Posted 12/10/18


Packaging Engineer- Piscataway, NJ

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine please visit Location: Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description:

This position is part of the Divisional Design & Packaging Organization supporting the North America Home Care Category. This position is responsible for the development and engineering of new, innovative packaging solutions, collaboratively with Global and Division Marketing, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. This role will have broad responsibilities acting as key contact point for other plants supporting the product development as well as packaging materials improvement.

  • Support the primary company strategies of Driving Growth by developing and implementing innovative consumer preferred packages; and Funding Growth by driving savings and standardization efforts regionally. The role is cross-functional in nature, working closely with Marketing, Network Operations, Manufacturing and Supply Chain. Partnerships with outside packaging vendors are a critical element of job responsibilities.

  • Support the conceptualization, initiation, development and implementation of new and improved packages and processes including: design generation, prototype development, engineering specifications, mold qualification, functionality and quality testing, and technology transfer.

  • Support implementation and support for new product launches, cost savings & operations efficiency initiatives, and quality investigations

  • Responsible for Technology Transfer to ensure new packaging systems perform as designed and meet operational targets

  • Modify the design of packaging systems and packaging components, ensuring defined needs for brand equity aesthetics, consumer acceptance, manufacturing capability, quality and cost are met from the program brief through design, engineering and commercialization

  • Understand, interpret and refine package testing procedures and standards to support the effective design, validation, and implementation of new packages and packaging technology. Provide meaningful explanations and forward actions to appropriate Divisional personnel.

  • Write and present technical and business summaries for both technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Create cost and savings estimates, tooling/package qualification plans, technology transfer documentation (Design History Files) and final package component specifications, Bills of Materials, Manufacturing Specifications, case/cube information

  • Coordinate line trials to ensure package performance for manufacturing. Attend component and manufacturing startups as needed to ensure proper execution of design & function.

  • Responsible for aspects of project management: project planning, follow up key milestones and technology transfer associated with projects. Manage flow of information, communicate project timelines, costs, and associated risks.

  • Understand and interpret package testing procedures and results to support the effective design, qualification, validation, and implementation of new package systems.

  • Partner with plant engineering to ensure that packaging equipment/material system specifications, functionality and design are appropriate for use.

What you need for this position:

  • BS/BA degree in Package Engineering/Technology/Science or related engineering field (e.g. Industrial Engineering, Industrial Design or Chemical engineer)

  • 5+ years of experience, preferably in the consumer products industry

  • 3 + years of experience in package development/engineering, preferably in home care industry

  • Knowledge of PET & HDPE bottles (manufacturing processes )

  • Project Management skills with experience leading cross functional teams.

It’s an advantage to have:

  • Material science knowledge of plastics, labels, printing and decoration techniques

  • Knowledge of paperboard packaging and corrugate

  • Experience with statistical and predictive engineering tools (eg.: Design of Experiments (DOE), Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), Finite Element Analysis (FEA))

  • Demonstrate strong documentation skills (eg: Test reports, specifications, etc.)

  • Experience with CAPE/TOPS, MS Project

Interested applicants contact Alex Rigsby at