Packaging Materials R&D Engineer

Location: Client: Chicago, Illinois
Department: CPG

Job Description

About Us: 

At Adept Group, our product is people.  Many companies say that people are at the core of their business.  That is true in the literal sense for us.  Adept Group is a special place to work; driven, inspirational and most importantly, human. We infuse who we are into everything we do.

We offer a great place to showcase your expertise and build upon your skillset. All while having fun with amazing people from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We’re driven, inspirational and most importantly, human.

We're a remote first employer with team members across the U.S. Some roles may require on-site work in specified US cities. Business travel may be necessary based on client needs. 

We offer a flexible, creative culture focusing on 3 pillars - our environment, our communities, and our health and well-being. Join a team committed to building a sustainable future!

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the design, development and translation of new and innovative packaging concepts.
  • Responsible for leading packaging development activities and is accountable for the execution of the allocated programs and work streams to bring project through to commercialization
  • Works with cross-functional teams in a design thinking way of working to deliver new and novel innovation for the brand; in addition, work with universities and/or consortiums in the development of Sustainable Packaging materials.
  • Works on the Technology team to help to develop technology required by the DS2 innovation projects
  • To develop consumer relevant value added packs, ensuring that the pack design meets the global consumer insights and are fitting the business strategy and needs with a high quality Packaging in a timely and cost effective way is the key output form this role.
  • To be fully knowledgeable on consumer profiles, brand frameworks, major competitors, markets, process, packaging, quality and Remains abreast of new developments in food technologies, packaging, design, category trends and related fields
  • Initiate and evaluate pilot line trials during development for new Packaging/varieties
  • Develop suppliers: Working with Commercial to develop both material and creative design suppliers to provide input and be guardian of relevant packaging key business data (e.g. FEF, Pack KQA, Project plans, etc.) Quest stage gate responsibility tbc.
  • To manage Intellectual Property risks & opportunities derived from projects proactively.
  • Identify the Viability and Feasibility of the Desirable concepts delivered within their allocated projects and challenge the business with ideas for new Packaging




  • Sound knowledge in Packaging constructions, materials and machine interaction
  • Demonstrated ability of (packaging) materials development
  • Able to set priorities and demonstrate project management skills
  • Knowing how to manage a diverse group of stakeholders both in demand as supply
  • Highly collaborative within a team environment
  • Well-developed persuasion and influencing skills
  • Experience working with Universities and Research companies


  • Sound experience within the snack food/food industry, with at least 2 years of packaging development experience with a FMCG food company.
  • Understanding of packaging sciences, packaging development, Packaging legislation and laws, Food processing and production knowledge
  • Working knowledge covering food safety and food hygiene programs, packaging, printing and legislation and raw material
  • Experience in working with outside vendors to deliver project requirements
  • Experience working with Operations
  • Collaboration skills with different cultures
  • Experience working in Food innovation
  • Experience working within Flexible teams.


Education and Profession Qualification

Minimum:  Graduate of University education in Engineering or other science-based degree (Materials Science, Packaging Science, etc.).

Preferred:  In addition to the minimum requirements, a Master's or PhD degree (or in the process of obtaining this advanced degree) in engineering, chemical engineering or a technical area including chemistry, or food science would be preferred. 

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