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Richmond, Virginia


a month ago

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Packaging Development Engineer/Scientist - Richmond, VA

Packaging Development Engineer/Scientist - Richmond, VA

501 South 5th St
Richmond, Virginia, 23219-0501
United States

Career Opportunity:

The Packaging Development Scientist/Engineer provides technical contributions to WestRock’s Material Technology in the development of converting barrier coated paperboard materials into various shapes such as cups, trays, containers, tubes, pouches and other formats for food service and other commercial applications. The ideal candidate will have strong materials background and hands-on industrial experience with paper converting equipment, tooling and processes including thermoforming and molding or shaping techniques.

How You Will Impact WestRock:

  • Apply engineering science and technology in forming of various shaped articles from bench to manufacturing scale. Design, install and operate new paper machines to create new products.
  • Design and lead production of innovative packaging prototypes utilizing lab and pilot plant thermoforming or molding or tooling systems.
  • Plan and perform package printing and converting trials for folding carton, corrugated packaging, tray, cup, tube, and other formats in the commissioning and qualification phases.
  • Independently, lead package filling and packing trials and evaluations in the collection of performance and operational data at customer plants.
  • Interface with (internal/external) Project Managers/Leaders in the development and transformation of package forms and systems to run new packages at customers’ facilities. Actively engage with customers to deliver necessary results.
  • Set up and conduct trials on WestRock’s pilot packaging equipment, independently without direct supervision.
  • Manage and perform wide range of testing and analysis on prototype packages. This includes barrier performance, package strength and stability characteristics, package and product compatibility, supply and distribution performance, and shelf-life performance.
  • Coordinate and work with outside vendors and suppliers in the evaluation and recommendation of external materials and components for new packages.
  • Ability to work on a cross-functional team charged with developing and recommending solutions to packaging problems or needs.
  • Use design of experiment and statistical methods to evaluate and predict the performance of packaging.
  • Apply the statistical and quality methodologies including SPC, SQC, FEMA, Root Cause Analysis, Repeatability & Reliability, and Design of Experiments. 
  • Knowledge of computer aided 3D tooling designs and engineering drawings. Knowledge of food contact and regulatory compliance.

What You Need to Succeed:

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Protective/Food Packaging Technology or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years paper products converting experience in R&D for converting or paper packaging company for consumer and food service market applications.
  • Technical knowledge of packaging converting processes for one or more of the following: blow molding, thermoforming, cup/tray forming, carton manufacturing, filling, and sealing systems, and flexible films.
  • Understanding of the packaging supply chain and the fit for use criteria for primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging.
  • Strong project management skills - Ability to prioritize and execute projects against tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills. Team Player with strong collaboration skills.
  • Lead and coordinate projects with other engineers, technicians, and cross-functional team members.
  • Develop and document standard operating procedures for paper and tooling equipment processes.

What We Offer:

  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence
  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities
  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential
  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.

About WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com. WestRock is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans