Packaging Development Technician
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. - Waterbury, VT

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The Packaging Development Technician will support new product initiatives by assisting in the development, testing, and commercialization of packaging technologies and materials. This role supports activities related to product processing and packaging development from laboratory, pilot scale testing, and evaluation through in-plant trials and product commercialization. Limited overnight travel will be required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Create and maintain packaging and testing specifications to support established operations as well as new product development/commercialization initiatives.
  • Perform standardized and custom package testing activities in the packaging test laboratory. This will include ordering raw materials/supplies and test equipment, conduct physical testing and documenting test results, calibrating/maintaining lab instruments and equipment.
  • Work with vendors to order necessary materials to support lab testing and maintain inventory
  • Keen observation of experimental results/details to incorporate into written reports.
  • Conduct trials on R&D filling/packaging apparatus. Taking ownership of Pilot Plant equipment: set-up to exacting specifications, fine tuning, repair, maintenance and sanitation. Operate various equipment such as fillers, coders, check-weighers, cartoners, film wrappers, package sealers, and other packaging equipment as may be required. Assist with technical performance evaluation of new products tested and establish optimal process/packaging specifications for commercialization.
  • Participate in New Product commercialization activities according to established policies and procedures: Commissioning, Qualification, and Verification. Facilitate and attend plant line trials. Ability to plan and coordinate their own workload to support multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Aid in fabricating (or directing contractors to fabricate) lab or pilot scale machine parts and prototypes. Knowledge of machining techniques, welding/fabrication techniques, and electrical/pneumatic/hydraulic control systems a plus.
  • Duties will include operating the lab and Pilot Plant equipment, basic electro-mechanical troubleshooting/repair, set-up and maintenance. Will be responsible for receiving training on various equipment and processes, and utilizing acquired skills to perform daily tasks.
  • Assist with shelf-life studies to confirm that the product formulations and packaging technologies deliver an acceptable product life in the market. Operate related analytical equipment.
  • Interpret experimental test results and generate recommendations for product/ process/package improvements. Write activity reports/summaries: compile data, submit observations, conclusions and recommendations. Cleans and organizes the Packaging laboratory(s) and Pilot Plant space as needed.
  • Receive and inventory raw materials, staging materials for tests, feeding materials to test equipment, hand packing and palletizing, packing and shipping as needed, cleaning the work areas and equipment.
  • Communicate and interact frequently with the Coffee Department team, Specialty Beverage and Innovation teams, manufacturing plants, and Corporate Engineering/Quality/Purchasing personnel.
OTHER NECESSARY FUNCTIONS:
  • Interacts well with others, be a self-starter, and work independently on assigned tasks and projects
  • Applies problem solving tools and techniques in daily activities
  • Follows all policies, procedures, ergonomic standards and safety requirements directed by GMCR and the department.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality required in an R&D environment.
  • Occasional travel for special projects may be required
  • Performs other duties as requested by management.
QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Associates degree in a Science Discipline or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Two years’ experience in a manufacturing or manufacturing-maintenance environment a plus.
  • Experience in an analytical lab, QC, or QA environment preferred.
  • Experience with engineering specifications and/or technical drawings preferred. CAD skills a plus.
  • Hands-on knowledge and experience with equipment set-up, trouble-shooting and repair are essential.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Willingness / ability to travel as needed to other GMCR manufacturing sites, contract manufacturers, and equipment/packaging vendors.
  • Strong math, science, written and verbal skills
  • Strong organizational ability with great attention to detail needed
  • Demonstrated ability to repair and maintain packaging/processing equipment. Experience with machine tools, welding/machining equipment, and reading flow diagrams/ schematics/P&ID’s a plus.
  • PLC logic experience: programming/troubleshooting a plus.
  • Upholds Safety standards, participates in Continuous Process Improvement on the job, and follows our Manufacturing best practices
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Position will require a variety of working conditions to include: office activity with keyboarding/computer work required, laboratory and Pilot Plant activities to include operating packaging and testing equipment, overnight travel to GMCR factories and full-days on the plant floor during new product introductions.
  • Ability to lift items, frequently kneel, squat, bend, and stoop, twist, and reach overhead with repetitive motions

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