Senior Packaging Development Engineer

This position is part of the North America Research & Development Function and reports to the Head of Regional Packaging Design & Development. The role will act as a key technical lead on various programs from concept through commercialization. The scope of work is related, but not limited to innovation, cost savings, brand maintenance and/or customer requests. The incumbent will serve and be viewed as a key technical leader, with emphasis on holistic package development practices within the department. The individual will be expected to accomplish objectives through their individual contributions as well as indirect reporting relationships within the department and/or function.
Expected Areas of Competence
Technical Knowledge / Acumen
Possesses and applies an understanding of industry knowledge and technical expertise in research and data analysis to create best in class products
Creates packaging material specifications, associated drawings, and packaging procedural specifications to provide the required technical information necessary to support the product/packaging configurations.
Identify material requirements, draft specifications, and apply testing procedures to ensure projects deliver efficient cost, line performance, package quality, supply chain robustness, and fulfill the consumer need state.
Participate in or assist in developing consumer studies to understand consumers' behaviors or preferences as it relates to MJN's packaging and its implication on Total User Experience.
Applies technical packaging knowledge and information from a wide variety of sources to solve difficult problems and provide solutions based on risk and benefit assessments. Applies fundamental packaging principles in recognizing potential issues and identifies timely and cost effective solutions.
Maintain a developed technical acumen of MJN packaging formats such that incumbent is comfortable communicating information about our packages in cross functional settings when accuracy of information matters.
Project Leadership
Demonstrates project planning and management skills for streamlined execution by effectively prioritizing responsibilities to ensure excellence in project completion.
Leads and/or participates in project meetings, issues related to documentation, produces and manage timelines, manage project communications down and across the business as appropriate.
Conduct root cause analysis, facilitate a D.O.E, and apply trouble shooting techniques to solve for technical issues and performance challenges.
Manage and conduct lab analysis, production line trials and supplier testing as needed on related projects. Generate and analyze performance based data to drive technical and business recommendations.
Plans, leads and attends packaging manufacturer and MJN plant trials to assist in evaluation and problem resolution.
Supports the development of packaging cost models and scenarios comparing and contrasting alternatives to recommend ideal solutions.
Innovation Management
Analyzes the industry/customer/prime prospect dynamics, scientific/technical feasibility, and market viability in all aspects of the R&D process to build innovative solutions that enhance organizational value.
Supports the identification and development of enabling technologies that drive breakthrough new packages, cost savings and/or core renovation initiatives.
Effectively partner with the business to commercialize packaging solutions for medium projects/programs that are led by others or small projects/programs lead by others or the incumbent. Partner with other department staff to effectively support large projects/program led by others.
Support the research of equipment solutions at the front end, support identifying new technologies or appropriate existing technologies for the organization, for transition to Engineering.
Work across all functions, including the balance of R&D, Operations, Quality, Engineering, Commercial, Procurement and Suppliers to support project launches as need.
Knowledge Desired
Bachelor's Degree in Packaging, Package Engineering, Packaging Science or similar technical field such as Engineering or Food Science required.
Master's Degree preferred in Packaging or Business
Strong knowledge of science and technology discovery, design, and development processes, information systems.
Working knowledge of networking with external resources outside of R&D.
Strong understanding of how to translate consumer and customer insights into functional value that creates benefit
Able to embody design theories and output packaging solutions that can be commercialized.
Expert level understanding of rigid and flexible polymeric materials and their manufacturing and converting process (blow molding, injection molding, thermoforming, film and sheet conversion).
Business skills that can drive initiatives through an organization.
The ability to deal with ambiguity and deploy effective use of creative problem solving skills.
Ability to organize and present technical and project management overviews without assistance.
A strong background in packaging equipment systems and qualifications.
Effective and proactive verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated skills handling or supporting multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to embrace and live MJN's Mission, Vision and Values.
Recognizes the importance of employee safety in the workplace including compliance with legal, corporate safety, and environmental guidelines.
Energetic and self-motivated professional with a strong sense of urgency.
Ability to mentor junior staff and others.
Demonstrated efficiency with MS Office, Infor Optiva & SAP.
Experiences Desired
Demonstrated history of high performance in designing and developing packages at the bench, pilot plant and commercial scale.
Demonstrated high-level of contribution to cross-functional/multi-disciplined teams operating in a dynamic, result-oriented environment.
Experience communicating and networking effectively with a diverse audience at multiple levels
Experience and expertise with fiber based packaging, high barrier rigid and flexible packaging substrates and/or hybrid applications combining multiple substrate types.
Experience in Aseptic process and packaging principles as well as thermal processing as it relates to packaging design.
Must have experience or advanced training and demonstrate proficiency in problem analysis and resolution, statistical methods, and design of experiments.
Experience with government regulatory requirements in the infant formula in relation to Packaging.
10+ years of relevant and experience with progressive responsibilities and project leadership in the consumer products or food packaging industry

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