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Packaging Engineering Manager

Remote Seattle, WA

From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection. We are known for developing extraordinary leaders who share this passion and are guided by their service to others.

Join us, as engineering manager on the Packaging Engineering team, and lead packaging development projects and a team of engineers in bringing the next generation of Starbucks packaging solutions to life. As a leader and manager, you will deliver key strategic innovation projects related to global Starbucks packaging, including development of solutions improving sustainability, enhancing customer and partner experience, and supporting new product launches.

As an engineering manager, you will lead and be part of a team that …

  • Leads technical development of packaging solutions across a diverse portfolio of packaging materials and formats from technical exploration through to commercialization
  • Creates innovative solutions and delivers detailed designs and technical specifications for Starbucks packaging
  • Evaluates performance of packaging solutions against requirements through empirical testing, analysis, statistical modeling, and qualitative feedback from Starbucks partners and customers
  • Contributes to development of product requirements alongside cross-functional teams
  • Supports the enterprise as packaging subject matter experts and influences the enterprise through data and risk assessments
  • Leads technical conversations with suppliers and solution providers 
  • Ensures key packaging initiatives develop and launch on schedule with excellence

We’d love to hear from people with:

  • BS or higher degree in an engineering field – Packaging, Mechanical, Chemical, or Materials Science
  • 7+ years of experience in a technical role, preferably with packaging product development experience
  • Experience in managing end-to-end packaging engineering projects, including scoping, resource allocation, risk assessment, and stakeholder communication, resulting in the successful delivery of projects within scope, on time, and within budget.
  • Experience with designing and running packaging performance testing in manufacturing plants, in the lab, and through distribution channels to ensure acceptable packaging performance and product/package quality
  • Demonstrated success in leading and fostering a collaborative environment and driving continuous improvement in packaging design, development, and testing processes
  • Strong background in collaborating with cross-functional teams, including product development, marketing, procurement, and suppliers, to ensure seamless integration of packaging solutions into product development and supply chain processes
  • In-depth knowledge of industry best practices, regulations, and emerging trends in packaging materials, sustainability, and technology, with a proven ability to leverage this knowledge to drive continuous improvement and innovation in packaging strategies
  • A high degree of initiative - a strong bias for action
  • Ability to effectively deal with and manage change and act without having all the answers
  • An abundance of curiosity, both in terms of technical curiosity and the desire to learn from our store partners, customers, and internal stakeholders
  • An understanding of retail store operations in the food service industry
  • Outstanding ability to communicate ideas and concepts visually, physically, verbally, and in writing to both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Strong program management abilities
  • Ability to engage, influence and lead teams 

As a Starbucks partner, you (and your family) will have access to medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, and other voluntary insurance benefits. Partners have access to short-term and long-term disability, paid parental leave, family expansion reimbursement, paid vacation from date of hire*, sick time (accrued at 1 hour for every 25 hours worked), eight paid holidays, and two personal days per year. Starbucks also offers eligible partners participation in a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, a discounted company stock program (S.I.P.), Starbucks equity program (Bean Stock), incentivized emergency savings, and financial well-being tools.  

Additionally, Starbucks offers 100% upfront tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor’s degree through Arizona State University’s online program via the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, student loan management resources, and access to other educational opportunities.  

You will also have access to backup care and DACA reimbursement.   Starbucks will comply with any applicable state and local laws regarding employee leave benefits, including, but not limited to providing time off pursuant to the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, and in accordance with its plans and policies.

This list is subject to change depending on collective bargaining in locations where partners have a certified bargaining representative. For additional information regarding partner perks and more detailed information about benefits, go to 

If you are working in CA, CO, IL, LA, ME, MA, NE, ND or RI, you will accrue vacation up to a maximum of 120 hours (190 in CA) for roles below director and 200 hours (316 in CA) for roles at director or above.  For roles in other states, you will be granted vacation time starting at 120 hours annually for roles below director and 200 hours annually for roles director and above.

The actual base pay offered to the successful candidate will be based on multiple factors, including but not limited to job-related knowledge/skills, experience, geographical location, and internal equity. At Starbucks, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at the high end of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent upon the facts and circumstances of each position and candidate.

If you live in the greater Seattle area, we offer a flexible workplace that allows for hybrid work. Partners can work remotely up to two days per week.

Join us and inspire with every cup. Apply today!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other factor protected by law.

We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local ordinances. Starbucks Corporation is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at [email protected].

Job Category: Supply Chain Management

Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports

Posting Date: Jun 03, 2024

Expiration Date: Jun 15, 2024

Remote/ Hybrid: Yes-Remote

Pay: $106,900 - $189,000

Bonus Eligible: Yes

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