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Senior Packaging Engineer - Health and Wellbeing

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Trumbull, CT
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We are the Global Health & Wellbeing (H&W) team at Unilever. We are a start-up (less than 2 years old), focused on one of Unilever’s largest growth opportunities – the €140bn Health & Wellbeing space defined by Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements (VMS).

We work in an agile and entrepreneurial way, collaboratively within the team and with our Unilever colleagues around the world. We work in a project based networked way where everyone needs to be able to take a step back and think strategically as well as rolling up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, to be entrepreneurial and experiment as well as bringing in the best of Unilever and work the structures of a large company, to take charge and lead as well as follow and support others.


Unilever’s Health & Wellbeing Group holds the company’s functional Dietary Supplement brands. Each brand is completely unique and focused on giving consumers superior experiences within their respective spaces and target segments. For the acquired businesses, we are committed to continue growing this strategic business for Unilever through international expansion of the acquired brands, utilizing Unilever’s scale and network in the markets.  

Who You Are and What You'll Do

The R&D Packaging Engineer, Health & Wellbeing will be responsible for developing the best-in-class packaging capabilities to support the growth ambition for the Health & Wellbeing Collective – specifically in relation to new product development and new market entry and the establishment of an external ecosystem of technical partners/capabilities. The role will have cross functional interactions and coordination across Marketing, Supply chain, Product Development, SEAC, Quality, Regulatory and external Contract labs & Material suppliers to ensure timely delivery of the objectives.

The role will be required to provide expertise related to packaging development and would cover a broad range of challenges. Developing packaging that delights consumers, while delivers functional requirements, furthers sustainability goals. Ensuring successful scaling up/production by leveraging external Contract labs and Collaborative manufacturers. This position will also serve as an R&D representative on cross-functional. 

  • Assist the Packaging Manager with the co-ordination of packaging development projects, and can lead assigned projects as packaging work stream leader

  • Manage assigned primary and secondary packaging projects, with minimal guidance, working with Brand Development and the cross-functional project team, ensuring packaging is fit for purpose to meet the packaging brief, and delivered on time, in full

  • Partners with Supply chain to assist in technical assessments of contract manufacturing sites

  • Identify and work collaboratively with network of internal & external experts, component supplier/convertors, design agencies, testing labs, & contract manufacturers to develop activities related to Packaging Design & development.

  • Deliver packaging which not only meets the required quality and technical standards, but also delights the consumer and builds brand love, through using Unilever’s Packaging Excellence best practices

  • Technical analysis of new packaging designs and provision of feedback to project teams with respect to design viability; also identify possible solutions to resolve technical problems, minimizing changes to the design intent

  • Manage good technical data records – project data, specifications, test results

  • Proactive identification of technical risks and recommendations to mitigate risks, to be brought to management

  • Manage and deliver their own agreed work plan Evaluation and qualification of packaging components for their project portfolio using both established protocols, and where appropriate designing new ones Identify and implement potential cost saving activities across the category packaging portfolio

  • Attendance of project meetings and deputise for manager when required

  • Prepare and develop supplier technical briefs where required, working closely with suppliers To develop and test packaging in accordance with the Unilever’s Packaging Excellence best practices.

What You'll Need to Succeed

  • Science or Engineering Degree with Packaging Degree with 5 yrs of relevant experience.

  • Working knowledge of Flexibles, laminates & Paper/paperboard packaging in a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company, ideally with some packaging experience in Dietary supplement/OTC products.

  • Good understanding of Packaging components, sustainable packaging solutions for consumer-friendly formats

  • Is able to execute tasks independently.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work well with others, and ability to plan and execute work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to support projects with multiple external parties including contractors, research partners, manufacturing facilities, etc.

Pay: The pay range for this position is $83,200 to $124,700. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs.

Bonus: This position is bonus eligible.

Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible.

Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

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