Senior Engineer - Hefty EnergyBag™ Program in Lake Forest, IL at Reynolds Consumer Products

Date Posted: 11/18/2020

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Job Title: Senior Engineer - Hefty EnergyBag™ Program 

City: Lake Forest / State: Illinois                                                   

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Your Role:

This role is a critical member of the high-profile, sustainably-oriented Hefty EnergyBag™ program. The goal of the program is to advance the development of circular economy by enabling responsible end-of-life solutions for post-consumer plastic waste.

The primary responsibility of this Sr. Mechanical Engineer position is to identify and develop end-market usages for the stream of hard to recycle plastics collected from consumers in the Hefty EnergyBag. The residential stream of hard to recycle plastics presents quality challenges that adds complexity to developing profitable, consistent end usages.

This individual will play a vital role in identifying possible end markets, vetting all possible usages and developing partnerships with selected end markets.


  • Develop alternative end-market usages for collected post-consumer hard to recycle plastics (primarily PS, PP, PE) and vet them for applicability of using the EnergyBag collected materials.
  • Develop the most environmentally preferred end usage in multiple locations
  • Identify the required ideal processing conditions for each usage of the materials
  • Identify and create any necessary pre-processing required for the optimal use of the material in the selected end market which may vary by location and processor
  • Oversee the implementation and startup of any pre-processing required at each facility
  • Working with marketing and legal departments, recommend and develop partnerships with selected end market processors.
  • Develops, writes, implements, submits and/or presents various technical reports or capital requests in support of new product, safety, quality, process improvement, or productivity initiatives.
  • With Manufacturing & Engineering, analyzes program costs, i.e. product costs, prototyping costs, project capital etc.
  • Supporting the Sampling effort requires direct “on-the floor” coordination at the manufacturing facility.
  • While “on the floor”, analyze project variables i.e. run speeds, scrap rates etc., and confirm that established quality parameters have been achieved and the product has been approved for sale.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and confidentiality of the project file systems i.e. databases, project plans, product technical drawings etc.
  • Projects will require up to 50% travel to support each program i.e., manufacturing facilities, end market plants, etc.


You will love it here if…

  • You are great at troubleshooting and enjoy solving problems
  • You are analytical and precise
  • You can juggle multiple tasks at once

We need you to have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering: Mechanical, Packaging or Plastics
  • Significant experience in real world problem solving in the plastics/polymer field or Advanced Degree in Material Science or Plastics/Polymer Engineering
  • Research or industry based experience in plastic design with implementation of associated mechanical systems
  • Proven experience in design and implementation of mechanical systems
  • Prior project management experience

Icing on the cake:

  • Experience in bio-fuels production process 
  • Plastics manufacturing background, especially in Blown Film Extrusion
  • Process engineering experience with operational improvements
  • Expertise in waste materials separation and conditioning preferred
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering preferred
  • Understanding of SAP and CMMS system software

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For applicants or employees who are disabled, or require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, you may request assistance by calling us at (847)482-3550 or email

No recruiter calls or emails please.