Packaging Engineer Job Description

Job Summary

  • The roles and responsibilities of this position are focused on supporting Harley-Davidson's (H-D) Parts & Accessories (P&A) organization.
  • The Packaging Engineering position is located at the Juneau Avenue Harley-Davidson facility located in Milwaukee, WI. It is a full time salaried position.
  • Travel is expected to be no more than 15%.
  • Start Date expected to be January 2, 2012.

Job Specifications

  • Educational Requirements
    • Requires a Bachelors degree in Packaging Engineering or a related Engineering discipline with packaging experience; see Experience Requirements below.
    • Requires a working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Suite applications.
  • Experience Requirements
    • A minimum of one (1) year experience in packaging, packaging-related manufacturing or distribution engineering roles is desired. Previous packaging experience (including co-op/intern programs) is a required.
    • Requires the ability to work within groups, reaching consensus on realistic, specific goals and objectives and to work within the group to prioritize those objectives. Must demonstrate the ability to work with people in order to gain group commitments to goals and objectives. Requires excellent oral, written, listening and comprehension skills, analytic problem solving and planning skills. Must be able to effectively present information to a broad range of organizational levels.

Leadership Responsibility

  • Lead and facilitate teams of internal and external stakeholders to address packaging-related issues within functional area.
  • Requires the ability to collaborate with people at all levels of the Harley-Davidson organization, including salaried, hourly personnel, and external resources.
  • Requires the ability to work within a group environment, lead group activities, and encourage and motivate group members.
  • Requires the ability to effectively lead change without direct authority.

Detailed Job Responsibilities

  • New Accessories Development
    • Develop all new display packaging request on time
    • Obtain part samples or drawings from marketing or category teams
    • Lead design handoff with packaging suppliers (manufacturers) to obtain concept drawings, pricing and lead times
    • Represent packaging group and present packaging designs in the weekly P & A Marketing project meeting
    • Work with packaging supply base to obtain packaging prototype. Complete fitment test with actual H-D product
    • Complete packaging testing as required
    • Review packaging designs with H-D part suppliers and ensure design is compatible for assembly (fall production)
    • Provide die lines to marketing group for artwork layout
    • Provide quotes for packaging to development purchasing and the H-D part supplier
    • Update the packaging action register tracking as needed
    • Review all packaging first article samples to ensure structure and artwork are to specification
    • Review all packages part samples ("PPAP") by the part supplier and approve packaging for production
    • Load packaging specification into Teamcenter database and into the AS400
    • Assist development purchasing with communicating packaging requirements to any new H-D part supplier
  • New Brown Box (non-display) Development
    • Work with H-D part suppliers to ensure they are in compliance packaging summary form prior to launch
    • Assist development purchasing with communicating packaging new H-D part supplier
    • Review all new summary forms prior to launch and provide supplier
    • If not approved, work with supplier to get to approved state
  • Continuous Improvement Projects
    • Process either follows display or brown box development process described above
    • Justification to work on project needs to be quality, cost, safety or environmental
    • Special project support such as the data compliance initiative
  • Distribution Center Support
    • CI activities-remain engaged and updated on DC expectations and concerns
  • Specification Management
    • Review and approve all contract packaging specification
    • Load all specifications as listed under brown box or display project description
  • Warranty/Technical Services and Single Point of Contact ("SPOC") Issues
    • Review Technical Services/Warranty/SPOC request for packaging reviews
    • Conduct investigation, look for data trends using warranty system
    • Determine course of action and execute as CI project
  • Package Testing
    • Initiate when a product should be tested. Determine if lab or field testing is appropriate
    • Quote lab costs and timing with third party provider
    • Communicate and gain key stakeholder approval
    • Conduct lab testing and provide detailed summary

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