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7 months ago
Salary band: $10k - $15k
Location: North America, United States, Illinois
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Jel Sert
Category: Engineer
The Packaging Engineer is responsible for various packaging projects from initiation to production. Projects will consist of modifications of packaging for existing products as well as the packaging for new products. This includes identification, specification development, line trials, sample procurement, sizing trials, line troubleshooting, product documentation, cost-reduced packaging, etc.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Coordinate line trials of new materials/vendors to assure they meet manufacturing, quality, regulatory and customer expectations.
  • Work with MRP Analysts to implement packaging improvement ideas
  • Develop and organize proper documentation for specification system for packaging
  • Audit existing packaging materials for quality, conformance, quantities, etc.
  • Develop ideas for savings, innovation, and quality improvements that are relevant to the product(s) and business.
  • Assists in various project related to packaging (graphics, etc.)
  • Maintain compliance with customers related to packaging.
  • Maintaining packaging specifications and graphics ensuring accessibility and control of packaging assets.
  • Visit vendor locations, as needed, to examine ongoing packaging projects to ensure conformance to project requirements.
  • Provide technical support to Marketing, Quality Assurance, Materials, and Production.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience working with plant operations and packaging supply chain form concept to production for multiple products.
  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on Engineering or related required.
  • Strong working knowledge of a wide variety of packaging materials, automated packaging equipment, and processing equipment.
  • Proficiency in researching and developing state of the art packages through experimental design, package testing methodology, and through previous commercialization experience.
  • Experience in food or other CPG preferred with familiarity with high speed food manufacturing processes is desirable.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
  • Strong communication skills in order to professionally represent the company with customers and suppliers.
  • Subject matter expert, resourceful and creative problem solver.
  • Exceptional time management, project management, and organizational skills; and the ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, approachable, professional, positive and flexible.
  • Work interactively and proactively with internal and external parties at all levels.
  • Meet communicated schedules and deadlines while working in a fast paced environment.
  • Self-starter and independent thinker with the ability to quickly react to situations.
  • Work on multiple tasks and/or projects at once with minimal assistance within a fast paced results-driven environment.
  • Proficient with MS Office, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Discern differences between red/green/amber.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Office, warehouse, and manufacturing environment.
The worker is subject to hazards such as physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or moving vehicles. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions due to office or administrative work.
ACCOUNTABILITIES CHECKLIST
Planning
Prioritizes and schedules own work.
Develops long-range objectives and plans to meet them i.e. line efficiency improvements, alternate materials sourcing and qualification, new item introduction.
Coordinating
Checks the quality and timeliness of own work and others work as it relates to packaging.
Controlling
Establishes and manages spending related to line trials.
Plans and evaluates performance results.
FOOD SAFETY and QUALITY RESPONSIBILITIES
Follow applicable procedures and work instructions.
Monitor Quality Control Points (QCP) if Applicable QCCP's.
Back-up to Materials Manager
IMPACT ON JEL SERT SUCCESS
This job impacts company success in overall effectiveness of packaging across Jel Sert manufacturing which is a $50M+ annual spend.


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