests for trial compositions & packaging. 
  • Evaluate and measure packaging components & technical drawings to determine acceptability for use.
  • Maintain accurate records of test results and observations; specifically lab notebooks & electronic records.
  • Frequent communication of critical information between key internal customer groups (Marketing, Operations, R&D, etc.)
  • Calibrate, operate, and maintain packaging test equipment.
  • Provide support to US and International Operations to solve packaging-related manufacturing problems.
  • Create & maintain packaging component specifications.
  • Attend weekly Category team meetings as a Packaging representative for the R&D Department.
  • Use all available physical & electronic resources to research technical problems and find solutions independently.
  • Take ownership of all packaging related issues within the company for both domestic and international products.


  • Mentor and train Lab Technicians as needed under the direction of the Packaging Manager.
  • Represent the R&D/Packaging Dept. in support of QA, Operations, Purchasing, and Marketing activities.
  • Coordinate line trials of new/alternate packaging components with Production & Engineering.
  • Coordinate with China Manufacturing and international markets to oversee development and localization of new packaging.
  • Oversee the creation of custom tooling projects for packaging components, including in-house molding projects.
  • Perform and summarize experimental designs incorporating multiple samples and variables.
  • Train R&D associates in the use of laboratory equipment and procedures.
  • Perform and/or manage special projects under the direction of the Packaging Section Manager or VP of R&D.
  • Create & refine Standard Operating Procedures and Policies for packaging related processes & activities.
  • Lead one or more cross-functional task force teams related to continuous product improvement.
  • Document status of projects weekly to the Packaging Manager.
  • Maintain Company corporate confidentiality & ethical standards for all interactions with outside vendors, suppliers, and other parties.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed.

Education:  Bachelor of Science degree (Packaging, Material Science, or Engineering background preferred).

Experience:  Requires 10 or more years of direct packaging industry experience.  Previous work experience in the food and/or nutritional supplement industry is required.  Experience with flexible packaging (stickpacks, sachets, stand-up pouches, flow-wrap, etc.) is preferred.  Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) certification preferred

Essential Qualifications:

  • Ability to research information using printed material, internet resources, telephone, etc. to find solutions to problems.
  • Previous work experience in consumer products companies (food products, personal care, cosmetics, home cleaners, etc.) is preferred.
  • Previous experience with Good Manufacturing Practices with expertise in Food/Supplement Packaging & OTC products preferred.
  • Knowledge of commonly used lab instruments (e.g. balance/scales, calipers, etc.). Package testing equipment experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with material testing procedures, such as ASTM, SPI, ISTA, etc.
  • Familiarity with packaging-specific software (CAPE, TOPS, etc.)
  • Familiarity or proficiency in 3D CAD software (Solidworks, etc.)
  • Familiarity or proficiency with IntellaPac specification software.
  • Just as important as your experience and skills will be the following characteristics and competencies:
  • A natural orientation for continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • A collaborative approach and willingness to engage in an environment of active idea sharing.
  • Sharp organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to produce consistent quality under deadline pressure while paying careful attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation and a strong sense of ownership and accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze problems and create solutions.
  • Detailed work and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and professionally.

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