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Packaging Engineer


  • Curio Brands
  • 01/15/22
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 55414
  • 75,000 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
At CURiO, people are the heartbeat of our business. There would be no Thymes or Capri Blue without the collective passion and commitment of our employees. We consistently strive to return the same care that our employees bring to CURiO every day.

As a company that helps consumers enhance lifes big and small moments through fragrance, we are in the business of self-care. And we share that focus on self-care within the company as well. Its how we balance our AMBITIOUS cornerstone. We work hard to deliver our mission and vision, but we also value taking time to care for ourselves. Physical and mental health and wellness are our top priority, and CURiO has self-care offerings to provide more time away from work and flexible support to all who need it by offering:

PTO Paid Holidays Celebratory Days Flexible Fridays Flexible Work Schedules Medical Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Short-Term Disability Long-Term Disability Generous 401k Match Employee Assistance Program $15,000 Paid Life Insurance Paid Parental Leave

We work at CURiO for many reasons, such as our love for our products and our coworkers. Among the many other reasons is CURiOs welcoming, friendly culture. We are growing quickly, but we are still small enough to know each others names and help each other celebrate individual successes.

We pride ourselves on the CREATIVITY of our employees. From the chemists who mix intriguing fragrances and the designers who create stunning vessels to the operations teams who overcome obstacles to get our products to customers both quickly and safely, we celebrate CURiO innovation.

If you are looking for an opportunity to be CONNECTED to those that you work, be COURAGEOUS and apply.

We are seeking a Packaging Engineer who will proactively engages with CURiOs Design & Innovation team to develop and launch new products for CURiOs brands and customers. They are responsible for providing engineering input during design, as well as evaluating and testing each aspect of product packaging. They develop transit packaging solutions to ensure components and products arrive safely. They continuously consider product integrity, quality, consumer use experience, manufacturability, efficiency, as well as cost when collaborating on new products or reviewing existing items. Their goal is to ensure CURiOs packaging meets or exceeds expectations as products make its way through the supply chain and into the hands of consumers.

For a more detailed job description, please visit our website at curiobrands.com.

Work Responsibilities:

Product Design and Development
During the design phase, the Packaging Engineer consults with Product Designers as they design and develop new products.
Proactively engage with product designers to evaluate and highlight engineering recommendations and concerns structure, fitment, functionality, manufacturability, cost, quality
Serve as expert resource on component materials for product development team
Perform general review of materials and components being considered for new product designs decorative carton, hang tag, and dust cover stock; label material and adhesive; bottles, caps, pumps, sprayers, tubes, jars, and lids
Consider all components on their own and in combination with each other
Consider product type and consumer use when evaluating to ensure best product and customer experience is being created (liquid product to be used in the shower, small bottle to be carried in handbag, etc.)
Consult with Research & Development to understand any packaging considerations related to the product formula
Consider manufacturability when evaluating product designs
Host conversations with production manufacturing to understand any concerns and identify ways to optimize designs for production efficiency
Support in troubleshooting concerns involving design, materials, or manufacturing process with vendors, as needed
Provide creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions and recommendations
Review and approve carton, label, and deco dielines and CADs
Ensure production manufacturing is aligned to final design prior to approval and production scale-up plans are in place

Out-bound Transit Packaging
The Packaging Engineer develops case pack, web pack, and master pack shipper box solutions for new and existing products.
Utilize existing packaging components when possible; work with corrugate suppliers to design new solutions as needed
Consider manufacturability, production optimization, cost, and warehouse storage when developing shipper solutions
Solve for key customer packaging requirements as outlined in vendor guides (i.e. drop test, sealed liquids, etc.)
Obtain initial quotes for new shipper box designs

Testing, Documentation, and Standards
Identify appropriate engineering test for each product; perform and document component and product engineering tests
Maintain organized documentation library for easy reference by others
Perform final fit, form, function review of assembled product development prototypes prior to approval (combined components with product fill)
Identify and implement efficiencies and improvements within engineering test methods
Recommend and implement new engineering guidelines, tests, and standards to ensure best product and packaging output
Asist in the development of corporate packaging strategist for new and existing products

Technical Review
Obtain dimensional tolerance details from all component suppliers, ensuring no fitment concerns will present themselves in production
Analyze and approve engineering drawings and specifications of component and product
Review packaging art files for correct dielines, as well as correctly listed materials, finishes, and adhesives

Component and Finished Good Specification Sheets
Document required details in each component and finished good specification sheet

In-bound Transit Packaging
Work with suppliers to define in-bound transit packaging to ensure safe delivery of goods, while considering filling facilitys production needs

Existing Product
Review and improve existing product packaging and transit packaging designs
When quality issues arise, perform engineering review to identify what has occurred
Work with vendors to troubleshoot and resolve the issues, as needed
Develop new out-bound transit packaging when required
Identify and implement cost-saving initiatives related to packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage
Review, test, document, and approve substitute components when needed

Project Management
Work with Project Management team to understand project priorities and deadlines
Proactively manage engineering workflow and project load
Ensure suppliers understand project timelines and requirements


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree in Packaging or Materials Engineering or equivalent work experience
Three years experience working in Package Development related positions with project management experience

Computer and/or software qualifications:
Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Outlook

Preferred Qualifications
Background and experience in fragrance or cosmetic industry
Experience with national or international retail accounts (Amazon, Nordstrom, Anthropolgie, etc.)
Experience in consumer goods packaging design and compliance
Knowledge of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations
Core Competencies:
Knowledge of Packaging Engineering best practices and a continuing education commitment to maintain skills and awareness of new practices and programs
Ability to work independently but also with a team to complete product development.
Strong attention to detail with ability to organize and prioritize multiple resources and ensure on-time completion in a fast-paced environment
Ability to demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and to appropriately prioritize workload based upon organization or departmental needs, both individual and team
Ability to communicate and interact effectively with managers, co-workers, customers, vendors, and other partners.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Ability to work under constant deadline pressure and manage multiple projects across multiple lines of business
Skill in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Ability to maintain and protect company proprietary information

Travel Requirement: less than 5%

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