Packaging Development Manager
Our client is made up of a select group of brands specialising in the creation of high quality personal care and beauty products for the consumer and trade market. They focus on the design, manufacture and distribution of product in its three key operating functions; Brands (owned and licenced), Private Label Supply and Contract Manufacturing.
The company’s customer base ranges from key multiple drugstore, grocery and fashion retailers to premium brands throughout the UK & growing international markets, currently 40 countries worldwide.
The company has a reputation for exceptional customer service and consistently leads the way forward in product and brand development and manufacturing.
Ranging in format and market position within several key health + beauty categories including; personal bath, shower and bodycare, haircare, male grooming, skincare, fine fragrance and baby + maternity. Recent company acquisitions have also extended the companies capabilities into home fragrance formats; candles, reed diffusers and room fragrances.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead the packaging development support team (5 Packaging NPD Co-ordinators) for the Group.
This role has responsibility for and accountability for developing fit for purpose packaging. To lead and support all packaging development across the Group.
To lead a high performing Packaging Team in a fast paced NPD driven manufacturing business.
Suppliers -Working with Purchasing Team to identify new supplier sources.
Assessment and auditing of new suppliers to understand fit and capabilities
Attendance at trade fairs
Leading suppliers to present new and innovative packaging solutions
Pre-risk – Assessing all componentry for suitability for formulation, production processing and supply chain .Sign off NPD projects from a packaging risk point
Accountability for packaging design and artwork ensuring it is technically correct and uses suitable printing methods.
Attending print passes and colour matching as required
Technical Specifications – ensure the team have robust and accurate full technical component and manufacturing specications process is in place
Product Tooling – Lead on any projects for component tooling
Undertake cost engineering projects on packaging alternatives
Regulations – continual monitoring of Reach and Packaging regulations (including Global Requirements)
All new projects through risk analysis identify potential issues and manage with suppliers and production
Analyse and resolve packaging related production issues. Lead follow up actions with suppliers
Quality- working closely with the quality team on supplier and production issues
Lead regular meeting with the production and quality teams to develop proactive management of issues.
Analysing testing requirements and reviewing results to determine fit for purpose packaging
Continually reviewing testing methods and reviewing existing protocol
Working with suppliers to understand what testing they undertake
Review and understand customer supply chain requirements
Visit customer depots as necessary
Ensure outer packaging is fit for purpose for intended distribution channel through robust testing, trials and development
Leading and supporting the Packaging team in training key areas
Skills and experience required
Excellent communication skills operating within a customer focused, commercial environment
Minimum 7 years’ experience in packaging development technology within a fast paced FMCG market, beauty & personalcare, gifting or retail
Leadership/people management, high energy, passion & self motivation
Developing Others: A genuine interest in the learning and development of others. This includes the identification and development needs and ensuring appropriate development takes place.
Complex Thinking: The ability to think long term and strategically, to make connections between things which have no obvious relationship and spot opportunities not obvious to others. It includes an element of “predicting the unforeseeable” and contingency planning
Analytical Thinking: The ability to understand a situation by breaking down the problems into smaller pieces and thinking through the implications of the situation in a step by step way. This also involves setting priorities on a rational basis, anticipating obstacles and thinking ahead about next steps
Judgement: The ability based on firm understanding of the environment and other relevant factors, to weigh up the pros and cons of a given situation and make and objective decision about what is most likely to lead to the desired results
Achievement Orientation: The drive and determination to deliver what has to be achieved to consistently high standards. It includes striving for improvement and wanting to be as efficient and effective as possible
Accountability and Results: Delivers results, drives continuous improvement, and has high performance expectations. Acts with a sense of urgency. Willingly owns results, focuses energy on what he/she can personally do versus blames others, finding excuses or being a victim. Has a winning attitude and a “can do” approach to problems and persistence in the face of adversity
Adaptability: The ability to adapt and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various people. It means understanding and appreciating different points of view and changing your own approach to suit changing circumstances and demands when necessary.