Packaging Engineer
Life Fitness

Owatonna, Minnesota

Posted in Manufacturing and Production

Job Info

Join us as we empower the world to work out, creating healthier lives together.

About the Opportunity:

Our Packaging Engineer is responsible for the design of packing solutions for Life Fitness Cardio and Strength products as well as accessories and field service spare parts. They will evaluate current packaging design and create cost-improvement strategies for both existing and new packaging designs as well as ensure that the packaging solutions are functional, create minimal waste, and are cost-effective. They will work cross-functionally to coordinate the packaging design efforts with the internal creative graphic designers, industrial designers, product-development engineers, and suppliers for new and existing projects. They will determine the need for and select any required machinery used for specific packaging operations performed in Life Fitness manufacturing and/or distribution facilities.

**This is a hybrid position based out of Owatonna, MN, or Ramsey, MN - M/F remote and T-Th in office collaboration days**


  • Review and improve existing packaging designs.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinating external packaging testing to ISTA standards.
  • Analyze plans to ensure that they are feasible within resource constraints.
  • Conduct new packaging design rollout and training for the team lead and production workers.
  • Participate in new product introduction teams, to deliver new products to market.
  • Participate in projects that drive value and loss elimination.
  • Minimize packaging material scrap, product scrap, and product giveaway.
  • Demonstrate strong troubleshooting skills using continuous improvement techniques.
  • Keep abreast of developments across appropriate packaging and manufacturing technologies.
  • Participate in periodic business review meetings with external packaging partners.
  • Obtain resources (funding, staff, materials, equipment) necessary to complete key projects.
  • Work very closely with suppliers and cultivate relationships with key commodity suppliers.
  • Provide verbal, and written reports and presentations to senior management.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations to product schedules to run as efficiently as possible.
  • Work with packaging design partners and evaluate their designs and performance.
  • Work independently and handle multiple projects concurrently.
  • Drive improvements through the change management process, including justifying changes in terms of quality improvement or direct cost savings.
  • Balance tradeoff decisions in new product design with input from all relevant stakeholders.

  • Bachelor's Degree in package engineering, mechanical engineering, or 5 years of equivalent experience.
  • Experience within a manufacturing or engineering organization.
  • Experience with SolidWorks or similar CAD design tools.
  • Strict attention to detail and dedication to continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and leadership skills.
  • Familiar with scripting and writing work instructions, protocols, and procedures.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with New Product Development processes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Some experience with Product and/or Environmental Standards and Regulations.
  • Nice to have experience with ArtiosCAD and Adobe Illustrator or similar.
  • Some travel required.

Want to take the next step in your career?

Life Fitness takes pride in our talented employees and believes in providing opportunities for further growth and advancement. We encourage you to test your strengths, push your limits, and unleash your potential. If you feel the position is right for you, we invite you to apply. We'll work with you closely to support you throughout the hiring process. If your CV/ resume shows that your skills and experience have synergy with the job description, then we'll hop on a call to get to know you and your experience and discuss the position in more detail. If it's not the right opportunity this time, we'll always let you know.

Life Fitness is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. Life Fitness complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

There continues to be a significant increase in phishing attempts across all industries where fraudsters are impersonating real employees and sending fictitious job offers to applicants in a scheme to obtain sensitive information. Please note that Life Fitness will never ask for your financial information at any part of the interview process, including the post-offer stage, and will only correspond through "" or "" domain email addresses or "" for U.S. opportunities.

Life Fitness does not accept applications, inquiries or solicitations from unapproved staffing agencies or vendors.

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