Packaging & Sourcing Manager at Thrive Causemetics
Los Angeles, CA, US

About Us
Thrive Causemetics was born out of a friendship. Makeup artist and product developer, Karissa Bodnar, lost her dear friend Kristy to cancer at just 24 years old. Kristy’s compassionate and vivacious spirit inspired Karissa to establish Thrive Causemetics, a beauty brand and philosophy that goes beyond skin deep by empowering women.

Thrive Causemetics is Beauty with a Purpose: for every product purchased we donate to help a woman thrive. We believe changing the world starts with a single ingredient, and that’s why we create vegan, 100% cruelty-free formulas containing proven ingredients without the use of parabens and sulfates. All of our high-performance cosmetics are developed with our customer in mind. We control every step of the product development process.

We are a company that believes everyone is responsible for doing anything and everything to contribute to our team's success. This is why we thrive on a collaborative and cross-functional workplace. There is no such thing as "that's not my job" at Thrive Causemetics. We offer a culture rewarding our driven, hard-working team with special perks and benefits. Together, we prioritize strong work ethic while maintaining a positive, exciting environment where people are passionate about what they do.

The Role: 
This position will independently recommend, develop and engineer packaging for all new
product launches, line extensions, product redesigns, swag and shipping materials used at the warehouse.
  • Ability to translate marketing concepts into technically industrialized products.
  • An understanding and strong interest in mold functionalities and molding processes.
  • Experience working with various materials, manufacturing, decorating techniques, and the functionality of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
  • Make decisions on engineering challenges and methods.
  • Utilize technical competency, relevant work experience, and comprehensive and diverse package engineering knowledge to generate valid creative solutions.
  • Ability to drive multiple initiatives simultaneously, perform risk assessment and create mitigation plans for successful accomplishment of projects within target milestone.
  • Knowledge of finished goods manufacturing capabilities, supporting necessary line trials and how the component conception impacts efficiencies of the plant.
  • Partner with outside vendors and internal cross functional teams to develop and engineer packages to ensure aesthetic, functional, cost, and timing objectives are met.
  • Evaluate and distribute production standards for all new components to suppliers, fillers and QA. Fully own specifications and all technical milestones in project timelines to ensure on-
  • Time technical validations.
  • Evaluate and select packaging materials and processes.
  • Create and execute appropriate packaging testing, as required (ship testing, compatibility, chemical resistance, etc.).
  • Create source documents (i.e. feasibility costing sheets, package profile, tooling, final package components specifications).
  • Communicate status and issues regarding project activity on a continuous basis.
  • Find and execute productivity opportunities across existing product lines.
  • Attend line trials and oversee first production runs.
  • Review and approve technical drawings and color submissions.
  • Establish strong relationships built on trust, collaboration, solid technical knowledge and business acumen.
  • Provide technical support as requested.
  • Ability to provide & negotiate all component purchases through our brief process and request for quotation (RFQ) process.
  • Bachelor’s degree in packaging, or equivalent technical degree such chemical or mechanical engineering with packaging experience required.
  • A minimum of five years of proven packaging experience, ideally within Cosmetics or Personal Care categories.
  • Material science knowledge in plastics, glass, cartons, printing and decoration methods.
  • Working knowledge of packaging regulations and requirements.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work in fast paced, open floor plan environment.
  • Commitment to accuracy, attention to detail and quality of information generated.
  • Adaptable to managing changing business needs.