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Plastics Packaging Engineer

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Systems Search

Wausau, WI

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The Packaging Engineer designs/develops, tests, and implements packaging designs that are an integral part of the organizations Product Development Process.

The Packaging Engineer works with internal resources and packaging suppliers to achieve functional packaging goals.


* Oversee and manage complete packaging development process, including the creation of packaging designs, prototype development, and performance testing.

* Troubleshoot new and existing packaging problems involving designs, materials and processes and provide creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions.

* Ability to identify lab equipment needed to perform detailed product testing and/or outside lab facilities to be used for product testing.

* Analyze 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.

* Establish standards and guidelines for supplier evaluation. Evaluate and select packaging suppliers/vendors; periodically conduct vendor reviews.

* Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

* Work closely with global suppliers, engineering, product management, operations, and sourcing.

* Participate in product introduction teams, to deliver new products to market.

* Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to plastic packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage.

* Work closely with Engineering to optimize packaging supply base for cost, lead time, quality, regionalization, standardization, supply assurance, and compliance with customer, regulatory, and internal requirements.

* Specify and recommend efficiency tools and test methods to develop and validate packaging designs.

* Work with the manufacturing departments to ensure that the packaging designs are optimized for manufacturability.

* Develop and implement comprehensive test plans to ensure that packaging exceeds customer specifications.


* Knowledge of plastics (specifically film structures) and laminations a MUST.

* Bachelors degree in Chemical engineering or packaging engineering.

* Must have 5 years of experience in industrial or consumer packaging

* Knowledge and understanding of packaging design validation standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.), drafting and specification standards is essential.

* Demonstrable proficiency in 3D software is needed.

* Problem solving and decision making skills are necessary.

* Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

* Good communication skills, orally and in writing.

* Understanding of process improvement, quality, improvement concepts.

* Should have experience in rapid prototyping.

* Must be able to demonstrate project management skills and experience.


* Ability to travel nationally & internationally

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