St. Packaging Engineer

Company Name:
Premier Personnel Services of New York
Major Duties/Responsibilities:
1. Research, develop, test and implement various proposals for packaging design. Collaborate with project initiator on project objectives and expectations.
Utilize various packaging material substrates in the design of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging that minimizes material usage and labor implications while enhancing retail acceptance.
Determines impact on new packaging design to existing and new automation at manufacturing locations. Modify designs accordingly to optimize manufacturing and labor efficiencies. Recommend, select and execute packaging designs.
Develop design of experiment/test methodologies on packaging materials.
Ascertain that studies are properly designed, conducted and reported to effectively support product development projects. Consistently apply in depth technical expertise to develop new packaging, packaging processes and testing methods with the ability to interface with internal customers.
Responsible for determining packaging material specifications to maintain product integrity. This includes development of appropriate design to maximize long term quality and shelf life of product while minimizing cost.
Conduct analytical testing on materials and interpret data findings.
Propose design recommendations to customer as a result of findings. Ensure project success by keeping project on schedule through written and oral correspondence while evaluating technical data, i.e. lab results, collaborative tests, distribution tests and line trials. Work with team members to implement quality processes and system improvements as a result of learnings to ensure long term corrective actions. This includes better product presentation at retail.
Develops project plans that define scope, adherence to schedule, costs, business impact and risks. Executes plans and identifies issues or obstacles, gains alignment and brings to resolution. Highlights risks to project team and assists in elimination of road blocks when encountered.
Applies logic in problem solving and analysis of alternatives to asses the financial and operations impact of business initiatives. Assesses critical information to make effective decisions or recommendations. Independent ability to develop root cause analysis. Executes plans and identifies issues or obstacles, gains alignment and brings to resolution.
Develop and implement engineering designs to improve efficiencies, increase capacity and reduce costs. Builds consensus across functions as project team leader on complex projects and initiatives.
Mentors engineering colleagues and shares knowledge with packaging development team and others in the organization.
Participates in packaging optimization teams as a packaging expert, to facilitate changes in process to improve organizational efficiencies.
Develop and maintain a professional knowledge of new and emerging trends in packaging technology. Identify areas of opportunity to implement these new technologies into packaging solutions. Assess and resolve packaging design problems on existing items.
Participates in ideation sessions and works with marketing to develop concepts that contribute to consumer purchase decisions. Initiates testing on new packaging concepts that help fulfill unmet consumer needs and drive incremental sales.
2. Ensures the accuracy of specifications issued, including mechanical drawings and written text. Prepare and provide cost estimates for new packaging materials.
Identify potential cost implications to all areas of the business regarding packaging changes and communicate impact to industrial engineering.
Develop packaging bill of materials and enter into project management system for manufacturing/co-pack implementation.
3. Identifies and initiates packaging studies aimed at decreasing costs, reducing material usage while maintaining product/cosmetic integrity.
Partner with procurement and lead implementation of cost reduction initiatives. Conduct value analysis and cost reduction activities on packaging materials and labor reduction.
Review internal and external data to investigate and develop causation of packaging failure and develop/implement corrective actions accordingly. Identify areas of opportunity to standardize materials to realize volume leverage pricing for packaging components.
Partner with strategic sourcing in development of packaging development strategy /cost containment opportunities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of manufacturing and assembly processes; includes understanding of how packaging design changes impact processes, lead times, resource requirements, and development costs
Proven track record of packaging engineering principles
Ability to design and interpret transport simulations
Technical knowledge of packaging material fundamentals
Ability to independently prioritize and manage multiple projects
Demonstrated ability to communicate (oral and written)
Mechanical aptitude and ability
Demonstrated problem solving skills.
Ability to make decisions independently
Demonstrated personal leadership skills
Strong understanding of package theory and principles.
Self-Motivation and initiative
Strong technical leadership skills
Strategic planning skills
Ability to translate internal and external customer needs into relevant/meaningful packaging solutions
Organizational skills
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Education: BS in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related science field or 5-8 years experience in Packaging Development.
Experience: 5-8 years experience in packaging.

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