Chatham, New York

You will like working for us as we have amazing people and a highly collaborative culture.   Global success hasn’t changed our tight-knit feel – we’ve simply grown into a larger, more diverse family.   We have thousands of jobs around the globe and encourage all of our associates to chase their dreams without having to find them in another company – it truly is a special place.

While reporting to the Engineering Manager, you will work as a hands-on engineer to qualify new injection mold tooling,  work with mold shops to build new tools to Sonoco standards,  continuously improve our existing processes, products and systems in a safe and efficient manner to meet and exceed our goals for safety, quality, and productivity. This position will work with the quality department in certifying new and existing processes and assist in training and support of the plant floor as needed.  Exceptional communication skills and project organization will be necessary for success.

  • Work safely in a manufacturing environment including all plant safety procedures.
  • Assist in part design reviews with an eye for good manufacturing process DFMEA.
  • Specify, purchase, track and control new mold purchases.
  • Inspect, sample, modify any new tooling to create a stable process ready to be turned over to manufacturing.
  • Lead a team in the process of turning over new projects to manufacturing.
  • Propose and implement continuous improvement projects on the production floor with solid IRRs.
  • As needed assist the production floor in daily operations.
  • Communicate with internal and external customers in a professional manner.
  • Responsible for implementing visual controls and standard work in department.
  • Work with the plant and management to improve safety initiatives.
  • Responsible for intermediate scale CapEx Installs, including; capital package preparation, equipment procurement through installation/startup within the guidelines of all Sonoco and OSHA safety standards.

This position is located in Chatham, New York.

  • 4 Year Engineering Degree preferred, but will consider equivalent experience in leu of a degree.
  • 4+ years of hands on plastic process engineering.  RJG training a plus.
  • 6+ years hands on process engineering in a plastics plant is preferred.
  • Must be willing to work the hours necessary to complete objectives which includes extended travel away from home, domestic and international travel.
  • Mechanical knowledge and aptitude for plastic processing equipment, including but not limited injection molding machines, secondary equipment, automation, conveyance, and packaging.
  • Knowledge of analysis tools: Six Sigma, Control Charting, Root Cause Analysis, Fishbone Analysis, Pareto Analysis, SPC.
  • Able to read and understand technical drawings 2D and 3D.
  • Ability to identify and solve practical manufacturing process problems on the shop floor with both state of the art and aged manufacturing equipment.   
  • Ability and desire to work hands on in a 24-hour 5 day a week plastics manufacturing plant.

This is a progression position and could be a level I, II or III.  Compensation and progression level will be based on candidate’s experience and education, and current business needs.

We care about the health and wellness of you and your family.  That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that makes it easier to manage your health and provide financial security for you and your family.   In addition, we offer competitive wages and retirement plans. 

Apply today and help us grow stronger.

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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.

Chatham, New York

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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