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Packaging Engineering Manager
Chicago, IL



We are seeking a dedicated people leader with a passion for coaching and development, sustainability, and knowledge of packaging engineering. As the Packaging Manager, reporting to the Senior Director of Packaging, you will lead a team of approximately 5 Corporate Packaging Engineers in development and commercialization of new, improved, and cost-reduced packaging ideas for our Client’s portfolio. With a focus on sustainability and cost savings, you will provide leadership in the frozen consumer packaging group by driving packaging innovation platforms for these businesses and provide packaging leadership for cross functional project teams.


What else you'll do in this role:

  • Champion ideas for technology improvements, cost savings, innovations that align with strategic fit of projects

  • Manage technical team and cross-functional initiatives as part of business team leadership

  • Set tactical and strategic objectives to drive business results

  • Communicate strategies, priorities, and direction to staff

  • Handle complex tasks and projects simultaneously

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners and resources

  • Exhibit a high level of professionalism and positively contribute to the image of ConAgra Foods in technical community

  • Maintain excellent understanding and application of experimental design, performance specs, and CQV design.

  • Maintain high awareness of technical trends and developments in the packaging industry

  • Coach, mentor and develop a team of engineers ensuring individual growth through development plans.

  • Lead development of technical work plans and execute projects integrated with business teams.  Lead technical as well as cross-functional project teams including negotiating for financial and human resources


What you'll need to be successful:

  • Bachelors in Packaging, Engineering, or related field with 10+ years relevant work experience in packaging industry (CPG preferred). Or Masters/PhD in Packaging or related field with 7+ years relevant work experience in packaging industry (CPG preferred)

  • Multiple years as a manager leading groups of engineers at varying levels.

  • Experience with government regulatory requirements in the processing of food

  • Excellent understanding of packaging materials capabilities and equipment

  • Understanding of food science and how food is affected in packaging.

  • General knowledge in food safety, sanitary design, and equipment cleaning.

  • Clear understanding of the application of physical and structure package testing procedures.

  • Able to analyze all aspects of new package systems.

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate and maintain cross-functional partnerships

  • Ability to pursue exclusivity patents.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Ability to travel 20-30% of time

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