Title:  New Product Development Engineer

Requisition ID:  3880

Menomonee Falls, WI, US, 53051

Department:  Engineering
Travel:  Up to 25%

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At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. 


With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.


If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you.


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The New Product Development Engineer position is a position at GPI’s Foodservice Technical Center with responsibilities for leading and supporting new material/new product development projects. The candidate needs to combine technical expertise on material/coating/converting with project management skills to lead new product development. The position is part of a world class talented engineering & technical team at GPI’s Foodservice Technical Center and will report to the Senior Manager, Research & Development.


JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include but are not limited to the following.

  • Lead new material related projects. Combine technical expertise on material with project management skills to lead the introduction of new material into GPI’s product pipeline.
  • Identify and communicate with material suppliers. Lead trials at internal or external locations. Evaluate material runnability at extruder/coater and converting facilities.
  • Coordinate lab and other evaluations on materials and products.
  • Lead printing and converting trials either in the manufacturing facilities or on pilot lines.
  • Support product commercialization.  
  • Provide detailed technical reports and document all work.  
  • Report out project progress and provide recommendations to internal and external stakeholders and lead teams.
  • Understand holistically the supply market and competitive landscapes in the U.S. and globally for compliance packaging.  
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 3+ years relevant experience in new material development in packaging industry, cup/carton industry preferred.
  • 2+ years relevant experience in technical project management.
  • Experience working directly with suppliers, manufacturing facilities, and customers from project start to finish.



  • BS degree in engineering.



  • Technical project management skills; quick learner.
  • Must have demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Must be hands-on for lab trials and tests.
  • Must have the ability to drive multiple concurrent assignments to completion.



  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.
  • Position may require up to 30% travel.
  • Occasional ability to work remotely.



  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 40 lbs
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.



  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Project management
  • Documentation
  • Result-driven


Salary Min:   $73,200.00

Salary Mid:   $97,600.00

Salary Max:  $122,000.00


Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the Poster, EEO is the Law.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee