Packaging Engineer



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About The Group

From a small store in Turin to a large, internationally recognized group: we are present in 90 countries around the world, with over 4,000 employees and 30 companies, managed directly and indirectly by the Luigi Lavazza Spa parent company, which distribute and market our products and coffee machines. In addition to Lavazza, the following brands are also part of our Group: Carte Noire, Merrild, Kicking Horse, Eraclea and Whittington tea.


Joining Lavazza means doing business with passion, knowing that the impact of our work goes beyond the quality of the production chain. We are a big family and we are constantly looking for new talents who share our values and can enrich our team.



Job Purpose/Overview

At Lavazza North America, the Packaging Engineer is responsible for identifying packaging initiatives and solutions to meet the business needs to deliver growth, efficiency and sustain performance in the markets.  Responsible for managing the design, development, and engineering process for packaging of new and existing products and packaging from concept design through production launch to ensure customer satisfaction.  Responsible for ensuring package designs optimize marketing objectives, exhibit robust quality, functionality, provide product protection integrity, are logistically efficient, and meet manufacturing expectations in a timely and cost-effective manner.


Location: West Chester, PA



Key Responsibilities


  • Accountable for the delivery of assigned packaging projects.
  • Directs testing and evaluation of new and existing components and secondary packaging systems to ensure compatibility of design, machineability, and shipping distribution. Collaborates with Quality Assurance, Product Development, and Manufacturing to implement appropriate procedures for qualifying new package designs, incorporating product compatibility, functionality, performance and low-cost easy manufacturing suitability, with emphasis on cost savings, quality and marketability.
  • Solicits and applies feedback from internal and external customers; responds promptly to customer needs, and strives to understand current and future expectations. Interacts with marketing, manufacturing, product development, equipment engineering, graphics, and shipping/transportation personnel to optimize package design and development efforts.
  • Prototypes packaging and models using appropriate materials:  flexible, rigid, corrugated and folding carton manufacturing, plastic film and pressure sensitive labels, and other materials as appropriate.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains an innovation portfolio of packaging concepts and prototypes. Organizes, catalogues, and maintains an up-to-date inventory of packaging materials and supplies in support of Package Development programs. 
  • Attends professional activities and events to acquire and expand expertise to keep current and advise on emerging trends in packaging technologies, and environmental/ regulatory requirements.
  • Initiates cost reduction projects and cost avoidance opportunities that include packaging redesign initiatives, package component consolidation, and production line efficiencies.
  • Develops and maintains documentation and communications for specifications database that supports package component specifications, pallet configurations, packaging procedures, and interdepartmental packaging processes to facilitate management of change for Package Development activities. Identifies materials of construction for primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging components and point of purchase displays. Assists in development of Bills of Materials and cost analysis.
  • Interviews suppliers of packaging materials and, in concert with purchasing manager, selects most appropriate materials and suppliers for use.
  • Consults with company’s product liability counsel to determine any product liability impact of new designs.
  • Prepare developmental prototypes and mock-ups for market presentation utilizing prototyping equipment.  
  • Performs other duties as necessary when directed to do so.


Job Specifications/Qualifications


  • Bachelors Degree in Package Engineering or related discipline required 
  • 0-3 years’ experience in consumer product packaging development and design 
  • Experience working in a consumer products company
  • Demonstrates project management and organizational skills
  • Proficient working on several packaging projects simultaneously  
  • Proficient working on a project from development through implementation
  • Proficient in conducting ASTM and ISTA testing procedures
  • Knowledge of other packaging types (minimum 2 / 4) including:
  • Corrugated shipping carton/protective packaging
  • Corrugated high graphics primary package
  • Folding carton high graphics primary packaging
  • Plastic packaging, including clamshells, blister packs, plastic box and plastic bag packaging.
  • Understanding of the different internal departments and external packaging suppliers 
  • Proficient working on Packaging CAD development systems (Auto CAD, CAPE/TOPS ArtiosCAD) 
  • Demonstrates strong communication capabilities, both verbally and written, using appropriate Microsoft Office tools, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as other Lavazza ancillary software





  • Competitive Medical, Vision, Dental Benefits 
  • 401K Package 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Onsite Cafeteria and Gym (West Chester location)
  • Hybrid Work Schedule 
  • Ability to be barista certified
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Performance Development Plans 
  • Employee Discounts 
  • A Dynamic & Collaborative Culture
  • Flexible business casual dress code - jean friendly! 
  • Free coffee, anytime!





Lavazza is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Lavazza prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.









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