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Packaging Engineer

Ref ID: REF11370C
Department: Sourcing
Location: Livingston, CA
Employment Type: Full-time
Shift: Day

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Company Description

Foster Farms has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms team. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.

Job Description

Purpose of Position:

To assure Foster Farms maintains a competitive advantage in the area of packaging materials and equipment through the development and testing of structures and respective machinery.  Assist in developing and implementing product packaging strategies that incorporate breakthrough technology, product innovation, and operational services, in the most cost effective manner.  Provide packaging leadership and strategic management to the company’s Operations, Product Development, and Marketing departments.

Essential Job Functions:

Manage all packaging design aspects assigned of new product development across all production facilities working in conjunction with Marketing, Operations, Quality Assurance, Sourcing, and material vendors.

Develop new packaging designs and offer improvements on existing designs for cost reduction, productivity opportunities, innovations, etc. This includes primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.

Develop protocols for plant trials and commercialization stages using mutually agreed upon Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) from Operations and Marketing. Document Pre-trial meetings and keep on file for future reference.

Oversee plant trials, reporting against predetermined KPIs, and oversee first commercialization production runs, gaining Plant Management and Marketing acceptance as part of the criteria for success. Document all trials accordingly and maintain in a central location for all to access.

Provide technical expertise to assure all company packaging is best in class with regards to new technologies and structures, respective of current machinery, and the functionality of the individual finished good.

Identify and collaborate on new opportunities working with Vendors, Operations, Marketing and Supply Chain.

Maintain and help develop/support a prioritized project list with input from Marketing, Operations, Product Development and Sourcing to assist in managing supplier expectations and track all progress and report results on a quarterly basis.

Support the effort to have all raw materials packaging product specification written using a common template. Template is to be based on common attributes critical to the component.

Provide technical expertise for mid to large scale operational issues regarding packaging and work directly with operations and suppliers to identify the root cause of ongoing issues.

Develop long term solutions for ongoing issues.

Request and approve dielines/artwork for new packaging for all business units as assigned.

Create and maintain pallet patterns for product specifications in a centralized location on assigned projects.

Act as functioning member of a Business Unit team that has been assigned.

Work on cost savings initiatives and initiate projects supporting this initiative.

Assist in pipeline scoping and technical assessment of future innovation projects & ideas.

Collaborate with R&D on shelf life for new packaging materials and assist in collecting samples.

Support and/or manage multiple projects simultaneously, in a fast-paced environment

Adaptable to change and ability to embrace moving in different directions as needed.

Work towards becoming a Subject matter expert in a specific type of packaging – corrugated, flexible, rigid, etc.

Additional Functions:

Participate in Industry organizations as appropriate. Attend trade shows/conferences as appropriate to network and increase knowledge to help Foster Farms become stronger as an organization.


Minimum Requirements:

BS degree in Packaging, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Science or related engineering field.

Three to seven years of direct involvement in packaging product development and commercialization testing.

Proven project management skills and the ability to create change across multiple departments.  

Must have a broad business perspective of the requirements for operating within a large vertically integrated organization.

Must have strong problem-solving skills, sound judgment and decision-making ability

Must be able to communicate effectively with varying levels of management and team leads, both written and verbal

Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complexity

Preferred Requirements:

Broad knowledge of food packaging requirements from a functional and regulatory perspective.

Field/Plant work experience

Familiar with GFSI/HACCP

Vendor relationships/collaboration skills

Flexible packaging materials/structure experience

Corrugated Knowledge and familiar with TOPS.

Thirst for knowledge and inquisitive mind to learn

Certified Packaging Professional Certification (IOPP)

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to travel up to 30%

Must be able to sit for long periods of time.

Must be able to drive to various company and vendor locations

Must be able to work on the computer for long periods of time


Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.