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R & D Packaging Manager

Ref: HM7064 Salary: £Attractive Pkge Contract Type: PermanentLocation: Folkestone

If you are a passionate Packaging Manager with experience of successfully leading teams and have a deep understanding of the development, validation, and execution of new packaging elements, including hard packaging, then this could be your perfect position.


This is an outstanding opportunity for an R & D  Packaging Manager  to join our clients exclusive team, based at their R & D manufacturing facility.


The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate would have a university degree in sciences or engineering or a related relevant professional qualification.

You should also have at least five years of experience in consumer goods packaging development (including hard packaging), or a similar environment, and experience in technology sourcing and innovation management.

Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, the ability to communicate on an executive level, proven leadership capability, experience managing organizations composed of scientists and engineers, and decision-making skills.

Furthermore, you should be able to foster strong cross-functional relationships and build effective project teams and have strong negotiating skills.

Finally, you will have a passion for learning and your continuous professional development.


Company Culture:

We have enjoyed a long and successful history working alongside this key employer.

The position is with a company that genuinely cares about their people, their products their consumers and the environment.

Their unique informal culture, champions courage, determination, and collaboration.

With an open and supportive team means each and every one who works there, has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership.

They have shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.



This is a fabulous opportunity to work with recognisable global brands and to see your work in the real world.

As the R & D Packaging Manager you will be responsible for driving the development, validation, and execution of new packaging elements, as well as optimizing existing packaging elements through cost savings, sustainability improvements, and manufacturing efficiency improvements.

You will proactively interface with relevant business partners to manage projects, lead the team to develop and execute packaging testing plans, and keep up to date with sustainability requirements. 

You will assess the value and benefits of technology, identify intellectual property, and assures proper steps are taken to protect the company's assets. 

The role also provides technical support to production sites, assures flawless handovers of technology from the laboratory to manufacturing, and analyses packaging components and manufacturing processes to reduce costs and improve gross margins of brands.


Key responsibilities include:


New Packaging Development & Innovation:

Lead and support the team to design, test, and execute new packaging elements for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging, with a focus on cost savings, sustainability, and manufacturing efficiency.


Technology & Innovation:

Assess the value and benefits of new technologies for acquisitions and licenses, identify and protect intellectual property, and implement research programs for new growth platforms.



Keep up to date with regulatory and legislative activities regarding packaging and recycling and ensure that all projects comply with the relevant requirements.


Quality Improvement:

Establish a strong quality mindset within the organisation, work with Quality Assurance to identify and implement improvement programs for finished products and ensure the R&D processes and systems follow quality criteria.


Technical Services in Support of Manufacturing:

Provide technical support to production sites and contract manufacturers, ensure flawless handovers of technology from laboratory to manufacturing, and analyse packaging components and processes to reduce costs and improve gross margins.


Business Acumen: Provide expertise to develop packaging solutions working closely with global business teams, harmonise global business practices and improve efficiency of the R&D organisation, and incorporate cost and efficiency targets into all new pack designs.


People Management and Development:

Conduct performance management and career development of technical staff, identify and address employee engagement issues, and oversee the daily running of Packaging Development laboratory and staff.


The Package:

Attractive salary and benefits package 

12% all employee discretionary bonus

39 hours per week Monday-Friday

24 days annual leave (you can also buy/sell up to 3 per year)

Pension matched up to 9%

Attractive discretionary annual bonus

Life assurance cover

Membership of a health cash plan


If you would like to be considered for this interesting opportunity, you have the correct background and experience, then we would very much welcome your application.



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Consultant Details

For further information on this opportunity please contact:

Heather Morgan

Tel: 01303 220844


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