Basic American Foods
  • Research and Development
  • Blackfoot, ID, USA
  • Full Time


Provide technical leadership and support for new package development, packaging material issues, material testing, material specifications, and cost reduction for products.  Manage development of new packaging design and existing packaging revisions to ensure package attributes meet all legal, artistic and technical specifications within the project timeline.  This position will also require the skills necessary to manage projects from Concept through Commercialization, working closely with Technology, Operations, Marketing and other functional partners as needed. This position will allow the candidate to gain exposure to multiple
levels of management, representing Package Development on key initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

Execute Package Development projects as defined by the BAF Strategic Plan, working with a cross-functional team to ensure budgets, timelines, consumer/customer needs and Quality and Operational goals are met.  This will include leading research and
development of packages for products and changes/optimization of existing packages. Lead  Innovation exploration with suppliers to investigate new technologies, material advancement, and design opportunities that may be used both currently and for future products.

Manage Productivity tracker of all Packaging related projects identified with cross-functional teams during catch-ball (discussion) sessions.  Acting as project manager for these projects, the Packaging Developer will drive aspects of each project as
it relates to managing their own workload and ensuring other's responsible for completing tasks are doing so in a timely manner.  This track will require working with Procurement, Operations and Marketing to understand size and scope of opportunities.  Monthly updates to key personnel will be scheduled to ensure alignment on status and prioritization.

Lead efforts to identify and implement packaging material cost reduction measures, including correct size, material, construction, and supplier. Organize and coordinate necessary testing. 

Provide technical support to Marketing/Sales, Technology, and Operations teams in troubleshooting and solving packaging material performance problems and providing package features and benefits important to our customers.

On packaging capital projects, work closely with Technology/Engineering to ensure packing materials and packaging machinery are

Must maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity while embodying the tenets of "What We Stand For" and "The Basic Principles."

Must maintain the highest standards of data management by creating consistent, reliable data which will ensure accuracy and, in turn, maximize the use of data and provide confidence in decision making.

Must support the concept of Continuous Improvement and the development of successful SQF processes in the Product/Package Development area.

Supervisory Responsibilities                                                

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience                                             

Bachelor's degree (B. S) from a four-year college or university and four to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills                                            

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills                                                  

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability                                                     

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills                                            

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Design software; Development software; Internet software; Inventory software; Project Management software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. Also knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Acrobat 7.0 or higher; TOPS Palletization, & LabelView.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Institute of Packaging Professionals registration preferred.

Other Qualifications                                                 

Travel 10 - 20% of the time.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration. The  mployee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Basic American Foods


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