Packaging Engineering Manager
The Packaging Engineering Manager position designs and executes packaging technology strategies from concept to commercialization, including growth initiatives, quality & efficiency improvements, troubleshooting activities and general packaging support.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Packaging Engineering Manager position is accountable for design and commercialization of new flexible and rigid packaging material, as well as the optimization of existing flexible and rigid packaging materials. The Packaging Engineering Manager is expected to maintain vendor relationships and leverage vendor support to trouble shoot issues, identify root causes and insure corrective actions are implemented. The Packaging Engineering Manager collaborates with cross-functional partners including, Procurement, Commercial, Operations, and Quality. Provide technical knowledge, direction, education, and assistance in the packaging of high quality snack food products:
- Provide technical solutions to primary packaging, flexible (film), rigid (corrugate case material), and pallet configurations from manufacturing through the distribution chain
- Implement opportunities to optimize our existing packaging systems and potential innovations to transform our packaging
- Evaluate, develop and implement structural packaging designs and materials to ensure they provide the barrier protection required to ensure the integrity, quality and safety of the product, including shipping integrity throughout the distribution chain
- Support factory within optimization activities
- Use continuous improvement strategies to develop ideas for savings, innovation, plant efficiency and quality improvements.
- Lead manufacturing line testing and evaluation of new packages, corrugate and pallet configurations
- Creates packaging related SOPs, work instructions and packaging specifications.
- Analyzes engineering drawings and specifications of product to determine physical characteristics of item, special handling, environmental and safety requirements, and types of materials required for packaging.
- Supports supply chain initiatives including new and alternative packaging
- Understands the relationship between package, product and process.
- Create and engineer packaging designs that can be scaled up within given automation landscape
- Assists in facility design and implementation of new equipment.
- Participates in the evaluation of online equipment, allowing for early detection of process errors/product non-quality.
- Maintains competence in packaging materials and new equipment offerings by attending technical meetings to identify new opportunities with respect to product/process.
- Evaluates various throughput rates and identify production limitation and equipment capability.
- Manage strong relationships with vendors to identify improvement opportunities for packaging materials and equipment.
- Collaborate with packaging vendors to mitigate quality issues and drive cost improvement initiatives
- Troubleshoot new or existing product problems involving designs, materials, processes or bottlenecks.
- Provide technical expertise and support related to manufacturing.
- Leads and Develops Team Members
- Coaches team members on a daily basis in the principles of packaging engineering
- Communicates effectively with employees through both oral and written means.
- Builds rapport and collaborative relationships across cross-functional teams.
- Performs additional related duties as assigned
Education and Work Experience
- Must have Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Materials/Packaging Engineering from an accredited institution or the equivalent combination of experience and education.
- 5+ years of experience with packaging innovation/engineering in CPG, Food or Beverage manufacturing environment.
- TOPS and CAD software experience preferred.
- Proficient in the use of MS Office software including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Coaching and Developing Others — identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Critical Thinking — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Troubleshooting — determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Training and Teaching Others — identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Shearer’s Snacks is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation