Welch's
  • Research and Development
  • Concord, MA, USA
  • Full Time

When people think of Welch's, they think of our great tasting juice and jelly and a trusted, iconic brand. People also think we are a big company. We're not. We're a co-operative, owned by the family farmers who grow our delicious and nutritious grapes. Our work allows our farmers to maintain an agricultural way of life, send their children to college, and hand their farm down to the next generation as was done for over 150 years. 

At Welch's you'll find people who are genuine and talented, and a collaborative community.  We think like farmers - we're agile, we're resilient, and we're passionate about our grapes and our brand. We're real and honest people with a shared purpose. And we're building a team that's playing to win and daring to try new things.

We're looking for a Sr. Packaging Innovation Engineer to work with our Process & Packaging Sr. Director and multiple cross-functional teams to support and lead R&D Packaging initiatives, including but not limited to Innovation, Line Extension and Renovation projects, as well as Discovery & Scouting of new packaging technologies and innovation solutions.

What You'll Do:

  • Lead and execute structural packaging projects, from ideation through design, prototyping, testing & validation, commercialization and launch
  • Actively participate in ideation and consumer research sessions in collaboration with Product Development, Marketing and Consumer Insights partners
  • Conduct ideation, external scouting and evaluation of new technologies and innovation solutions aligned with Welch's strategic priorities and growth plans, including rigid and flexible primary and secondary packaging
  • Contribute to the development and update of the R&D Packaging technology and innovation roadmap

 

Who You Are:

  • Passion for design, understanding consumers and innovation
  • Technically sound and curious; enjoys challenges and problem solving
  • Detail oriented, and fast learner 
  • Good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Hands on, resourceful and decisive; seeks practical approaches with a bias for action to quickly build and demonstrate new ideas and concepts
  • Flexible and comfortable in undefined situations typical of early innovation stages
  • Applies a growth mindset through continuous experimentation and learning
  • Strong cross-functional collaborator able to work across various functions including Procurement, Operations and Marketing, among others
  • Able to work effectively in innovation cross-functional teams providing technical leadership and quick prototyping to develop new ideas and concepts

 

What You'll Need:

Required

  • Minimum 5 years of a proven Packaging Innovation track record with successful launches in market for Food & Beverage or CPG companies
  • Degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Packaging Engineering or related fields. MS preferred
  • Broad experience on a diverse set of product and packaging formats, including but not limited to rigid plastics, flexibles, glass, metal and secondary packaging
  • Management of external resources like suppliers, testing labs and prototyping firms
  • Technical control of projects commercialization, scale up and launch
  • Understanding of project management concepts
  • General knowledge of filling and packaging equipment

Desired

  • Design for manufacturability
  • Experience with active participation in qualitative consumer research studies
  • Industrial design firms management
  • Technology scouting and open innovation
  • Food & beverage filling & packaging equipment and operations
  • Cross-functional teams leadership

What You'll Enjoy:

  • Collaborative colleagues working together to deliver results.
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Robust health benefits, and paid time off programs
  • Generous 401k plan with annual company match
  • Discounts on Welch's products

Welch's believes diversity makes good business sense and we take pride in being an Equal Opportunity Employer:  Minority/Female/Disability/Protected Veteran

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