• Posted on: May 06, 2024
  • Location: Hartsville, SC
  • Job ID: 7bfd523f
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering
  • Posted on: May 06, 2024
  • Location: Hartsville, SC
  • Job ID: 7bfd523f
  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering

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This position is under the direction of the R&D Manager for the Rigid Plastics Packaging division that includes developing, designing, and qualifying new thermoplastic materials and processes for Sonoco Plastics end use markets.  The individual will be instrumental in identifying sustainable packaging solutions for our customers by taking ideas and technical insights through a comprehensive process to drive growth in the marketplace.  In addition, this senior level engineer will drive projects to increase productivity, capacity, and efficiency across our manufacturing plants.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Be a subject matter expert in plastic materials and additives
  • Address internal and external customer needs and packaging opportunities in a manufacturing setting
  • Provide creative solutions to new and existing packaging problems involving materials and processes in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Originate new ideas to support the R&D product innovation and technology strategy
  • Participate in regular portfolio review meetings to ensure proper balance in portfolio along with consensus on priorities
  • Manage the technical integration of projects through collaboration with suppliers, internal cross-functional teams, and customers to assure performance criteria are met
  • Establish an environment which motivates and engages others in the R&D organization to achieve desired results
  • Foster a positive, safe work environment through open communication and an atmosphere of teamwork
  • Ensure compliance with company safety policies and procedures to protect all employees


We’d love to hear from you if:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science, Plastics Engineering, Chemistry; Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of related experience with a strong technical background in plastics, resins, coatings, and laminates including extensive knowledge in material analysis and testing
  • Processing experience in extrusion, thermoforming, and injection molding, experience in consumer-based food packaging is a plus
  • Results driven with a high level of personal initiative, energy, and ownership for success
  • Inquisitive mind, actively staying aware of new and developing technologies inside and outside of the industry
  • Self-starter with a positive “can do” attitude and able to work independently
  • Experience leading projects working across different functions in the organization (e.g., commercial, manufacturing, supply management)
  • Strong technical capability & problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results orientated environment
  • Highly organized and self-motivated with a hands-on work ethic



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