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Packaging Innovation Manager

Blue Spark
South East England
Closing date
30 Dec 2020

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The Company

Driven by a culture of innovation, ambition and their strong brand values, this business bring exceptional products to food and drink lovers across the globe.  As market leaders they make sure they stay on top of trends and deliver amazing products to their discerning and health conscious consumers. They are now seeking a Packaging Innovation Manager who can push the boundaries and create a competitive advantage for the brand.

The Role

This role encompasses packaging innovation as well as setting and leading the packaging sustainability strategy for the brand.

You will expertly plan, coordinate and lead the packaging workstream for key innovation projects. You will strive for improvement in all aspects of packaging by proposing new pack formats or materials, being the pioneer for new concepts. Working cross functionally you will focus on ideation, analysing options and assessing feasibility.

You will team up with Marketing to facilitate pack consumer testing and insight generation. You will Champion the NPD process, uniting the packaging team to support product launches via factory trials and specification creation.

You will design and lead the packaging sustainability strategy working closely with key stakeholders to ensure priorities are aligned with business objectives.  This will include being in tune with environmental sustainability factors that will affect packaging options. Your extensive network will help you innovate as well as keep up to date with new packing technologies and ideas on differentiation that can be built into credible opportunities for the business.

The Person

An expertise in all packaging related areas, you will boast an impressive track record of managing the development and delivery of new and innovative packaging formats within the FMCG arena (food & drink preferred).  Must have proven ability to engage and influence in a strategic role as well as being able to really understand the culture and values of a business in order to make the right decisions that will help drive success.

Demonstrable experience in environmental packaging solutions, particularly guiding and influencing key decisions on development from a sustainability perspective.

Educated to a degree level in Food Science, Materials Science or related subjects, ideally with an Institute of Packaging Diploma.  Experience of concept development, rapid prototyping, awareness of consumer behaviour and the commercial process is also key.  Some basic understanding of the role of IP and patents to generate a competitive advantage would be ideal.


Although we do our utmost to respond to all applicants, there are times when this is just not possible due to sheer volume so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days then we are sorry to say your application for this role has not been successful.

Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.

Please note this role is commutable From Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, and South West London.


Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Find Us
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
RH16 3AL
United Kingdom
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