Design Engineer
Concepts & Design Inc - Trumbull, CT

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Job Title: Design Engineer
Work Group: Personal Care Design (North America)
Location: Trumbull, CT


- Seeking a Multi-talented technical individual, with a passion for delivering design through a wide array of technologies, to help our main client, Unilever, strengthen its brands through world-class rigid plastic design. This is a contract position through Concepts & Design Inc.

1. Background / Scope

The role of the Design Engineer is to support the design, development and analysis of structural packaging initiatives for the complete portfolio of Unilever categories based on consumer, market, brand, business and technical requirements.

The Design Engineer works throughout the innovation funnel, working closely with Packaging Project Managers, Supply Chain, Brand Development, Formulation, CTI, CMI, Toolmakers and External Agencies in order to deliver holistically relevant design solutions. The Engineer will be responsible for developing solutions for brands such as Dove, Axe, Vaseline and Suave.

All candidates must possess design and project management experience and knowledge of the major packaging conversion processes. They will have demonstrated analytic and empirical problem-solving skills. They will also have experience in a range of design methodologies and tools beyond CAD.

The Designer requires the flexibility to travel globally, often at short notice.

2. Knowledge and Skills

The Design Engineer role requires a number of key skills. Applicants should have experience or should demonstrate potential in all of the below areas:

CAD – Candidates must demonstrate an excellent and varied track record in Computer Aided Design. Experience within NX and Siemens TeamCenter will be advantageous.

Design Tools – Learning Computer-Aided Engineering software and the interpretation of results is required. Any background in Finite Element analysis or polymer processing simulation will be advantageous.

Design For Manufacture - Experience in polymer manufacturing processes and their implications for design (such as EBM, IM, ISBM). Able to design parts for specific processes, predict quality defects and sustainability opportunities, and is fully able to optimize parts and control typical failure modes relevant to each manufacturing process.

Leadership – Demonstrate strong leadership and people skills.

Project Management – A hugely diverse and vast amount of information will need to be processed and managed throughout the whole development process. Understanding and management of this information is critical. Excellent planning and organisational skills are a must-have.
Often the most important aspect of role is creating information to make critical decisions or trade offs. The Engineer is often responsible for gathering and consolidating the functional design requirements that must be build into the representative CAD before tooling.

Verbal/Written Communication – Often asked to present/lead on behalf of the team, the Engineer must be able to communicate with clarity and authority when needed.

Aesthetic Sensitivity – The Engineer should demonstrate a high aesthetic sensitivity. Attention and a passion for detail is extremely important.

External Interfacing – Experience in collaborating effectively with and managing both clients and customers.

Focus – Experience of finding clarity and focus to deliver within complex briefs and diverse teams/organisations.

3. Education and Training

A Bachelors or Masters degree in Product Design, Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline

4. Experience

Ideally minimum 3 years experience in plastic design or Tool-making/conversion. Experience within personal care and foods products packaging would be a distinct advantage. Experience in a wide array of design disciplines would be preferred over a narrowly focused skillset.

5. Special requirements

Evidence which demonstrates any or all of the above is encouraged for interview.