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Associate Manager, Packaging Engineer

Racine, Wisconsin Job ID 18424 Apply

As the Associate Manager, Packaging Engineer you will be responsible for contributing to the technical development of new or revised packaging materials & products on global brands. You will develop new products/packages, line extensions, and lead technology advancements which expand the organizational and market needs for the assigned portion of our business. You will receive overall project objectives from the project leader and works independently to accomplish technical results.

SC Johnson is a fifth-generation family company built on a spirit of adventure and winning the right way. We have been leading with purpose for over 130 years, building top brands such as Raid®, Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF!®, Windex®, Ziploc® and more, in virtually every country. Through these household names, we are making a positive difference to the world around us. But we only succeed with the combined vitality and strength of our 13,000 people who we truly value and support in their pursuit of individual and shared goals.

SC Johnson’s total compensation packages are at or above industry levels. In addition to salary, total packages may include bonuses, long-term incentives, matching 401(k) contributions and profit sharing based on company profitability, job level and years of service. As a family company, we’re committed to providing benefits such as subsidized health care plans, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, flexible work arrangements, vacation purchase options, recreation and fitness centers, childcare, counseling services and more.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and apply new and existing packaging technologies towards the development of innovative new products and the enhancement of existing products 

  • Research and evaluate materials and components for the development of cost-effective, high-quality packaging solutions that consumers find appealing, easy to use, and compelling to allow S.C. Johnson to "win at store shelves" around the globe 

  • Ideate and plan a 5+ year packaging roadmap to deliver on strategic goals of the organization and the assigned portion of the business.

  • Provide strong technical leadership within a cross-functional team to drive the design and development of innovative new products or optimization of existing packages 

  • Design, coordinate, and complete performance and compatibility testing in support of packaging component changes 

  • Execute domestic and global packaging development projects by creating and following effective and efficient project timelines and related success criteria to realize on-time project completion dates 

  • Collaborate with multifunctional core teams (R&D, Design, Marketing, Marketing Research, and Product Supply) to successfully identify, develop, and launch new products in an accelerated manner 

  • Lead evaluation of technical performance and stability of combined package and formula systems, collaborating closely with formulators and processing engineers throughout development 

  • Generate robust packaging component specifications, finished good product specifications, and bills of materials as part of technical validation process 

  • Provide technical expertise and problem-solving skills to evaluate and correct package-related issues to maintain production schedules and product quality 

  • Write and review lab test procedures, scale-up protocols, and specifications needed to support product development activities 

  • Stay in the forefront of packaging innovations and trends by sharing back with project teams and more broadly within the division so that new technologies can be leveraged in new products and new product packaging 

  • Utilize expertise to contribute to the successful commercialization of new ideas driving consumer and corporate value 

  • Utilize available external resources (patent literature, suppliers, etc.) to identify and recommend applicable new technologies  

  • May guide, train, or coach other junior professionals by using advanced scientific methods on quality processes and robust product specifications 

Required Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Bachelor’s degree in packaging or other relevant engineering disciplines (e.g. Mechanical, Materials, etc.) and a minimum of 5 years of product/packaging development experience, or advanced degree with at least 3 years relevant work experience


Preferred Skills / Experience / Competencies:

  • Working knowledge of Design of Experiments 

  • In-depth knowledge of the product development process and experience related to various delivery system technologies (e.g., aerosol formulation, emulsion chemistry, gel formulation, polymer chemistry, reaction products, surfactants, solvents, builders) 

  • Ideating, finding, completing proof of concepts, developing and problem solving packing solutions for moisture-sensitive and/or reactive chemistry products

  • Experience in sustainable packaging solutions (including PCR) and knowledge around recyclability guidelines.

  • Experience and technical competency in primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging design and qualification (e.g. product/environment compatibility, distribution and environmental testing, manufacturing qualification) 

  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral and written presentation; including effective storytelling to the non-technical individual 

  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities, including anticipation and communication of risk profile and mitigation plans 

  • Strategic thinking and action to effectively navigate complex and/or ambiguous situations 

  • Strong technical expertise in multiple packaging disciplines; dispensing systems, materials, closures, manufacturing line requirements, plastic molding techniques, and product/environment compatibility 

  • Knowledge of consumer testing techniques and execution of appropriate studies to evaluate product performance during use 

  • An understanding of the developing consumer market 

  • Project Management experience, including the support systems (e.g. SAP Product Lifecycle Management, Microsoft Project, Microsoft PWA) 

Job Requirements:

  • Full time 

  • Core Business Hours 

  • Minimum 10% travel 

  • Office Environment 

  • Ability to lift 10 – 40 pounds 

  • Remote work is available once a week for eligible employees

Better Together

At SC Johnson, we strive to create a positive, inclusive and unique workplace. We strongly believe SCJ people are able to achieve their best when they can collaborate and work together in person.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The policy of the Company is to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, gender identity, gender expression, disability, citizenship, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in any active or reserve component of the U.S. or state military forces, genetic history or information or any other category protected by law.

Accommodation Requests

If you are an individual with a disability and you need an accommodation or other assistance during the application process, please call our Human Resources department at 262-260-3343 or email your request to SCJHR@scj.com. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Download the EEO is the Law poster for more information.

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