Senior Packaging Engineer


Job Title
: Senior Packaging Engineer

Location: Vernon Hills, IL

Department: Packaging Engineering

Reports To: Director, Packaging Engineering

Direct Reports/Manages others: No

Hybrid Schedule: Our hybrid work environment includes two (2) remote days/week.

Rust-Oleum Corporation is a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry.

We offer a wide range of products including decorative fashion paints, durable industrial roof repair coatings and, of course, our famous rust-fighting formula that started it all.


The Senior Packaging Engineer is responsible for project management of packaging initiatives on cross-functional teams that support Brand Marketing new product development and continuous quality and cost improvement projects.

This position reports to the Director Packaging Engineering and will support the team function in driving the development and implementation of new or improved packaging processes, quality assurance and cost controls of packaging design and materials.


  • Develop new packaging designs and specifications through collaboration with cross functional project teams to meet internal and external customer requirements.
  • Develop ideas for packaging innovation, quality improvements, cost savings, and sustainability that are relevant to the business.
  • Participate as an active member of cross-functional business teams comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including Product Management, Manufacturing, R&D, Quality, Sourcing, and Purchasing.
  • Design, coordinate, and complete performance and compatibility testing in support of packaging component changes at both internal manufacturing and external contract manufacturing sites
  • Works in conjunction with and is a resource for Sourcing Managers, Purchasing, Manufacturing Plants, Quality and Distribution Centers to ensure successful testing protocols and plant trials on packaging materials.
  • Collaborates with packaging material vendors to develop, establish and implement production packaging material specifications.
  • Maintain awareness of technical trends and developments in the packaging industry.
  • Understand and ensure packaging meets UN, DOT and regulatory requirements.


  • Bachelors in Packaging Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of packaging development and project management experience preferably within CPG industry working with cross-functional teams
  • Experience with packaging materials capabilities and equipment along with physical and structure package testing procedures
  • Good verbal and written communication skills required.

    Must have the ability effectively communicate with cross-functional business partners.
  • Ability to progress multiple projects concurrently.
  • SAP preferred but not required.

From big benefits to small, we take care of our associates! After 30 days of employment, you will be eligible for a benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, disability and business travel insurance, flexible spending accounts, EAP, stock purchases and generous PTO.

We also offer a 401(k) plan after three months of employment.

Associates are vested in the RPM Pension plan after completing five years of service.

Rust-Oleum offers 9 paid holidays and two floating holiday per year.

You are also eligible to earn three weeks of vacation on an annualized basis.

Rust-Oleum is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class.
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