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Senior Packaging Engineer



Garden Grove, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

About Harbinger

Harbinger Motors Inc. is a Southern California-based electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to transform the automotive and transportation industries, bringing to market EVs developed from the ground up to address the needs of the Medium Duty vehicle industry. This broad, and to date poorly addressed, market segment includes class 4 to 7 commercial delivery vehicles, RVs and utility vehicles, among others. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies, Harbinger's first-of-its-kind EV platform will bring enhancements in vehicle performance, durability and operator comfort. And importantly, Harbinger's vehicles will be priced for zero acquisition premium relative to traditional gas- and diesel-based competitors, removing one of the most tenacious barriers to EV adoption.

Harbinger's team, with operations in Southern California and Michigan, includes industry veterans with expertise in powertrain, battery, chassis and software development, along with leaders in advanced manufacturing, corporate development, operations and finance. Our team members come from leading innovators, both in and out of the automotive industry, including Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, Ford, Anduril, and SpaceX.

Founded in 2021, Harbinger is a venture-backed startup on a rapid growth trajectory, looking for candidates that thrive on tackling complex challenges and who share in our passion to bring clean transportation alternatives to a segment of the market starving for innovation.

Job Overview

As a Senior Packaging Engineer, you will be a pivotal member of our Engineering team, responsible for spearheading the design, optimization, and validation of packaging solutions for our diverse range of automotive products. Leveraging your expertise in packaging design, material science, and supply chain management, you will drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs, and minimize environmental impact. Through collaboration with cross-functional teams and external partners, you will play a critical role in shaping the packaging strategy for Harbinger Motors' world-class vehicles.

What You’ll Do:

  • Packaging Design and Development:
    • Lead the conceptualization, design, and development of packaging solutions tailored to the unique requirements of Harbinger Motors' chassis and components.
    • Utilize advanced CAD software and simulation tools to create detailed packaging designs, considering factors such as product dimensions, weight distribution, and transportation modes.
  • Material Innovation and Sustainability:
    • Research, evaluate, and select packaging materials that align with Harbinger Motors' commitment to sustainability, including recyclable, biodegradable, and renewable options.
  • Testing and Validation:
    • Design and oversee comprehensive testing and validation protocols to assess the structural integrity, durability, and protective capabilities of packaging designs.
    • Ensure compliance with industry standards, regulatory requirements, and internal quality specifications through rigorous testing and analysis.
  • Supply Chain Optimization:
    • Partner with Supply Chain and Logistics colleagues to optimize packaging configurations, palletization schemes, and shipping strategies to maximize efficiency and minimize costs.
    • Implement lean principles and continuous improvement initiatives to streamline packaging processes and reduce waste throughout the supply chain.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration:
    • Collaborate closely with Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Procurement teams to integrate packaging considerations into product design, production planning, and quality control processes.
    • Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders and external partners to align packaging strategies with business objectives and customer requirements.
  • Documentation and Reporting:
    • Maintain documentation of packaging specifications, test results, and project milestones, ensuring accuracy and traceability throughout the development process.
    • Prepare detailed reports, presentations, and technical documentation to communicate packaging designs, performance metrics, and recommendations to stakeholders at all levels.

Who You Are:

  • Bachelor's degree in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in packaging engineering, with a proven track record of designing and implementing innovative packaging solutions in the automotive, aerospace or simililar industry.
  • Expertise in CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, CATIA) for 3D modeling and packaging design, as well as simulation tools for structural analysis and optimization.
  • In-depth knowledge of packaging materials, including plastics, composites, foams, and corrugated cardboard, with a focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly options.
  • Strong understanding of packaging testing standards (e.g., ISTA, ASTM, ISO) and experience conducting physical and environmental testing to validate packaging performance.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in supply chain management, logistics, and transportation optimization, with a track record of driving cost reduction initiatives and process improvements.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate cross-functionally and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Leadership experience, including the ability to mentor and develop junior engineers, lead cross-functional teams, and drive organizational change initiatives.

Rev up your career with our electrifying compensation and benefits package! At Harbinger Motors, we understand that your skills, experience, and expertise are as unique as our cutting-edge electric vehicles. That's why we tailor our offers to suit your individual profile, considering your years of experience, specialized knowledge, and market demands.

In addition to a competitive base salary, our perks charge ahead of the competition:

  • 100% Comprehensive Health Coverage: You and your loved ones are covered with top-tier medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Accelerate Your Wealth: As one of our first 100 employees, you'll have the opportunity to rev up your financial future with early-stage stock options.
  • Unleash Your Time: Take control of your work-life balance. Salaried teammates receive flexible PTO and the freedom to celebrate holidays and wellness days as you see fit.
  • Cruise into Vacations: Enjoy an exciting annual vacation stipend to help you recharge your batteries.
  • Fuel Your Day: Forget brown bag lunches; we've got you covered with paid lunches and dinners to keep you energized.

These are just a few of our benefits and perks, as we're constantly adjusting and adding more benefits to best serve our teammates. At Harbinger Motors, we don't just offer jobs; we provide the fuel for your career journey. Join us in shaping the future of sustainable transportation, where your hard work and dedication are always rewarded.

Get ready to drive your career forward with us!

California Pay Range
$130,000$165,000 USD
Equal Opportunity
Harbinger is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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