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Scientist, R&D Packaging – Coffee
The J.M. Smucker Company Orrville, OH 9/13/2016





Job Description

For more than 115 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk- Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit


Scientist, R&D Packaging – Coffee


Orrville, OH (Greater Cleveland area)

~A comprehensive relocation package may be available.


Senior Manager, Research and Development - Coffee


·        Lead package development process for new product and/or packaging projects, collaborating with Products Research, Marketing Services, Product Development, Brand Management, Purchasing, Manufacturing, external design agencies and suppliers and any additional required functional disciplines

·        Lead the Technical Readiness process for package focused projects and/or collaborate with technical readiness leaders on other projects to provide required packaging data and support

·        Define and conduct package development testing to ensure technical readiness for production, distribution, and consumer use

·        Design and execute package qualifications for blow molded containers and injection molded parts with suppliers and coffee production plants

·        Provide innovative ideas leading to the application of new packaging technologies and solving packaging related challenges

·        Plan, execute, analyze and summarize plant trials working closely with manufacturing and site technical resources

·        Develop performance based specifications for all new packaging materials

·        Support packaging technical support organization as needed to resolve packaging supply chain or production technical issues



·        A Bachelor’s degree in a Packaging related field is required (or a degree in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, or other technical degree with relevant package development or technical support experience will be considered)


·        5 or more years of package development experience is required

·        Experience with Rigid Packaging technologies (Blow molding and Injection molding) is preferred

·        Experience or exposure to packing line machinery and equipment such as flexible pouch and bagging, rigid filling, cartoning, case packing, aseptic, retort, etc. is strongly preferred 


·        Proven technical mastery in package development or packaging technical support is required, preferably with food packaging experience

·        Familiarity with other packaging materials, technologies, and processes is desirable

·        Experience with package development process and testing from concept to implementation or packaging technical support solutions

·        Mastery of basic package qualification test procedures

·        Ability to collaborate and work across multi-functional and discipline boundaries in a dynamic project environment

·        Project management experience would be highly valued for this role, as the individual will manage costs, schedules and resources for the work

·        Experience conducting plant trials is very beneficial

·        Ability to travel up to 20% of your work schedule is required


The J. M. Smucker Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  No person will be discriminated against in hiring or in any other aspect of their employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, marital status, familial status, disability, genetic information, protected veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time

Job Type Engineering, Supply Chain, Warehouse

Education Not Specified

Experience Not Specified

Manages Others Not Specified

Industry Other Great Industries

Required Travel Not Specified

Job ID 55186


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