Packaging Development Manager

£40,000 - £48,000 (DoE) + up to 8% PRP
31 Jan 2018
24 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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.     

Role Description

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. 

Role Responsibilities

Packaging Development

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)

Manufacturing Support

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.

 Packaging Testing

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

       Supply Chain 

       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.

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