Senior Packaging Technologist

North West England
up to £50k + excellent benefits package
16 Jun 2018
16 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

To develop and manage industry leading sustainable packaging strategy with innovative packaging solutions.  Implement identified solutions across all Own Label ranges.  Deliver a programme of innovation into all categories, making us the leaders in product presentation and differentiation through packaging Bring creative packaging development solutions to all  our food categories & have regular updates with key packaging suppliers to drive innovation and report back on trends/ideas to the business Drive and deliver new Shelf Ready Packaging solutions and report monthly. Improve efficiency through the supply chain in store, distribution, suppliers. Agree business priorities and critical deadlines with line manager. Report if we are not going to hit objectives. Present ideas and updates to Buyers and Category Managers every month. Provide mood boards and samples from packaging suppliers to show ideas to the Own Label manager and more confirmed ideas for the Product Sign off meetings. Look at all areas of packaging in store before the review date and recommend changes to support innovation and/ or savings Receive complaints report from stores and report on resolutions achieved. Ensure all lines are transit trialled and fit for purpose with the merchandising team Improve shelf life on Produce and Chilled lines in a neutral cost way if possible. Work with the NPD kitchen when budding changes to cooking vessels are involved (RPET, Foil etc.) Always look for cost savings and re-engineering possibilities to save money Lead Packaging Environmental Policy and drive change across all our business Trials – Organise supplier specific packaging trials internally & with Packaging supplier attendance to understand how to achieve the best solutions Skills required ...... Effective Supplier Management – Engage with and drive supplier agendas to deliver first to market opportunities Reporting – produce monthly report, indicating plastic reduction, priorities, trial status’, challenges (along with suggested solutions), timings and next steps and present to Own Label Manager. Technical Knowledge– Lead the packaging sustainability agenda and engage with cross functional stakeholders to provide support in delivering additional projects Communications - Provide statements of facts and current position on attainment to Public relations, Buying and Marketing when required. Be the buying mouthpiece on the environmental actions both internally and externally External Influencing - Liaise with recycling bodies, local authorities and government to influence infrastructure changes and work with key raw material & product suppliers to develop longer term strategic resolutions Excellent communicator, at all levels, who is organised and calm under pressure Friendly, approachable and flexible Must be capable of removing barriers effectively Team player An openness to change and challenge, as well as ability to think out of the box Travel required therefore a current driving licence is essential, preferably clean and can travel to Europe/Far East Specialised Skills & Knowledge.... Minimum 5 years’ experience in a sustainability focused role IOP qualified or equivalent preferred Demonstrable professional experience working to improve the environmental footprint of packaging across a vast range of substrates/ materials and technologies  Previous exposure to FMCG environment, preferably in food retail & a passion for packaging + food ! Ability to balance consumer and commercial needs

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