Packaging Engineer - Louisville, KY
Responsible for the development and execution of Packaging Materials including: providing packaging component prototypes for approval, preparation of material specifications and manuals, participation in vendor selection and review and coordination of all testing to ensure high quality final packages. Develops packaging requirements for new and existing products that run at Brown-Forman and partner bottling sites. Works with vendors to ensure commercial availability, determines structure specifications, conducts vendor audits, recommends vendor selection and initiates all appropriate testing. Attends both vendor material runs and BF plant initial product runs involving packaging materials.
Develops the proper structures to meet packaging requirements for new and existing products. Works with vendors to ensure availability, develops prototypes for approval and prepares all necessary specifications. Recommends vendors and conducts vendor audits as required. Initiates testing of new packaging materials and attends production runs to confirm proper adherence to specifications and quality requirements. Serves as Project Manager or Team Manager for new products/packages as required. Serves as packaging representative and coordinates the flow of information between the project team and the Beverage Packaging Group. Attends pilot and new production start-ups and has the authority to stop or delay production, if package quality specifications are not achieved. Serves as consultant to Creative Design, Marketing and Production on packaging materials and packaging material development. Responsible for solving packaging material or production line problems and works with production facilities to recommend and implement solutions. Investigates new packaging materials and processes for quality improvements or cost savings opportunities. Prepares management presentations and assists in implementation of approved ideas. Maintains thorough and up-to-date knowledge of packaging technology and capabilities through packaging publications, packaging trade shows, vendor meetings and vendor visits.
Required Experience & Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging from a recognized School of Packaging and 2-4 years of practical packaging materials experience. Ability to serve as project team member or leader and interact with all levels and functions within the Company. Ability to work with Production personnel in developing new packaging materials, and in formulating and implementing approaches for reducing packaging costs. Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to effectively interact with different personalities in various fields and company backgrounds. Knowledge of package materials testing procedures and writing of specifications.
Preferred Experience & Education:
Beverage and/or Beverage Alcohol Packaging Experience
Glass packaging material experience
Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Brown-Forman currently employs about 4,000 people and has offices or facilities in 30 cities across the globe. Starting in the mid-1950s, the company began a series of acquisitions that would place it among the top 10 largest spirits companies in the world, selling its brands in more than 135 countries across the globe. These include many of the most well-known and best-loved wines and spirits brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Herradura and el Jimador Tequilas, and Korbel champagnes. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com.