• Research and Development
  • Concord, MA, USA
  • Full Time

We're not just about grapes. Our bold ambition is to be the leading company of convenient, good for you, fruit-based food and beverage globally. To make this happen, we need talented, agile and innovative people who want to help us grow something special together.

Our culture is authentic, and we are building an inclusive environment where you belong and can be the best version of yourself. If you're passionate about achieving goals, trying new things and making an impact every day, we want to hear from you!

We're looking for an experienced and dynamic Sr. Engineer to join our Packaging R&D team to:
- Lead and execute structural packaging materials projects, including productivity and line extensions & renovation across all juice, beverages and fruit spreads product platforms
- Advance Packaging programs to meet our corporate Sustainability goals

- Leveraging internal resources, external partners and suppliers, lead and execute assigned Packaging projects from exploration through proof of concept, design, prototyping, testing & validation, commercialization and launch
- Ensure the appropriate level of planning and technical rigor is applied based on project complexity and risk, including timeline development, design requirements definition, testing & qualification plans and specifications development
- Through collaboration with Supply Chain, Finance and other cross-functional partners, develop a multi-year productivity pipeline and drive cost savings by identifying and executing significant opportunities across factories and product platforms
- Lead the development and commercialization of Packaging line extension and renovation projects to support our growth objectives and priorities
- Support Manufacturing and Quality by providing technical expertise and leadership to troubleshoot packaging related issues
- Support Strategic Sourcing by serving as the technical lead to select and qualify alternative materials and suppliers
- Contribute to the continuous improvement of Packaging R&D work processes and capabilities through the development, upgrade and maintenance of SOPs, lab & pilot plant capabilities, and specifications
- Represent R&D Packaging in the Sustainability team; generate, lead and execute corresponding Packaging programs to progress against our Corporate Sustainability goals
- Conduct ideation, external scouting and evaluation of new technologies and innovative solutions, to address productivity and sustainability priorities

- 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
- Applies a growth mindset through continuous experimentation and learning
- Develops meaningful relationships and collaborates across departments.
- Continuously challenges the status quo and seeks ways to improve and develop

- Minimum of 7 years proven Packaging R&D track record with successful launches in market for Food & Beverage or CPG products
- BS Degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Plastics, Packaging Engineering or related fields. MS preferred
- Experience with PET bottle technologies. PET for beverage applications and hot fill experience preferred
- Broad knowledge on other packaging materials and formats including but not limited to other rigid plastics, glass, metal, paperboard and corrugated
- Management of external resources like suppliers and testing labs
- Technical leadership of projects commercialization, scale up and launch
- Demonstrated project management skills
- General knowledge of filling and packaging equipment. Experience in equipment for beverage products preferred
- Familiarity with pallet design software (CAPE, TOPS)
- Understanding of basic applied statistics (e.g. normal distributions, process capability)
- Availability to travel as needed (estimated travel average of around 25%)

- Organization with a bold, clear purpose.
- Authentic culture that supports working together to deliver results.
- Workplace where teams care about each other and your voice is heard.
- Core and voluntary benefits so you can choose the right recipe for you.
- Generous 401(k) plan with annual company match.
- Flexible schedules so you can balance your work life priorities.
- Learning and development opportunities with coaching.
- Safe and clean working environment.

Welch's believes that our differences make the difference, and we take pride in being an Equal Opportunity Employer Disability/Vets.

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