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Packaging Engineer

Company: Conagra Brands
Location: Chicago
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

We are looking for a Packaging Engineer to join our R&D Team in either Omaha or Chicago.As the Packaging Engineer, reporting to the Packaging Manager, you will identify, develop and commercialize new, improved, and cost-reduced packaging initiatives for Conagra's packaging portfolio. With a focus on sustainability, you will work on many different packaging formats. Under the guidance of senior level engineers, you will act as secondary support for packaging-driven projects and new start-ups/capacity expansion for specific plants. You will support trials and/or start-ups and perform hands-on package testing & prototyping in our state-of-the-art labs and pilot plants. Each engineer owns their space/brands while collaborating with our internal and external partners.Conagra's R&D facilities are state-of-the-art, including dedicated packaging spaces for ideation, design, and prototyping. Engineers have the ability perform in-house package testing and physical prototyping to bring new innovations to life using our top-of-the-line equipment within our labs and other spaces.Job Responsibilities:Independently lead the technical delivery of multiple standard projects.With guidance, support highly complex technical projects.Serve as a subject matter expert in selected packaging technology and educate packaging staff on such technology.Provide support to designated business groups to resolve packaging issuesWork directly with business partners (Brand, Finance, etc) and RQI peers (Product Development, Quality, etc) on assigned brands.Coordinate and execute experiments, as well as plant trials; prepare results in technical reports, both written and oral, for review with minimal supervision.Interpret, develop, and issue technical specifications.Maintain awareness of technical trends and developments in the packaging industry.Participate in brainstorming and information gathering efforts for resource planning process as needed.Collaborate with Consumer Insights on testing of new package ideas.Maintain strong communication on projects with internal and external cross functional teams.Gain familiarity with fiscal and strategic plans of team.Be aware of project tasks and how they impact the project budget.Contribute as needed on cross-functional teams.Acquire working knowledge of the packaging principles and operating systems for assigned platform.Job Requirements:Bachelors in Packaging, Engineering or related field.2+ years work experience in packaging or engineering industry, CPG/Food Industry preferred. Additional packaging internship/co-op preferred.Solid understanding of packaging materials capabilities and equipment.Knowledge of test methodology.Strong ability to collaborate and maintain cross-functional partnerships.Strong analytical and logical problem solving abilities.Developing troubleshooting skills with ability to "think on your feet."Understanding of business principles.Financial understanding to optimize profitability.Advanced verbal and written communication skills.Proficient in Microsoft Office.Physical Requirements:Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended workdays to include loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions and exposure to allergens.May travel 20 - 40% of time. Must be able to travel internationally, independently and as a responsible ConAgra Foods, Inc. representative.Ability to lift up to 50 lbs periodically.Ability to stand for sit or stand for extended periods of time.We require applicants for this role to be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring employer sponsorship either now or in the future.Our Modern Workplace:Conagra's culture of collaboration enhances our ability to meet important business goals, deliver value to customers and consumers and provide you with the flexibility you need to achieve a better work-life balance. We carefully consider each role and how often each team member needs to collaborate in-person. You will be typically in the office Monday - Thursday and Fridays are remote.Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, 15 vacation days, 6 additional days off and 10 paid holidays. Check out our 401k plan too! Conagra will match 100% up to the first 6% of pay you save. We will also provide a 3% non-elective contribution to your account regardless of your participation (that's 9%)!#LI-MH1#LI-HYBRID#LI-ASSOCIATEOur Benefits:We care about your total well-being and will support you with the following, subject to your location and role:Health: Medical, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life, accident and disability insuranceWealth: great pay, incentive opportunity, matching 401(k) and stock purchase planGrowth: online courses, virtual and classroom development experiencesBalance: paid-time off, parental leave, flexible work-schedules (subject to your location and role)Our Company:Conagra Brands is one of North America's leading branded food companies. We have a rich heritage of making great food, and a team that's passionate about innovation and growth. Conagra offers choices for every occasion through iconic brands, such as Birds Eye--, Marie Callender's--, Banquet--, Healthy Choice--, Slim Jim--, Reddi-wip--, and Vlasic--, and emerging brands, including Angie's-- BOOMCHICKAPOP--, Duke's--, Earth Balance--, Gardein--, and Frontera--.We pride ourselves on having the most impactful, energized and inclusive culture in the food industry. For more information, visit Brands is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.

Keywords: Conagra Brands, Chicago , Packaging Engineer, Engineering , Chicago, Illinois

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