Junior Packaging Technologist
Reporting to the Head of Packaging, you will support the new product development (NPD) process and oversee the Packaging Co-ordinators.
Principally working on mid-level complexity projects, and supporting Packaging coordinators on their projects, accountable for end-to-end launch execution for all elements of packaging development within the sphere of NPD. Ensuring packaging solutions meet quality, COGs/ margin requirements alongside understanding impact of components to enable RFT and OTIF for budget and delivery.
Attend all project related NPD focussed meetings, within allocated customer profile, such as Weekly Updates/Risk Analysis/Pre-Production.
Be a gatekeeper for Packaging NPD- ensure all NPD activities both internal and external are logged, communicated, tracked and closed off in line with process and timings.
Identify and manage the pack risk with the project team, being flexible and re-prioritising as required and escalate concerns when needed.
Manage project stakeholders internally and externally aligning priorities and negotiating with key decision makers to ensure pack solutions can be delivered OTIF.
Ensure fit for purpose and accurate briefs sent to suppliers for componentry requests for all costing and NPD activities.
Develop comprehensive new component specifications. Ensure sign off by NPD team and issue to supplier.
Manage artwork requirements – review and/ or approve artwork.
Co-ordinate suppliers and Product Managers on all component colour matches for allocated customer profile.
Develop testing plan to ensure appropriate testing is conducted for material and decoration process to withstand customer expectations. Read and interpret results and where relevant work with Packaging Manager to problem solve and identify next steps.
Attend first production for allocated customer profile.
The Successful Candidate will have/be:
Ability to plan and conduct short, medium and long-term projects, working on several projects simultaneously and managing time and other resources effectively.
Strong collaboration and stakeholder management skills.
Good analytic skills to be able to use the available data to manage and mitigate project risks.
Understand packaging development process from concept generation through verification and delivery.
1 + years experience of packaging development/npd within FMCG environment