Lead Packaging Specialist

at L. L. Bean, Inc. in Freeport, Maine, United States

Job Description

We invite you to be part of our team of trailblazers dedicated to helping people discover and enjoy the outside. Come join us. Because on the inside we’re all outsiders. And if it’s outside, we’re all in.

L.L.Bean is currently searching for a Lead Packaging Specialist to join the Supply Chain team located in Freeport, Maine.

Position Purpose: As a Lead Packaging Specialist, you will be a driving force behind our packaging initiatives, blending technical expertise with strong relational skills to deliver exceptional results. Your purpose is to lead and inspire, guiding cross-functional teams towards innovative packaging solutions that meet regulatory requirements, drive sustainability, and exceed customer expectations. By fostering partnerships and leveraging your curiosity, you’ll spearhead projects that shape the future of packaging in the e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, and global retail landscapes. Join us in redefining packaging excellence and making a lasting impact in the industry. As part of our team, you’ll play a pivotal role in upholding our packaging standards with meticulous attention to detail and compliance. This position isn’t just about your current expertise; it’s about your eagerness to learn and grow. With a supportive team by your side, you’ll have ample opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills in the dynamic field of packaging technology and innovation.


+ Manage and communicate detailed packaging and labeling standards to L.L.Bean vendor’s and suppliers

+ Drive and provide insight to identify, evaluate, and develop multiple packaging components and performance requirements

+ Ensure vendors execute packaging and labeling technical standards and regulatory compliance requirements.

+ Establish and monitor quality check processes to approve and validate vendors are adhering to packaging and labeling guidelines throughout the multiple production & product life cycle

+ Execute and support a wide range of industry standard packaging test methods and design principles for a variety of materials to validate and certify functional packaging designs for safe transit, storage, handling, and distribution.

+ Maintains knowledge of all regulatory requirements and of latest industry technology

+ Identify and execute opportunities to explore new concepts with current and new strategic technology suppliers

+ Drives the accurate and timely communication of all documentation related to packaging specifications and procedures are maintained through internal systems and vendor manual, while ensuring retention requirements are met

+ Prepare and maintain accurate documentation in support of regulatory requirements.

+ Facilitates partnerships with department leadership and drives collaboration with cross-functional team members to ensure all deliverables are met. Maintains strong awareness of the end-to-end process as it relates to all Packing functions

+ Manage technical timelines, provide timely communication, raise issues and risks, and develop contingency to plan and prioritize work to ensure deadlines & business expectations are met.

+ Drives collaboration with cross functional team members to ensure all deliverables are met.

+ Leads the coordination of efforts for packaging and labeling department’s sustainability and productivity initiatives

+ Collaborate with internal cross functional team members and packaging suppliers providing technical assistance and knowledge to develop and influencing new product packaging solutions into the market, as well as cost saving initiatives and continuous improvement opportunities

+ Partners and communicates effectively across the organization. Highly skilled in influencing through strong communication skills. May be selected to advise on project/process work as assigned with a cross-functional project team

+ Maintain knowledge of L.L.Bean’s product and Omni channels strategies to make informed pack method, labeling decisions and comprehensive packaging design choices

+ Acts as subject matter expert to evaluate issues with existing packaging materials and flow path processes to incorporate corrective actions

+ Leads strategic projects providing technical guidance with accountability for deliverables and milestones.

+ Actively participate in cross functional meetings to provide insight with communicating trends and awareness of the end-to-end process as it relates to the packaging and labeling functions

+ Develops expertise independently and shares both business acumen and cross functional knowledge in support of strategic planning across department

+ Effectively represents Packaging in relationships with other functional areas to address short to long term issues

+ Participates in projects that are med to high complexity & business priority.

Leadership Responsibilities:

+ Delegate work effectively and coach team members for improved performance.

+ Guide others in best practices for packaging.

+ Establish performance objectives and monitor workload.

+ Partner with leadership in talent and succession planning.

Health and Safety Requirement: Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures, reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership, and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors, evaluate risk, and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels. Skills & Qualifications

+ Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

+ Ability to multitask and prioritize work effectively.

+ Resilience and ability to navigate ambiguity.

+ Proficiency in relevant software and systems .

+ A positive mindset and a genuine desire to learn

+ Demonstrated leadership skills.

+ A BA/BS degree is preferred, but we’re open to candidates with different educational paths.

What We Offer:

+ Training: Don’t worry if you’re not a packaging expert yet. We provide comprehensive training to get you up to speed.

+ Team Environment: You’ll be joining a team that values empathy, trust, and open communication. We believe in supporting each other and learning together.

+ Flexibility: This role requires a minimum of 2 days at our Freeport Headquarters, giving you the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds – collaboration in the office and the flexibility to work remotely.

If you’re ready to take on a role where you can make a real impact and grow your skills in a supportive environment, we’d love to hear from you. Join us at L.L.Bean and be a part of our journey to packaging excellence.

If you care about the outdoors, joining L.L.Bean is a great way to feel good about what you do. Our benefits package makes a good thing even better, with programs and perks designed to support your health and financial goals. Plus, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and re-charging outside are all part of the plan. Because, when it comes to the outside-we’re all in. Visit to learn more. Being outside brings out the best in us, no matter where we come from or what we believe. At L.L.Bean, we value individual differences and encourage our co-workers to be themselves – because the uniqueness of each individual makes L.L.Bean better. Over a century ago, company founder Leon Leonwood Bean set out to make a boot to keep hunters’ feet warm and dry. Today, we continue to follow the trail he blazed, adding new paths to help more people discover the outdoors, whether it’s the thrill of sea kayaking, the quiet of early morning fishing or the vigor of a challenging climb. Of course, we remain true to L.L.’s core values, and are committed to quality, service, and putting the outside, insi To view full details and how to apply, please login or create a Job Seeker account
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Job Posting: JC260030878

Posted On: May 18, 2024

Updated On: Jun 16, 2024

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