Buffalo NY
United States
Flexible Packaging
Date Posted

Product Development Engineer


Basic Functions

This position is with thePlastics Innovation team. This team is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing new technology, processes or materials that will greatly expand the capabilities of ARP’s technology portfolio and will help fuel ARP’s growth engine. The innovation team provides targeted innovation for market-based opportunities aligned in key strategic areas identified by ARP’s marketing business units. We use a fast and flexible process to quickly evaluate ideas, provide proof of concept evidence and, with business support, develop and commercialize the innovation.

The position requires someone who is able to work independently and collaboratively with others. It requires ability to assess new opportunities for their technical merit, determine or invent a means to implement and, if supported by marketing team leaders, develop and commercialize the resulting technology. This role requires both strong technical astuteness with a good business sense and an ability to maintain a high degree of flexibility and sense of urgency. One must have an ability to drive projects to completion, as well as to identify and overcome critical issues. The position requires the ability to work both independently, and cross functionally. An ability to lead and influence others is key.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manage, coordinate, and drive innovation pipeline projects through decision points with marketing partners.
  • Determine project objectives and key specifications, propose and maintain timelines, supervise and communicate progress to ensure objectives are met. Identify key critical issues in advance.
  • Coordinate project activities with other manufacturing or operation units to facilitate participation with appropriate functions.
  • Report on progress with both written reports and oral presentations to team, market leaders and technical managers.
  • Routinely be involved in direct, face-to-face discussion with current and potential vendors, customers, and technology suppliers relating to legal, technical, and commercial concepts.
  • Participate in appropriate professional organizations and maintain current knowledge of technical innovations both within Amcor as well as external to.

Essential Functions/Skills

  • Inspires and supports an innovation culture.
  • Demonstrates independent and highly innovative thinking.
  • Maintains a high degree of flexibility in mindset, timelines and problem solving skills.
  • Strong internal drive and sense of urgency to drive and complete projects.
  • Technically astute with good business sense.
  • Strong collaborative skills with other functions, peers and teammates.
  • Strong knowledge of packaging industry and aware of trends.
  • Problem solver who can identify best path to overall success.
  • develops tools others can use easily and successfully.
  • Thinking is balanced between visionary and practical considerations.
  • Desire to work toward win-win solutions, champions a vision and gets breakthrough results.
  • Self corrects, provides coaching as needed for others and is open to coaching when needed.
  • Facilitates invention of new technologies by others, assesses new technology inventions, and facilitates intellectual property protection of new inventions.

Education & Experience

  • Must have strong knowledge of injection molding, blow molding and packaging.
  • Strong knowledge of packaging industry. Food processing experience a plus.
  • 3 or more years of project management expertise. Certification is a plus but not required.
  • Requires 6 or more years of relevant experience plus a minimum BS degree in engineering, packaging discipline or a related field. Advanced degree (Masters/Ph.D.) has added value.
  • Experience and knowledge of statistical methods for data analysis, and computer skills.
  • Expert in engineering and equipment design is added value.
  • Polymer or Materials expertise is added value.
  • Experience developing products in pharmaceutical packaging space is added value.

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