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Packaging Scientist

Company: Beyond Meat, Inc.
Location: El Segundo
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can't you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they--love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate-and Beyond. The Innovation Packaging Scientist will leverage their expertise in packaging design and development for achieving company goals. This successful, self-motivated, and result-oriented individual will have extensive hands-on experience in processes related to packaging innovation and design, material sourcing, and development of novel materials. Knowledge of sustainable packaging materials is a strong plus. As Packaging Scientist, you will work with a network of manufacturers, sustainability industry leaders, and across the organization to bring innovative new packaging to our products. The Innovation Packaging Scientist will have demonstrated success in building innovative packaging from the ground up and will be able to provide technical leadership in their area of expertise. RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead a team that researches cutting edge materials that can be applied to product packaging and product performance studies
  • Provide input on packaging strategy for the Beyond Meat products in collaboration with the Commercialization, Operations and Marketing teams
  • Lead packaging sourcing with focus on the next generation of sustainable packaging
  • Apply technical expertise to assess the viability of packaging structures, product and packaging function and consumer (user) experience with a focus on elevating the quality of the product experience
  • Identify, evaluate, and develop packaging components and performance requirements to meet consumer, business and manufacturing needs, requiring an understanding of multiple packaging materials and configurations.
  • Create packaging specifications as necessary--
  • Evaluate and validate packaging technical specs
  • Work closely with cross functional team members to develop and launch new product and packaging solutions into the market as well as cost saving initiatives and continuous improvement opportunities
  • Lead, manage, and execute multiple complex and multi-disciplined projects with suppliers
  • Ensure consistent quality of packaging is maintained throughout the multiple production & consumption cycles
  • Preserve all forms of intellectual and material property generated from the above activities, including writing patents, writing protocols for novel processes
  • Maintain a safe working environment QUALIFICATIONS
    • MS, Packaging, Engineering or Chemistry preferred, Ph.D. preferred
    • 5+ years of packaging innovation experience--
    • A significant record of innovative and/or fundamental contributions to field of packaging and materials science
    • Sustainable / green packaging experience preferred
    • In-depth understanding of packaging material, testing methods and associated packaging regulations
    • Familiarity with package coating/resin
    • Experience working with and negotiating with suppliers
    • Knowledge of the food product development process and scale-up unit operations
    • Outstanding technical capability with a proven track record of project management and delivery
    • Process Engineering: sound knowledge of product manufacturing processes and technologies, including identifying and improving key cost drivers for equipment and manufacturing processes
    • Experience working in a matrix and highly collaborative team orientated environment
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders; fluent in both written and spoken English
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
    • Excellent analytical, organizational and multitasking skills, as well as the ability to interact and collaborate successfully with all levels and functional areas
    • Team player capable of responding quickly to evolving priorities and supporting the team's goals WORK ENVIRONMENT
      • Laboratory, office and kitchen environments with some travel (10%) PHYSICAL DEMANDS
        • Frequent sitting at a desk, communication-using computer--and--phone Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.

Keywords: Beyond Meat, Inc., Los Angeles , Packaging Scientist, Other , El Segundo, California

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