The Packaging Engineer within Supply Chain designs and introduces new product packaging for all Huhtamaki technologies and plants. This includes the structural designs for all corrugate, bags, film and shrink wrap used in the production of Huhtamaki finished goods. Corrugate development ranges from sizing and configuring simple RSC cases, to conceptualizing and designing POP Displays.
Development is typically accomplished by interpreting direction from the Commercial team and translating that direction into functional packaging solution(s) that meet the customer or marketing needs, all-the-while taking into account operations and logistics requirements and limitations. Packaging development is a key requirement supporting Huhtamaki’s continuing growth trajectory. Revenue from new product introductions is critical to the company’s success.
The Packaging Engineer is ultimately responsible for the form, fit and function of all finished goods packaging, from design, through delivery of finished materials to the producing plant as well as ensuring the most efficient use of cube in order to optimize trailer loads. Most often development is coordinated with various Huhtamaki vendors, and is usually performed under tight lead time constraints. Package testing is sometimes required to prove-out the function of totally new designs prior to or concurrent with commercialization.
In addition to the above and when needed, Packaging Engineer will redesign or reconfigure packaging in an effort to provide cost savings through material reduction or cube improvement.
BS - Engineering Curriculum
1-5 years successful experience in developing packaging including interfacing with vendors, customers and other functional areas.
Working knowledge of AutoCAD and TOPS
Familiar with Hutamaki warehouse operations and distribution cycle considerations
General knowledge of automated packaging systems, including, but not limited to tapers, case erectors, robotic palletizers, case loaders etc so that specific automation requirements can be accounted for in package design.
Knowledge of unitload and trailer parameters in order to set up efficient load patterns.
Advanced Packaging Engineering Degree
5-8 years successful experience in developing corrugate packaging, including standard cases and trays as well as POP Displays.
Working knowledge of 3D modeling/rendering