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Senior packaging Manufacturing Validation Engineer



Providence, RI, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023

Job Title: Senior packaging Manufacturing Validation Engineer

Location: Port Sunlight


As a Senior Validation Engineer in Homecare you will work across multiple innovation and capability projects to deliver Unilever’s packaging and future technologies, focusing on speed to market.

You will support projects with cross functional teams, partnering closely with Design Engineering and Supply Chain and be responsible for validating future packaging, new technologies, novel materials and formats such as capsules, moving the needle on packaging robustness, efficiency and suitability for factories whilst not impacting aesthetics.


  • Partner with internal teams to validate packaging ideas and future technologies to deliver to brand / R+D ambition utilising our state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC)
  • Support with the day to day running of the packaging line within the AMC ensuring that it is operational.
  • Qualifying injection moulds/packaging components in line with our component approval process.
  • Helping to upskill our global and regional packaging teams in mould component approval through coaching and mentoring on live projects.
  • Identifying, designing, and carrying out validation trials ensuring protocols are in line with local factory recommendations, suggesting where further improvements can be made if necessary.
  • Use engineering tools (basic CAD, simulation, and prototype) to validate packaging concepts and pilot packaging samples.
  • Design of experiments and technical analysis to create/evolve design rules for existing and new product formats such as capsules and future packaging materials.
  • Using engineering and validation capabilities to optimise designs for efficiency, robustness and suitability for factory.
  • Attending factory trials to capture best practices and requirements for current and future packaging designs.
  • Work closely with technical partners both internal and external to land new innovations, technologies and processes.



  • Degree in mechanical engineering or similar, with a good understanding of engineering principles and manufacturing techniques.
  • Strong understanding of packaging line machinery and its operation.
  • Relevant experience supporting component validation and engineering. Experience in plastic packaging components, paper and board packaging and/or novel product formats such as capsules is preferred but not essential.
  • Experience with Injection and Extrusion Blow Moulding, including mould design, validation and component approval is preferred but not essential.
  • Basic knowledge of CAD software for analytical purposes.
  • Ability to read 2D technical drawings for packaging components and factory lines.
  • A creative, logical and analytical mind to generate new and innovative validation methodologies for new and existing packaging formats.
  • Ability to manipulate large datasets and generate Designs of Experiments
  • Must be used-to be working as part of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong communicator and influencer
  • A passion to learn and willingness to develop new skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Proven project experience with ability to meet deadlines


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

To find out more, including more information about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here.

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