United States, Trumbull, CT, Laundry & Home Care

Principal Engineer - Packaging


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • Be responsible for leading the qualification and commercialization of packaging, across growth (new products, new channels/markets), quality improvement and material sourcing initiatives.

  • The Principal Packaging Engineer will work closely with operations, marketing, innovation, safety, quality, and procurement teams to identify key opportunities to meet consumer and business needs, ensure Henkel is bringing the best consumer experiences to life and ensure operational efficiency and scalability.

  • Provide subject matter expertise to the qualification and approval processes for new packaging, suppliers, or manufacturing locations.

  • Drive systems and processes that will synchronize R&D specifications and requirements with ongoing supplier quality deliverables.

  • Interface with manufacturing site operations teams and R&D process team to support the planning and implementation of new packaging.

  • Anticipate transfer risks and address risks/issues proactively or raise them to team early on.


  • The ideal candidate will possess a strong tactical mindset to create best practices, a drive to develop new and innovative packaging solutions, and an advanced packaging engineering skill-set that can be applied to a fast-paced environment. Knowledge and experience with Six Sigma tools preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree in packaging engineering, packaging science or related engineering discipline.

  • 7+ years of experience with packaging development and/or engineering, including knowledge and experience with packaging design, quality systems and engineering, plant operations, processing and packaging equipment. Experience with blow molding & injection molding is highly preferred.

  • Clear understanding of the application of a broad range of packaging materials, structural design, printing and manufacturing processes. Demonstrated design thinking principals and application to the packaging innovation process

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and other legally protected characteristics.

Henkel does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Unsolicited referrals and resumes are considered Henkel property and therefore, Henkel will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited referral. At Henkel’s request only, preferred vendors may be invited to refer talent for specific open positions. In these cases, a fully-executed agreement with Henkel must be in place and current.

All employees applying for an internal position must have a discussion with his/her manager about their interest in a job posting opportunity. The discussion will not preclude the employee from interviewing if their skills meet the job requirements.

JOB ID: 21011537
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: 1-866-836-7067