23 May 2019

Full-Time Sr. Product Development Engineer


Sr. Product Development Engineer

Job Description


Lead the design and development of new food packaging products in the food service, consumer packaged goods and food processor markets thru all phases of design and development and manufacturing implementation.  Including: concept definition, industrial design and 3D CAD engineering design, prototyping, performance validation, definition of performance and quality metrics, definition of manufacturing strategy, product costing and capital requirements definition, implementation planning, production product performance validation and customer acceptance of final product.

This is a highly visibility role working with direct contact to all areas of the company such as Product management, Sales, Manufacturing Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Tooling Engineering, and Finance. This position can be located in Bedford Park, IL or in Lake Forest, IL.

This position is for Pactiv, a company of Reynolds Group Holding Inc.


Lead product design projects

  • Develop complete 3D CAD models and 2D engineering drawings for products using PTC Creo (Pro-E) software. (equivalent OK)
  • Organize, research, and lead brainstorm events around solving unique customer problems.
  • Prepare CAD models for rapid prototyping.  stereo lithography (SLA), fuse deposition modeling (FDM), and CAM processes
  • Interact with tooling engineering and manufacturing engineering groups to validate product manufacturability
  • Interact with internal subject matter experts to lead product design for all internal material platforms. (Rigid sheet thermoforming, Foam thermoforming, injection molding, folded paper, molded fiber, extrusion, etc)
  • Develop performance specification and testing methodology to define and validate product performance.

Lead development projects

  • Interact with sales and customer contacts to define product requirements, specifications and functional requirements based on market or customer specific needs
  • Define and manage development and commercialization timelines. Communicate project timelines with business unit product managers, sales, customers, manufacturing, and finance to lead projects to completion.
  • Work with tooling engineering and operations engineering teams to define manufacturing strategy and capital plans required for product implementation.
  • Develop product cost estimates using internal costing tools.
  • Assemble capital requirement outlines for development and commercialization of new products.
  • Coordinate prototyping activities, manufacturing trials and lab testing on products and prototypes.
  • Maintain and update project reporting documentation. Participate in regular organizational project update meetings.
  • Coordinate new product startups in the manufacturing plants and work with process engineering, plant staff and Pactiv customers to validate product performance and customer acceptance.
  • Travel to Pactiv locations and customer locations for on-site project related events
  • Travel to Pactiv manufacturing locations to support commercialization activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) preferred, in Engineering or related technical field with 5 to 10 years related experience.
  • Demonstrated excellence and speed in CAD design and solid modeling (Creo or equivalent)
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Driven to achieve great results throughout the design and development process
  • Ability to consistently earn and maintain the trust of clients and collaborators
  • Able to bring vitality to group innovation process
  • Comfortable with a large corporate environment and structure
  • Ability to work very effectively with limited direction on multiple high priority programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Manufacturing and design for manufacturing knowledge specifically for thermoforming, injection molding, molded fiber, folding paper carton, aluminum foil stamping, and sheet extrusion.
  • Understanding of tooling and machining practices for thermoform and injection molds
  • Interdisciplinary team experience
  • Project team management experience
  • Ability to understand big picture and customer related business issues
  • Ability to visualize and effectively communicate research results
  • Experience with FEA (finite element analysis) techniques and software.
  • Experience with other CAD software packages (ie. SOLIDWORKS, Catia, Autocad)
  • Mockup and quick prototype skills

How to Apply


Job Categories: 2D CAD, 3D CAD, Creo, Engineering, and ProE. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: 2D CAD, 3D CAD, FEA, and manufacturing. Salary: BOE. Job expires in Endless.

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