Packaging Innovation Manager

Location
London (plus some European business travel)
Salary
up to £60,000 + excellent benefits package
Posted
12 Jul 2019
Closes
12 Oct 2019
Ref
10,887
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Exciting, newly created cross category packaging innovation role based in the London innovation team of a global leading luxury drinks

 

 Purpose:

Responsible for the technical management of NPD innovation and breakthrough innovation and to assist in the identification, development and implementation of leading-edge packaging and process solutions across innovation projects.    A key member of the innovation team, you will be the technical packaging expert leading & supporting the marketing & brand teams on all packaging innovation.  You will be driving innovation & therefore have a great mix of technical & strategic skills, the ability to perform while dealing with ambiguity & have an entrepreneurial mindset & inspire senior management & teams.  

 

 Scope:

 

 

  • Lead, co-ordinate and manage the technical aspects of NPD innovation projects from concept to artwork delivery/Project Commitment.
  • Support identification of best-in-class packaging solutions, new suppliers or new technologies within existing supply base to support innovation platform.
  • Co-ordinate and manage breakthrough packaging innovation in line with breakthrough innovation strategy.
  • Identify, develop and propose new technologies in digitally connected packaging solutions for both product security and consumer engagement platforms.
  •  Key Responsibilities: 

     

    Breakthrough Innovation

     

  • Proactively delivering packaging solutions to support breakthrough innovation strategies to enhance brand presence and positioning through a thorough understanding of the business and consumer needs.
  • Manage packaging breakthrough innovation projects from concept to hand-over. 
  • Innovation Design

     

  • Engaging with business stakeholders including Marketing and Manufacturing to develop packaging concepts with key supplier development partnerships.
  • Providing packaging development expertise to Manufacturing, Marketing and other stakeholders.
  • Driving new packaging formats, substrates and functionality to improve performance, sustainability, efficiency, quality and cost, to deliver competitive advantage for the business.
  • Contributing to the development of changes in the packaging process, ensuring suitability of design, selection of materials and cost effectiveness.
  • Building and maintaining development partnerships with suppliers to ensure design specifications are met.
  • Driving value creation through the identification of cost saving opportunities in new projects, and minimising obsolescence and capex.
  • Influencing key stakeholders on our environmental sustainability agenda through the innovation project design phase.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key Suppliers, to leverage their knowledge and capability, and keep abreast of developments in the packaging industry.  
  • Liaising with Sourcing and Quality in the selection and approval of suppliers.
  • Liaising with wider Packaging Development key stakeholders to ensure smooth transition through the industrialisation and commercialisation project phase.
  • New Technologies

     

  • Supporting the Head of Packaging Development in the development and execution of medium and long-term Innovation strategies.
  • Investigating and updating knowledge on packaging developments to aid identification and use of optimum materials, technologies and trends. Both in dry goods materials and digital solutions for connectivity in product/brand security and consumer engagement.
  • Investigating and guiding developments in future packaging technologies and trends.  

Key Skills & Experience Required:

  • Minimum Degree level qualifications in product design, product design engineering, innovation engineering or similar discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in packaging development/innovation, design management in luxury drinks,  beauty/fragrance packaging.  In particular excellent knowledge /expertise of print technologies (labelling, decoration), glass, bottling.
  • Experience in project management functionality
  • Experience in managing packaging materials and/or suppliers
  • Computer literacy (self-sufficient in MS Windows, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to calculate and manage project risk 
  • Salary & benefits package: £45k - £60k basic (DoE) + family private healthcare + generous product allowance + share options + excellent private pension

     

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