Global Packaging Engineer

Livent Corporation Bessemer City , NC 28016

Posted 3 months ago

LIVENT Company Overview:

Livent Corporation is a fully integrated lithium company, with a long, proven history of producing lithium compounds for use in applications that have specific performance requirements, including battery-grade lithium hydroxide for use in high performance lithium-ion batteries. We also supply butyllithium, which is used as a synthesizer in the production of polymers and pharmaceutical products, as well as a range of specialty lithium compounds including high purity lithium metal, which is used in the production of lightweight materials for aerospace applications and non-rechargeable batteries. As a part of FMC Corporation, we have been extracting lithium brine at our Argentina operations for more than 20 years, and have been producing lithium compounds for over 60 years. We are one of a few lithium compound producers with global manufacturing capabilities, and do business in the United States, China, the United Kingdom, India and South America.

Will work with internal resources and packaging suppliers to achieve functional packaging goals. Responsible for developing packaging solutions for the organization products.

Project Management and Position Specific Competencies:

Action Oriented- Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimal of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.

Command Skills- Relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn't afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; faces adversity head on; energized by tough challenges.

Customer Focus Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal customers; gets firsthand information from the site management team in a planned and systematic manner to ensure that the project meets their needs and there is no gap between delivery and expectation; communicates clearly with site management about project objectives and secures their buy-in well ahead of project commissioning

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Risk Management

  • Has ability to identify risks which can cause project to overrun or delayed or not meet stated objectives; develops contingency plans to mitigate risks; ensures effective communication of contingency plans to the project management team, venture manager and site management to ensure effective implementation

Informing Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and feel good about being a member of the team, unit, and/or the organization; provides individuals information so that they can make accurate decisions; is timely with information.

Drive for Results Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Strategic Agility Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create alternate strategies and plans

Building Effective Teams Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moral and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Immediate Scope of this work is:


  • Responsible for providing plants with safe operation of the packaging processes and units to avoid exposure or injury

  • Intervenes when unsafe acts or conditions are encountered due to packaging failures.

  • Shares best practices related to packaging.

  • Keeps track of MOC related to packaging process.

Business Support:

  • Review and standardize the present packaging specification for all the products globally. Align these specifications to meet customer demand and site requirements.

  • Troubleshoot new and existing packaging problems involving design, materials and processes and provide creative, timely and cost-effective solutions to achieve Zero packaging complaints from


  • Establish standard guidelines for efficiently operating all the packaging units globally.

  • Establish standards and guidelines for supplier evaluation. Evaluate and select packaging supplier / vendors; periodically conduct vendor reviews. Establish supplier standards to achieve zero supplier


  • Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to packaging materials and packaging units

  • Responsible for auditing the SOPs of Global packaging processes and tracks the appropriate corrective actions and ensures implementation of the same.

  • Responsible for defining critical parameters for the packaging processes and ensures those are monitored, maintained and audited for consistency in packaging.

  • Responsible for leading global packaging change for all the products and will drive the packaging change process globally.

  • Work closely with operations to optimize packaging supply base for cost, lead time , quality , regionalization , standardization, supply assurance and compliance with customer, regulatory and internal


  • Specify and recommend test methods to validate the packaging material received at the site.

  • Develop and implement comprehensive test plans to ensure that packaging exceeds customer specification.

  • Participate in product introduction teams to define packaging for new products.

  • Conducts packaging audits at all the sites and tracks closure of CAPA related to NC in packaging at all the sites.

  • Monitors and Reviews in process parameter of the packaging units and provides feed back to the operations on the deviation observed.

  • Provides constructive feedback to the packaging team on the desired quality of the packaging and that which is in line with organization expectation.

  • Perform statistical calculation on the quality of packaging and review the data with GQM on Monthly basis.

  • Assist the site team with RCA on the customer complaints related to packaging in order to determine accurate root cause and support continuous improvement.

  • Collaborate with sales and customer service team to define the packaging specification for all the products and align them with customer requirement.

Management/Leadership :

Ensures packaging team at sites have necessary support to effectively meet the quality requirements of the packaging.

  • Effectively support all levels of the site organization to drive continuous improvement in packaging.

  • Provides Root Cause Analysis support for all the packaging related complaints from customer and suppliers.

  • Provide quality assurance guidance and support for all the global product packaging.

Key Relationships/Customers:

Internal: Site Operations, Site Engineering, Health, Safety & Environment, Process Technology, Site Quality Control, Global quality control and assurance, Lithium Sales and Customer Service

External: Regulatory agencies, customers, vendors

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

At least 5 years of experience in Industrial packaging (Preferably in a chemical industry)

  • A bachelor's degree in packaging engineering is required

  • Knowledge and understanding of packaging design validation standards, drafting and specification standard is essential, in hazard materials, preferred

  • Problem solving, and decision-making skills are necessary

  • Must be able to work independently without any reports.

  • Understanding of process improvement and quality improvement concept is required.

  • Should have handled similar role in past experience.

  • Should have knowledge in performing packaging audits and train site team for lead auditors in packaging.

  • Should have handled supplier audits in previous role.

  • Proven ability to handle data and apply statistical method to drive improvements.

  • Preferably apply six sigma methodology to improve packaging quality and reduce variation in packaging systems.

  • Should have handled or lead RCA for packaging failures / complaints in previous roles.

  • Proven ability to train employee and influence employee outside of direct line of responsibility.

  • Expert communication and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated use of independent and practical judgment and ability to make data-driven decisions within context of defined processes

  • Demonstrated commitment to Livent's core value of safety

Limited travel including international travel may be required.

LIVENT employs people across a broad range of occupations in locations across the world. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. Employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. LIVENT is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EEO, AAE, MFDV and supports a drug free workplace.


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Global Packaging Engineer

Livent Corporation