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Trane Technologies Returnable Packaging Project Manager in Davidson, North Carolina

Returnable Packaging Project Manager

Davidson NC 800E Beaty St, Davidson, North Carolina, United States

Project Management

Requisition # 2101883

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AtTrane Technologies® we Challenge Possible. Our brands – includingTrane®andThermo King® - create access to cooling and comfort in buildings and homes, transport and protect food and perishables, connect customers to elevated performance with less environmental impact, dramatically reduce energy demands and carbon emissions, and innovate with a better world in mind. We boldly challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world.

Job Summary:

This Returnable Packaging Project Manager position develops returnable packaging strategies, solutions, and standards for new and existing product to include inbound parts, and finished goods through the full life-cycle of the product. This position has a focus on delivering improvements in cost, quality, and sustainability by leading implementation of returnable packaging projects. The position will report directly through the Sr. Manager of Global Distribution and Supply Chain Optimization. This position is preferred to sit in Davidson, but has the potential to work remotely.


This role requires strong project management experience with specific expertise in packaging design and material handling. In collaboration with cross-functional team members from Product Management, Engineering/Design and Supply Chain, this role will coordinate support for structural designs, packaging specifications, costs and feasibility analyses of proposed packaging. The successful candidate will have experience as a project manager and packaging engineering with documented results. In addition, the candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to influence and guide others in the decision-making processes throughout product/project life-cycle.

Core responsibilities include :

  • Generate innovative protective packaging projects for fulfillment and distribution operations that support enterprise goals for safety, quality, cost out, and sustainability.

  • Provides packaging technical expertise from design through implementation.

  • Able to work with internal and external parties to deliver an optimized packaging solution. Packaging includes returnable containers, inserts, carts, racks, and any other item which will hold parts, finished goods and/or supplies required in the material management/ logistics process.

  • Lead cross-functional team to implement packaging solutions at any Trane Technologies location.

  • Seek out and work collaboratively with packaging material suppliers, internal engineering, and operations on packaging designs requirements and alternatives.

  • Recommend packaging vendor selection to ensure optimized processes and solutions

  • Evaluate packaging solutions for “total cost impact” including material, transportation, capital and labor costs.

  • Serve as the corporate packaging engineering expert driving best-in-class packaging designs, standards and specifications.

  • Acts as a subject expert in the area of packaging for New Product Development, Productivity, and Engineering Change projects.

  • Writes new procedures and process instructions as necessary and develops training materials and trains users in all tools, measurements and procedures required.


  • Bachelors Degree required

  • Certified Packaging Professional status preferred

  • 5 plus years of combined experience in packaging engineering design and project management

  • Experience in a manufacturing or warehouse environment

  • Experience in fulfillment and distribution packaging

  • Solid knowledge of Packaged Transit Testing methods

  • Ability to interpret CAD and other Assembly drawings, specs and layouts

  • Experience in supplier evaluation, selection and negotiation.

  • Working knowledge of materials management/logistics fundamentals

  • Able to travel as needed, up to 25%

Key Competencies:

  • Ability to lead a team to execute and deliver projects

  • Collaborative leadership style with a customer focused mindset.

  • Exceptional analytical and detail problem solving skills

  • Strong project manager, able to successfully manage change

  • Influence change effectively across internal and external stakeholders

  • Delivers business results

  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced, ambiguous work environment

  • Ability to effectively influence, negotiate, and communicate with internal and external business partners, contractors and vendors

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to dive deep into financial and cost budget analysis

  • Ability to perform technical aspects of the position

  • Driven, independent, and self-motivated to win

  • Function as an individual contributor and in team environments with the ability to shift priorities as required by the logistics organization and its internal customers

  • Analytical mindset

  • Demonstrate competency in resolving business challenges

  • Strive for continuous improvement & opportunities for improved standardized processes

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Benefits*: Trane-Technologies-Benefits-Offered.pdf

Base Pay Range (for Colorado Residents): $64,500-$133,000

Annual Bonus Potenital: 5-15%

Disclaimer: This "range" could be a result of seniority, merit, geographic location where the work is performed, education, experience, travel requirements for the job, or because of a system the employer uses to measure earnings by quantity or quality of production (so, for example, positions that may not have traditional salary ranges).

*Benefits vary by region, business alignment, union involvement and employee status.

We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits and programs that help our employees thrive in both their professional and personal lives. We are proud of our winning culture which is inclusive and respectful at its core. We share passion for serving customers, caring for others, and boldly challenging what’s possible for a sustainable world.

We are committed to achieving workforce diversity reflective of our communities. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any legally protected status.