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The Dannon Company Sr. Packaging Engineer in White Plains, New York

About the job

About the Job:
Everyone on our Research & Innovation team shares a passion for innovation, new process, new formulations, new packaging and new ways of thinking. By joining this team, you will use your scientific and technologic expertise to bring health through food, meet the needs of consumers and nurture growth in the business. We are looking to hire a Senior Packaging Engineer to join our team, ideally based in White Plains, NY or near one of our yogurt plants! This is a strategic role within the Research and Innovation department and will be responsible for the research, development, and execution of packaging initiatives across multiple brands within the Yogurt Business Unit. This person is responsible for scoping and executing packaging innovations with the Marketing team.
In this role, you will:

Demonstrate creativity in the development of packaging systems. Promote the spirit of innovation across different networks including suppliers, the R&I community, and cross-functional teams.
Explore new packaging materials, shapes and technologies, as well as consumer trends, to apply them to new innovations.
Support the innovation process by proposing, developing and implementing packaging options.
Develop primary, secondary and transport packaging in line with the company's objectives; cost, quality, circularity and time.
Represent packaging in project teams partnering cross-functionally (Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Engineering and Supply Chain).
Participate in working sessions with the brand teams and co-builds packaging innovation and circularity pipeline.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with vendors, suppliers, sister Danone business units, plants, co-manufacturers and other sources of applicable technologies.
Contribute to the packaging development for projects of all sizes.
Be accountable for the creation and maintenance of the packaging specifications.
Organize and conducts trials in an industrial environment.

The base compensation range for this position is $100,000-115,000. Danone North America additionally offers a performance-based bonus and has a strong benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Drug Coverage, 401k Plan, Wellness Program, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Time Off, and Paid Parental Bonding Leave, among other benefit plan options.

About you

About You:
You will have:
Bachelor's degree minimum, Master degree in Sciences or Engineering ideal (Packaging, Mechanical, Chemical or related engineering science)
Minimum of 5 years experience in a packaging engineering field (preferably in food and beverage)
Experience in thermoforming, injection molding (cups & bottles) and extrusion blow molding strongly preferred.
Experience with PET and polyolefins (PE,PP,HDPE,PS), their properties and use as food containers
Knowledge in sachets, pouches and related flexible packaging
Experience in the use of statistical tools for problem solving
Knowledge of design thinking principals and application to innovation process
Proficiency in the use Microsoft Office software, Microsoft Project, and CAPE or TOPS
Demonstrated leadership in cross functional teams involving marketing, sales, purchasing and manufacturing in the development of new products
Excellent Project Management skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and make risk-based decisions
Excellent business skills and understand the levers of R&I in brand P&Ls
Self starter, autonomous and demonstrated ability to bring new unsolicited ideas & solutions to the table
Ability to travel approximately 30%
Prior management experience (ideal)

About us

About Us:
At Danone North America, you'll work with some of the best-known food and beverage brands in the world like Activia, Silk, Horizon Organic, Two Good, Oikos, evian, and Happy Family. You'll be part of one of the largest Certified B Corps in the world, working together to make sure our brands create real benefits for people, communities, and the planet. We have 6,000+ employees across the U.S. and Canada. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU.
Danone North America doesn't just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We're proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all of our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.