Hartsville, South Carolina

The Sonoco Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to help you develop leadership skills, gain technical knowledge, establish strong business skills and understand Sonoco’s culture and processes. The program is a blend of hands-on experiences and opportunities. Throughout the program you can expect to gain a better understanding of your leadership style and contribute to Sonoco through valuable project work.

The R&D Engineer will be a part of our Global Consumer Technology team, and rotate through 3 of our consumer packaging groups over an 18-24 month period.

Your time spent in the ELP will cover specific core objectives as follows (but not limited to):

•       Technical Skills Training - Safety, Quality, Scheduling, Customer satisfaction

•       Leadership Training – Supervisory skills, Performance Management, Mentorship

•       Business Insights - Accountability, Execution, Risk Taking, Budgeting

•       Culture Integration – including Communication, Collaboration and Innovation

We want employees who can help us live our purpose each and every day. Our core belief is the People Build Businesses, by ‘Doing the Right Thing’. To become a member of the ELP you must have strong ethics, a passion for innovation, and be willing to go the extra mile.

We look for students who:

  • Have or will obtain a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Engineering, or Science Technology by December 2020 or May 2021
  • Previous internship experience (preferably in Manufacturing or functional area)
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Technical aptitude
  • Strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

This position is based at our Global HQ in Hartsville, SC at our Innovative Packaging Solutions Studio. https://www.sonoco.com/ips-studio/ and is close to exciting destinations (Myrtle Beach, SC; Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC).


We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

Hartsville, South Carolina

We bring more to packaging than just the package.

Combining actionable insights, intellectual capital, purposeful innovation and our industry-leading packaging and services portfolio to create impactful solutions that build stronger brands.



Providing Innovative Packaging Solutions

Sonoco is a $5 billion global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products and packaging supply chain services. When collaborating with our customers, we leverage our deep knowledge of material science, our i6 Innovation Process™, and our industry-leading packaging and services portfolio to create impactful customized solutions that build stronger brands.


We produce packaging for many of the world’s most recognized brands, in markets such as appliances and electronics, automotive, beverages, confection, construction, converted paperboard, fresh and natural food, frozen and refrigerated food, shaving, home, lawn and garden, medical/pharmaceutical, pet care, powdered beverages, recycling and snacks.


Sonoco’s operations consist of our global consumer packaging businesses (rigid paper and closures, flexibles and plastics); our display and packaging division (high-impact retail displays and packaging supply chain management); our industrial businesses (tubes and cores, reels and spools, uncoated recycled paperboard and Sonoco Recycling, one of the world’s largest recyclers); and our Protective Solutions division (custom-designed protective, temperature-assurance and retail security packaging solutions and highly engineered components).


From our headquarters in Hartsville, S.C., and more than 300 operations in 33 countries, we serve customers in 85 nations.

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