CJ Foods | Packaging Engineer

Engineering Brooklyn, New York


Who We Are

CheilJedang (CJ) was founded in 1953 specializing in food products. Since then it has grown into a global lifestyle brand with a business portfolio built around the four sectors - Food & Food Service, Bio & Pharma, Entertainment & Media, and Shopping & Logistics. With over 55,000 employees around the world, CJ Group promotes healthier, happier and convenient living through its many products and services. For more information, please visit www.cjamerica.com. 

Responsibilities:

  • Manage new packaging development and initial commercialization to deliver packaging strategy
  • Ensure consistent packaging quality for customers/consumers by regularly monitoring existing packaging
  • Develop detailed packaging specifications to ensure quality and manufacturability of materials for the best value
  • Demonstrate ability to lead and deliver gross margin improvement projects through the optimization of primary, secondary, tertiary package design and logistics efficiency or redesign of components to enhance manufacturing capabilities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and multitask, meeting required deadlines
  • Provide technical support for field issue resolution, packaging performance and cost improvements through proper lab and in-plant testing
  • Qualify new packaging manufacturers, domestic and international, for cost savings opportunities through evaluation of pricing, logistics, food safety guarantee documentations and quality of packaging
  • Support building mid to long term packaging innovation roadmap by creating unique packaging ideas
  • Work with cross-functional teams as well as with external vendors and manufacturing facilities
  • Work with outside agencies (equipment vendors and packaging solution agencies) for sampling, printing, packaging manufacturing and technical spec. approval
  • Communicate with headquarter packaging center to share current activities


Others:
  • Position located in Brooklyn, NY office, some traveling to our nearby manufacturing plants in Robbinsville, NJ / Columbus, OH and other affiliated companies in US
  • Growth opportunities in packaging development in a fast growing diverse food company with brands and products in the following categories: frozen foods (dumpling, noodle and snack), ready meals, wrappers
  • Requires travel up to 30%

Qualifications/Skills:
  • Education:
    • Required: Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering field (Packaging, Food science, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering preferred)
    • Desired: Master’s degree in Science or Engineering field (Packaging, Food science, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering preferred)
  • Related Work Experience:
    • At least 3+ years of food packaging engineering experience, CPG industry experience preferred
    • Must be experienced with a regulated production environment (Food/Health Care) and automated packaging lines
    • Experience with materials/converting methods, including corrugated containers, folding cartons, and flexible films
    • Experience with testing and validating packaging through ASTM and ISTA standard testing method
    • Proficient in packaging software program (palletizing program) such as CAPE or TOPS
    • Experienced with trouble shooting and problem solving packaging issues
  • Language Skills: Bi-lingual (English and Korean) preferred
  • Other Required Skills: Proficient in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Other Desired Skills:
    • Strong self-leadership skills
    • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills; able to develop strong relationships with internal and external parties
    • Good knowledge and familiarity with Korean, Asian foods a strong plus
    • Flexibility to work in a resource-challenged, environment
    • Capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously
    • Creativity desired

Main contacts and Communications:
  • Internal - Various cross functional team members (R&D, Sales, SCM, Production, and Procurement)
  • External - Packaging equipment suppliers, packaging material suppliers and co-packers