Packaging Developer

Location: Manhattan, New York Salary: competitive
Sector: Design and Production Type: Contract

Title: Packaging Developer

Location: Manhattan (onsite only)

Industry: Beauty and Skincare Retail

Duration: Initial 1 year contract, potential to extend further

Hours: Standard 40 hour workweek

Other: Full benefits available!

We are seeking a Packaging Developer to join a leading cosmetics company in Manhattan. The Packaging Developer will serve as a project manager within a regulatory packaging supply chain. Primary responsibilities include rolling out new packaging regulations across existing product lines, ensuring technical guidelines are met, and overseeing end-to-end project lifecycles.


Brand Steward

  • Understand that the first consumer experience is the package. Represent the culture and DNA of the brand or business segment being managed.

Project Management

  • Support the Address Change Initiative by managing all aspects of the development process.
    • Packaging outline development
    • Loading Drawing
    • Approving Specifications
    • Issuing Standards
    • Maintain tracking documents
    • Participate in weekly meetings with a core team
    • Share progress with senior management
  • Manage projects through Technical Packaging to ensure design and construction meets all Estee Lauder engineering requirements.
  • Develop and implement package test plans for all projects.
  • Work with Manufacturing and Quality Engineering to define specifications, design criteria and defect ranges to ensure optimal process flow from manufacture of components through filling and assembly.
  • Develop package specifications and validate that technical drawings clearly identify all aspects required to define the package.
  • Ensure all projects are completed and meet the intended design, quality, cost, functionality, and manufacturability objectives.
  • Ensure component production and filling/assembly are operating efficiently at optimal rate of production.
  • Ensure that packages/components meet the needs of the Brand, corporation, Regulatory and Environmental Legislation, and consumer safety.

Timeline Management

  • With the assistance of senior development, provide detailed component timelines including all package development tasks and manage them.
  • Support Global Brand Supply Chain (GBSC) and Global Supplier Relations (GSR) with package development schedules and identify risks or ways to mitigate risks to support a component availability requirement.
  • Identify and inform GBSC and GSR of any risks and or delays during the course of development.
  • Establish workload priorities to ensure all projects are managed within expected due dates.

Direct and Indirect Management

  • Communicate and work closely with all development groups including Marketing, Product Development, R&D and Design.
  • Work with Package Operations to generate outlines efficiently and process artwork correctly and effectively.
  • Work with GBSC and GSR to manage specific project development and provide detail analysis on risk when required.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with Global Manufacturing and Manufacturing Engineering.

Education, Direct Experience and Technical Skill:

  • Minimum BS degree in Packaging Science or Engineering preferred
  • CIPT Certification preferred

Direct Experience

  • 3 + years' experience in Package Development, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing or Package Testing lab in cosmetics or related industry.
  • Experience in beauty or related industry in a technical capacity.
  • Capable of generating components and assemblies using 3D CAD a plus.
  • Proficiency in computer systems including Package Definition Systems, MS Excel, Word, Outlook and Timeline management systems.

Technical Competency

  • Technical competency in analysis of geometric objects in 2 and 3 dimensions including understanding of clearances, fit and finish of packaging components and subcomponents.
  • Basic knowledge of materials used in the construction and manufacturing of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging including but not limited to:
  • Injection molding.
  • Extrusion molding.
  • Metal forming.
  • Glass forming.
  • Vacuum forming.
  • Assembly of components.
  • Dispensing systems (Pump, Airless).
  • Folding carton and rigid box design.
  • Basic knowledge of decorating techniques and materials used on primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
  • Basic knowledge of test methods used to validate component/package performance.

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