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Senior Packaging Engineer

Date: Oct 1, 2021

Location: Wausau, WI, US, 54401

Company: Great Lakes Cheese

Job Overview

The Senior Packaging Engineer will assist the Manager in the identification, development and commercialization of new, improved, and cost-reduced packaging while supporting the cross-functional project tasks. The Engineer will help to develop the design of packaging systems or equipment necessary to drive strategy and initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage capital projects from concept to implementation through GLC’s Capital Process.
  • Evaluate, research, and develop new/alternate materials, process methods, equipment and technologies.
  • Maintain strong understanding and application of experimental design, performance specs, and CQV design.
  • Plan, execute, and analyze plant/pilot plant/lab trials. 
  • Review and approve, interpret, develop, and issue technical specifications.
  • Manage materials to maximize operating efficiencies while containing/reducing expenses.
  • Foster the vendor selection and qualification process while ensuring new materials comply with GLC standards and expectations.
  • Set-up and/or design for new products/packages for customers and producing plants. 
  • Improve plant efficiencies through equipment automation.
  • Standardize and manage specifications and procedures relating to packaging and machinery applications to optimize finished product quality and performance.
  • Provide solutions for daily issues related to packaging, supplies, costing materials & labor.
  • Collaborate with the Sales & Marketing teams to lead feasibility studies for new products.
  • Manage GLC Sustainability Program.
  • Manage GLC Packaging Specification System.
  • All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.
  • All GLC employees are expected to produce our products in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Packaging or Mechanical Engineering.
  • 7 years of Engineering experience or more.
  • Strong Capital Project Management Skills.
  • AutoCAD Proficient.
  • Strong written and verbal communications.
  • Knowledge of food packaging, preferably cheese or meat.
  • Ability to communicate with packaging material suppliers, packaging equipment manufacturers, and co-packers.  
  • Up to 50% of travel.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience in package commercialization.
  • Experience in attending customer visits to support the sales/marketing team.
  • Experience in the food/dairy industry. 
  • Experience with Flexible Packaging, Rigid Packaging, MAP equipment, Corrugated Packaging, Sustainability.
  • SAP experience.

Working Conditions

• Occasional exposure to industrial operations including: temperature extremes from approximately 35ºF to 100ºF; noise levels in excess of 85 dB; moisture and moving machinery.
• Work is mainly performed in an office setting, with some time spent in a manufacturing environment

EEOC & Disclaimer

Great Lakes Cheese is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

Nearest Major Market: Wausau