Package Engineer in Lenexa KS

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Hostess Brands
Package Engineer
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Lenexa KS
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Packaging Engineer

Company Overview

Hostess Brands LLC is one of the largest packaged food companies focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing fresh baked sweet goods in the United States. The brand&##39;s history dates back to 1919, when the Hostess CupCake was introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies® in 1930. Today, Hostess produces a variety of new and classic treats including Ding Dongs®, Ho Hos®, Donettes® and Fruit Pies, in addition to Twinkies® and CupCakes. Hostess Brands also represents the Dolly Madison, Voortman, Big Texas, and Clover Hill brands.

Job Overview

This individual will be responsible to support Hostess Brands&##39; organization in the area of Packaging within the R&D Team. The Packaging Engineer will manage multiple projects of various degrees of difficulty and will contribute to portions of more complex technical projects as part of a larger team. Will be responsible for planning and conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating the data, and formulating conclusions to accomplish department goals.


  • Manage assigned packaging development projects
  • Identify potential cost savings opportunities, including validation and implementation requirements.
  • Identify efficiencies through package design and pallet cube optimization.
  • Validate packaging performance through R&D lab testing and plant line trials
  • Assure packaging readiness for production, distribution and shelf life requirements
  • Gather packaging specifications and manage database for storage and maintenance
  • Create organize and maintain pallet patterns via TOPS software
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners for identification of packaging solutions through to successful commercialization
  • Troubleshoot existing packaging as needed, recommending technical solutions
  • Coordinate packaging samples for internal and external needs as required
  • Conduct product ship testing, with data-driven recommendations through detailed reporting
  • Support packaging equipment selection efforts to meet end-need state.


  • BS Degree in Packaging Science or related field required
  • MS Degree preferred
  • 3-5 years hands on relevant experience with packaging development and testing
  • Previous experience in Food or CPG industry preferred
  • Experience with multi-plant manufacturer preferred
  • Working knowledge of CAPE or TOPS palletization software
  • Manage multiple projects and timelines
  • Effective communication with cross functional teams and management
  • Analytical thinker, demonstrating ability to make fact-based decisions
  • Ability to analyze technical packaging drawings and specifications
  • Travel up to 30%

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