Packaging Engineer in Minneapolis, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 10/10/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Jack Link’s Protein Snacks began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world, and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. The Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.


Position Summary:

To design and develop packaging for retail, club-store, grocery and C-store and POS/POP (point of sale/point of purchase) applications; i.e. to include protective packaging, performance packaging, transportation packaging, and other packaging related venues. Lead and manage packaging projects from start to completion, across all packaging structures (i.e. film, paperboard, corrugated). To participate in and lead initiatives to reduce costs, reduce complexity, or increase compatibility with manufacturing/automation or use regarding packaging. Design, develop, engineer, and trouble-shoot film, folding cartons and corrugated with suppliers. The Packaging Engineer will work with clients (internal and external) cross functionally, on a team or individually. 


Principal Scope of Position:

  • Develop packaging solutions for new and existing products, including all packaging structures related to the project.
  • Develop merchandising displays for new and existing products to support marketing and trade-marketing requests and to help drive additional placement and sales.
  • Research innovative packaging concepts in the market place and with suppliers.
  • Work on development of new packaging for promotional ideas.
  • Manage packaging specifications, including die-lines (i.e. CAD drawings), Pallet Patterns, and Retail Assembly and Packing Instructions (etc.).
  • Perform and conduct package abuse testing, to meet ASTM standards and customer guidelines, to ensure proper performance of primary and secondary packaging and/or display components. And develop report showing results.
  • Lead and support product start-ups and plant trials, as they relate to your projects.


Essential Responsibilities and Job Functions:

  • Design new retail, club-store, POS/POP displays and transportation packaging in the areas of corrugated, folding cartons and film materials.
  • Design, develop, engineer and trouble-shoot methods, materials and systems in the area of above packaging categories and materials.
  • Evaluate packaging materials, designs, processes, and equipment.
  • Understand and apply C&F (cost & feasibility) processes to ensure optimal design for packaging; i.e. cost effective, structurally sound primary packaging as well as secondary packaging, club-store, distribution packaging and POS/POP display packaging.
  • Able to select materials to meet optimal performance and cost (board combinations, film gages and types etc.).
  • Work with packaging suppliers, raw material suppliers, and production line/automation engineers to evaluate status quo and explore areas for improvement.
  • Work closely with a cross-functional team, including Product R&D, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Procurement and Finance.
  • Manage entire projects from a packaging lead, including all packaging structures required for that project (i.e. flexible film, paperboard and corrugated).
  • Organize and lead real or simulated testing to qualify robustness of package design, material specification, or “fit for use” application of packages.
  • Lead and manage production trial runs to collaborate with the plants to qualify packaging within the manufacturing facilities for new product launches, startups as well as to develop best performance line setups and practices.
  • Provide informational reports and proposals for production optimization, standardized specifications and best practice guidelines to management for decision making.
  • Manage Packaging Engineering process for entire packaging set up of new projects: from sample requests and packaging specs through finish good item set up.
  • Present new merchandiser concepts, consumer packaging ideas, and material and design solutions for new product development, as well as other packaging industry insights to Jack Link’s team members.
  • Will be assigned to other duties and projects as necessary.
  • Travel required as necessary.

Job Requirements

Desired Qualifications


  • B.S. degree in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Related Science or work experience equivalent (i.e. structural design of packaging and POP display design).
  • Film/bag design (flow-wrap and form-fill-seal) experience with packaging manufacturing companies.
  • Folding Carton design experience with packaging manufacturing companies.
  • Corrugated design experience with packaging manufacturing companies.
  • Special feature design (closure, re-closure, display etc..) experience with packaging manufacturing companies.
  • Work experience with end-user companies.
  • Work experience with food packaging design, manufacturing and/or use.
  • Experience monitoring, evaluating, and reporting observations and recommendations for packaging materials and production lines.
  • 2-5 years’ experience.


  • Ability to understand CAD drawings of packaging materials and machine tooling.  
  • Proficient on Microsoft Office tools.
  • SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro-E or other 3D software (experience is a benefit).
  • In depth knowledge of resin and fiber-based materials and packages.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional team for package development and implementation.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and concepts to suppliers and internal team members.
  • Knowledge of packaging quality key variables and packaging specific quality assurance programs.
  • Understanding of the function of packaging as part of a larger supply chain and environmental optimization initiatives.
    • Basic knowledge of display designs, supplier manufacturing capabilities, assembly/fulfillment process, and styles and types of graphics.
    • Ability to lift 40 pounds and have the ability to work in various environments.
    • Demonstrate leadership and initiative characteristics through packaging development projects and also through previous work experience.
  • General knowledge and understanding of various packaging tests, packaging manufacturing, and packaging distribution systems.


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