Freelance Packaging Engineer

New York, New York Engineering, Packaging Designer Posted October 27, 2023
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Client: Beauty Company
Freelance Packaging Engineer

Location: Hybrid NYC 
Rate: $45- $50
Duration: 6 months
Hourly rate is commensurate with experience and is an estimated range provided by JBC

Primary Responsibilities:

  • End-to-end re-development and engineering of existing packaging (custom tool and/or stock) for multiple concurrent projects of varying levels of complexity
  • Foster strong relationships and collaborate with Project Management, Product Development, Marketing, and Creative, to drive a successful launch (on time, on cost, with quality)
  • Search for and implement stock packaging or manage custom built packaging based on existing product lines for strategic improvement/steamlining, focusing on component/supplier harmonization and sustainability
  • Review and approve technical engineering drawings for component assemblies
  • Re-develop secondary packaging per Procurement-driven harmonization efforts to facilitate dieline and CAD structure submissions and subsequently drive approval with brand
  • Responsible for providing artwork assets (e.g. dielines, fill weight, component codes), approving Packaging-related aspects of artwork routing process, and managing proof approval prior to production release of component
  • Facilitate any package color development starting with Creative color target, utilizing rounds of color submissions per component/project timeline, driving an approval with brand, and finally establishing a color rangeboard for subsequent productions
  • Create/update BOMs (Bill of Materials) for new/existing products to support a variety of situations (e.g. new launch, artwork updates, material changes, packout improvements)
  • Ensure all the required testing parameters are accurately performed for package development to mitigate risk in product launch and further consumer use
  • Oversee the review, approval, and validation of packout proposals from vendor, and subsequently retrieve pallet patterns from internal or external manufacturing sites
  • Collaborate with component vendors and product manufacturers to develop and issue specifications for components and finished goods (fill & assembly) per developments, BOM, test results, and brand approvals
  • Attend line trials and production start-ups as needed
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the Head of Packaging, as required and necessary to support the workflow of the department
  • Manage numerous projects of varying complexity with limited supervision
  • Resolve quality issues for new development and existing products (e.g. label adhesion, leakage, etc)

Working Relationships/Key Stakeholders:

  • Brand Marketing and Product Development
  • New Product Development (Project Management)
  • Procurement
  • Supply Chain Team (Demand Planning, New Product, Shiseido TSA team support)
  • Scientific (R&D)
  • Manufacturing (Internal and External)
  • Distribution Center
  • Component and packaging suppliers

KPIs & Metrics:

  • Projects delivered on time in full for first production (new products and on market changes)
  • $ of value creation and year over year improvement (value engineering)
  • % of turnkey on shelf packaging vs. customized

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • 3-6 years of relevant experience
  • PE certification is not required but is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of molding processes, resins and package testing methods
  • Basic knowledge with CAD software and 3D printing
  • Some level of judgment required in assessing Marketing briefs, clarity of Packaging definition and providing recommendations to lower risks while achieving the Marketing concept
  • Understanding of the total Product Development process, Manufacturing execution, Supplier process, Marketing and Computer Applications
  • The engineer must have the ability to adapt to fast-changing environments. The position will require an individual to have the willingness to take risks and to consider new approaches to improve the organization's competitive position.
  • Some degree of analytical, financial and organization skills required
  • Must be PC literate and competent with Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel functionalities)
  • Responsible for initiating and resolving queries from other functions in a timely manner and communicating, escalating issues when appropriate
  • Aware of cross function and regional impact of decisions
  • Appreciates importance of on-time and quality delivery of projects to business partners
  • Ability to network, work in teams and network
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (verbal, written, good listening skills, providing support with trust, respect and transparency)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: taking initiative and drive clarity and resolution
  • Attention to details for many aspects of the Packaging role (ie. Bill of Material, Artwork validation, Packaging data review & analysis)
  • Drive projects with full ownership, and hold accountability on team members to ensure all steps of the timeline are met
  • Ability to read and understand a 2D and 3D technical drawing
  • Problem Solving: ability to predict, recognize and define meaningful corrective actions to problems
  • BS+ degree in Package Engineering or another Engineering discipline (mechanical, material science)
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