Senior Packaging Engineer at RXBAR

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We’re looking for a Senior Packaging Engineer to join our Research and Innovation Team in Chicago, IL. 

RXBAR is one of the fastest growing natural brands in the country and this explosive growth requires a strong Packaging function that works across numerous materials and forms. The Sr. Packaging Engineer will be embedded in the Research & Innovation organization and work cross-functionally to design and support primary and secondary packaging development for innovation and continuous improvement initiatives across multiple product categories.

Our ideal candidate is technically proficient but looking to grow themselves in functional management. The candidate must be comfortable with learning on the fly, dealing with ambiguity, partnering closely and communicating excellently with Packaging Procurement and Supply Chain Distribution teams, delegating, and problem-solving holistically. The candidate must be committed to the growth of junior cohort and someone who always strives for excellence. This person must be organized; looking to be part of an exciting, fast-paced, innovative company; and hungry to grow new brands. 

General Functions + Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate internally with Supply Chain, Quality, Marketing, and R&I and externally with suppliers, equipment vendors, and manufacturers to innovate new and efficient packaging formats from concept to commercialization that delight consumers, constantly pushing the boundaries, and protecting product quality in a fast-paced environment
  • Lead technical research projects related to packaging, including continuous improvement initiatives for existing product packaging, displays, and shippers
  • Implement project plans against timelines, create trial protocols, lead packaging aspect of plant trials, and conduct/analyze all tests to ensure successful delivery of quality standards
  • Grow a young function within the company and manage one direct report
  • Support development of project timelines, commercialization pipelines, and packaging budget

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Positive attitude, a thirst for knowledge, and an excitement for growing our business
  • Bachelor's Degree in Packaging Science, Package Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or a related field
  • 4-6 years' experience in packaging development and commercialization (food or pharma industries preferred)
  • Proficient in flexible and rigid packaging, including film, carton, and corrugate; willing/able to learn new product categories and/or processing/packaging areas and respective equipment
  • Skilled in creating dielines and pallet patterns; experience with TOPS strongly preferred
  • Experience managing or mentoring an intern/co-op or direct report strongly preferred
  • Understands ingredient functionality and interrelationship of ingredients, process, and packaging
  • Skilled at Design of Experiments; statistical experience a plus
  • Willing to travel (~20%)

About us: RXBAR is a clean-label snack brand with products made from a few simple ingredients and no BS. RXBAR simplifies food by creating snacks that are real and delicious. It's honest and straightforward—no overblown claims, certifications, or gimmicks. With products including RXBAR, RXBAR Kids, and RX Nut Butter, RX makes food that not only tastes good, but is wholesome and nutritious too.

Perks & Benefits: Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, 401K plan with Company match, cell phone & fitness membership reimbursement, subsidized commuter benefits, bike & helmet, unlimited products (for real), RXBAR gear and invaluable experience growing a company.

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412 N Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

An Insider's view of RXBAR

What's something quirky about your company?

Working at RXBAR becomes a lifestyle. We naturally love to share what work life is like on our personal social media accounts, whether it be new product launches, the amazing view from our rooftop, team meeting events, or all the workouts employees do together, it’s a unique almost cult-like culture but something we're so proud to be a part of.


Senior Event Coordinator

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Here at RXBAR, we approach and plan everything differently. Whether it be TV, outdoor media, podcasts or paid social, we’re going against the “norm” of traditional advertising and building a new, unique approach to break through clutter they see everyday. Our goal is to woo our audience so they lean in, not annoy and inadvertently push them away.


Media Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

One of the key aspects that attracted me to RX, beyond the company's aggressive growth phase, was the Leadership Team's investment in developing its people. Individuals have the opportunity to own their development path & grow at an exceptionally fast rate in a company that promotes from within & w/o the constraint of a formal promotion structure.


Vice President of Operations

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Anyone that joins our team is quickly introduced to the idea that innovation can come from anywhere. Placing ownership on our team members that they are the product advocates while also placing ourselves in our customer shoes, has enabled leadership and creative license. It's amazing to be a part of a company that places such an importance on R&I.


Vice President of Research & Innovation

What are some things you learned at the company?

I love working at RX because the organization values me as an individual & as myself, where self-awareness is harnessed as a strength to accelerate growth. I am driven to build a new team (FP&A), training a financial muscle that empowers the organization through trust. I love the challenge of being a creator, as we question orthodoxy in finance.


Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

What are RXBAR Perks + Benefits

RXBAR Benefits Overview

Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, 401K plan with RXBAR match, Education Assistance Program, cell phone & fitness membership reimbursement, subsidized commuter benefits, bike & helmet, unlimited RXBARs, RXBAR gear and invaluable experience growing a company. 

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our approach to perks: While our business is growing at an exponential rate, we've maintained the nimble, no B.S. mindset that has made us the fastest-growing nutrition bar brand in the U.S. The experience at RXBAR is different from day one. Beyond the typical offering of full benefits, 401k match and generous PTO allowance, we differentiate ourselves from other CPGs in the space. Every employee spends their first two weeks in Customer Service, enabling them to interact with the incredible customers we service everyday and adapt the servant mindset that drives everything we do. Immediate impact, opportunity for growth, educational opportunities, mentorship, creative thinking, diversity, exposure to senior leaders - these are all realities at RXBAR, not just buzz words. With our open-office format and pursuit of excellence, we foster an environment that supports personal and professional growth. To support the needs of our growing business, we've implemented "dynamic job descriptions" as individual's roles are constantly evolving, allowing them to take on added responsibility and new challenges.

Cell phone reimbursement, gym membership reimbursement, bike & helmet reimbursement and unlimited RXBAR's are a few of the extras you'll receive when working here.

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