Packaging Systems Director
Sargento Foods - Elkhart Lake, WI

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For the third year in a row, as part of an independent survey, Sargento was voted as one of the top places to work in Southeastern Wisconsin. That's because, we hire good people and treat them like family. At Sargento you'll be in a highly visible position in a company big enough to be a national brand leader but small enough for you to feel at home and let you make an impact. Our rewards include a competitive compensation, bonus and benefits package and generous 401(k) and profit sharing benefits. Sargento offers its employees work-life balance and a unique, values-based culture that makes us recognized as an area employer of choice. Our Wisconsin location offers great lifestyle and recreational options and convenient access to major metropolitan areas. SUMMARY This position leads the development, discovery, communication, and coordination of packaging systems within Sargento. Packaging systems are defined as the material, machine, and methods integration of product primary/secondary/tertiary packaging and merchandizing. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Provides the central point for all packaging related communication within Sargento: Develops regular reporting and communication tools to keep key management informed of packaging opportunities that may exist for Sargento benefit. Develops and maintains a key relationship with academic packaging resources Develops and maintains key relationships with sales, marketing, NBD, R&D, Engineering, Quality, and Operations as it relates to packaging areas of interest Provides packaging innovation leadership and coordination for Sargento in: Identifying and executing SAI (Strategic Areas of Interest) for packaging Researching and bringing forward innovation for packaging/merchandizing Securing and protecting Sargento IP with innovations Leading the upfront packaging/merchandizing solutions for new products in development Providing cost implications and practicality of packaging/merchandizing concepts Implementing and managing prototype packaging development. Developing methods and procedures for quicker onboarding of new suppliers/materials Provides leadership in ongoing packaging operations for: Regular review and development of production packaging improvement opportunities Support of co-packing operations performance and improvements Effective interface with procurement/suppliers around packaging material issues Working closely with project engineering for proper machine selection/improvement Contributions to operation cost savings goals Provides leadership and people management for packaging systems: Coordinates workload of packaging systems group and assures adequate resources are being used effectively in support of project goals and corporate priorities. Contributes to a positive work atmosphere within Engineering Keeps skill level of workgroup at needed technological levels. Creates development and training plans for employees as needed. Provides technical oversight of workgroup to assure best level of technology is being used for projects Provides improvements to Engineering systems and procedures. Assures safety procedures are actively followed in all work. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Inventing may occur or be required as part of this position: Invents or discovers new and useful processes, machines, manufactures, or compositions of matter, or any new and useful improvements thereof for the exclusive use by and ownership of Sargento. Assigns all ideas and inventions conceived or developed while employed by Sargento or as a result of employment with Sargento. Discloses to Sargento any inventions that are conceived or made. Fully assists in making patent applications as well as refraining from disclosing inventions or ideas to others unless requested to do so by Sargento, and assigns any and all rights to Sargento. Responsible use of the Internet for work is required. Travel is required as needed to complete the functions within this position Daily travel between facilities and local suppliers is to be expected with the use of the person’s own vehicle required. Overnight travel will be required as needed to support projects or for training purposes. Facilities not located in our current immediate area may require extended periods of overnight travel. Confidentiality is required for all work. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Oversee assigned engineers or technicians. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications:
Formal education in packaging Preferred: MS Packaging Engineering with relevant technical BS or BS Packaging Engineering with relevant technical or business MS/MBA Minimum: BS Packaging Engineering Required Business and Academic Experience 12+ years of progressive packaging and business experience Demonstrated use of academic resources R&D Packaging experience desirable Food Packaging experience required Additional continuing education will be required as needed to sustain departmental/individual technological levels. LANGUAGE SKILLS Person in this position must be proficient and able to: Effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Effectively and clearly communicate to a wide range of personality types: Technical (Engr/R&D), Academic, Sales, Marketing, Customers, Consumers, Plant, and Management. Read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. MATHEMATICAL/ANALYTICAL SKILLS REQUIRED: Mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis. Rate of return analysis with a firm understanding of life cycle costing and payback analysis. Design of Experiments Use and understanding of standard packaging lab and prototyping equipment OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES Computer skills required for this position include: Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Excel, Internet & e-mail. Must understand principals of 3D packaging modeling and use of packaging software for product development and transport models. Ability to work independently with resourcefulness, originality and initiative. Ability to follow health and safety practices in all work environments including but not limited to issues related to mechanical, electrical, fire, chemical and other hazards. Must be able to follow technical directions, effectively communicate technically and non-technically in both verbal and in written forms, work effectively in a team, train or instruct maintenance or production personnel, organize and plan work with maintenance people and vendors, and work and learn in a changing technical and team-oriented environment. REASONING ABILITY Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to visualize and interpret results from conceptual plans or consumer/customer comments. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS None required. Membership within beneficial industry group desirable. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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