Packaging Engineer

Position Type
Full-time
# of Openings
1
Category
Research & Development
Shift
1st
Location : Name
Corporate Office
Location : City
Idaho Falls

Company Profile

“Enhancing the Lives of Those We Touch by Helping People Reach Their Goals”

Melaleuca has firmly supported this mission statement since our humble beginning in 1985. Everything we accomplish is done with an eye toward promoting the physical, environmental, financial, and personal wellness of those around us. Our focus has always been on wellness. By manufacturing and selling effective, high quality, natural, health oriented products we help people live more vibrant, healthier, and happier lives. When you walk through the doors at Melaleuca, you can feel it immediately. This is The Wellness Company.

 

We have achieved consistent and profitable growth with our annual revenue consistently hitting over $2 billion dollars. We now have over 4,200 employees and operations in 19 countries around the world. Melaleuca is positioned to grow even more rapidly in upcoming years. To help keep up with this growth we are looking for an outstanding Packaging Engineer.

Overview

The Packaging Engineer will perform a wide variety of technical tasks in support of specific new or existing Melaleuca products, under the supervision of the Packaging Section Manager.  Provide technical guidance on packaging material selection and design.  Recommends/specifies appropriate product packaging, as well as solves existing package related issues. These tasks are highly specific and usually require the use of quantitative methods and the application of technical judgment to assist in the development of new packaging or to troubleshoot problems with existing packaging configurations.

Responsibilities

 
Essential

  • Work with Lab Technicians to prepare samples & perform weight loss, compatibility, and functionality tests for trial compositions & packaging.   
  • Evaluate and measure packaging components to determine acceptability for use, including reviewing & understanding technical drawings.
  • Maintain accurate records of test results and observations, specifically including Melaleuca Lab Notebooks and electronic records.
  • Use internal computer systems to record and analyze data, prepare graphs, reports and memos and communicate with coworkers in R&D and in other Melaleuca Departments.
  • Evaluate competitive products, Melaleuca products, and trial compositions according to established procedures.
  • Calibrate, operate, and maintain specialized packaging testing equipment, as well as general lab equipment.
  • Provide support to Operations to solve packaging-related manufacturing problems.
  • Create & maintain packaging component specifications.
  • Review and approve Finished Good specifications and other packaging-related paperwork maintained by Document Control.
  • Attend weekly Category team meetings as a subject-matter expert representative for the R&D Department.
  • Use all available physical & electronic resources to research technical problems and find appropriate solutions independently.
  • Assist in the development of packaging solutions for new and existing products, which includes recommending, qualifying, and approving packaging configurations. Work with Marketing, Production, Engineering, and external vendors to evaluate new package designs and prototypes.
  • Take ownership of all packaging related issues, including both domestic and international products.

Additional

  • Mentor and train Lab Technicians as needed.
  • Represent the R&D/Packaging Dept. in support of QA, Operations, Purchasing, and Marketing activities.
  • Coordinate line trials of new or alternate packaging components as part of the qualification process with Production & Engineering.
  • Obtain information and samples from Melaleuca suppliers for testing and evaluation.
  • Interface with R&D Scientists and associates develop packaging and solve packaging related problems.
  • Maintain Melaleuca corporate confidentiality standards for all interactions with outside vendors, suppliers, and other parties.
  • Perform and summarize experimental designs incorporating multiple samples.
  • Train associates in the use of laboratory equipment and procedures.
  • Performs special projects under the direction of the Pkg. Engineer or Packaging Section Manager
  • Document status of projects regularly to the Packaging Section Manager
  • Performs other duties as assigned or needed. 
  • Supervision of Others
  • Mentor and train Lab Technicians as needed under the direction of the Packaging Section Manager.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Bachelor of Science degree (Packaging, Material Science, or Engineering background preferred)
  • 3-8 years of direct packaging industry experience (if new graduate, internship experience preferred).
  • Excellent math skills (add, subtract, multiply, divide, etc.). 

Additional

  • Science background and/or packaging-related experience preferred.
  • Previous work experience in consumer products companies (personal care, cosmetics, home cleaners, etc.) is preferred.
  • Previous experience with Good Manufacturing Practices and OTC products preferred.
  • Knowledge of commonly used lab instruments (e.g. balance/scales, calipers, etc.). Package testing equipment experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with basic statistical tests.
  • Familiarity with material testing procedures, such as ASTM, SPI, ISTA, etc. 

Just as important as your experience and skills will be the following characteristics and competencies:

  • A natural orientation for continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • A collaborative approach and willingness to engage in an environment of active idea sharing.
  • Sharp organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to produce consistent quality under deadline pressure while paying careful attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation and a strong sense of ownership and accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze problems and create solutions.
  • Detailed work and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and professionally.

Why Melaleuca

Melaleuca is one of the leading Health and Wellness companies in the world. We manufacture and distribute nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, facial care, home hygiene, and other wellness products and distribute them directly to the consumer through a full-service catalog and Internet shopping system. We carefully craft products used every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind.

 

This revolutionary system is changing the way hundreds of thousands of people shop by eliminating middlemen and reducing marketing and distribution costs. This enables the company to spend more on research and high-quality, ecologically-sensible ingredients, while maintaining reasonable prices.

 

Great culture—Flexibility is a must in this position; you'll become a part of a fast-paced team dedicated to a feel-good lifestyle brand dedicated to changing lives. Like the rest of Melaleuca, we are proud to be part of a values-driven organization that treats employees with respect. Our employees and their families enjoy company parties and countless discounts around the community. We implement a very real open-door policy, and all employees are on a first name basis—it feels more like a family than a multi-national corporation.

 

Excellent compensation—in addition to a competitive wage and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits for our full-time employees that include all you would expect plus some remarkable surprises, such as a longevity bonus. Right here on-site, we provide childcare, a fitness center, free concierge service, and an employee restaurant.

 

Safe, uncrowded, affordable — nestled in the heart of beautiful Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls is a prosperous and vibrant community, as well as the gateway to recreational paradise. This unique setting provides numerous opportunities for total wellness -- social, physical, financial, and emotional. If you love outdoor activities, this is the place for you, with the Snake River running right through town, the Rocky Mountains dominating the horizon, and Yellowstone less than a 2-hour drive away

 

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