Organization: Sargento Foods
Date Posted: 5/14/2021
Location: Plymouth, Wisconsin
Type of Position: Full-Time, Skilled
Required Education: Bachelors Degree



At Sargento, you work for a company you believe in, with a family of people who believe in you. Our culture stems from a simple premise: Hire good people and treat them like family. At Sargento, you can make decisions based on how they affect people as well as the long-term health of our company. You will be encouraged to make a meaningful difference in the community, in the company and in your career. With diverse experiences and tools to learn and develop, you can transform your aspirations into reality. If you’re ready for the right place to belong and grow your career, you can find it here.

What You Do

  • Takes ownership of aligning on technical sustainability solutions and aligning with overall company sustainability strategy to ensure that the right technical solutions are developed for deployment. Solutions may include high barrier mono-material flexible films, high barrier paper/fibre based materials, in addition to high barrier bio-based structures.
  • Participates in packaging associations and utilizes global networking in the industry to ensure that Sargento capitalizes on the latest trends, technology, and processes.
  • Keeps up with advancements and new technologies in sustainable packaging and creates an innovation “pipeline” of new and emerging packaging sustainability options that cover the spectrum of flexible and semi-rigid polymer packaging.
  • Understands recycling technologies and how sustainable materials fit within existing and future streams to ensure circularity of all polymeric materials utilized. Has kept abreast of major influencers and organizations that provide appropriate guidance to converters and CPGs relative to ‘recycle ready’.
  • Develops and participates in the development of design briefs and/or charter documents, through collaboration with others, that define objectives, in/out of scope, and deliverables.
  • Challenges guardrails to ensure that project scope is well defined and agreed upon throughout each initiative.
  • Diagnoses and foresees potential issues related to product, process, and package as they relate to equipment/material interface in addition to product/material interface and presents innovative solutions.
  • Supports the stage gate process and understands the role packaging plays within each step of the process.Influence project direction, at all levels of the organization.
  • Utilizes the tools (software and hardware) that are required to bring ideas to life and communicates the value of packaging, product, and process through prototypes.
  • Maximizes collaboration, through communication at all levels, and ensures teams are selecting the best alternatives to meet project goals and timing, without jeopardizing project execution.
  • Develops packaging specifications for existing and new materials.
  • This position may have assigned direct reports and may assist in training and development of new packaging employees or interns/co-ops.
  • Inventing may occur or be required as part of this position:Invents or discovers new and useful processes, machines, manufacturers, or compositions of matter, or any new and useful improvements thereof for the exclusive use by and ownership of Sargento.
  • Assigns all ideas and inventions conceived or developed while employed by Sargento or because of employment with Sargento.
  • Discloses to Sargento any inventions that are conceived or made.
  • Assists in making patent applications as well as refrains from disclosing inventions or ideas to others unless requested to do so by Sargento and assigns all rights to Sargento.
  • Travel is required as needed to complete the functions within this position.
  • Daily travel between facilities and local suppliers is to be expected with the use of the person’s own vehicle required.
  • Overnight travel will be required as needed to support projects or for training purposes.
  • Extended periods of overnight travel may be required on occasion to support remote manufacturing operations or in support of projects with remote vendors.

Your Qualifications

  • BS in Packaging or equivalent required.
  • Additional educational courses will be required as needed to sustain departmental/individual technological levels.
  • 6+ years of overall progressive packaging materials experience that includes 4+ years of progressive packaging engineering experience within the food industry required.
  • Strong business acumen and extensive experience with Marketing, Sales, Finance, Procurement, Brand Design, Category Management, etc.
  • Familiarity with SAP/PLM, or similar systems, in addition to TOPS or CAPE. Familiarity with ArtiosCAD and Adobe Illustrator preferred.
  • Experience must also include support of new and existing packaging operations with a proven record of continuous improvement and cost savings.
  • Must be able to provide examples of close collaboration with Operations, Engineering, and Quality Systems.
  • Solid understanding of flexible and rigid packaging in a cheese and/or meat environment highly desired.
  • Demonstration of strong collaboration with material vendors is required.
  • Knowledge of MAP and other forms of product preservation and their interaction with product packaging is highly desired.


Our Environment
Sargento is a refrigerated food production facility and the ability to work in a cold environment is a necessity. Machinery, moving mechanical parts, and robotics are used during production, so the work environment is usually loud. During sanitation work, you may be exposed to wet, humid, damp conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Your Needs. Our Values.

  • “People-First Culture” - Our people-first culture is founded on a simple premise: Hire good people and treat them like family. Your team really is your extended family and friends. Our Sargento Family rallies around those experiencing challenging situations and are the first ones to celebrate milestones.

  • Live Well, Work Well - You are encouraged and enabled to balance your career with interests and activities outside of work. We value Humor and Fun because we can laugh at ourselves and you can’t smile without saying “cheese”. Our CEO always says, if you’re not having fun at work or spending time with your family, then you’re doing it wrong.

  • Career Advancement - We support your career aspirations with individual development plans, career paths, coaching and mentoring through our “promote from within” philosophy. It is not uncommon for employees to start their career in an entry-level manufacturing position and with dedication, hard work, and our tuition reimbursement program they have the potential to advance into leadership roles.

  • Caring for Community - When you work here, you can make a difference in the company and in the lives of people in our communities, including supporting the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and feeding those in need. We partner with the Green Bay Packers through our ‘Touchdowns for Hunger’ program which has resulted in donating $1.3 million to date for hunger relief. We support our employees who serve their communities year-round including providing paid time off to contribute to causes that are meaningful to them.

  • Brand Innovation & Leadership - We’re a national brand, owned by a real family. Because we are privately-held every employee is considered part of the Sargento Family and can make a meaningful impact. We seek people who will challenge assumptions and introduce new ideas to help achieve our corporate goals. We are an industry leader because of our quest to find the next breakthrough and have been a Nielsen Award Winner thanks to our game-changing products.

Our Story
With 2,000 employees and net sales of $1.4 billion, Sargento Foods is a family-owned company that has been a leader in cheese for more than 60 years. We created the world’s first, successful pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses. Sargento is based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where we manufacture and market shredded, sliced and snack natural cheese products, as well as ingredients and sauces. Sargento is known for the exceptional quality of our products and for product design, packaging and merchandising innovations that have transformed our industry.


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