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Packaging Engineering Manager in Minneapolis, MN at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 11/27/2018

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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.

Manage team of packaging engineers responsible for the design, development, and support of package systems. This position plays a key role within a cross functional team comprised of functions such as R&D, Marketing, Operations, Food Safety & Regulatory.


  • Manage department activities utilizing extensive packaging expertise and significant knowledge of other related disciplines to develop, improve and execute packaging projects.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the packaging team regarding all aspects of their technical and professional development.
  • Act as liaison for leaders in other key functions, represent the Packaging team as a primary contact with Marketing, R&D, Regulatory, Operations and Quality.
  • Leverage comprehensive experience in packaging technology, process development and operations to develop innovative solutions and drive improvements in packaging operations for manufacturing.
  • Prioritize projects and work closely with PMO team to address critical business initiatives.
  • Ensure all technical documentation draft by team including package testing protocols, and validation associated with the qualification and release of package designs is compliant, accurate and appropriate.
  • Provide leadership for the company’s packaging strategic plan which included strategy development, planning and execution. As part of this ensure the package engineering team has plans including key performance indicators KPI’s to monitor performance.
  • Mentor and coach team to excel in packaging, project management and other key activities.
  • Serve actively in the identification of suppliers, testing and approving materials.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS Packaging or related engineering field
  • Minimum of 9 years packaging experience, with at least 5 years in CPG companies, and 3 years managing people
  • Knowledgeable in ISO, ASTM, ISTA standards related to packaging
  • 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.
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Solid proficiency in MS Word, Excel and statistical analysis software
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills
  • Ability to lead team toward operational objectives
  • Able to collaborate effectively at all levels within the organization
  • Strong analytical, planning, organization and time management skills to effectively execute project plans.
  • Cross functional experience in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, R&D, Operations, Quality and Regulatory.

Nice to Have

  • MS Packaging Engineering or related field
  • Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) preferred
  • Experience with Lean Sigma, DFSS, DFM, process development and design of experiments (DOE) methodology
  • Experience with automated and/or semi-automated packaging equipment and processes
  • EEO Statement:

    Jack Link’s provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic that is protected by federal, state or local law.

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    This job description is intended to generally describe the nature and level of work to be performed by employees in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills required of employees performing this role.



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