Packaging Development Engineer III – Rich Products Corporation

  • Manufacturing & Warehouse
  • Fulltime
  • 1 year ago
  • Buffalo

Job Information

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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Experience : 0-2 years

Job Description

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $4 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.


Develop and manage package design, ergonomics, and cost based on priorities from category business units and corporate strategic business plans. Lead the development and commercialization of medium to high complexity projects to develop and commercialize process and package innovations for new and renovated packaging and processes, and cost savings initiatives.

• Execute medium to high complexity package/process/product development activities from concept to commercialization. Support capital projects using design-commissioning-qualification-verification engineering principles. Accurately identifies project requirements applying the right production capability, packaging materials, package performance characteristics to match customer/consumer’s needs, packaging specifications, and financial targets.
• Contribute to the study of package process and equipment alternatives and Pilot Equipment Validation through Design of Experiments (DOE) to determine the effect of process parameters on package quality, throughput, and cost.
• Follow established guidelines and protocol, scientific approach and statistical analysis, conduct process or package development research, plant trials, plant startups, sensory, shelf-life stability studies, capability studies, and specifications development.
• Provide technical support to resolve medium to high complexity package production and quality issues, identifying root cause, develop and implement solutions including training QA/Operations personnel on findings within assigned product category.
• Support an environment that fosters innovation by continually introducing ideas and packaging concepts for new products, quality improvements, and productivity all with an element of calculated risk taking that contribute to bottom line growth and propels organization ahead of competition.
• Support the development and implementation of raw material strategy in collaboration with supply chain group and external vendors for differentiated new packaged-product performance and quality or cost reduction.
• Provide technical and business risk assessment /perspectives related to new product development and technical brand stewardship activities
• Builds and leverages of knowledge of packaging materials and processes to advise teams on packaging options and processes, as required.
• Provide effective communication and documentation of work including technical plans, experimental reports, financial analysis, and management updates.
• Responsible for issuing accurate packaging specifications and the required product systems updates.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Science or related engineering field with 4 years package development with emphasis in food products and project management experience from concept through commercialization.
• Demonstrated experience to independently apply technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques, interpret data through sound experimental design and statistical analysis.
• Demonstrated experience in leading multiple high complexity projects within assigned product category in a cross-functional environment while delivering significant results.
• Solid understanding of food systems, ingredients, packaging, and processing interactions, experimental design and statistical analysis.
• Demonstrated experience to deal with ambiguity and can comfortably manage risks, changing priorities, and uncertainty.
• Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to work across functions, and influence both above and below level.
• Proficient project management skills with solid verbal and written communication skills.
• Solid PC proficiency (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, and report writing. Proficient with relevant software tools like SAP, PLM, CAPE or TOPS. Familiar with CAD, part modeling and other engineering software programs.

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Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department at if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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