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Senior Packaging Engineer



Location: Brea HQ 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

The Senior Packaging Engineer is responsible for the identification, development and commercialization of new, improved and/or cost-reduced structures and packages.  They act as lead on technical projects and develop innovative approaches for achieving specific project objectives.  They will coordinate all activities around active Packaging Engineering projects and will support multiple business units on various initiatives ranging from executing new packaging product launches, helping spec and install new packaging equipment, defining packaging process parameters for operations, developing packaging QA test procedures and performing new packaging supplier qualifications.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Champion Ideas for minimizing the cost of packaging components and improving operational performance and quality via systems and design optimization.  Lead the qualification process for new suppliers and packaging including:
    • Review of new Packaging Specifications for Feasibility
    • Development and Execution of Qualification Protocol
    • Supporting Shelf life and Distribution/ Performance Testing
    • Determining Production Requirements and Capital Needed for New Packaging
    • Developing Timelines for Project Completion
  • Lead the development process for new packaging concepts for Sales and Marketing initiatives.  This work includes the following tasks:
    • Presenting Packaging Cost and Design Options
    • Determining Techinical Feasibility in Production and Distribution
    • Development of Concepts and Modification of Design based on Focus Group Feedback
    • Determining Production Requirements and Capital Needed for Design
    • Supporting Shelf life and Distribtution / Performance Testing
    • Development and Exectution of Qualification Protocol
  • Develop and issue technical specifications and qualification reports for packaging systems and components.  Align critical characteristics with QA requirements and Packaging Certificates of Analysis.
  • Identify new and applicable innovative packaging concepts for the company.  Maintain and build upon a knowledge and understanding of emerging designs and technologies, recognizing supplier capabilities, competitor or industry benchmarking, customer requirements and practices, and consumer trends.

Education and Experience:

  • 4+ years of experience in packaging design, development, and evaluation required, preferably in a consumer products environment.
  • B.S. degree in packaging or engineering required. 
  • Experience in creating packaging specifications (concept development through commercialization), as well as experience working cross-functionally with Operations, Sales and Marketing team members.  
  • Experience supporting / leading projects in a plant manufacturing setting and financial aptitude is a must, as is the ability to interact at all levels of the organization and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Up to 25% travel.
  • Prior food or beverage manufacturing experience highly preferred.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • This individual must possess a broad knowledge of packaging materials and systems, equipment, and testing procedures.
  • Technical experience in: rigid plastics, flexible packaging, and corrugated is necessary.  Strong team leadership skills are preferred.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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