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Projects Manager, Pet Packaging R&D - Walnut Creek, CA


Department: R&D


Job Description:



Provide package technical leadership necessary to manage key company growth and cost optimization projects from ideation through commercialization. Support and participate in Pet insights/marketing programs and possess the insights necessary to bring technology in the package industry to deliver Pet relevant innovations. Additionally, to continuously strive to apply industry knowledge to help deliver efficiencies in conversion, packaging cost, and improved package quality.



This position will support the Pet Brands business unit. The Projects Manager will lead Packaging R&D projects that include the commercialization of new products, cost savings initiatives and packaging improvements on existing products. Responsibilities include:


• Independently collaborate with cross-functional leaders from Procurement, Marketing, Market Research, Operations, and QA, to assess business opportunities, understand Pet needs, develop concepts and prototypes, assess the Pet consumer’s delight through research testing and commercialize winning solutions.

• Independently work with Procurement, Operations and Value Engineering to insure an optimal supply plan and cost structure to meet project objectives.

• Design test plans and leverage suppliers and other external resources to trouble shoot issues, identify root causes and insure corrective actions are implemented for project issues.

• Identify and support cost savings initiatives.

• Present project recommendations and status to upper management including non-technical functions, such as Marketing and Sales.

• Factory scale-up testing in Del Monte and co-manufacturing facilities will be required.

• May have supervisory responsibility for Del Monte employees that support the development activities of outside resources. An understanding of potential development consultants, co-packers, universities and other outside resources is required.

• Assess intellectual property rights and determine ownership.

• Independently handle highly complex technical packaging problems under the guidance of the Packaging R&D Group Manager.

• Provide technical competency through the application of sound science or engineering based solutions.

• Communicate and collaborate with cross-functional team members and stakeholders, including concise explanation of technical concepts to non-technical functions and Senior Management.

• Conduct broad and in-depth technical feasibility assessments for applicable technologies, including other aspects like supply chain, manufacturing, cost drivers, potential IP issues and Pet impact.

• Involvement in the design, preparation and execution of Pet packaging research programs.

• Provide project and functional leadership to champion new technologies and product ideas.

• Create and conduct experiments, utilizing principles of Design of Experiment.

• Leverage strategic and business sense in order to objectively assess potential technologies.

• Document packaging specifications, monthly project updates and other critical project documents.

• Keep abreast of new packaging technologies and recommend for consideration where appropriate.

• Identify external sources of open innovation best suited to support assigned R&D platform.

• Participate in the creation of partnerships and joint development programs with vendors, universities or other research organizations.

• Coordinate project proposal and contract with 3rd party entity working with procurement and Legal to optimize value to Del Monte.

• Establish/manage intellectual property ownership, as defined in contractual agreement.

• Manage all activity of external consultants and companies to deliver objectives.



• BA/BS degree in Packaging Engineering

• Minimum 7- 10 years experience in packaging, preferably in CPG industry.

• Must be able to travel independently to plant and vendor locations, sometimes for extended periods.

• Strong project management experience.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.



• Competitive salary

• Comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) and Pension Plan


Del Monte Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




No sponsorship is available for this position.


No agencies or 3rd party vendors.


Relocation Eligible: Yes




State / Province: California


City: Walnut Creek


Del Monte Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or any other legally protected status.


Please be advised that your application is not complete until you fill out, sign, and submit a Del Monte Application for Employment for a specific position for which Del Monte is actively recruiting. Your application must reflect that you possess the required qualifications for the position.


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