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Packaging Engineer

Are you a highly motivated Packaging Engineer who wants to develop and realize sustainable packaging concepts for use in high volume logistics and automated assembly lines?

Join us on our mission!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond (part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation) or remote from the comfort of your own home office or in one of our hubs 
Domain: Logistics
Experience: 5-10 years
DegreeBachelor’s Degree

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as a Packaging Engineer?
We are looking for a highly motivated Packaging Engineer to develop and realize sustainable packaging concepts for use in high volume logistics and automated assembly lines. While the packaging engineer will work on some projects for our exclusive series, the focus will be mainly on our high volume series (also known as ‘Lightyear Two’) which we intend to launch in 2025.

Besides developing our packaging strategy, the Packaging Engineer will analyze, develop, test, and select packaging materials, processes, and designs based on requirements amongst others on protection, durability, sustainability, safety, and cost effectiveness. This is a unique opportunity to engage with different disciplines of Lightyear: from development to service. The ideal candidate must have the ability to work quickly and effectively and have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Lead projects on expendable and returnable packaging from requirements gathering, design and concept development to testing and realization;
  • Partner with stakeholders from Procurement, Engineering, Manufacturing, Supplier Quality, Logistics and Customer Service to collect requirements and review packaging concepts;
  • Analyze engineering designs and specifications for specific components to determine physical, quality, safety and material requirements for packaging;
  • Develop, test and improve packaging designs to ensure the most efficient and sustainable delivery across Lightyear’s supply chain;
  • Maintain Lightyear’s global packaging standards and guidelines for suppliers and modify where needed;
  • Evaluate performance/KPIs (e.g. claims/damages) on a regular basis and initiate improvement initiatives where needed;
  • Familiarize with the latest trends on (sustainable) packaging and material handling concepts and develop relationships with packaging suppliers;
  • Provide design directions and development plans for returnable protective packaging containers and shipping racks;
  • Work closely with suppliers to develop and review packaging proposals and suggest improvements where needed.

A day as a Packaging Engineer
You kick-off your day with your rejuvenating cup of coffee (or tea) and respond to some emails. You read the notes of yesterday’s review session with a supplier in which you were asked to review several packaging alternatives for an electronic component. You decide to plan a session with a manufacturing engineer to obtain more details on the intended assembly operation for our vehicles to better understand pros and cons for the alternatives. Then the phone rings: the packaging engineer at our Vehicle Contract Manufacturer calls you as she observed some problems with some inbound materials at their warehouse due to supplier packaging. She proposes a meeting on short notice to discuss them and promises that she would send some pictures before the scheduled meeting.

At noon you decide to go for lunch together with the logistics team. As the sun is shining you decide to take a walk around the campus with some of your colleagues. As you come back from lunch, you make the final preparations for a workshop in which you review several returnable packaging alternatives that you have developed for some interior parts. You collect the input from the various stakeholders and during the session you have managed to narrow the alternatives down to two designs, which will need to be explored further. You list down the follow-up points and schedule another session with the participants to come back to them. After a short tea break, you attend a presentation from a potential packaging supplier that wanted to showcase its capabilities. They show some interesting concepts that could be of use to Lightyear, hence you ask them for some references that have been applied to it already. Finally, you call it a day and go home as you feel satisfied to help build a cleaner and sustainable future!

What do we expect from a Packaging Engineer?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear; pro-activity, professionalism, communication and adaptability are crucial. We are looking for people with an ambitious attitude who learned from the past (tried and tested) and who strive to set new standards when needed. You can work within the team or independently. You are flexible and can work under pressure. Furthermore we are looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) in Manufacturing, (Mechanical) Engineering, Packaging or similar;
  • 5-10 years of experience in a similar role, preferably in the automotive sector (OEM or first tier supplier);
  • Solid working knowledge of CAD and technical drawings;
  • Strong knowledge in a large variety of materials (aluminum, steel, composites, foam, etc.) and their suitable applications in packaging;
  • Strong understanding of various packaging quality testing methods;
  • Strong knowledge of logistics, automated manufacturing and material handling processes and their requirements for packaging;
  • Capacity of managing multiple projects in a dynamic fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to think outside the box and come up with creative and innovative solutions;
  • Strong organization/project management skills and ensures that deliverables are met on time;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different stakeholders in an organization.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role;
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive and talented people with a broad diversity of experience;
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technical companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential;
  • 40 vacation days per year;
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear;
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear;
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks.
About Lightyear

Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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