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Packaging Engineer

Job Location: ​Chicago​

Company description

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in 55 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? Nearly 35,000 dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them. 

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

The Packaging Engineer will be responsible for the design, development, and commercialization of new packaging for high-speed manufacturing of confections, fruit snacks, and biscuit products. This role will also support in developing and executing the overall biscuit packaging strategy in alignment with company goals. This position may potentially have the future opportunity to manage other Packaging Engineers.  At Ferrero, the Packaging department is critical to the success of our commercialization objectives, therefore high levels of responsibility, technical rigor, and program ownership are required for this position.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Leads packaging development and industrialization plans for brands assigned across North America, meeting brief timings, cost and quality requirements 
  • Evaluates technical and economic feasibility studies during the projects’ industrialization phase and develops new proposals to optimize industrial setup pertaining to packaging lines. 
  • Contributes to define project objectives (technical choices, materials, solutions) according to the local industrial reality and suppliers’ portfolio and technologies 
  • Optimizes existing projects and products for the assigned brand across North America, analyzing possible improvements to contribute to pipeline building and reduce complexity, and validates industrial feasibility
  • Manages productivity projects across plants and brands in scope 
  • Manages and governs de-risking procedures and projects for assigned brands 
  • Analyses and validates cost estimations to support project setup from an economic point of view
  • Leads implementation of project and specifications documentation, both for industrial and copacker environments
  • Activates, if in his/her field of competence and manages packaging line trials 
  • Represents the Packaging department during local meeting or towards external entities (suppliers) to activates programs focused on new solutions (e.g.: materials, technologies and processes).
  • Ensures, through a structured governance system, an information sharing process among all the necessary stakeholders as it relates to the projects under management

Who we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science or Engineering. 
  • 7 to 10 years of experience working with multiple materials and processes in various distribution environments including rigid plastics, flexible materials, corrugated and paperboard packaging, 
  • Knowledge of/Experience with: Consolidated structural packaging design, packaging line design, innovation management, packaging material processing specifications, and packaging machinery.
  • AutoCad 2D (mechanical technical drawing); ArtiosCad is a plus
  • Experience with CAPE or TOPS palletization software
  • MS Office (Excel, Power Point, Word)
  • General knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices 
  • Willing to travel up to 20%

Ferrero N.A. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world. 

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