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Packaging Engineer (Project Manager)

Newark, New Jersey AeroFarms

As a Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms is a mission-driven company with global headquarters in Newark, NJ, championing indoor vertical farming and fundamentally transforming agriculture. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies and by ******* as one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies in the World, AeroFarms is scaling to meet the demand for our fresh, locally grown produce that is setting new culinary standards, and we need someone special who can bring their experience in engineering to help us grow further. Must be aligned with our mission and passionate about making a difference.

We have:

An incredible ‘change-the-world’ company with the eyes of the world focused on our success.
A team of motivated, intellectually-curious individuals to support you.
Backed by some seriously impressive firms including Goldman Sachs, Prudential, leading VCs, and strategic partners with a view on global expansion.

Job Description

The Packaging Engineer Role is an integral part of the Engineering Team and is responsible for the development and engineering of new, innovative packaging solutions.


Responsible for aspects of project management from feasibility, planning, design, construction, commissioning and handover and ensures that all key project performance objectives are met regarding efficiencies, waste, throughput and staffing, as well as delivering to the project schedule, safely, and within the budgetary limits.
Support the conceptualization, initiation, design, development and implementation of new and improved packaging systems including: design generation, prototype development, engineering specifications, component qualification, vendor evaluation, functionality and quality testing, commissioning and technology transfer.
Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage.
Create project cost and savings estimates, tooling/package qualification plans, final package component specifications, Bills of Materials and equipment specifications.
Support implementation and support for new product launches, cost savings & operations efficiency initiatives, and quality investigations.
Responsible for technology transfer from Engineering to Operations to ensure new packaging systems perform as designed and meets all performance targets.
Understand, interpret and refine package testing procedures and standards to support the effective design, validation, and implementation of new packages and packaging technology.
Establish trial protocol to ensure package and/or equipment performs as specified and meets all project success criteria.
Materials knowledge in flexible films, folding cartons, paper related substrates, corrugated, and rigid packaging
Established FAT requirements for equipment and systems, attends FAT testing and approves equipment for delivery to the project site.
Collaborates closely with all cross functional project team members and stakeholders.
Ensures project financial objectives are met while maintaining compliance with all internal and external regulations.
Demonstrates leadership and commitment in the management of all health and safety related project activities, including communicating safety goals, establishing roles and responsibilities, and holding team members’ accountable.
Is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a secure site working environment, controlling risks to project activities, property and personnel from external factors

You have:

REQUIRED: 5 – 10 years of experience in package development/engineering in the food industry.

Working knowledge of Auto-CAD and/or Solidworks.
Proficient in pallet programs-TOPS or CAPE, specification database management, and MS Office software.
Must have proven experience in packing line design, performance specifications, and testing protocols.
Strong project management skills.
Experience conducting design reviews.
Strong analytical thinking, problem solving skills and an aptitude for detail required and a proven track record of demonstrable leadership qualities a must.
Must have strong communication and organizational skills, including the ability to facilitate meetings and communicate outcomes, prepare progress reports and track project financials, and develop presentations and present in a cross functional environment to internal and external audiences.
Strong interpersonal skills, managing relationships with internal customers and vendors.
Experience with food safety standards, risk analysis, FMEAs, design controls and sanitary design best practices
Manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Travel requirements will vary depending on project location but will require full time presence on site during the project construction and commissioning/handover phases.
Office environment requires the ability to sit and work on a computer for long periods of time.
Physical requirements to work on projects may include lifting of up to 50 lbs.
Site visits may require the ability to climb stairs, walk long distances (more than 100 yards) and stooping, kneeling, or bending for extended periods of time.

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