R&D Packaging Engineer

The J. M. Smucker Company - Cleveland, OH3.9

For more than 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has brought families together to share memorable meals and moments. Guided by a vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted food and beverage brands that bring joy throughout their lives, Smucker has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer with a balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's ®, Folgers ®, Jif ®, Dunkin’ Donuts ®, Crisco ®, Café Bustelo ®, R.W. Knudsen Family ®, Sahale Snacks®, Smucker's ® Uncrustables ®, Robin Hood ®, and Bick’s ®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Rachael Ray ® Nutrish®, Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and Nature’s Recipe® . The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about our Company, visit jmsmucker.com .


R&D Packaging Engineer


Orrville, OH

~A comprehensive relocation package may be available


Manager, Consumer Foods R&D


Lead Executional Phase package development projects, collaborating with Products Research, Marketing Services, Product Development, Brand Management and external design agencies and suppliers in early stage new package and/or new product design; primary focus will be on retail food products
Provide innovative ideas leading to the application of new packaging technologies and solving packaging related challenges
Design, develop and implement new packaging, utilizing formats such as film/laminate, thermoforming, injection molding, glass jars, metal cans, paperboard and corrugated
Ability to direct R&D projects from conception through commercialization
Define and conduct package development testing to ensure readiness for production, distribution, package stability, shelf life and consumer use
Design and execute package qualifications with suppliers and production facilities
Plan, execute, analyze and summarize plant trials, collaborating with Manufacturing and site technical resources
Create performance-based specifications for upload into electronic database specification system
Advise and recommend equipment suppliers and service providers to cross functional organization in support of new product launches
Assess legal and environmental aspects, and patent opportunities for new packaging
Support production organization as needed to resolve packaging supply chain or production technical issues
Work independently with guidance only in complex situations


A Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging, Packaging Engineering or Packaging Technology is required

At least 3 years of package development experience is required
Prior experience using thermoforming, plastic, and/or flexible packaging is preferred
Experience in the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industry is preferred

Knowledge of basic package qualification test procedures
Project management experience, ability to operate as technical lead on projects
Strong organizational, critical thinking and creativity skills
Effective presentation, verbal and written communication skills
Ability to stand for long periods of time
Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
Ability to travel up to 30% is required