Packaging Innovation - Commercialisation Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
up to £50k (DoE) + 10% bonus + private pension + private medcial cover
29 Jan 2018
29 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Solving both customer & market needs by developing & commercialising innovative packaging solutions, we are looking for a hands-on entrepreneural, experienced & analytical packaging innovation/commercialistion manager with diversified experience within the product lifecycle & product supply chains.  You will be focusing on taking new products from the prototype stage to manufacturing & scale up and launch.  Work directly with technology owners, suppliers & internal teams to activate innovative packaging solutions in the market. 

  •  Drive product commercialization project schedules including working through roadblocks to deliver new products on-time and on-budget.
  • Lead and manage cross-functional teams to drive results
  • Plan production runs including pilot and initial build runs
  • Develop final, technical product specifications (e.g. formula specs, packaging specs, BOMs, quality standards).
  • Create and implement development plans within supply chain to advance innovation pipeline opportunities and objectives in response to market feedback and expectations.
  • Lead project reviews with internal and external senior executives.
  • Travel as needed to meet with technology owners, suppliers and service providers (approximately 30%)
  • Collaborate with other members of the Innovation team including Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Product Development, Strategic Sourcing, and Quality Assurance to lead a successful scale up process for new product lines.
  • Establish, manage and monitor key performance metrics for suppliers, CMs, and customer feedback.
  • Prepare and maintain project budgets and assist in developing financial targets

Required Qualifications /Experience:

-          Degree in Engineering, Packaging, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related field

-          5+ years experience in Food , FMCG or packaging manufacturing, operations, and/or program management

-          Experience with multiple packaging substrates (paper, paperboard, coatings, resins, etc.) and manufacturing methods (thermoforming, extruding, die cutting, folding/gluing, etc.)

Specific skills

-          Quick learner and ability to apply technical competency in a hands-on manner

-          Familiarity and experience running design of experiment studies and technical troubleshooting based on scientific principles.

-          Background with manufacturing methods, process and continuous improvement programs and procedures.

-          Program management experience in new product introduction and successfully introduced new products to volume production

-          Direct responsibility for defining production process/supply chain and equipment requirements for new product manufacturing

-          Outstanding writing, presentation and communication skills with experience communicating and presenting to senior management

-          Proven track record for cultivating strong relationships with key internal and external partners that have resulted in high customer satisfaction

-          Strong analytical skills including the ability to distill, synthesize, and draw conclusions on large amounts of data

-          Demonstrated ability to own projects, think big, act quickly, and influence across all levels of an organization

-          The ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent communication, organization / time management and problem solving skills


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