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R&I Senior Packaging Manager


R&I Senior Packaging Manager
Food & Drink Multinational
Based in Utrecht, Netherlands
Relocation assistance from the EU available

Job ref:    LL/62220

Salary:      Commensurate with experience

The Company:

Our client is a world leading multinational company manufacturing some of the most well-known branded food and drink products.  They are committed to contributing to the health of people at every age, from promoting a balanced diet to sharing specifically targeted health benefits.  As part of the company's dedication to a better future, they are seeking the recruitment of a Senior Packaging Manager who can lead the packaging transformation into the next frontier of technologies and experiences that will be critical to engaging consumers.

Primary Role:

As R&I Senior Packaging Manager you will be establishing a leading innovation practice and fostering collaborative internal and external partnerships. Based on this, you will enable the global packaging team to identify, imagine, create, validate, and transition disruptive packaging solutions with strong focus on powder milk sector.

You will be driving innovation and therefore have a great mix of technical and strategic skills, and the ability to perform while dealing with ambiguity. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and inspire senior management and teams.

You will be working with multiple stakeholders both internally (Project teams realizing NPD projects; Marketing; Procurement; Factories, Supply Chain, Quality; Central & local Packaging teams including Advance Technology Team and IP Team) and externally – strong connection with a whole set of actors (design agencies, packaging convertors, research centers.) from the packaging industry.

Key Accountabilities:

You will be accountable for the packaging breakthrough innovation end-to-end process from insights gathering to opportunity identification, exploration, validation, and transition into the company. Next to that, you will: 
·    Drive the exploration of key concepts and technical trends and elevate opportunities and challenges that are specific to Specialized Nutrition to inform ideation.
·    Drive overall exploration, understanding and assessment of startups, agencies, and major players in the emerging technology and experience space
·    Leverage design thinking principles to help quickly identify and validate solutions via rapid prototyping and qualitative testing.
·    Support new way of packaging innovation by recommending creative, innovative approaches to breakthrough barriers and challenge conventional thinking. Be a change engine.
·    Help to shape & execute SN packaging innovation road map to fulfil company’s ambition and support leading market position
·    Cooperate closely with IP Team to define and create patent opportunities to assume FTO and innovativeness of developed solutions

Candidate Profile: 

We are looking for an experience packaging innovator with:
·    Bachelor’s or master’s Degree in industrial design, product design, innovation engineering or similar discipline
·    At least 7 years of experience in packaging development and medium-long term innovation especially in paper based and flexible area
·    Rich experience in design thinking application design especially in the exploration phase
·    A high degree of technical knowledge balanced with creative ability
·    Experience in working with early-stage product development, and identifying and capitalizing on technology trends
·    Passion for packaging and innovation with proven ability to deliver this through a global organization
·    Determination and consistency to achieve an end result, and optimism and enthusiasm when things don't go to plan
·    Strong business acumen, looking beyond just packaging
·    Good problem solving, leadership and influencing skills, while being an outstanding Team player
·    Agile mindset and fast learner (learn and unlearn)
·    Strong verbal and written communication skills. You have the ability to create, plan and deliver presentations to technical and nontechnical audiences.
·    100% fluency in English (spoken and written) is a must. The role requires ability to convince and engage at a senior level.  Ideally, you have experience working in a non-hierarchical, cross functional and highly international environment
·    Ability to work efficiently in a changing and complex environment 
·    Good problem solving, leadership and influencing skills, while being an outstanding Team player 
·    Openness for giving & receiving feedback  
·    Experience in IP and FTO areas will be additional assets

For reasons of better legibility, the simultaneous use of the language forms male, female and diverse (f/m/d) is avoided.  All personal designations apply equally to all genders.
For EU roles, candidates must be eligible to work and live in the European Union. Proof of eligibility will be required with your application.

To apply please contact Lorena Hull-Lozano
0044 (0) 1789 207070


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R&I Senior Packaging Manager


Published on 9 Jul 2024

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