Smithfield Foods

Packaging Engineer

FLSA Status
Corporate - Day Shift


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.


Responsible for developing and designing packing materials, shipping containers, etc., for the attractive and safe shipping for Smithfield products under varying conditions of climate, environment and differing modes of transportation using lubricants, protective materials, and other methods as required.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  1. Designs and executes packaging technology strategies from concept to commercialization, including growth initiatives, quality improvements, productivity/cost-reduction activities, troubleshooting activities and general packaging support, as needed.
  2. Builds and maintains relationships with internal and external resources in order to cost effectively implement packaging initiatives.
  3. Leverages best practices and capitalizes on technologies with cross-functional, cross-site business applications.
  4. Promotes innovative thinking to generate unique and value-added packaging ideas for existing or new products. Develops and maintains packaging specifications.
  5. Acts as a lead by training, mentoring and providing guidance to less experienced Packaging Engineers.
  6. Evaluate, lead, implement and manage suppliers and cost saving initiatives for inventory and non-inventory materials.
  7. Understand, interpret and refine package testing procedures and standards to support the effective design, validation, and implementation of new packages and packaging technology.  Provide meaningful explanations and forward actions to appropriate Division/Subsidiary personnel.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) from a regionally accredited college or university in Engineering and 2-4 years related experience and/or training in Research and Development or Package Development required.
  • Broad knowledge of packaging materials, equipment and manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in the food industry, preferred.
  • General knowledge of food science, processing and manufacturing, preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong time management, project management, organizational skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Possesses good research and development capabilities, including experimental design, familiarity with packaging testing methodology and experience in commercialization.
  • Ability to travel frequently.
  • Knowledge of SAP system, Word and strong in Excel
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to other Packaging Engineers.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently required to sit; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Corporate working environment.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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