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Packaging Engineer II



Other Engineering
Wilsonville, OR, USA · Oregon, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Catalyzing a cleaner future.

ESS is a globally recognized leader in sustainable energy storage and is consistently identified as one of the most innovative and exciting technology players in energy storage. Trading on the NYSE (GWH), ESS is poised to be one of the fastest growing energy technology companies in the world, with projects already across 4 continents. The ESS vision is about enabling the decarbonization of the grid by enabling us to achieve up to 100% of our electricity from clean, sustainable renewable energy.

These are ambitious goals, and we are pursuing them with passion. At ESS, we are leading the energy transition, creating the sustainable energy solutions of the future to help individuals, businesses and communities change energy into lasting value.

We are hiring a Packaging Engineer II to develop and optimize packaging solutions for incoming materials as well as crating solutions for outgoing products. This is a new position at ESS and will require someone to implement new processes with internal customers to design, review, recommend, test and implement various packaging proposals. This person will work closely with the Supply Chain Management sourcing team to improve packaging of supplier provided components that support our quality, cost and waste reduction initiatives. There will also be collaboration with the Lean Manager to identify opportunities for improved packaging solutions used within the manufacturing process.

What you’ll do at ESS

  • Provide packaging recommendations and technical leadership for project teams to reduce overall material costs and eliminate waste.
  • Design complete packaging solutions to streamline the flow of incoming material from receiving into production.
  • Collaborate with suppliers on packaging solutions that can feed into automation equipment with minimal to no handling.
  • Develop ROI assessments for reusable packaging solutions and drive organizational alignment to fund projects.
  • Manage the execution of packaging development projects with internal and external stakeholders to ensure on-time and on-budget development.
  • Direct, coordinate, support and/or audit manufacturing and packaging activities to ensure packaging, products, and systems conform to packaging design specifications.
  • Define, research and analyze supplier data proposals, drawings/specifications, application, and materials to determine feasibility of design or application considering cost, time, and other factors.
  • Support creation and review of packaging quality standards and tolerances.
  • Collaborate to develop methods and procedures for testing packaging solutions.
  • May perform hands-on assembly of prototype packaging and support the preliminary testing of packaging concepts.
  • Investigate and solves problems that affect packaging material quality, sizes, warranty/reliability, and product cost for new and/or existing supplier packaging.
  • Communicate design intent through creation of robust packaging product specifications and, along with the documented spec, provides the necessary guidance for successful design execution.

What you bring to the table.

Minimum requirements:

  • BA/BS Degree
  • Preferred: Packaging Engineering Degree
  • Possess advanced understanding of packaging concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering packaging solutions (ideally in a manufacturing environment).
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and travel 25% (domestic + international) to collaborate with vendors and suppliers on packaging solutions.
  • Experience in fixture design, equipment design, or manufacturing/process optimization a plus.
  • Ability to foster team (internal and external) commitment to tasks and execution.
  • Ability to influence key individuals inside and outside of own group.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills with an ability to express complex technical concepts in business terms.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Benefits of working at ESS.

In addition to the value of working with and helping grow a global reaching clean technology, ESS offers a Company assisted Health insurance, Approved PPE Reimbursement, Medical & Dental; Flex spending account; 8 paid holidays; 401K, and a competitive PTO accrual.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are open to considering every qualified candidate who is eligible and legally authorized to work in the United States on a full or part-time basis, without a need for sponsorship.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.