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Packaging Engineer

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role supports production and packaging design efforts of The JR Simplot Company Food Group. This position supports packaging design, establishment of written packaging specifications, and testing and qualification of packaging materials. Supports food service and retail customers through a focus on operational ability to utilize materials efficiently as well as through a partnership with procurement to acquire materials which optimize quality and costs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining and specifying the technical packaging portion of our internet-based specification system for all required types of packaging for all plant locations.
  • Works directly with Senior Packaging Engineers and plant locations to specify primary and secondary packaging materials to protect the finished product while maximizing packaging efficiency with the equipment and load ability for warehousing and transportation and minimizing material costs.
  • Works in alignment with Procurement to qualify new suppliers and/or new or alternate materials.
  • Participates on teams for new product concepts and provides packaging material specifications and recommendations.
  • Provides support to Marketing and R&D when required for new and existing products. Assists in packaging trials and production runs when necessary.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4-year college or university

Relevant Experience

  • 5+ years related experience and/or training

Required Certifications

  • Certified Packaging Professional (CPP)
  • Certified Professionals in Training (CPIT) 

Other Information

The successful candidate requires an intermediately wide range of knowledge covering all aspects related to packaging material structures and packaging equipment. It is important that this position understands factory operations and packaging equipment to transfer a theoretical application into real-time production. The candidate must be able to manage the creation and maintenance of packaging technical specifications within our PDM specification management system. The position requires excellent communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and ability to maintain a positive working relationship with individuals in operations, procurement, marketing, R&D, and senior management.

Job Requisition ID: 11050

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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