• Packaging Engineer - Food/Beverage/Bottling/Manufacturing

    Job Locations US-WI-Beloit
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  • Company Overview

    Company Overview

    Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

    Leading to better.

    Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!

    Leading to better, together. 

    Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage. Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

    • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
    • Empowering our people
    • Promoting diverse thinking
    • Investing in innovation
    • Acting on sustainability
    • Embracing our differences

    Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

    Description and Responsibilities

    Support the North American Liquid and Dry Beverage Business Units in packaging related initiatives. Work with other Engineers on key projects. This position requires strong knowledge in Packaging and Project Management. The Engineer will be required to created accurate and detailed budgets, interact fluently with suppliers and the internal customers, follow through with the purchase order process, write, attend and report on the Factory Acceptances Tests and provide their opinion that will assist the group and company to move forward in achieving their goals. Personnel Safety and Food Safety design standards will lead priority in all projects.  


    The Packaging Engineer also has the responsibility to analyze packaging components and materials, performing experimental tests, identifying problems, recommending improvements, and writing specifications to ensure package integrity. This position will concurrently support multiple projects at one or more facilities throughout the organization and report to the Director of Engineering, or as assigned



    • Evaluate current packaging and create cost improvement strategies for both existing and new package designs
    • Collaborates with Purchasing and suppliers to assist with researching new types of packages, identify new and innovative test methodology and research, and various types of equipment for testing.
    • Review preliminary production samples, and provide feedback to vendors on improvements
    • Identify continuous improvement opportunities within the Packaging Engineering Group; may include preparing written policies and procedures.
    • Develop effective presentations (verbal and written) for all levels of the organizations to sell ideas and report on projects.
    • Knowledge of packaging and shipping test methods to assure packaging performance meets shipping stresses
    • Execute packaging experiments and plant trials
    • Be knowledgeable of packaging equipment/machinery capabilities and actively participates in equipment selection process and evaluation
    • Write packaging and/or raw material portion of new or revises existing finished product specifications
    • Knowledge of food packaging principles, food industry quality and food safety requirements, ingredient performance and interactions with equipment,
    • Ensure that finished package meets specification or standards for food safety, and overall sanitation procedures and practices are meeting specification or standards
    • Identify ways to improve efficiency in the packaging process
    • Keep current on relevant packaging trends and equipment



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or similar technical discipline with a minimum of 7+ years in the Food/Beverages/Pharma industry focusing on packaging.
    • Able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all levels of the organization both in written and verbal communication.
    • Experience in flexible packaging machine operations.
    • Problem solving, and decision-making skills are necessary.
    • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Must have good communication skills, orally and in writing.
    • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Must be able to demonstrate project management skills and experience; project management certification a plus.
    • Aseptic packaging experience is a plus
    • CAD Experience preferred at an intermediate level or better.
    • Experience with Microsoft programs (project, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
    • 10-key and moderate typing skills required.



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