New Product Development PACKAGING Specialist (R&D) - Food Science Packaging or Packaging Engineer Opportunity

R&D/Product Development Bakersfield, California


New Product Development Packaging Technologist


Calling all Packaging Engineers and Bachelors of Nutritional Science graduates with a specialization in Packaging! Are you looking for an incredible early-career role in R&D/New Product Development with household brands you know and love? Take your ideas from the Test Kitchen through our Pilot Plant and see them industrialized at full-scale in one of our Production locations. Our Bakersfield facility at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream is an incredible place to launch your career in the Food Science industry!

About us:

At Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, we are excited to start a new chapter of accelerated growth as part of Froneri – a global pure-play ice cream leader. Come help us transform DGIC into the #1 ice cream brand! With nearly 100 years of winning experience in the U.S, a robust portfolio of powerhouse brands that consumers know and love such as Häagen-Dazs, Drumstick, Dreyer’s & Edy’s, and the backing and coaching of European-based ice cream experts, we know we have the winning recipe.

Our teams across our offices and factories are raising the bar on all things ice cream. We are investing in significant capital expansions to grow our Operations and Supply Chain and are transforming how we work at every level to become agile, accelerate growth and elevate our quality. With a renewed focus on frozen treats, our tight-knit team of ambitious innovators are fully immersed in the business and encouraged to flex and make decisions quickly. We are committed to pursuing every great idea and delivering the best ice cream experience for our consumers, when and where they want it. Unleash your potential at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and discover what a sweet career we have in store for you. Domestic relocation support possible for the right candidate. 1-3 years of experience preferred.

About the Role:

The New Product Development Packaging Technologist serves as the technical packaging lead on project teams driving the development and optimization of the essential packaging that protects and enhances our delicious ice cream products.  

This person will collaborate with the factories to optimize filling and packaging line performance and helps solve packaging quality issues. Our ideal candidate can work well with multiple stakeholder needs to develop and launch packaging solutions in line with Marketing and Factory requirements. She or he will do this while ensuring packaging safety, quality, functionality, and sustainability objectives are being met in a cost-efficient manner.


You should be curious, demonstrate initiative, and enjoy working in a team where you will be challenged and will be continually learning.

Key Actions and Accountabilities:

  • Leverage technical experience and education to develop, implement, and execute creative packaging development activities to achieve project goals.
  • Drive creative structural packaging development considering manufacturing and operational constraints and hurdles. Design for the appropriate frozen distribution supply-chain requirements.
  • Own/identify efficiency opportunities, including short term trouble shooting, deliver projects to continuously improve overall packaging line performance. Develop and maintain packaging process capability understanding to drive performance and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Guardian/enforcer of system standards, ensure compliance to specified requirements for packaging materials, finished pack quality, and to standard packaging line parameters.
  • Participate in the selection of packaging material and equipment suppliers. Responsible for maintaining vendor and industry relationships to keep abreast of current trends and to determine future trends
  • Maintain/Develop packaging specifications & packaging safety documentation.
  • Provide technical support and packaging expertise to internal customers, including Marketing, Operations, QA, Engineering, Purchasing, Packaging Communications, and others. Through assigned Brand and Manufacturing responsibilities, serves as a point-person to proactively search out packaging solutions that are aligned with Brand vision and Manufacturing strategy.
  • Responsible for performing packaging production qualification trials (materials / vendor selection) as well as shipping and handling tests. Reviews and evaluates and documents results, facilitates decision making.
  • Work with Quality Management to set quality attributes and evaluation procedures for packaging components, ensuring quality by design.
  • Is involved with the packaging graphics approval process. Responsible for providing accurate packaging specifications and templates to Packaging Communications team.



Bachelor’s degree in Packaging Technology, Engineering or Design. Or alternatively a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry or Nutrition with a specialization in Packaging.



  • 0-3 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry including Coops/internships ideally in packaging and food manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of food and beverage raw materials, food packaging materials, food additives and allergens