This position under general supervision is responsible for support of packaging development projects to meet business unit needs. This role is also responsible for researching developing documenting and testing innovative packaging solutions that are new to the company or new to the world. This position will work collaboratively across the organization to develop and deliver packing for the frozen desserts line. Supports Product Development Packaging Sourcing Packaging Equipment Engineering and Purchasing to optimize and reduce total packaging costs.
Executes packaging projects (New to Schwans new packaging equipment line extensions etc.) in alignment with business units and new product platforms to drive company revenue and profitability with moderate supervision.
Identifies and implements innovative packaging solutions resulting in improvements in performance of existing packaging and features reduced packaging costs from new materials/processes and faster execution and simplified processes.
Supports marketing and consumer research initiatives to contribute to the understanding of why consumers buy products and how packaging innovation can affect purchase decisions. Executes concept tests around new and innovative packaging concepts that help fulfill unmet consumer needs and drive the company into new white space. Provides innovative packaging concepts and prototype packages in support of Business Unit consumer research.
Contributes to ideation sessions qualitative consumer research and deep dive initiatives to further understand consumers and market opportunities for the purpose of driving innovation throughout the company.
Identifies opportunities for deep dives into relevant new packaging technologies and present to Business Unit Innovation and Marketing Managers to create awareness and understanding of the evolving world of packaging technology.
Recommends test protocols coordinates and conducts packaging performance testing for the purpose of determining shelf life product protection merchantability and specification tolerance.
Is a key player working with Packaging Sourcing and Engineering in identifying packaging suppliers.
Fully embraces and supports Schwan's Culture of Innovation initiative
Interact with vendors and outside developers to raise technology standards within the packaging organization.
Documents all work according to established procedures and guidelines and prepare various test reports for business and technical leaders to ensure complete communication of project status progress issues solutions timeline and accountability with general supervision.
Responsible to conduct yourself and ensure your subordinates (if applicable) conduct themselves in a manner consistent with company mission values code of ethics policies and other standards of conduct.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Packaging Engineering or equivalent technical degree
Years of Related Experience: 3 - 5 years related experience
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Intermediate knowledge of product/package development flow from ideation to product launch in a consumer goods environment. Intermediate knowledge of the packaging industry and supplier capabilities. Intermediate working knowledge of ASTM and ISTA packaging test methods. Intermediate knowledge of food processing and flow of operations. Intermediate knowledge of government agencies pertaining to the food industry. Working knowledge of a wide variety of packaging materials processing equipment and automated packaging machinery. Intermediate technical problem solving skills using statistics and modeling techniques. Intermediate computer skills including Microsoft office project and CAD software. Intermediate knowledge of Algebra and Geometry. Strong verbal and written communication skills.