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R&D Packaging Engineer

Location: Fall River, MA, United States
Date Posted: May 1, 2024

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Description

Bringing our love of food to families for five generations!  Blount Fine Foods is a family-owned and operated manufacturer, marketer, and developer of premium fresh prepared foods. We are an engaging team, bringing restaurant-quality products to America including single-serve grab-n-go fresh soups, mac & cheese, and entrées in grocery stores across the country, as well as for hot bars and restaurants. Help us create the finest food experiences including those with specialty certifications that include organic, gluten-free, and low sodium, among others. Join a proven team for growth, success, and a satisfying career!

Summary – The R&D Packaging Engineer is responsible for packaging technology initiatives including but not limited to the assessment and testing of new packaging, improvements to existing packaging, and touchpoints throughout the development cycle, production, pack-out, and distribution processes.  They will also participate in the research and sourcing of packaging related to food products including elements of sustainability, food safety & quality, customer and consumer preferences, and other factors.
Essential Duties:
  • Organize and execute research and testing to drive packaging innovation.
  • Develop and evolve robust testing methods by outlining scope, methodology and success criteria for multiple packaging types including but not limited to paperboard, corrugate, seal film, and rigid & flexible plastics. 
  • Coordinate and conduct packaging tests at multiple facilities, document key metrics, communicate results, and provide recommendations based on testing outcomes.
  • Maintain records for historical data around ideation, testing, and development of packaging to comply with safety certifications, provide feedback to various teams, reduce duplication of efforts, etc.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement efforts related to packaging and, in some cases, additional facets of production, development, and supply chain.
  • Collaborate on improved efficiencies, cost & waste reduction, and other optimization projects.
  • Act as a consultant for equipment purchases and moves from a packaging and R&D standpoint.
  • Lead communication with packaging vendors and internal sourcing teams to acquire samples for site acceptance tests, relocation of equipment, proof of concept testing, and other initiatives.
  • Assist Product Care Team with packaging-related consumer complaints and/or inquiries. 
  • Participate in the Sustainability Committee by driving packaging efforts related to Blount’s sustainability goals.
  • Stay updated on new and evolving packaging technology with a focus on bringing Blount to the forefront of trends.
  • Organize vendor visits or virtual presentations for trends, capabilities, testing, and other connect points with Blount teams.
  • Collaborate with co-manufacturer partners to offer expertise and ensure Blount’s standards are met for packaging based on process, product type, distribution methods, shelf-life targets, etc.
  • Assist indirect purchasing in evaluating and equipping facilities with responsible solutions for packaging and supplies, as needed. 
  • Some travel required between Blount facilities, to packaging vendor’s facilities, industry expos, on-site courses, and training, etc.
Education and/or Experience 
  • Bachelor's degree (B. S.) from four-year college or university
  •  3-5 years of R&D experience in packaging, food production, or food technology; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge of MatLab R or similar statistical software.
Our Total Compensation Package Includes:
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401k with Company match
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick time and holidays.
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability
  • Discounts on Blount products at Company retail locations
  • Discretionary Annual Bonus Program
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