Graham Packaging Company Product Development Engineer in York, Pennsylvania
Graham Packaging is a leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life. They’re the kind of people you want as your friends and neighbors as well as your partners and suppliers. By building strong relationships and creating value for our customers, our employees embody the innovative spirit that’s inherent to Graham. We truly are people building a better tomorrow.
Graham Packaging is looking for a Product Development Engineer with strong engineering and problem solving skills. This individual serves as the technical liaison between Graham Packaging and the customer, the sales force, the plants, and the broader technical organization. The Product Development Engineer is responsible for all aspects of multi-phased plastic bottle development projects from inception, through planning, design, prototyping, and commercial launch for both Graham Packaging and our customer. This job is located in our Global Technology Center in York, PA.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Translate the voice of the customer and their needs into a bottle design and product specification for basic packaging needs
Coordinate industrial and engineering design activities to develop a fit for use package design.
Conduct unit/prototype mold construction and sampling to develop a robust blow molding process and utilize data analysis to develop a process that transfers effectively to manufacturing.
Develop a production specification that addresses the key product performance characteristics.
Support capital engineering by providing product requirements to assist in the specification of manufacturing equipment.
Write and execute DOEs; support analytical laboratory assessment of packaging components.
Provide instruction to tooling engineers for the construction of production molds and tooling.
Conduct manufacturing start-up activities and deliver efficient manufacturing processes to our plants.
Audit, problem solving support, and lead development activities at customer fill lines.
Conduct customer package validations; obtain required approvals from our customers.
Support Graham Packaging manufacturing facilities in simple problem solving and continuous improvement activities providing direction on procedures, equipment, processes, tooling and product testing.
Support the planning and execution of tooling adaptation and movement as part of supply optimization efforts.
Provide and manage, in a document repository, all project documentation including timelines, data summaries, approvals and customer correspondence.
Maintain historical knowledge of development, technology and process best practices and act as subject matter expert in these areas.
Research and remain current on packaging trends, packaging technologies, closures and sustainability trends.
Travel of around 50% required.
Core Proficiencies and Skills
Strong verbal and written communication, including the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers
Proficient with MS Office applications and MS Project
Moderate problem solving skills utilizing experimentation and data driven decision-making
Basic mold design experience and plastics processing experience strongly desired
Basic ability to understand and interpret statistics
Fundamental knowledge of plastic materials properties and testing procedures
Ability to develop and execute product-testing procedures
Ability to read and interpret blueprints and drawings
Education and/or Work Experience Requirements
BS degree in Engineering (Plastics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Packaging Engineer, Industrial Engineering preferred)
Experience developing packaging as a supplier, converter or packaging customer.
Graham Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
Job Locations US-PA-York
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