Packaging Engineer Lead/Manager

East Bay, (none selected) | Direct Hire

Post Date: 01/19/2016 Job ID: 5022 Industry: General



In this role, you will OWN packaging at our company. You will be responsible for the strategy, delivery and validation of packaging programs for new product developments and sustaining packaging activities. Your initial task will be to consolidate and develop aWorld-Class packaging organization. Your team will work with Product Development, Manufacturing, Industrial Design, Brand and Marketing to develop high quality packaging solutions that are the “face” of our products and adhere to our “Experience Comes First” value. Using your extensive Leadership experience, you will direct your team to investigate and implement industry best practices in packaging design across a range of product sizes, weights and combinations. The greatest challenge will be to get packaging “ahead of the game”, core to our overall product development and being “Relentlessly Progressive”.


What does early success look like?


  • Make the packaging team feel “as one” through organizing and establishing credibility within the business

  • Assess team resource needs and begin developing the team.

  • Develop a reliable, cost-effective sourcing and partnership strategy

  • Establish packaging performance metrics.


What does long term success look like?


  • Get packaging “ahead of the game”. This will involve engaging in research and development of leading edge packaging materials and fabrication processes with an eye toward addressing sustainability issues.

  • Prove total ownership of packaging, have a credible strategy and resource plan being executed to.

  • Will have built out a successful, high quality team running at full potential


Role Profile – What it takes


  • 15+ years of successful management of packaging organizations. Strong people management and team building experience.

  • A proven relentless sense of ownership and relentlessly progressive mindset.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to summarize at the executive level and inspirationally direct resources.

  • Experience dealing with multi-cross-functional relationships, internally and externally. Includes Marketing, Brand, Logistics, Engineering, ID, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

  • Experience-lead development of packaging for high volume, high quality consumer electronics with a focus on building a premium out-of-box experience.

  • Strong knowledge of packaging materials, fabrication and supply chain network with abilities to develop packaging sourcing and management strategies.

  • Understanding of packaging qualification practices and standards such as ISTA (need to drive initiatives around this).

  • Experience and understanding of software and tools utilized for packaging development.

  • Experience with sustainability challenges and solutions for packaging.

  • Experience with related regulation and safety requirements, shipping constraints and logistics.

  • Strong industry network connections for developing key partnerships and tracking industry trends.

  • Deep ties with packaging supply chain partners globally and locally.

  • Frequent travel to Asia (sometimes with little notice).

  • Incomparable drive, energy, enthusiasm and work ethic (because we love our products).

Preferred Experience

  • M.S. or B.S. Degree in Packaging Engineering

  • Sr. Manager or Director level experience

  • Packaging experience with large sized, heavy products

  • Fluency in Mandarin is a plus


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