Buyer-Packaging in Marlborough MA

Ken's Foods
Job ID: 
Marlborough MA
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Job Types:
Buyer, Purchasing Supervisor/Manager


This individual will serve as the technical resource to the organization for packaging. The position will be responsible for organizing, planning, managing and executing packaging development projects. The role works closely with Engineering, Marketing, Operations and suppliers to ensure packaging objectives are met and implement effective strategies to optimize packages. The position develops cooperative working relationships with cross-functional teams, the manufacturing plants and external packaging material vendors.


  • Executes moderate to complex technical assignments including cost savings, quality improvements, operation support and new product development
  • Technical project leader managing the timeline, providing timely communication, outlining issues, risks and contingency plans. Must handle multiple projects.
  • Provide packaging project leadership on cross-functional project teams.
  • Develops written packaging specifications and completes thorough plant trial reports.
  • Responsible for identifying, defining and solving technical packaging challenges. Work &##39;hands on&##39; with operations address issues.
  • Develop external industry network through work with suppliers, interactions and participation with technical organizations.
  • Support the pipeline development/validation/execution of packaging productivity projects
  • Understanding of the financial impact of packaging programs and the linkage of packaging to business strategies.
  • Work closely with equipment vendors to ensure packaging machinability
  • Work closely with and Product Development to ensure that key product requirements are identified and delivered
  • Identify, conduct and analyze package performance testing on materials and components
  • Perform package stability testing where appropriate
  • Initiate distribution testing where applicable
  • Perform field inspections to evaluate storage and transportation damage
  • Work with external package testing labs as appropriate
  • Stays up to date on packaging trends and new technology.


  • Demonstrated problem solving mastery within own technical field. Ability to be persuasive, assertive while also being collaborative.
  • Solid understanding and experience with paperboard, corrugate, film, and plastic packaging materials.
  • Can execute multiple tasks at once and is learning how to leverage others to accomplish a goal.
  • Anticipates needs and avoids last minute chaos. Understands business priorities and can prioritize own time within and across projects.
  • Ability to interact and collaborate with R&D groups, external resources, suppliers and consultants to achieve project objectives
  • Strong Follow Up Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Leadership skills
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Works well Under Pressure
  • Dependable
  • The ability to work with all levels of management.
  • Must be self-motivated, discovering solutions, deliver results effectively.
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