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Principal Engineer, Innovation & Development


Charlotte, NC, US, 28208

REQ ID:  34756

Sealed Air is in business to protect, to solve critical packaging challenges and to leave our world better than we found it. Our portfolio of leading packaging solutions includes CRYOVAC® brand food packaging, SEALED AIR® brand protective packaging and BUBBLE WRAP® brand packaging, which collectively enable a safer, more efficient food supply chain and protect valuable goods shipped around the world. Sealed Air generated $4.9 billion in sales in 2020 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 115 countries. To learn more, visit


The role is to support the I&D mission which includes the development and delivery of innovative, sustainable, robust, and cost-effective product solutions in alignment with the Division Strategy. Employees’ creative, technical and leadership skills are best utilized, as well as challenged, to deliver world class innovations.


•    Work with R&D and business leaders to identify key material technology gaps and opportunities associated with business division innovation pipelines; execute a strategy to fill material technology gaps.
•    Ensure the timely completion of material technology and product development projects with priorities established and agreed upon with R&D leadership.
•    Develop and commercialize products in support of new business development opportunities.
•    Position will require travel in support of Sealed Air production facilities and at customer sites.
•    Effectively lead projects, ensuring the right technical resources are utilized and projects are completed in an agreed upon timeframe. 
•    Collaborate with Sealed Air’s business divisions and other functional groups to achieve project objectives. 
•    Identify and assess new material technologies relative to their viability, ability to drive business growth, and the resources required to fully develop and commercialize.
•    Track and utilize knowledge of competitive activities related to material technologies.
•    Establish and maintain collaborative relationships in industry and academia relative to new material technologies.  
•    Stay at the forefront of technology to maintain competitiveness.
•    Personal safety and the safety of others; maintain a safe and incident-free working environment


Basic Qualifications:

•    B.S./M.S./Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or in Polymer Science & Engineering; or other degrees focusing in polymers science.  
•    B.S/M.S. Minimum 8 -10 years of experience in product development. Extrusion of plastics or polymers will be preferred. 
•    Ph.D. minimum 5 years of experience in product development with extrusion of plastics or polymers 

Additional Qualifications

•    An aptitude towards mechanical understanding of process and knowledge on converting technologies will be preferred.
•    Demonstrated proficiency in extrusion, polymers, polymer chemistry, and materials science and their interactions with processes and customer use.
•    Demonstrate leadership of identification and valuation of polymers and additives and translating ideas into significant commercial success.  
•    Demonstrate creativity and imaginative solutions to complex problems
•    Possesses excellent interpersonal skills to influence company and business strategy and decisions, to motivate high performance and negotiate win-win scenarios.  
•    Effectively communicates verbally and in writing to affect decision making and keep the organization informed (English proficiency is a must); ability to author technical reports and to make presentations to various internal groups within Sealed Air.
•    Able to work globally with appropriate sensitivities to cultures, businesses, etc.
•    Business acumen and ability to collaborate effectively across functions, regions, and business divisions to drive results and ensure goal delivery.
•    Able to make priority decisions and provide clear focus to work teams.
•    Establishes clear priorities and is enthusiastic about delivering accurate and timely results that add value.
•    Committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement.

Requisition id: 34756 

Relocation: Yes  

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.



It is our responsibility to leverage what we have to affect positive and meaningful change for our communities and planet using Sealed Air’s global resources and expertise.

  • Corporate sustainability. It’s about improving the lives of people around the world by addressing pressing needs in the communities where we and our customers operate.
  • Customer Success. Meeting our customers' needs. At Sealed Air it’s more than a goal, it’s an integral part of our business practices, our innovative solutions, and our values.
  • Leaving our communities better than we found them through dedication of time, talent and resources.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte

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