Packaging Procurement Engineer- Buffalo Grove, IL
The Packaging Procurement Engineer will lead and/or support procurement and engineering projects to deliver cost savings, continuous improvement and operational efficiencies in secondary packaging for the business. This is both a hands-on and strategic position that provides technical and engineering expertise to the procurement, supply chain and operations teams. The role leads cross functional teams to implement procurement-related projects from initial concept through successful on-time and on-budget completion. The position will partner directly with the procurement team and work across both technical and business teams to support projects such as supplier qualification, SKU consolidation, material substitution and operational simplification. The Packaging Procurement Engineer serves as the subject matter expert to provide directional recommendations in sourcing, development and qualification of new packaging suppliers considering cost targets, minimum order quantities, lead times, obsolete inventory and regulatory requirements.
20% - 30% travel, mainly in the US.
Strong collaboration with Procurement co-workers as well as regional business groups.
Develop and lead projects to reduce the total cost of ownership of secondary packaging, which includes initiatives such as supplier qualification, packaging redesign, material substitution, lean process design and manufacturing process improvement.
Coordinates packaging performance and qualification testing (ship testing, material compatibility, line trials) coordinating with internal and external groups to validate packaging successfully passes performance criteria.
Develop and lead scoping exercises to identify proposed projects as well as to prioritize the projects in terms of feasibility, cost savings and technical resource requirements.
Manage strong relationships with vendors to identify improvement opportunities for packaging materials and equipment.
Utilize advanced analytical skills with ability to identify cost variables, should-cost models and other tools to formulate recommendations based on understanding of material cost drivers, including expertise in Bill of Material cost structures at multiple volume tiers.
Provide technical expertise to achieve resolution of quality and production issues through knowledge of the company’s manufacturing methods.
Maintain packaging standards, specifications and best practices through proper documentation with a view toward ongoing tools and process improvements.
Perform root-cause analysis and problem solving to issues with current packaging and good technical practices on new designs to ensure success the first time.
Develop comprehensive and sustainable shipping controls processes and methodology, including but not limited to, package configuration options, packaging cost analysis, lane analysis, package design change and shipping configuration change impact analysis, temperature control validation, time & conditions transit tracking.
Major Challenges and Complexities:
Lead concurrent projects across multiple manufacturing plants and obtain buy-in and collaboration from the functional leaders at the individual sites.
Navigate seamlessly throughout the organization (with functions such as Quality, Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, Research & Development) during the project lifecycle, fostering relationships with partners throughout the business to achieve project deliverables.
Build constructive relationships with internal stakeholders to understand their data, analytical and procurement needs.
Effectively liaise with multiple stakeholders having, at times, conflicting needs and priorities.
Develop supplier relationships in a way that encourages open dialogue and cooperating in identifying and implementing win-win situations that add value to both organizations.
Internal: Procurement Team; Functional Teams such as Finance, HR, IT, etc.; Site teams; Corporate Procurement team co-workers; Business Group procurement teams.
External: Suppliers; Industry Associations.
Qualifications/Requirements, Knowledge & Experience:
3+ years of relevant work experience in Packaging R&D, Operations, or related field.
Analytical depth and technical expertise in packaging materials, processes, systems and equipment interface.
Advanced understanding of technical drawings.
Preferred materials knowledge in flexible packaging films and secondary packaging technologies.
Working knowledge of purchasing processes and supplier quality systems.
Experience with Lean, Six Sigma process improvement methodologies or similar.
Expertise / mastery in desktop analytical tools (excel, databases, tableau or equivalent).
SAP and/or other ERP systems experience as an advantage.
Education & Certifications:
Bachelor’s level degree in Engineering, Packaging, technical field or equivalent.
Master’s Degree is an advantage.
Demonstrates effective problem-solving and analytical skills.
Strong data analysis and data manipulation skills.
Strong action/results orientation with the ability to work with minimal oversight, to be self-motivated and proactive in achieving individual/team objectives.
Proven ability to communicate, influence others and manage multiple resources.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and an ability to articulate views convincingly and influence internal clients and external suppliers.
Demonstrated understanding of working in a complex environment and interaction with other functions and business groups.
Why work at Amcor?
We value safety, integrity, collaboration, accountability and results and out performance
Amcor is a growing company which means career opportunities both locally and internationally
The environment is better off because of our leadership and products
We offer world class benefits including annual bonus opportunities; including various retirement savings/voluntary pension plans (vary depending on country).
We value diversity. With sites in over 40 countries around the world, you have the unique opportunity to work and grow with a multi-cultural team.