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Structural Design Associate


International Paper is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging and pulp products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness.


We are committed to strengthening our people and the communities where we live and work using all resources responsibly and efficiently; and ensuring our businesses are safe, successful and sustainable for generations to come.

We currently have openings for several Structural Design Associate positions in our Value Added Services Group within our North American Container (NAC) business. We are looking for motivated individuals who are capable of performing a multitude of functions in a flexible, fast-paced environment. Our workplace requires individuals who understand the needs of the business while maintaining a focus on safety, customer satisfaction, quality and productivity.


The ideal candidates will be college graduates with a degree in packaging / packaging design. This is considered a developmental position in function.   As such, the successful candidate should have a passion for a career in corrugated packaging and packaging design. Having experience or associated class work, that demonstrates knowledge of our industry is preferred.  The successful candidates must be open to relocation opportunities.  The Design Associate reports to the area Design Services Manager and will receive training in one of our corrugated manufacturing facilities or customer commitment centers to learn the trade of corrugated structural design.


This position will be located in several areas of the United States.

  • Delaware OH
  • Atlanta GA
  • Arden Hills MN
  • Eighty Four PA
  • Elk Grove CA
  • Dallas TX


Successful candidates will provide design solutions and services to the Value Added Services design teams to help build a competitive advantage for the commercial organization.  This position influences the company’s ability to provide innovative solutions to our customers faster than the competition, as well as developing strong talent to continue to grow our base of creative resources


Key Accountabilities:

  • Work safe!
  • With guidance from your mentor, follow the Design Associate curriculum
  • Provide customers, plants and sales with prototypes to ensure acceptance of solutions
  • Utilize Impact CAD software to develop structural solutions
  • Safely maintain and organize the design lab
  • Manage sample stock inventory, operate CAD table and follow all housekeeping practices
  • Become an effective team member of the structural design organization
  • Provide design ideas and solutions to commercial organization as well as customers
  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment by understanding and practicing safety guidelines at both IP and customer facilities
  • Maximize value to IP and the customer thru efficient use of resources, tools and gained knowledge
  • Develop and create innovative packaging solutions
  • Assist plants in the optimization of fiber utilization thru understanding board characteristics, plant mix, equipment specifications and most importantly, customer needs and expectations
  • Ability to balance expectations of internal/external customers


Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (Degree in packaging/mechanical engineering preferred)
  • Short-term geographic flexibility
  • Individual must be competent in using CAD, Project Management and Microsoft Office software.
  • Individual should have good communication and interpersonal skills to ensure effective working relationships
  • Ability to manage customers design needs, cost savings and technical projects
  • Support and assist with new product development


Key Competencies:

  • Customer Focus
  • Action Oriented – Self Starter
  • Problem Solving
  • Priority Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Computer skills (CAD, Word, Excel, Power point)
  • Creative Thinker
  • Mechanically competent
  • Team player
  • Multi-task oriented


International Paper offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance, vacation as well as a 401(k) plan and retirement savings account.   This is a great opportunity to start a career with a dynamic and proven manufacturer in the packaging industry.




International Paper is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans


Delaware, OH, US, 43015 STATE WIDE, GA, US, # STATE WIDE, CA, US, # FOREST PARK, GA, US, 30297 STATE WIDE, OH, US, # Elk Grove, CA, US, 95624 STATE WIDE, MN, US, # STATE WIDE, PA, US, # STATE WIDE, TX, US, # Carrollton, TX, US, 75006 Carrollton, US ARDEN HILLS, MN, US, 55112 Eighty Four, PA, US, 15330

Category:  Sales & Marketing
Date:  Jun 24, 2022

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