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Manager, Packaging Engineer

Ref ID: REF12713K
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 capital costs through the development and testing of structures and respective machinery. Develop and implement product packaging strategies that incorporate breakthrough technology, product innovation, and operational services, at the lowest total cost. Provide packaging leadership and strategic contribution to the company’s Operations, Product Development, and Marketing departments.

Essential Job Functions:

Manage packaging design and implementation aspects of new product development across all production facilities working in conjunction with stakeholders in R&D, Marketing, Operations, Quality Assurance, Procurement, and company suppliers.

Direct the technical development of product packaging during the design and investigate stages.

Develop start up protocol for plant trials and commercialization stage using commonly accepted KPIs from Operations and Marketing. Maintain protocols.

Oversee plant trials, reporting against predetermined KPIs, and oversee commercialization runs, gaining Operations and Marketing acceptance.

Trouble-shoot Customer, Operations, and Quality packaging or equipment concerns.

The role requires the management and development of the Packaging Engineering team with direct reports consisting of Packaging Engineer(s), Associate Packaging Engineer(s) and/or Intern(s)

Ensure sufficient 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 sustainability, cost and processing savings opportunities working with Suppliers, Operations, Marketing and Sourcing.

Lead and direct prioritized project lists with input from Marketing, Operations, and Procurement.

Develop long term, sustainable solutions to address product requirements and company goals.

Additional Functions:
Participate in Industry organizations as appropriate


BS degree in Packaging, Engineering, with an emphasis in flexible packaging.

Seven-ten years of direct involvement in 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 abilities

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

Broad knowledge of domestic food packaging requirements.

Field/Plant work required


Must have reliable transportation

Must be able to travel 50-60%

Must be able to obtain CA driver's license

Must be able to have consistent attendance in the Livingston, or other assigned Foster Farms’ Office

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.