Packaging Technology Development Manager/Senior Packaging Technologist

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,000 + bonus up to 25%, private healthcare, pension
06 Aug 2017
02 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


  • Provide packaging support & leadership to the European and Global Packaging Department. Act as strategy challenger and driver within a dynamic R&D environment.
  • Provide Category Managers with insights to support packaging strategy to be embedded within category.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders to align and agree strategy.
  • Make sure all new packaging trends/technologies are constantly monitored
  • Connect with potential innovation external drivers and design medium term packaging open innovation pipeline.
  • To ensure and manage the effective use of resources.
  • To own end to end medium term packaging open innovation strategy.
  • To influence packaging team members and make ideas part of overall packaging strategy.
  • To identify and develop new packaging formats, materials and technologies to deliver competitive advantage and meet consumer needs.
  • To ensure packaging developments are fit for purpose, meeting legislation, consumer, supply chain and environmental needs with correct and timely documentation.
  • Determine and manage the packaging budget

Key interfaces :

  • R&D Packaging, Product & Category etc. throughout Europe
  • Marketing
  • Consumer Insights
  • Procurement
  • Packaging suppliers
  • European factories
  • Co-packers
  • Engineering
  • Sales & Retail customers
  • Supply Chain
  • Project Management Office
  • Technical Information Services

Knowledge & Skills, Competencies, Qualifications and Experience required :

  • Food or fmcg packaging understanding – materials, formats and processes.
  • Product development.
  • Consumer understanding.
  • Project management.
  • Budget Management.
  • Factory and Supply Chain understanding.
  • Packaging regulatory compliance.
  • People management.
  • Leadership
  • Commercial acumen
  • Participate in consumer connect activity and understand the relationship between consumer needs, brand values and the role of product and pack.
  • Know which attributes of products and packs are important for consumers and deliver projects to maintain and optimize them within commercial constraints.
  • Confident working with and communicating business data and understand how each category is performing and how the R&D pipeline of activities will deliver the strategy.
  • Able to provide accurate costs or estimates with risks to support business decisions at different stages of the gate process and is comfortable manipulating financial elements in R&D projects.
  • Proactive in planning and delivering technical training for people and teams.
  • Can Propose creative solutions to R&D challenges through a good understanding of technical, systems and business barriers to progress, learning from previous experiences in R&D.

Developing successful innovation

  • Able to work within ideation processes and programs to identify new opportunities for Renovation,  Incremental and Breakthrough innovation.
  • Manage project  resource and track  progress against milestones, managing and mitigating risks on the way
  • Design and lead R&D consumer research across projects and programs, understanding which methodology to use and how to interpret and report results to a wider audience.
  • Drive excellence in execution in projects and  propose improvements when appropriate, challenging and coaching others to do so too.
  • Actively seeks roll out opportunities from an understanding of the current portfolio.
  • Lead and promote best practices to deliver roll-out options in own and other categories. 
  • Apply right first time thinking to create robust project plans and milestones and proactively manage risks within business project teams.
  • Can use all aspects of benchmarking against a competitive set, including the suppliers and the technologies used, to recommend how to optimise taste, product and pack.
  • Able to connect directly with consumers or customers to identify insight and opportunities that can translate to competitive advantage projects
  • Lead initiatives on new raw materials and specifications that run effectively in factories and deliver programs that meet cost targets without compromising product quality.
  • Able to carry out a full technical assessment of a supplier in collaboration with Quality and Procurement and make clear recommendations on their capability to supply the business with the desired material and quality.
  • Able to work comfortably with the system to assess and sign-off specifications and actively challenge the quality of input data
  • Keep up to date with legal developments and new regulations and actively work to ensure compliance of work portfolio.

Developing R&D capability

  • Define the process parameters that deliver the key attributes for product design, know how  to optimise them further and where there may be elements of intellectual property we could own.
  • Stretch our technologies to create better Innovation pipelines within own work areas and Category.
  • Build relationships and work effectively with key suppliers, following our policies and practices.
  • Apply consumer insight and consumer and customer feedback to develop and optimise process and product specifications in order to maintain and improve Quality.
  • Manage a portfolio of products to ensure they meet our policy and relevant food regulations and can deliver competitive advantage.
  • Transfer knowledge of current and new materials between projects and categories, including potential risks to products, claims and processes.
  • Able to challenge test results and hypothesis to get to an aligned outcome from complex data.

Qualifications required :

  • Relevant Food Science / Technical / Engineering / Packaging degree.
  • Driving licence
  • Membership of Institute of Packaging (The Packaging Society IOM3)


  • Proven project management experience.
  • Experience within food & drink FMCG.
  • Packaging/product development experience.
  • Proficient in English language is essential.  German or Italian an advantage.


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