Packaging Development Manager

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Supply Chain
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0005206
  • Experience Years: 3-5 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

The Packaging Development Manager will work with the New Product Introduction Team and internal stakeholders/partners to track and execute on new business needs as they relate to non-plastic packaging. Possible responsibilities will include packaging engineering, testing, R&D, project management, procurement, supply base development, interfacing with stakeholders and product timeline management.  Background in engineering and experience in packaging is preferred. This role requires a detail-oriented individual who will be responsible for leading projects within the new product introduction & packaging development portfolio.


  • Conduct market research to identify competent and competitive suppliers, working closely with sourcing, sustainability, quality, and product marketing teams to expand the supply base in support of business needs.
  • Develop new non-plastic berry containers that meet Driscoll’s supply chain standards to meet customer requirements.
  • Investigate availability of alternative materials considering the full lifecycle of new packaging considering sustainability goals
  • Manage project workflow and database, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information
  • Ensure full alignment at every step of the design, development, through product launch
  • Manage the approval process
  • Ensure deliverables are met through clear communication with internal and external partners to prioritize, escalate issues, and develop contingency plans when needed.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to develop project scope and timelines that meet project goals.
  • Ensure all new products comply with the end-market regulations.
  • Cultivate a strong working dynamic with stakeholders to ensure alignment and achievement of their respective goals.

Candidate Profile


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Supply Chain or related field.
  • 3-5 years experience in packaging engineering or project management.
  • Bilingual – Spanish/English is a plus
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program.
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions.

Preferred Qualifications & Leadership Competencies

  • High degree of proficiency with packaging engineering, project management, analytical & cloud-based applications (Easy Projects, Tableau, Box)
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external customers
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management
  • Comfortable to drive day-to-day activities to meet overall project objectives
  • Enable the development effort by creating and monitoring an efficient, streamlined process.
  • Detailed knowledge of product development processes as well as a strong understanding of manufacturing processes.
  • Occasional travel required.

Compensation & Benefits:

The following information is provided in good faith as a general description of the salary range and benefits for the position posted.  The actual compensation offered to the successful candidate is dependent upon experience, skills, education, work location, internal pay equity, and other objective job-related factors. 

Salary Range estimated for the Packaging Development Manager: $77,100 to $108,000 USD.

Driscoll’s is committed to a culture of care and offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and disability coverage for positions working more than 30 hours per week. Other benefits include:  401(k) with employer match, profit-sharing participation, paid sick time, paid vacation, paid personal and family care leave, and a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  More detailed information regarding the benefits package, will be shared during the application process.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.