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Packaging Technologist

Date: 13-Jan-2023

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia is a food manufacturing and agriculture business encompassing potato, vegetable, seafood, and sauce operations that supply a wide range of frozen, shelf-stable and chilled products to Australia and New Zealand’s major retail and food service customers. 


As a leading provider of quality, nourishing and sustainable food, we are focused on creating food Australians and New Zealanders love by maximising value from the best Australian-grown produce and global seafood. Our iconic brands have been an integral part of Australian life for generations, and include the likes of Leggo’s, Birds Eye, Edgell, John West and Chiko.


We have five manufacturing sites in Australia and six sales sites and employ almost 2000 people across these operations. We are an integral part of the global J.R. Simplot Company.

Culture and Benefits


At Simplot, we are fuelled by our purpose: We Contribute to Feeding Our World. We imagine a better future and set goals to reach it. We are committed to working as one Simplot and are guided by our shared values:


  • Respect for Resources
  • Spirit of Innovation
  • Passion for People

We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We care about creating an environment that promotes safety and wellbeing and where our people feel supported, respected and empowered. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and are committed to providing equal opportunities for all our team members.


Simplot is passionate about cultivating a future where good ideas and inspiring possibilities have the chance to grow. We want our team members to build exciting and fulfilling careers with us and offer professional and personal growth opportunities.

The Perks


  • Flexible working arrangements and a variety of engaging Health and Wellbeing programs
  • Diverse Leadership Development Programs and Professional Development Support
  • Employee Reward and Recognition Program
  • Bonus incentives
  • Discounted Health Insurance and Gym Memberships
  • Sensory Club Program - Enjoy and taste our new product launches daily including access to our Culinary cooking sessions
  • Novated Car Leasing Agreements
  • Income Protection Insurance
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave


Simplot Australia values the innovation and relationship building that comes from face to face connection but also recognises the need for flexibility in the lives of our team members. This is why we have a hybrid work environment, with one dedicated day per week where we all come together to maintain our successful culture of innovation, connection and collaboration.

About our Role


We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Packaging Technologist to join our dynamic and growing business. Reporting to the Packaging Innovation & Development Manager, you will be responsible for leading packaging development and improvement projects to successfully deliver new products to market and optimise existing packaging formats.  


This role will collaboratively engage with internal and external stakeholders for packaging design, perform artwork reviews for new and existing packaging.  

What will you do


  • Ensure packaging development for NPI meets food safety, quality and budget requirements.  Where required, attend factory trials and provide technical support.
  • Advise plant engineering teams and where applicable, outsourced suppliers, of optimum packaging solutions to meet NPI requirements
  • Selection of packaging materials that meets regulatory requirements whilst remaining aware of Simplot’s commitment to National Packaging Targets.  
  • Generate increased profitability through the identification and implementation of packaging innovation and productivity initiatives
  • Provide packaging technical expertise to procurement, supply chain, logistics, factory sites and commercial departments.
  • Explore trends and insights as well as future emerging / promising growth options in packaging and printing to meet consumer & customer needs
  • Identify system requirements for packaging specifications and manage packaging material specifications
  • Collaboratively engage with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the delivery of NPI project objectives.

What will you bring


To be successful in this role, you will possess previous packaging technologist experience and work well within a team environment. Tertiary qualifications in relevant fields will be viewed favourably.


  • Experience in packaging technologies and development
  • Advanced skills in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to meet deadlines and influence others
  • Attention to detail whilst seeing the big picture
  • Project management experience


If this sounds like you, please Apply online today.  



Job Requisition ID: 11881 

Travel Required: None 

Pay Grade: Global Grade 3 

Location(s): Chifley Business Park Office - Melbourne 

Country: Australia 


Simplot is an equal opportunity employer and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. If you feel you would be a great addition to our team please apply online today, we would love to hear from you. If you require technical assistance, please email us at