Packaging Manager

DR Newitt
Spalding, Lincolnshire
Salary competitive + car allowance + attractive benefits
15 May 2018
15 Jun 2018
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Our client is a successful and well-established Food Manufacturer. With an impressive range of customers in place now is an excellent time to join this progressive company.


Overall Objective/Purpose

•    Identify, develop and drive implementation of packaging solutions that add value in line with the business plan and group packaging strategy 
•    To reliably inform the business of new packaging innovations that could provide cost efficiencies or other competitive advantages. 
•    To support Production, Technical and Engineering teams in the smooth running of all packaging formats through the trialling and first production of new packaging items.
•    To develop and maintain close working relationships with the relevant external supplier technical resource, the commercial team, and production teams at all relevant sites.

Main accountabilities:

•    Control and monitor value added packaging development including: competitor product analysis, benchmarking of both national and international markets with the intention of leading the market, innovative packaging design and packaging format optimisation.
•    Support Sales /Marketing (Commercial) by performing presentations to Retailers on Packaging initiatives/developments to support business change.
•    Plan, coordinate and implement production trials within both the development and cost saving processes in line with business objectives.
•    To agree and maintain specifications for all packaging components.
•    To ensure competitive advantage with the implementation of a continuous improvement program for existing packaging materials,  ensuring that they are optimised for cost, quality, production efficiency and enhanced performance  through the supply chain
•    Communicate a budget spend with the relevant budget holder and generate concept development visuals with external suppliers to illustrate packaging concepts
•    Work with potential suppliers to develop tool drawings, models, pilot samples and sign off commissioned tooling for any new components
•    Manage a 12 month strategic packaging plan, covering value added growth opportunities and cost saving initiatives.
•    Manage and prioritise a packaging development schedule detailing project, saving, and benefit etc.
•    To work within the team structure, showing the required core competencies commensurate with the job role, namely adding value, decision-making, accuracy, creativity and team working.
•    Provide technical support/troubleshooting skills to Operations as required. 
•    Prepare or contribute to packaging related justifications for capital expenditure.
•    Maintain an up to date knowledge of all aspects of packaging technology, identifying those trends and developments which can enhance product performance and efficiency.
•    Perform internal presentations on packaging developments and trends.
•    Continually review and improve the environmental and ethical impact of packaging and its development across all substrates, materials and technologies 
•    Ensure all packaging components are safe and meet all appropriate legislation.
•    Provide appropriate cover for other Packaging Managers within the function.      


•    Ideally, Degree or IOP diploma in packaging technology.
•    A thorough working knowledge of a wide range of packaging materials
•    Self-motivated with a forward thinking approach.
•    Project management, with good inter-personal skills and the ability to be an effective member of multi-functional teams
•    Ability to build and maintain solid working relationships with customers and suppliers resulting in consistent project delivery and customer satisfaction.
•    Good level of IT literacy required for project management and packaging related software.
•    Ability to manage a large number of projects whilst under pressure and demanding time constraints. 
•    Able to negotiate with both internal and external contacts to manage the delivery of projects on time and to budget. 
•    Resilience to drive packaging and process changes through the business.


MON-FRI Office Hours 
38 Hours per week
Pension Employee 5%, Employer 8%+
Car Allowance £ 5,325
Private Medical (family cover with £100 excess per person covered)
Critical Illness cover if you pay 5% or more into pension
25 Days Holidays + Stats

If you are interested in this position then please forward a copy of your most up to date CV to or contact Andrew Donaldson on 0131 226 5060.

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