Associate Engineer, Packaging - Direct To Consumer (DTC) in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 6/7/2021

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Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

The Associate Packaging Engineer will join a dynamic team responsible for the development, testing and commercialization of packaging solutions across a wide range of Lawn & Garden products.  This candidate will be called upon to lead packaging projects for new product launches as well as continuous improvement of existing products and packaging.  Project activities include: concept design and refinement, timeline development, resource planning, testing and optimization, data collection and analysis, development of specifications, pre-commercial scale-up and support of product launch.

The associate packaging engineer will work with a broad range of materials and processes including plastic, paper, wood and metal packaging materials in both rigid and flexible formats. The Associate Packaging Engineer will successfully collaborate with packaging suppliers, R&D, Quality, Supply Chain and Marketing to insure business alignment during development and drive technical excellence throughout the product launch. 

What you’ll do in this role:

Execution – 50%

  • Works in multifunctional teams with Marketing, Supply Chain, R&D and suppliers to commercialize new and improve existing packaging systems

  • Prepares project timelines and tracks progress from concept through implementation

  • Develops and refines concepts for new products, packaging and processes

  • Develops budgetary quotes/cost estimates for new packaging programs

  • Creates package test protocols, executes testing and interprets data to insure package integrity throughout product lifecycle

  • Effectively manages the work of suppliers and contractors that are designing, developing, and prototyping packaging

  • Provides assistance to internal and external Quality and Operations teams during startup of new products or packages

Innovation – 30%

  • Identifies novel packaging concepts to satisfy unmet customer/consumer needs and performs feasibility testing to determine commercialization potential

  • Develops and refines new product and packaging concepts into business proposals with detailed plans to commercialize

Continuous Improvement – 20%

  • Identify packaging opportunities that lead to cost, quality and/or service improvements

  • Collaborates with Quality and Operations to design, qualify and implement enhancements

  • Creates and implements process improvements to boost efficiency

What you’ll need to be successful:


B.S. Degree – Packaging Science, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial Engineering or related field of education and/or experience


  • 0-2 years developing primary and secondary packaging solutions, preferably consumer packaged goods. Co-op / Internship experience preferred.

  • A strong track record of successful new packaging launches


  • Fundamental engineering principles and scientific theory

  • Basic understanding of project management and the product development process

  • Working knowledge of flexible and rigid plastic packaging systems

  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing operations and quality systems


  • Critical thinking and problem solving (root cause / corrective action)

  • Managing basic projects with various internal and external stakeholders

  • Effective written and verbal technical communication

  • Results driven self-starter

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE),  and Scotts Young Professionals

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Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.