Packaging Sr. Principal Development Engineer in Burlington, MA at Keurig Dr Pepper

Date Posted: 11/29/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

This Packaging Sr. Principal Development Engineer in the R&D team will focus on KDP coffee business and is responsible for packaging projects for primary packs, which includes the identification of suppliers, selection of materials, determination of performance requirements, setting quality standards, creating packaging specifications and coordinating all activities with a range of business partners.  This role will focus on game-changing new & existing material technology & packaging formats to deliver against KDP corporate Sustainability packaging goals.  This role requires a combination of deep technical and business knowledge, project management and cross-functional team operation.


  • The Sr. Principal Developer in this role will be responsible for independently leading packaging research, development and commercialization of new materials and packaging systems to deliver against mid- and long-term objectives to support Packaging Sustainability.
  • Closely work with incumbent and new vendors in the identification and evaluation of novel materials and packaging formats.
  • Gain alignment across key functions and model research and development best practices.
  • Manage technical timelines, provide timely communication, raise issues and risks and develop plan to leveraging strong project management skills and pkg development skills.
  • Coordinate and direct functional testing including lab testing, plant trials and packaging material qualifications.
  • In-depth understanding of material performance and lab qualification and validation.
  • Leads the development of success criteria against a pkg qualification plan.
  • Deep understanding of a standard packaging development life cycle for materials and structures
  • Ability to identify business needs and generate ideas and concepts, develop the business case from a packaging standpoint.
  • Drive new packaging development process,  perform technical feasibility studies from ideation to initial commercialization
  • Follow technical stage gate process, create package development plan & timeline and manage project budget
  • Develop cooperative working relationships with cross-functional teams, the manufacturing plants as well as external packaging material vendors.
  • Understand the financial impact of packaging programs and the linkage of packaging to business strategies.
  • Ensure progress on our critical programs as they are vital to ensure we deliver against our commitments



  • Past R&D experience in the development and scaleup of new packaging & material innovation is required. 
  • Bachelor's Degree in a materials-based program required; Bachelor's Degree in Packaging or similar technical degree preferred.
  • 15 + years’ experience in package development for new packaging launches within a F&B CGP industry(preferred), coordination and completion of qualification programs.
  • Experience in resins, fibers, flexibles, rigid thermoformed, ISBM, compression molded packages as well as consumer structure innovation and characterization. Experience with materials/converting methods with both corrugated and plastic containers.
  • Experience in new package/product launches
  • Passion for sustainability - We are committed to deliver on the package-elements of our corporate sustainability programs
  • Demonstrated competence and proven track record of success within FMCG environment
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail; strong communication and interpersonal skills; business sense and commercial awareness
  • Strong math and analytical skills to evaluate complex and sometimes ambiguous situations
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage project elements at a time

Company Overview & EEO Statement

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role