R&D Packaging Senior Technician

Job Description

Auto req ID: 198991BR

Job Description

The Packaging Lab Senior Technician’s primary role is testing the performance of packaging materials using approved scientific methods & equipment, technical report writing, and analysis of the data to offer insights. Additionally, technicians may attend plant trials, offering field support, identify or lead the capital acquisition of new equipment for the lab, conduct or support pilot plant work, provide lab safety and general equipment training, provide lab tours and presentations. Areas of focus include supporting the management of the test queue, working collaboratively with a team, maintaining a safe, tidy lab environment, maintenance of equipment, developing test methods for new equipment, performing package tests across a wide variety of materials, formats and testing technologies, recording and analyzing data, developing and maintaining standards, and training.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Execute lab testing according to PepsiCo/ Industry standards (ASTM/ ISTA), maintaining solid documentation and observation skills, develops new SOPs as needed
  • Basic knowledge of most of the lab packaging equipment, research, evaluate and recommend capital needs for the packaging labs
  • Translate technical knowledge of industry-standard methodology and equipment operating guardrails into effective package test plans as needed
  • Work with a variety of packaging materials (bottles, closures, labels, cans, glass, corrugated, unit loads, etc), processing conditions (hot fill, cold fill, carbonation, aseptic), and demonstrates aptitude to work with a variety of materials, and processing conditions
  • Coordinate activities for, and attend plant trials or pilot plant trials to support engineers as needed. Coordinates the storage of samples, submits samples for required analytical or sensory testing, etc. as a result of those trials
  • Provide leadership in a team environment that supports the needs of multiple business units and sometimes competing for priorities
  • Perform all on the job activities in a safe manner and within the context of all PepsiCo safety protocols, as well as willing to lead safety platform
  • Develops presentations based on work, attend business meetings and project reviews
  • Compose custom package test protocols, standard operating procedures and standard test methodologies when none exists

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Associates or Bachelors degree (strongly preferred) in Science/Engineering with at least 1+ years experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills: will work with Engineers to effectively and efficiently meet business objectives, asks questions for clarity, offers insights on additional testing that may be beneficial
  • Works independently with little or no supervision to meet daily objectives
  • Excellent technical report writing skills: Collects & interprets data, and communicates observations to the Packaging Engineers
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • Work well in an ambiguous environment, where tasks may change daily, and team divides the workload
  • Ability to develop presentations and give lab tours to cross-functional team members, and external groups, describing what we do, and what specific equipment is capable of testing
  • Trains new hires/ interns as they join the company
  • Willing to be flexible with work hours and also work overtime
  • Must be willing to become forklift certified and able to lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly, and up to 50 total

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular


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