R&D Engineer IV

Job Description

This position is under the direction of the R&D Manager for the Rigid Plastics Packaging division that includes developing, designing, and qualifying new thermoplastic materials and processes for Sonoco Plastics end use markets. The individual will be instrumental in identifying sustainable packaging solutions for our customers by taking ideas and technical insights through a comprehensive process to drive growth in the marketplace. In addition, this senior level engineer will drive projects to increase productivity, capacity, and efficiency across our manufacturing plants.

What youll be doing:

Be a subject matter expert in plastic materials and additives
Address internal and external customer needs and packaging opportunities in a manufacturing setting
Provide creative solutions to new and existing packaging problems involving materials and processes in a timely and cost-effective manner
Originate new ideas to support the R&D product innovation and technology strategy
Participate in regular portfolio review meetings to ensure proper balance in portfolio along with consensus on priorities
Manage the technical integration of projects through collaboration with suppliers, internal cross-functional teams, and customers to assure performance criteria are met
Establish an environment which motivates and engages others in the R&D organization to achieve desired results
Foster a positive, safe work environment through open communication and an atmosphere of teamwork
Ensure compliance with company safety policies and procedures to protect all employees

Wed love to hear from you if:

Bachelors degree in Polymer Science, Plastics Engineering, Chemistry; Masters degree preferred
5+ years of related experience with a strong technical background in plastics, resins, coatings, and laminates including extensive knowledge in material analysis and testing
Processing experience in extrusion, thermoforming, and injection molding, experience in consumer-based food packaging is a plus
Results driven with a high level of personal initiative, energy, and ownership for success
Inquisitive mind, actively staying aware of new and developing technologies inside and outside of the industry
Self-starter with a positive can do attitude and able to work independently
Experience leading projects working across different functions in the organization (e.g., commercial, manufacturing, supply management)
Strong technical capability & problem-solving skills
Effective communication skills both written and verbal
Ability to work in a fast-paced, results orientated environment
Highly organized and self-motivated with a hands-on work ethic

Our Commitment to Diversity

At Sian Consulting Group, our mission is to bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love-and that includes our employees. We are taking on the most exciting challenges of our working lives, and we succeed with a team that represents an inclusive and diverse set of identities and backgrounds.

Sian Consulting Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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Base Salary

104,325 - 125,190 USD

Required Academic Degree
Professional Experience
  • Extrusion
  • Thermoforming
  • Injection Molding
  • In Consumer-based Food Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Resins
  • Coatings
  • Laminates Including Extensive Knowledge In Material Analysis
  • Testing
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Company Name

Sian Consulting Group


Kristen Smiley

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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