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Position Title

Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Packaging


California – Bay Area


5 or more years


Food Packaging

Salary Range


Targeted Bonus Range



B.S. Degree in Engineering or equivalent


Up to 25%

Reports to

Director, Engineering


Highly Prefer Local but will provide a Lump Sum for an exceptional candidate


Our client has invented efficient, sustainable ways to transform ingredients from plants into meat, fish and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand, without the destructive environmental or public health impact. As a result the company is experiencing rapid growth and is committed to leading all aspects of the plant-based food revolution—from discovery to commercial production.


As the Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Packaging, you will help design and optimize new primary food packaging (and subsequent packaging), and lead continuous improvement projects for existing primary and secondary packaging. In addition, you will work multi-functionally with R&D, PDC, and Engineering to ensure appropriate packaging materials and technologies are trialed during bench and pilot testing to ensure the appropriate manufacturing scale equipment will perform as intended. You also will collaborate with Manufacturing teams to develop and improve processes at all levels of the organization.

In addition your will:

  • Lead the equipment selection for representative and scale trials based upon desired results.
  • Develop User Requirement Specifications for equipment and materials based upon product requirements and bench, pilot, and plant trials.
  • Develop BFDs and perform Mass Balance studies.
  • Identify equipment and vendors to meet product, process, and capacity requirements.
  • Develop RFPs and RFQs for equipment and materials.
  • Collaborate with Product Innovation and Development to scale and optimize processes to produce high quality, safe products.
  • Develop scaled down packaging processes for representative bench and pilot scale trials.
  • Foster a collaborative learning environment and mentor junior engineers.


  • BS in an Engineering field
  • 5 or more years of experience in a food and/or beverage process manufacturing environment
  • Experience in packaging engineering and design, including creating BFDs and Mass Balance sheets
  • Experience in scaling processes between bench, pilot, and manufacturing scales
  • Experience in leading projects from concept through validation: schedule development,
  • equipment specification, installation, commissioning, qualification, and verification
  • Experience with various commercial food packaging, casing, and palletizing
  • Experience in sanitary design, Sanitary 3-A, USDA, and FDA food processing as well as
  • HACCP, OSHA, and other food production standards
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving through a data based approach
  • Ability Travel up to 25% for FATs and plant trials

To inquire or further discuss, call Jeff Wolfe  219-926-5015 (Talk/Text), or Inquire by email to Jeff Wolfe

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