Pactiv Principal Packaging Engineer in Bedford Park, Illinois

Principal Packaging Engineer

This position is for Pactiv, a company of Reynolds Group Holding Inc.

The position is located in our Bedford Park Innovation Center.

  • POSITION SUMMARY*: The Principal Packaging Engineer will take a leading role in supporting a range of new packaging development, cost improvement and automation projects.


  • Packaging Engineering Team Lead; responsible for the management, training, and administration of the team in the performance of assigned projects.

  • Act as packaging Project Lead to support manufacturing automation programs

  • Initiate and drive new package designs in support of new product innovation initiatives

  • Provide expertise in technical knowledge of packaging equipment including, but not limited to: baggers, case erectors, case packers and palletizers

  • Support CapEx projects; provide consultation on purchasing, equipment specs and requirements.

  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities within the Packaging Engineering Group; may include preparing written policies and procedures.

  • Experience in identification, assessment and prioritization for risk management.

  • Develop effective presentations (verbal and written) for all levels of the organizations to sell ideas and report on projects.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging Engineering, Packaging Science, Mechanical Engineering or similar technical discipline with a minimum of 7+ years of package development experience in the Food Packaging industry. 3+ years’ supervisory experience of technical/salaried associates.

  • Highly developed project management skills including formalized methodologies. Must have a very good understanding of a development process and able to generate concepts from marketing scope and goals to conduct feasibility analysis.

  • Ability to work strategically, independently and using initiative to successfully execute packaging development projects

  • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all levels of the organization; ability to prepare written policies, procedures, proposals and reports

  • Ability to establish relationships to generate collaboration

  • Ability to balance innovation, cost and manufacturability of new packages

  • Ability to travel around 25% within North America

At Pactiv, continuous innovation and development has secured our place as one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of foodservice and food packaging products. Pactiv currently produces custom and stock foam, plastic, aluminum, pressed-paperboard, PE coated board, and molded-fiber packaging. Our global force of almost 12,000 team members allows us to supply packers, processors, supermarkets, restaurants, institutions and foodservice industries around the world. Over the years, Pactiv has consistently outpaced the competition in safety, innovation and strategic acquisitions. Want to learn more? Visit

Pactiv is an Equal Opportunity Employer EEO AA M/F/Vet/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran’s status, or any other characteristics protected by law. #LI-TM1 ”IND1P”