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Home Market Foods Packaging Engineer in Norwood, Massachusetts

The Packaging Engineer will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall packaging management strategy at Home Market Foods. This includes initial product development, procurement cost savings initiatives, and supply chain optimization. The incumbent will create new processes from scratch, have an ability to influence others, and drive for results. This role is integrated into the activity management process with cross functional engagement with supply chain, production, and procurement. Responsibilities will also include identifying opportunities and implement countermeasures to capture cost savings; driving CPG food packaging initiatives and identifying the way packaging can be leveraged to drive incremental sales; and building a packaging optimization program to create overall value to the business. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversee and manage complete packaging development process, including the creation of packaging structure designs, prototype development, and performance testing. Collaborate directly with Production Managers and floor employees to drive Continuous Improvement projects. Create detailed packaging specifications and packaging BOM (bill of materials). Partner with the manufacturing department to ensure that the packaging designs are optimized for manufacturability. Participate on cross-functional teams, to deliver packaging for new/revised products to market including providing training to floor personnel on new equipment and new materials. Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage. Specify and recommend efficiency tools and test methods to develop and validate packaging designs. Partner closely with packaging vendors in ensuring specifications and timelines are met Bring forth innovative packaging solutions for new and current products, as well as explore new vendor partnership Troubleshoot new and existing packaging problems involving designs, materials and processes and provide creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions. 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. Other duties as assigned EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Bachelors degree in packaging engineering or related field required 5+ years consumer packaged goods experience, ideally in a food manufacturing environment required Strong experience managing projects and/or leading a team in a cross-functional environment required PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The below physical demands are representative of those that must be met by the team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time Must be comfortable working near our industrial Microwave process WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Our production floor consists of cold/hot/moisture rich environments (temperatures varying from 28-40F, cook operations -100F, Freezers -10 to more than 110F during Sanitation procedures Company provided Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must be worn while on the production floor