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Packaging Engineer

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Full Time
4 Year Degree

Packaging Engineer


TemperPack is a rapidly growing company headquartered in Richmond, VA. We design and manufacture innovative, sustainable packaging components for cold-chain shipping of food and pharmaceutical products. The markets we serve have an urgent need for disruptive, sustainable alternatives to replace the wide array of non-sustainable packaging materials conventionally used in the cold-chain, such as Styrofoam coolers. Our aspiration is to provide packaging solutions that customers and end-consumers feel great about using.


Job Title: Packaging Engineer

Supervisor’s Title: Director of Packaging Engineering

Department: Packaging Engineering

Location: 2660 Decatur Street, Richmond, VA 23224

FSLA: Exempt



TemperPack is seeking a Packaging Engineer to join our team in Richmond, VA. At TemperPack we develop custom pack-out solutions using our high performance, recyclable packaging materials. Our Packaging Engineer plays a key role in designing shipping pack-outs based on customer requirements. Our customers come to us with a variety of packaging challenges, from needing to assure the right temperature inside their shipper, to looking to improve their pack-out economics, to looking to increase or decrease box sizes. The Packaging Engineer will work closely with our Sales team and customers to develop solutions and test them in our thermal lab.


Day to day activities include assessing pack-outs, optimizing pack-outs, creating CAD drawings, designing thermal chamber tests, preparing testing materials, and generating detailed test reports.  This role requires both engineering expertise and people skills. You'll collaborate closely with our engineering, sales, and marketing teams, as well as customers.  Customer engagement is important: this is a team effort, but you will play an important role in hearing customer problems, learning about their packaging requirements, and communicating our recommendations on how to solve their problems.  


Essential Job Functions:

  • Documenting and assessing existing pack-out solutions. Measuring and weighing packing elements, calculating density, void space, surface area, and other key metrics.
  • Using math, software, and ingenuity to develop new pack-out configurations to optimize shippers for performance, economics, or other customer specifications.
  • Maintain a database of e-commerce solutions by performing diagnostics of inbound samples that will inform our solution design.
  • Collaborate with Packaging Engineers to develop, conduct and document thermal packaging tests in line with ISTA standards. This includes assisting in design, preparation, and maintenance of testing materials and equipment, along with analyzing data and preparing test reports for customers.
  • Utilize CAD software to create accurate packaging diagrams for use in testing, sales and marketing documents.
  • Software Experience in Excel, StackBuilder (preferred) and CAD programs such as SOLIDWORKS and Onshape.
  • Organized and attentive to detail with a “test mentality” – able to define objectives, use creative thinking, eliminate variables, and clearly explain the outcomes to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate a continuous learning mindset with a willingness to learn and take on new types of tasks as the business grows.
  • Other duties as necessary.


Experience and Skills:

  • BS in Engineering (or related STEM field)
  • Box and corrugated design experience (preferred)
  • Cold chain shipping experience (preferred)
  • Project management experience
  • CAD/FEA experience (preferred)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated to take initiative and able to function independently
  • Demonstrated team player with the ability to work cross-functionally
  • Strong data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Excellence in Written, Spoken, and Listening Communications
  • Detail-Oriented, Quality-Focused

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to lift 40 pounds unassisted
  • Able to reach, bend, kneel and climb while performing repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work in hot and cold environments
  • Able to correctly wear PPE for entire shifts
  • Able to react and respond quickly to noises, smells, visual hazards, and alerts
  • Able to be active and on your feet. Some days you will be mostly at your desk, but there are also days when you are moving around the lab, measuring materials, setting up samples, and other activities for most of the day.


*Important notice:

At this time, our company will not be engaging with external agencies or third-party vendors for recruitment services. We appreciate the interest of recruitment agencies, but kindly request that they refrain from contacting us regarding potential candidates. We are excited to build our internal recruitment capabilities and establish direct relationships with potential hires.


TemperPack provides Equal Employment Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a covered veteran/reservist, and any other class of protected individuals, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Our company uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit