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Quality in Design Manager, Packaging

Company: Danone North America
Location: Louisville
Posted on: October 21, 2019

Job Description:

Dannon in WBS QUALITY is looking for a Quality in Design Manager, Packaging in Louisville, CO!

At Danone, we believe that every time we eat or drink, we vote for the world we want. As a leading food and beverage company, we make healthy, sustainably-produced foods and beverages that nourish people s lives. Some of our brands include Dannon, Activia, Horizon Organic, International Delight, Silk, Oikos, So Delicious Dairy Free, Stok, Two Good, Vega, and Wallaby Organic. And as the largest Certified B Corporation in the world, we are committed to redefining success in business to ensure that through our brands we create real benefits for people, our communities, and the planet.

With headquarters in Broomfield, CO and White Plains, NY, Danone North America has more than 6,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada, and more than a dozen manufacturing facilities across North America. Our employees enjoy competitive pay and industry-leading benefits (including flexible (unlimited) time off and up to 26 weeks paid parental leave), and share a common mission and culture committed to both business results and social purpose. When you join Danone North America, you become part of a global team that is inspiring a healthier world through food.

JOB PURPOSE SUMMARY: The Quality in Design Manager Packaging serves as a liaison between the Quality organization and several functions across the enterprise including Engineering, R&D, Marketing, Procurement, Project Management, and Supply Chain. The primary responsibility is to lead the packaging quality effort in the commercialization of new products and processes through the entire product design process from marketing concepts to mass production.

SCOPE OF ROLE: The Quality in Design Manager Packaging will support innovation, renovation, & productivity projects with internal customers while assisting our manufacturing facilities that produce Danone products with the project and product/package commercialization. This position will also serve as a QFS & Technical subject matter expert in our existing and upcoming product categories with focus on Packaging. As needed, the Quality in Design Manager will engage in activities with equipment manufacturers, industry colleagues, and regulatory agencies.


* Represent QA on Program Management teams, coordinating quality efforts with cross functional core team members.

* Administer technical guidance on new projects to ensure processes and equipment are capable of meeting company standards for Quality and Food Safety

* Provide quality assurance expertise/direction/support in the manufacture of new and existing products/packaging

* Coordinate design activities with all other functional Quality managers involved in the Product Life Cycle including Plant Quality Managers and the Sales & Supply Chain groups.

* Perform technical qualifications of potential new facilities to ensure quality and food safety expectations are met; deliver a remediation recommendation plan as needed.

* Overall Risk Management mitigation through problem solving or by use of specific tools & controls.

* Follow company program management process ensure that quality and food safety requirements are adequately met

* Provide project status, risk, alerts, and action plan reports and communications to leaders and cross functional colleagues.

* Participate in validation of Project phase transitions using updates on risk assessment/risk management

* Work closely with cross-functional technical team to troubleshoot and communicate packaging and process problems in design where necessary - ensure root cause and corrective actions are appropriate and are fully implemented.

* Develop a rapport with plant and QA managers of all company owned and contract manufacturing facilities.

* Provide support for quality and process improvement initiatives.

* Utilize Six Sigma, Lean, and/or other continuous improvement concepts to improve quality, efficiency, and waste.

* Stay current with all key regulatory and certifying agency guidelines.

* All other duties as assigned.

TRAVEL: Estimated at 30-50% primarily to Danone and contract manufacturing locations.


A. Education and Experience:

Degree: BS in Packaging Science/Food Science/Engineering or equivalent. MS preferred.

* 5+ years previous Packaging Engineering and Quality Assurance experience in food manufacturing environments with emphasis on ESL, Aseptic, Baking, Plant Based, and/or Dairy manufacturing.

* Responsibilities for overseeing quality/technical services in multiple facilities

* Experience in risk analysis (i.e. HACCP, FMEA)

* Experience in Package development and different Packaging Formats and Processes (injection molding, thermoforming, FFS, flexibles, paperboard, corrugate)

* Experience in Package materials for food & beverage industry (PET, HDPE, PP and their properties)

* Experience in Package materials development & testing methodologies

* Understanding of plant production systems and manufacturing equipment

* Prior or present responsibility as Quality Assurance Manager/Engineer for a food manufacturing facility

B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Must be adaptable and flexible.

* Must be able to travel

* Strong Knowledge of product commercialization processes, packaging, quality and food safety systems.

* Must have technical and scientific knowledge of packaging formulation, industrial process and equipment

* Must be collaborative, have a technical curiosity, strong troubleshooting skills, and have leadership ability

* Solid strategic skills and a demonstrated capacity to interface at all levels of a matrix organization

* Excellent verbal and written communication/presentation skills

* Ability to work independently

* Excellent record keeping/documentation skills

For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit We have something special inside, do you*


Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver
Job Segment: Engineer, Law, Supply Chain Manager, Marketing Manager, Quality, Engineering, Legal, Operations, Marketing

Keywords: Danone North America, Boulder , Quality in Design Manager, Packaging, Executive , Louisville, Colorado

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