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Principal Packaging Engineer
Darien, CT



The Principal Packaging Engineer is capable of managing all packaging aspects for a business unit. Is seen as a technical expert in the field and is a key technical lead on project teams. Provides technical expertise within the packaging functional team.  Identifies and assesses complex technical problems and provides solutions and recommendations. Manages BU packaging priorities and resources. Holds a technical leadership role on the packaging functional team by developing their own competencies and inspiring technical competency in others. Provides clear technical direction and sets priorities. Serves as a technical mentor to junior engineers. Develops a clear, defined area of expertise for which they are the SME.
•Develops and designs new packaging for safe, convenient, and attractive transport of products. Develops packaging material standards and specifications.
•Ensures compliance with safety and quality standards.  Evaluates and recommends efficient packaging procedures, innovations and packaging materials, and utilization of automation where needed.  
•Develops engineering drawings and specifications with suppliers to determine materials and design required to maximize convenience, utility and function based on the product's physical characteristics, including safety and special handling requirements.   
•Designs and coordinates laboratory tests, plant trials, to assess technical feasibility in the qualification of new materials and equipment.
•Provides technical support to ensure quality standards, package performance, and continued supply of products and packaging materials.  Participates on continuous improvement teams.   
•Oversee the coordination of activities at contract packaging and labeling sites.  
•Oversees exterior package design to ensure proper product identification, consumer appeal, and production techniques.  
•Provides continuous cost optimization to brands.
 •Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of direct experience in consumer goods.
•Ability to Execute projects on time and on budget without guidance from manager. 
•Proactively anticipates issues and determines contingency plans.
•Sets up realistic timelines and testing plans.  
•Works well with cross functional partners to execute projects with excellence.  
•Tenaciously attacks programs.   
•Is committed to achieving goals, through obstacles, issues and surprises.  
•Able to change direction quickly if needed.  Sets high standards of performance. 
•Is assertive and persistent in project work and communication. 
•Seen as a technical expert in packaging and packaging systems.  
•Communicates in a timely, concise and effective manner, both written and verbally. 
•Active listener, interactive in meetings insuring POV is expressed and understood by cross functional team members. 
The salary for this role is $100,000.00 - $125,000.00. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Connecticut.  This salary range may also be modified in the future.

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