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Welchs Head of R&D Packaging in Concord, Massachusetts

CRUSH IT HERE! We're not just about grapes. Our bold ambition is to be the leading company of convenient, good for you, fruit-based food and beverage globally. To make this happen, we need talented, agile and innovative people who want to help us grow something special together. Our culture is authentic, and we are building an inclusive environment where you belong and can be the best version of yourself. If you're passionate about achieving goals, trying new things and making an impact every day, we want to hear from you! In order to meet our growth, cost excellence and sustainability goals, we are looking for an experienced Engineer with passion for people, technology and innovation, who can generate and manage major structural packaging projects, support our Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing teams with technical guidance, as well as lead and develop our R&D Packaging function. What You'll Do: ? Lead and execute structural packaging projects, from ideation through business case & feasibility assessment, design, prototyping, testing & validation, commercialization and launch ? Lead and continuously develop the R&D Packaging function, including technical capabilities, staff leadership skills, and work processes ? Manage direct reports by providing on going feedback, support and coaching, assessing performance and providing development and growth opportunities ? Conduct ideation, external scouting and evaluation of new technologies and innovation solutions aligned with Welch's strategic priorities and growth plans ? Lead the continuous development of the R&D Packaging technology and innovation roadmap ? Through collaboration with Marketing, Supply Chain and other cross functional team members, generate and implement packaging solutions to achieve business growth, cost excellence and sustainability goals Who You Are: ? Technically sound and curious; enjoys challenges and problem solving ? Detailed oriented and fast learner ? Good written and oral communication skills ? Hands on, resourceful and decisive; seeks practical approaches with a bias for action to generate new ideas and progress projects ? Models accountability, taking ownership for decisions, actions, successes and failures ? Collaborates across departments, functions and teams ? Prioritizes work that accelerates progress against business priorities ? Develops caring relationships with direct reports and team members ? Explores possibilities and thinks beyond the obvious What You'll Need: Required ? Minimum 15 years of proven Packaging R&D track record with successful launches in market for Food & Beverage or CPG products ? Demonstrated experience generating and leading major rigid packaging projects from concept to commercialization ? Minimum of 3 years experience managing technical staff including performance assessment, coaching and development ? Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Packaging Engineering or related fields. MS preferred ? Ability to influence and work effectively cross-functionally providing project and technical leadership ? General knowledge of filling and packaging equipment, including key implications for packaging design and specifications development ? Solid understanding of project management principles ? Must be willing to work in hybrid environment (some in office presence required) ? Average travel up to 25% Desired ? Experience in plastic beverage packaging including PET heat set bottles development and qualification ? Familiar with technology scouting and open innovation principles ? Food & beverage filling & packaging equipment and operations ? Broad experience on a diverse set of product and packaging formats, including but not limited to rigid plastics, glass, metal and secondary packaging For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website. https://www.applicant

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