Assistant Packaging Development Manager Industrialisation

Germany (DE)
up to €50k + benefits package
01 Dec 2016
04 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Varied & exciting role based within our German factories.  To identify new packaging materials, formats, technologies, suppliers, processes etc. that may be exploited to achieve business strategy and agreed business priorities.
  • To link with the supply base and Supply Chain and co-packers, form alliances with academia, investigate trades press and exhibitions to scout new opportunities and maintain awareness of competitor and other category packaging activity.
  • Through an understanding of consumer needs, packaging and materials technologies, equipment and process capabilities, supply chain capabilities, commercials and business strategy identify potential new packaging opportunities.
  • To feed new opportunities to the Concept Development Team with as much information as needed.
  • To share and retain ideas and knowledge in an accessible, ongoing format with the Packaging Department and business.
  • To agree, prioritise and manage the delivery of all your Packaging work.
  • To play an active role as a member of the Packaging Department and any Project Teams to share knowledge and to identify and deliver new opportunities.
  • To deliver Packaging work to the Group.
  • To identify and deliver agreed number of new packaging opportunities that are aligned with the business strategy.
  • To develop a strong awareness of the packaging supply base, our factories and co-packer capabilities and developments, new materials, formats, technologies, suppliers, processes etc.  To build strong relations with academia, research institutes and trade to be aware of developments in a timely manner.
  • To identify and develop new packaging formats, materials and technologies to deliver competitive advantage and meet consumer needs.
  • To maintain strong links with the rest of the Packaging Department and share knowledge.
  • To operate to agreed processes and standards in a timely manner with visibility of all work.
  • To fully participate in all stages of business processes and cross functional teams to identify and deliver new opportunities.
  • Define, set up and manage the key stakeholders necessary to ensure successful delivery of new packaging opportunities.

Key Interfaces:

  • Packaging, material, equipment suppliers.
  • Academia, research institutes, trade and industry bodies, open innovation networks etc.
  • factories and co-packers.
  • R&D Packaging, Product & Category etc. throughout Europe
  • Marketing
  • Consumer Insights
  • Procurement
  • Innovation teams

Knowledge & Skills, Competencies, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Packaging understanding – materials, formats and processes
  • Knowledge of emerging global packaging trends / innovations.
  • Good understanding of the packaging market and competition.
  • Product development.
  • Consumer understanding.
  • Factory, Co-Packer and Supply Chain understanding.
  • Entrepreneurial.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Identification of new ideas and technologies to meet business needs.
  • Food packaging understanding.
  • Project management.

Key Competencies

  • Aware of consumer demographic data and key studies relevant to own projects and can relate this to work being done.
  • Aware how consumers respond to products and can describe this in technical terms.
  • Understand how costs of a product are determined and how this drives the success of an R&D project.
  • Aware of the technical training available and uses this to improve  project delivery.
  • Actively seeks ways to share expertise and knowledge by looking for connections between projects across R&D, focusing on opportunities to maintain product competitive advantage.

Developing successful innovation

  • Show initiative by working on own ideas that fit to project portfolio of function or team
  • Actively manage and deliver projects and/ or tasks according to my project portfolio, communicating progress on the way.
  • Write a technical brief based on understanding the consumer needs from an insight or a concept and create or source a high quality prototype which delivers against the brief.
  • Can check and ensure that projects comply with stage gate and R&D standards throughout the development cycle.
  • Aware of the available options for products, packs and technologies within own area and can share this knowledge with project teams.
  • Aware of the main projects and deliverables for own work area and is am curious to learn from other areas..

Developing R&D capability

  • Can  Lead simple trials or support larger factory or pilot plant trials internally, at co-packers or other Institutions to ensure effective scale up of a product design.
  • Understand our key technologies and how they relate to delivering our main products.
  • Aware of the key suppliers in own work area and see how their capability and expertise can support work.
  • Able to check products comply with specifications and technical briefs and can identify non-compliances against them.
  • Understand the types of  claims used with our products and provide information to support claim validation.
  • Aware of the chemistry of food packaging and recipe design, including the main interactions throughout a product’s lifecycle.

Qualifications/Skills required

  • Relevant Science / Technical / Engineering / Packaging degree.
  • Driving licence
  • 2 years’ minimum experience within food & drink FMCG.
  • Experience of leading packaging changes with co-packers and production sites.
  • Engineering and equipment understanding and the interaction with packaging.
  • Proven experience in front end innovation, technology sourcing and establishing supply chains.
  • Proven expertise in being the packaging expert in European teams across multiple locations to deliver projects effectively.
  • German & English Speaker