AMERICAN PACKAGING CORPORATIONAmerican Packaging Corporation (APC) is one of the top flexible packaging converters serving customers throughout North America. We are always seeking to improve our operations, deliver more innovation and value, and give back to our local communities. Our longstanding success as custom flexible packaging suppliers has been fueled by our commitment to providing more innovation, more quality, and more responsive customer service, along with our strategic investments in the latest technology.TECHNICAL SPECIALISTLOCATION: Story City, IASUMMARY: Assist in the day to day activities and communications of the Technical Department. Develop, maintain and disseminate a variety of technical information. Provide support to Technical staff with a focus on product development and production planning.REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Technical DirectorESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Participate in training, embrace concepts of and actively practice the STOP Safety Program fundamentals to aid American Packaging Corporation's efforts to achieve a zero accident rate.Coordinate all trial activity within the Division to include:Preparation of required trial documentsContact with vendors and customers as requiredCommunication of trial scheduleInspecting Finished goods and applying trial labels to rolls/pallets before shipment to customerCoordinate timely receipt of data and inserting into final report upon completion of trialDeliver outstanding trial report each week to the Technical Service groupCoordinate appropriate field coverage of trials at customer site with technical service groupGeneration/Upkeep of a "New Design Plan Tracking" on an ongoing basisManage in-plant technical trials and documenting results of trials and ensuring trial results match desired customer defined and internal targets. Close out Project Files to meet requirements of the ISO Quality Systems.Working in Laboratory to complete non-standard evaluations and make customer requested samples.Qualify new and alternate materials through the deviation process. Controlling the deviation process by writing, approving, and closing deviations for the department to ensure the appropriate long term actions are taken based off the deviation.Establish raw material specifications with all suppliers and maintain approved raw material vendor listing. Build upon current raw material database to include fluids.Complete product development assignments, including but not limited to researching raw material options, providing structure recommendation to prici8ng analysts, conducting customer presentations, and developing new packaging applications.Maintain Technical files for the Division.Support Regulatory Evaluations pertaining to packaging food safetyProvide daily assistance to the Technical Director/Department in areas such as communication with internal customers, data compilation, preparation of reports, meeting minutes, etc. Also includes ability to write all specification types: M-spec, OP-spec, Pouch Spec, Perforation Spec, etc.Attend and participate in all company mandated meetings.Business travel required.Any other responsibilities as assigned.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university, three years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write r