• Design the Packaging activity road map and lead the delivery of the Innovation & NPD packaging related plans.
  • Ensure legal compliance and accurate technical data are provided for all packaging materials.
  • Champion the NPD stage & gate process on all aspects of Packaging development (NPD, EPD), hence ensuring coordination of factory trials, creation of packaging specifications for the factory, & support to the team for product launches.
  • Support the artwork and packaging development process, manufacturing and palletisation guidelines, post implementation reviews.
  • Provide leadership and guidance as a line manager to the Packaging Assistant.
  • Ensure continuous improvement of designs, processes and support system.
  • Design and lead the Packaging Sustainability programme, which will form part of the wider Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy.
  • Work proactively with Marketing, Technical & Commercial teams to ensure priorities are aligned with Business objectives and Policies
  • Attend relevant Packaging and Sustainability Trade shows & relevant Expert events to stay ahead of the challenges facing the industry and planet.
  • Be in tune with external environmental sustainability factors can and will affect and influence packaging to keep the business on track with peer group.
  • Diploma in Packaging technology / Degree in Science Engineering
  • People management/line management
  • Ideally working within an entrepreneurial, fast-paced & innovative organisation.
  • Experience of design agency and printing manufacturing would be an advantage.
  • Expertise in all packaging related areas: material properties & machinability (films, laminates, corrugate), packing technologies (vacuum forming, VFFS, heat sealing), printing processes, handling of dry goods, distribution, bulk BtoB.
Skills Required
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (excel and word).
  • Excellent communication skills both internally and externally, hence representing the Business at external events & providing immediate expertise and authority in the expert field of packaging & sustainability.