Packaging Engineer

Job Description-Packaging Engineer

                                                     

Since 1914, our recipes have always begun with the key elements of quality ingredients, quality people, and a love for what we do. Since Martin Kretchmer’s, the guy who started it all, humble beginnings selling candy out of a cart (a story told by his 96 year old granddaughter that can neither be confirmed nor denied), our family has been dedicated to providing candy lovers with the highest quality products and experiences. As we move into the future, we remain rooted in our values, while also embracing a strategy of investing in the happiness of our people, communities, and environment. If we are successful in those three areas, we believe we can change the world for the better.

American Licorice understands that the key ingredient of our success truly comes from the dedication, quality, and happiness of our people. That’s why the bedrock values we look for in our associates are integrity, compassion, engagement, and those who want to be team players. We hope that every associate brings their best every day and is ready for a fast paced, exciting work environment that is constantly changing.  

Just as we expect the best from our Associates, we too, aim to provide the best for them by encouraging and supporting success in all areas of professional and personal development. Benefits for associates include:

· Competitive market based pay and benefits,

· Incentives for participation in healthy and environmental living initiatives,

· Volunteer opportunities to give back to our communities, and

· An encouraging and helpful work environment.

Embark on a new professional venture at American Licorice, where family, tradition, innovation, and inspiration come together for a positive and prideful working environment. Becoming a part of our family will help you grow professionally and personally and gives us all a chance to change our world!

Position Overview:

The Packaging Engineer must be committed to ALC’s core values and strategy of investing in happiness, where they will have a large impact on how ALC’s packages impact the environment. The Packaging Engineer is responsible for the designing of product packaging to ensure product integrity, appeal under varying shipping and display conditions, avoidance of non-essential slack fill, while doing their best to limit the environmental impact of that packaging. She/He will test, analyze, and select materials for packaging based upon durability, cost effectiveness, and environmental impact.  The Packaging Engineer will oversee all aspects of projects associated with packaging design including setting of deadlines, monitoring and summarizing progress, and preparing reports regarding status. Also, the Packaging Engineer will be responsible for compliance with GS1 standards and other applicable laws and standards. The Packaging Engineer will travel on a regular basis between ALC locations.  Travel includes but not limited to internal and external training and/or meetings and press runs.

 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Embrace ALC’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Engagement and being a Team Player.
  • A desire to invest in the happiness of our people, communities, and environment.
  • Design packaging to ensure product integrity, appeal under varying shipping and display conditions, avoidance of non-essential slack fill, while doing their best to limit the environmental impact of that packaging.
  • Design displays and case packages, including DRCs/PDQs.
  • Input on ideation of packaging items based upon vendor resources, costs, and environmental impact and operation capabilities.
  • Researches new vendors for packaging not supported by current vendor list.
  • Works with Operations and Quality on packaging improvements, quality control, and efficiency improvements.
  • Responsible for managing production tests, ship tests, and final specification of packaging items.
  • Creates spec sheets, samples, and mock ups for new items.
  • Manage GS1 data requirements
  • Controls audit and update of spec sheets of all Packaging Materials by certifying data and specification detail for all departments.
  • Attends Press Runs and audits quality and integrity of all packaging items.
  • Act as a liaison between Marketing, Sales, and Procurement on new packaging ideas and concepts.
  • Attends Sales meetings with customers to support ideation of new packaging items.
  • Oversees all aspects of projects associated with new designs including setting of deadlines, monitoring and summarizing progress, and preparing reports regarding status.
  • Attends packaging shows, seminars, and trainings to keep up to date with trends in the industry.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in area of specialty.
  • 4 - 5 years experience in Consumer Packaged Goods or in the Food or Confectionary Industry is preferred.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedure of the packaging industry.
  • Creative thinker with ability to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Digitally savvy.
  • The ability to adapt and a passion for learning.
  • Travel required, approximately 30% of time

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed above and below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Good communications skills and the ability to get along with a diverse population are critical qualifications.
  • This candidate must exhibit excellent customer service, integrity and composure when working with both external and internal customers.

 

The Essentials:

 

Job Title:

Packaging Engineer

Exempt                                                                  

Non-Exempt:                                                     

 

Reports to:

VP of Supply Chain

Functional Group:

Business Development Group

Department:  Supply Chain

Date:

9/1/2017

Location:  LaPorte, IN

 

 

Physical Job Description

Job Title:

 Packaging Engineer

 

 

 

 

Typical Working Conditions: (Describe environment including exposure to heat, cold, fumes, chemicals, allergens, mold, etc.)

 

 Office environment is climate controlled w/ ergonomic chairs and work spaces.  Warehouse and Production Floor are not climate controlled.  Prolonged periods of sitting, repetitive movements such as typing and telephone, and walking of warehouse and production floor.

 

Equipment Used: (List all manual and automated equipment used in the course of performing essential functions.)

 

Utilize computer, Cubiscan, telephone, fax, scanner, copier, printer, ten-key and postage machine.

 

Essential Physical Tasks: (List all physical tasks encountered in performing essential functions.)

 

 Prolonged sitting & keyboarding. Extended periods of analyzing packaging materials.  Some walking of packaging storage areas and observation of material being transported in warehouse.

 

 

ADA Worksheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of Physical Demands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please mark an X where appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N = Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R= Rarely (less than 1 hour per week)

 

 

 

 

 

 

O= Occasional (1%-66% of time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F= Frequent (34%-66% of time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C= Constantly (over 66% of time)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity

Frequency

Activity

 

Frequency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifting/Carrying

N

R

O

F

C

Twisting/Turning

N

R

O

F

C

Less than 10 lbs

 

 

 

x

 

Reach over shoulder

 

x

 

 

 

11 - 20 lbs

 

 

x

 

 

Reach over head

 

x

 

 

 

21 - 50 lbs

 

x

 

 

 

Reach outward

 

 

x

 

 

51 - 100 lbs

x

 

 

 

 

Climb

 

x

 

 

 

More than 100 lbs

x

 

 

 

 

Crawl

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kneel

 

x

 

 

 

Pushing/Pulling

 

 

 

 

 

Squat

 

x

 

 

 

Less than 10 lbs

 

 

x

 

 

Sit

 

 

 

 

x

11 - 20 lbs

 

 

x

 

 

Walk - Normal Surfaces

 

 

 

x

 

21 - 50 lbs

 

x

 

 

 

Walk - Uneven Surfaces

 

x

 

 

 

51 - 100 lbs

x

 

 

 

 

Walk - Slippery Surfaces

 

x

 

 

 

More than 100 lbs

x

 

 

 

 

Stand

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bend

 

 

x

 

 

Driving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automatic Trans

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Trans

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keyboard/Ten Key

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fingering (fine dexterity)

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handling (grasping, holding)

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repetitive Motion - Hands

 

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repetitive Motion - Feet

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

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