Packaging Engineer - Lamb Weston - Richland, WA

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

Build your career at ConAgra Foods.  At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-paced workplace.

Position Summary: A Packaging Engineer helps support identification, development and commercialization of new, improved, and cost-reduced packaging while supporting cross-functional project tasks.  This position leads simple to complex food service projects and supports technical initiatives as needed. Act as a key packaging resource for one or more business units. Work both independently and as part of a team.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with packaging equipment and projects focused on the interface between the packages we design and operational efficiencies in our manufacturing plants and throughout our distribution networks.

 Position Responsibilities:

  • Effectively communicate within the greater packaging technical community.
  • Lead technical delivery of base business projects independently while simultaneously supporting high complexity technical projects.
  • Support assigned business unit on all packaging projects from ideation through commercialization.  Understand BU strategic goals and performance as well as customer base and packaging performance.
  • Develop ideas for savings, innovation, plant efficiency and quality improvements that are relevant to the business.
  • Collaborate with business and technical peers on assigned projects, as well as external partners and resources.
  • Independently plan, execute, and analyze plant/pilot plant/lab trials.
  • Prepare and present results of technical reports to leadership team, both written and oral.
  • Document trial results using standard processes to include written reports.    Share results with relevant parties.
  • Review and approve, interpret, develop, and issue technical specifications.
  • Utilized as a subject matter expert in selected packaging technology platforms.
  • Establish strong working relationship with key suppliers.
  • Maintain strong understanding and application of experimental design, performance specs, and material qualification/CQV process.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the packaging principles and operating systems for the assigned business.
  • Maintain awareness of technical trends and developments in the packaging industry.
  • Participate and/or lead brainstorming and information gathering for resource planning process as needed.
  • Mentor to associate engineers.
  • Gain familiarity with fiscal and strategic plans of team.
  • Contribute as needed on cross-functional teams.
  • Become aware of project tasks implications to budget.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelors in Packaging, Engineering, or related field required.
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in packaging industry, CPG preferred.
  • Strong understanding of packaging materials capabilities and equipment.
  • Understanding of government regulatory requirements in the processing of food.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and maintain cross-functional partnerships, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to effectively, appropriately communicate to senior organization, both verbally and nonverbally.
  • Advanced analytical and logical problem solving abilities.
  • Basic understanding of food science and how food affects packaging.
  • Basic understanding of food safety, sanitary design, and equipment cleaning.
  • Thorough understanding of physical and structural package testing procedures.
  • Financial understanding to optimize profitability.
  • Team building skills that focus on mentoring and coaching.
  • Strong negotiating skills when working through conflict resolution.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Position Physical Requirements:

Incumbent must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

·    Ability to travel up to 25% of time, most travel will not require overnight stay

·    Ability to lift 25 to 50 lbs

·    Ability to stand for 75% of a day

·    Ability to sit for 4 hours at a time



This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

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To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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