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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Sr. Packaging Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 18, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 131263 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions!


If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success.


The Senior Packaging Engineer in Packaging Innovation develops  new & advanced packaging concepts to support the innovation pipeline. The position is part of the Global Packaging Innovation group within Colgate-Palmolive's Global Packaging function.


This Senior Packaging Engineer role focuses on identifying and expanding the opportunities for packaging to deliver superior end-to-end, people-centered experiences as a springboard for growth and profitability.  Keys to success are leveraging existing and emerging consumer packaging trends, technologies, and methodologies.


The role is cross-functional, working very closely with Marketing, Product Development, Design, Supply Chain and other packaging engineers  on the Divisional & Global Category Packaging teams to deliver results. Additionally, the role requires the ability to cultivate external partnerships with new and existing packaging suppliers to deliver new packaging. 


This role directly supports the Manager, Packaging Innovation Oral Care,  and broader Global Packaging Innovation & Sustainability team.


Core Responsibilities

  • Responsible for creating and managing Global Oral Care package development programs, new innovations, and sustainability initiatives.

  • Create and manage the development of new & advanced packaging concepts

  • Scout externally sourced Packaging innovation ideas from current and new suppliers, keeping a keen eye on fledgling companies. Engage and partner with Global Procurement.

  • Partner very closely with Marketing and Consumer Insights to identify opportunities to explore new Packaging concepts.  

  • Contribute meaningfully in the Design stage of New Product Development, focusing primarily on Consumer needs, then later serve as the primary engineer responsible for solving technical challenges. 

  • Recognize the value of ergonomics in Packaging design and in-use experience and keep at the center of development.

  • Understand rapid prototyping to drive fast ‘test-and-learn.’  Embrace iterative development and be comfortable with learning from failure.

  • Have a solid understanding of the technical elements of Packaging, but not be bound by the current state of the industry.

  • Understand the financial components of Packaging and Colgate-Palmolive’s cost structure to guide development. Generate and present valid Total Delivered Cost information on package/process and other pertinent financial information 

  • Overcome hurdles on project direction.

  • Independently and proactively manage timelines to ensure fastest possible project timing. Feel accountability to deliver against initiatives.

  • Identify and provide rationale for funds needed to successfully deliver project goals and operate within project budgets


Primary Business Partners & Stakeholders:

  • Divisional Category Packaging Engineers and Managers

  • Industrial Design and Brand Experience team

  • Global Packaging Innovation team and  Global Packaging sustainability team

  • Global Marketing

  • R&D Formula Development Leads

  • Technical & Consumer Insights



  • Able to connect technology possibilities with consumer insights in a way to illuminate new package design opportunities

  • Able to improvise and convert a new package design idea into a workable prototype which allows potential internal customers to understand and evaluate the value of the innovation

  • Builds and leverages internal and  external partnerships to generate new ideas and quickly identify and develop new packaging solutions

  • Demonstrates and encourages creativity and flexibility by thinking beyond current practices

  • Experience developing packaging using a wide variety of materials and technologies: Printing, Cartons, Films and Laminates, Rigid containers and corrugate systems 


Experience & Education: 

  • Required: BS in Packaging, Industrial Design, Engineering, or a related field

  • Required: 7+ yrs experience in consumer goods, cosmetic, or pharmaceutical industry

  • Required: 2yrs experience in Packaging, with a focus on development

  • Preferred: Masters Degree in one of the disciplines above


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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