Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

Packaging Innovation Manager, South of England

Location: South East

County / State: South of England

Job type: Permanent

Category: Management Roles, New Product Development, Packaging

Reference: AJS894061

Consultant: Amy Shurden

Start date: Asap

Salary: £65,000 - £70,000 per annum plus Bonus, Pension and 25 Days Holiday

Summary

Exciting opportunity for a Packaging Innovation Manager! Have you managed FMCG projects on a global scale? If so we are looking for you!

Job Description

Take away coffee cups are everywhere aren’t they? You can’t walk down the street without passing a coffee shop, whether that be a global well-known chain or a small local café. Even if you don’t go in yourself you are likely to pass at least a handful of people carrying their coffee cups with them on their morning commute.

As a true innovator, what a product to get your hands on! There is no job satisfaction quite like seeing the fruits of your hard work literally everywhere you turn, and not just in the UK but across the globe!

Reporting to the Vice President of Innovation & NPD at this global packaging company, this new opportunity for a Category NPD Manager to specialise solely in its coffee and tea sector, will work with paper and plastic disposable tableware which is supplied to QSR outlets, foodservice operators and coffee shops.

Working across international markets, you will be responsible for creating the next generation of products for the category. This is certainly a challenging role; you will need to identify the needs of consumers and work across international manufacturing sites to develop new products, materials and technologies which will lead to growth opportunities as well as margin enhancements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To manage and take ownership of all technical projects within the coffee and tea category, developing centrally and deploying globally
  • Develop a robust innovation pipeline and implement an NPD roadmap for the segment
  • Work alongside the Category Director to gain a thorough understanding of consumer needs, market trends and legislation
  • Fully understand the performance and capabilities of the products, assessing against the competition and offering technical support to the account sales teams

So, what attributes will turn this opportunity into a reality for you?

  • You will need a minimum of five years experience project managing on an international basis, preferably within packaging innovation / FMCG, and ideally supported by a Master’s Degree
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex projects, ranging from six month to three year timescales
  • Ability to form strong customer and supplier relationships with excellent leadership skills
  • Expertise in key materials (board, ink, polymers) and conversion technology

There are plenty of opportunities for career development within this global organisation. If this sounds like the new challenge you have been waiting for, apply now!

REF. AJS894061 By Focus Management

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