Job Title:  Senior Packaging Design Engineer

Req ID:  40650
Job Category:  Engineering

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

Position responsibilities are at an individual contributor senior level in a high pace research and development environment as a part of a high performing team.  Responsibilities include conceptualize, design, develop, revise, coordinate and implement packaging structures for products under the authority of STERIS IPT Engineering R&D Team.  Work with multiple manufacturing sites, including aseptically filled, hazardous, and nonhazardous materials. Identify and propose advanced packaging technologies to better satisfy internal and external customer needs.   Identify and implement, as approved, packaging development process improvements to increase functional area deliverables.  Investigate and resolve package problems and complaints.  Support the interface between packaging and package production equipment to ensure successful packaging implementation and production operations.  Position will function within a World Class Safety culture.


This position is 100% onsite for the Plymouth MN office.


•    Function as in-house packaging expert to create packaging for new products as well as evaluate and identify cost out opportunities in existing packaging designs.
•    Work with Industrial Designer and Mechanical Engineers to create an effective and commercially viable packaging design based on the “Voice of the Customer” that complements and reverberates the product inside.
•    Responsible for understanding packaging requirements and shipment regulations for all regions consumable and capital equipment is sold into.
•    Write and update test protocols, SOPs, and component specifications.
•    Conduct engineering analysis and testing to meet requirements for each region the product is sold to, including regions outside of US.
•    Collaborate with all associated STERIS functional groups, such as Marketing, Product Development, Manufacturing, Regulatory, Quality Systems, Engineering, and Purchasing.  Packaging must comply with hazardous materials transportation, FDA, EPA, cGMP, and ISO regulations and guidelines.
•    Conduct cost benefit analysis of manual versus various levels of automation packaging options
•    Maintain all test records in an orderly, readily retrievable format. Implement, coordinate, and/or supervise applicable UN design qualification testing, periodic re-testing, and, as applicable, production testing.
•    Work with internal STERIS and external vendor personnel.  Typical contacts include site Directors, Managers, Project Managers and individual contributors in many functional areas, such as Marketing, Product Development, Purchasing, Quality Systems, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Packaging Development, contract packagers, and packaging manufacturers.
•    Use Creo for packaging modeling and Windchill PLM system.
•    Practice a World Class Safety philosophy on and off the job.  Achieve an injury free personal Safety record.
•    Based on project load, some travel may be necessary.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor of Science (required), or Master of Science (preferred) from an accredited institution in Packaging Engineering.  Other applicable majors with appropriate experience will be considered.

5+ years packaging design and engineering experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical and/or medical device industry with a knowledge of aseptic packaging technology and materials is desired.  Creativity and excellent skills in written and verbal communication required.

What STERIS Offers:

The opportunity to join a company that will invest in you for the long-term. STERIS couldn’t be where it is today without our incredible people. That’s why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring people who are in it for the long run with STERIS is our ultimate goal. We do this by providing competitive salaries, healthcare benefits, tuition assistance, paid time off, holidays, matching 401(k), annual merit, and incentive plans.  Join us and help write our next chapter.




STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention.  WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. STERIS is a $5 billion, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 17,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  40650
Job Category:  Engineering

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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