Associate Packaging Engineer (Remote Opportunity)

Smithfield Foods Remote
packaging engineer remote packaging design management people project management operations growth cost package testing personnel
March 9, 2023
Smithfield Foods
Lisle, Illinois
Job Locations

US-VA-Smithfield US-IL-Lisle Your Opportunity

The Associate Packaging Engineer is responsible for providing the project management required to design, develop and implement new or improved packaging that enables Smithfield to meet strategic business goals. This individual will work closely with a variety of functional groups, including Sourcing, Product Development, R&D, Marketing, Business Development, Operations, as well as outside suppliers and consultants to achieve desired goals. Effective project planning and managing multiple priorities with minimal supervision is required to obtaining success in this role.

Salary Range

$50,000 - $82,500 Core Responsibilities
  • Design and execute packaging technology strategies from concept to commercialization, including growth initiatives, quality improvements, productivity/cost-reduction activities, troubleshooting activities and general packaging support as needed.
  • Understand, interpret and refine package testing procedures and standards to support the effective design, validation, and implementation of new packages and packaging technology. Provide meaningful explanations, recommendations and forward actions to appropriate Division/Subsidiary personnel.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external resources in order to cost effectively implement packaging initiatives.
  • Leverage best practices and capitalize on technologies with cross-functional, cross-site business applications. Understand performance relationships between packaging materials and the equipment they are used on.
  • Promote innovative thinking to generate unique and value-added packaging ideas for existing or new products. Develop and maintain packaging specifications.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
  • Bachelor's Degree (B.S.) in Packaging Science or another Engineering discipline preferred. Experience ranging from 0 to 4 years Package Development or an Engineering discipline.
  • General knowledge of packaging materials, equipment and manufacturing processes are a plus, but not required.
  • Experience in food industry preferred.
  • General knowledge of food science, processing and manufacturing are a plus, but not preferred.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills to communicate with all levels.
  • Strong time management, project management and organizational skills and the ability to work alone.
  • Must possess good research and development capabilities, including experimental design, and be able to understand package testing methodologies.
  • Strong skills in Word and Excel.
  • Experience with SAP a plus.
  • Ability to travel frequently - estimated average of 60%.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Primarily a Corporate working environment. When in the plant, the environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit

PEOPLE MATTER More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Working at Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.

BENEFITS Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.

SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly " and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield , Eckrich and Nathan's Famous , among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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