Posted 4/17/2019


Senior Engineer Global Packaging Development, Sustainability - Chicago, IL

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Independently lead packaging development and commercialization of new materials and packaging systems to deliver against mid- and long-term business objectives in Packaging Sustainability.  Gain alignment across key functions and model commercialization best practices. 

  • Manage technical timelines, provide timely communication, raise issues and risks, and develop contingency plans leveraging strong project management skills.

  • Coordinate and conduct functional testing including lab testing, plant trials, and packaging material qualifications.

Key Experiences


Must be able to deliver and operate across cultures & time zones in a global capacity.  Generally, essential to advanced level of delivery with some key decision-gate guidance.  Builds knowledge of the company, processes and customers.  Understands key business drivers and uses this to accomplish own work.  Knowledge of the competition and the factors that differentiate them in the market. In-depth understanding of qualification and validation.  Leads the development of success criteria against a qualification plan.   

Business Strategy:

Essential level; informs the business strategy.  Able to identify business needs and generate ideas and concepts, develop the business case cross functionally.  Expertise in prototyping.  Utilize appropriate IP tools to document and protect ideas.

Technology/Program Development:

Essential to Advanced level; in-depth understanding of experimental design, qualification and validation.  Partners cross functionally to deliver against research plans, developing success criteria, qualification and validation plans with support from other associates.  Develops the technical approach with some areas of specialty.  Uses existing procedures to solve a range of defined problems; analyses factual information and determines possible solutions using technical experience and judgment and precedents. 

People & Technical Capability Development:

Essential level; May coach interns or entry-level associates.  Requires knowledge and experience in R&D. Impacts quality of own work and the work of others on the team. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering, or relevant field and/or military experience

  • 6 years of relevant work experience

  • 4 years working with cross functional teams, or comparable experience

  • Demonstrated solid verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to travel up to 30%


  • Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or Packaging Engineering Degree

  • MBA or Masters in Science

  • 8 + years of relevant work experience

  • 3 years project management experience

  • Technical Leadership within a startup environment

  • Familiarity with change management

  • Ability to educate others

  • Experience with Consumer Packaged Goods, Resin suppliers, or Recycling

  • 2 years working in an innovative work environment

  • 1 year working in an extremely ambiguous environment with limited guidance, with demonstrated problem solving experience

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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