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Senior Packaging Engineer

Redwood City, CA 94063

Posted: 01/23/2023 Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Engineering Job Number: 541608 Is job remote?: No Country: United States

Job Description

Job Summary:

You are a senior technical leader in a team responsible for developing and supporting products for retail and food service in global markets. You will use your packaging expertise and scientific know-how to solve challenges associated with scale up from bench to piloting and manufacturing, product design, specification development, and product renovation and optimization.

Essential Job Functions:

? Design complex experiments including those outside your assigned area and in a manner that you determine based on the project needs. 
? Conduct experiments at bench, pilot, or plant scale.
? Synthesize results across multiple experiments to uncover themes and overarching conclusions.
? Execute packaging testing including shipping test, abuse and stress tests, packaging defect characterization, material characterization, headspace analysis, shelf life, and consumer testing. Develop and manage packaging specifications. Design and prototype packaging changes and new designs. Write guidance documentation for Operations, Manufacturing, and Quality teams to support production.  
? Present results to leadership and cross functional partners in a way that drives new ways of thinking and influences change. 
? Examine products in refrigerated manufacturing/co-manufacturing facilities, which includes climbing ladders to inspect the quality of product output.
? Travel to worksites to ensure product scaleup considerations are met and the local team is prepared to execute manufacturing of new or modified products and processes.
? Work as a technical project leader on multiple high complexity product development projects or program level efforts. Navigate challenging situations where negotiation, conflict resolution, and giving constructive feedback are required. Mentor and coach junior team members.

Basic Qualifications:

? BS/MS in Packaging or a related field and 8 - 12 years of professional work experience in relevant roles. or PhD with 4 years work experience
? Has a complete understanding of packaging materials and processes commonly used for plant based foods.  Additionally has deep expertise in several packaging technologies. 
? Has a full understanding of scale up and scale down challenges and designs experiments accordingly.
? Leverages their understanding of cross-functional inputs to optimize their packaging development efforts. Has been directly responsible for and executed complex packaging scale up projects in the food/beverage space.
? Is fully comfortable working in a laboratory, pilot, and plant scale environment, including those of third parties.
? Is fully competent with Excel and G-sheets for data reporting and analysis. Has advanced knowledge of software commonly used in food product development such as PLM, statistical analysis programs, as well as packaging specific tools such as TOPS or CAPE.
? Applies strong problem solving skills. Leverage the scientific method as well as creative solutions in daily work.
? Demonstrates a high level of autonomy and confidence in defining their project goals and in making complex decisions.  Manager is supporting in a mostly coaching capacity and on an approximately weekly or biweekly basis.
? Physical requirements: must be able to lift 40 lb, stand for several hours, climb ladders, and work with hands, eyes, ears, and communicate verbally. 
? Travel: some travel required


Preferred Qualifications:

? Ability to thrive in a diverse, dynamic team. 
? Self-starter that is naturally curious and enjoys working in a fast-past environment. 
? Strong oral and written communication skills. 
? Highly organized and high attention to detail. 
? Demonstrates alignment to IF's core values. 
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