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Packaging Engineer in Chicago, IL at Morton Salt

Date Posted: 3/14/2019

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Job Description

The jobholder plays a pivotal role in leading packaging activities throughout the company, through innovation, cost savings activities, recycling initiatives and meeting customer and Morton quality needs.  The jobholder will lead the identification and drive opportunities for improvements within primary, secondary, tertiary packaging for both consumer packaged goods and Business to Business products. The jobholder will be a primary resource to solve technical packaging challenges as an output to Morton’s quality processes while interacting with multiple external resources, such as vendors and contract manufacturers, to help reduce packaging driven defects. The jobholder primarily supports meeting packaging needs, and provides critical support to new packaging initiatives, package design/innovation, and sustainability



Responsibilities •         Work with cross functional internal and external colleagues to respond to Customer requests for packaging changes, including such things as: recyclability, retail ready packaging, compliance to guidelines.
•         Coordinate and lead packaging functional testing including outside lab testing, plant trials and supplier qualifications on new, or modified packaging and packaging processes.
•         Ensure close collaboration between key functional partners across Quality, R&D, Operations, Marketing, and Distribution to drive results.
•         Identify, define, and solve technical packaging problems as an output to Morton’s quality processes
•         Understand and communicate emerging packaging trends, industry best practices, and recycling with a focus on performance drivers of packaging materials. 
•         Collaborate and partner with suppliers and co-manufacturers to address both quality initiated technical challenges and support new technology opportunities
•         To be the subject matter expert for development and commercialization of packaging and material systems within the innovation framework.
•         Develop, coordinate and execute line trials at Plants and co-packers to confirm that quality attributes and performance metrics are achieved.

Qualifications BS Packaging Science Degree or related technical discipline
6-10 years of relevant packaging experience
Proven experience in facilitation of driving change with external and internal partners to eliminate quality defects
Experience collaborating across cross-functional teams to drive results
Root cause problem-solving skills and ability to identify solutions
Ability to manage across multiple projects
Ability to work independently or with cross functional teams, and be accountable to a timeline
Experienced working with cross-functional teams
Excellent oral and written communication and influencing skills, ability to work effectively in a team environment
Self-motivated problem-solver and the drive to deliver objectives in a complex environment
Knowledge of packaging sustainability, and trends within the industry
Strong data analysis skills to drive understanding and insights in packaging qualifications
Ability to travel up to 30% of time to manufacturing sites, co-packers, or warehouses as project load demands