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Job Title: Research and Development Engineer

City: Lake Forest

State: Illinois

Job Description

Job Title: Research and Development Engineer

City: Lake Forest / State: Illinois


Job Description

Join Reynolds Consumer Products…a world of opportunities! At Reynolds Consumer Products we are passionate about achieving results and have fun winning as a team!  We provide amazing job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, dynamic, fast-paced, and fun workplace environment. Are you looking to build a strong career and make a positive impact? Then we have an opportunity for you! We are searching for an Engineer to join our Research, Development and Engineering team based at our headquarters in Lake Forest, IL.

Reynolds is looking for an Engineer to lead design and development projects for the Hefty Business Unit.  The ideal candidate will be looking for an opportunity to transform their creative ideas into new products to manufacture.  The candidate will enjoy having the opportunity to influence the business through their ideas, research, and development of solutions across new products, safety, quality, process, and productivity.  The candidate will enjoy collaborating with engineering, operations, marketing, and the business team to deliver results that can be seen at all major retail stores. 

The Research and Development Engineer will be responsible for:

  • LEAD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – manage multiple projects under the direction of engineering manager.
  • FACILITATE DECISION MAKING – lead meetings on key product requirements:  product selection, design features, best location for product production and best equipment on which to produce product.
  • DRIVE CROSS-FUNCTIONAL TEAM ACTIVITES – from brainstorming new ideas/concepts to problem solving issues/roadblocks to development trials to producing/launching a new product.
  • MANAGING MULTIPLE PROJECTS – work through resource availability, external constraints, and shared functional or operational resources to insure projects remain on track and within budget.
  • TRAVEL - Travel to other sites or vendor locations in performance of duties. Travel is project dependent and ranges from 0% to 20%.
  • TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT - Have the desire to learn and improve through training both inside and outside the company as part of your personal development plan.

Job Requirements

To be considered for the Research and Development Engineer opportunity, candidates should possess: 


  • BS in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical preferred), with 5+ years of applicable experience preferred.
  • High degree of creativity, ability to work independently, and with a team.
  • Able to bring vitality to group innovation process.
  • Passionate about the end user experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Driven to achieve great results throughout the development process.
  • Ability to work very effectively with limited direction on multiple high priority projects.

Icing on the Cake

  • Polymer blown film extrusion experience.
  • Mockup and quick prototype skills.
  • Ability to understand big picture and customer related business issues.
  • Ability to visualize and effectively communicate research results.

Reynolds Consumer Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer EEO AA M/F/Vet/Disability.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

Reynolds Consumer Products is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO is The Law Poster: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

The Pay Transparency Policy Statement can be found on this link: 


The poster and the supplement can be found on this link.


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 Recruitment@ReynoldsBrands.com.

No recruiter calls or emails please.

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