Global Packaging Expert

Global Packaging Expert


Do you have R&D experience in food industry packaging?


Proven experience of influencing within a global multi-national corporation?


Are you a leading expert in flexible packaging and paper-based packaging?


MacGregor Black is currently partnering with a Consumer Goods business, on the search Global Packaging Expert. This is a permanent role based in Hammersmith.


As the Global Packaging Expert, you will report directly within R&D to the position of VP Global Innovation & Technology and dotted-line to the Global Category Lead for Packaging, within Procurement. It is expected that this position will spend roughly 75% of their time to drive Packaging productivity & expertise and 25% to develop (jointly with the Global Sustainability leader) and monitor the implementation of a strong Packaging sustainability roadmap.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Build and formalize a strong expertise around food packaging, through toolkits which can be shared with Regional R&D and Procurement teams
  • Train newcomers in the Packaging Category teams (Procurement) to ensure a minimum level of expertise as part of their onboarding
  • Participate in regular business reviews with our key Packaging suppliers (jointly with the Category lead) with the aim of capturing any new technological solution / progress.
  • Attend international fairs to scout the latest technical update.
  • Contribute to the elaboration of the Category Sourcing Strategy with regards to Materials Productivity, developing a strong pipeline of reformulation / rationalization projects over a rolling 2 year-forward period.
  • Participate to regular productivity workshops with factories and also our suppliers to enrich our 2-year pipeline
  • Monitor the technical implementation of this roadmap, support local R&D or factories when there is a gap of expertise to ensure projects are delivered on time.
  • Establish project guidelines for worldwide projects (i.e. materials to be tested, max. gauge reduction to be considered depending on the manufacturing technology / material type…) and share best practices between factories about the technical implementation of worldwide projects.
  • Design / Review the methodology to approve Packaging suppliers and materials (documentations, sampling and testing protocols, approval range, etc) across the business to ensure consistency and performance.
  • Contribute to the elaboration of the Packaging sustainability roadmap for the business, jointly with the Global Sustainability Leader (Communications department)
  • Embed this roadmap within the Packaging Category Sourcing Strategies to ensure full implementation of those initiatives
  • Align regional R&D teams around our sustainability roadmap while monitoring progress in every regions.
  • Participate to regular sustainability workshops with our key suppliers to enrich our sustainability roadmap and follow the evolution of technologies and regulations across geographies
  • Report to the leadership, jointly with the Packaging Category Lead, the progress made on our sustainable packaging roadmap.



What are we looking for?


  • Master’s degree
  • R&D experience in food industry packaging (food manufacturing or packaging manufacturing).
  • Knowledgeable in flexible packaging and paper-based packaging.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity within a complex and multicultural environment
  • Proven ability to work with cross-functional team, with a collaborative mindset.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Structured and able to formalize clearly his expertise
  • Previous work experience in a global matrix organization
  • English is a must, proficiency in another language beneficial
  • Advanced Excel & Power Point skills
  • Available to work at site 3 days a week / travel on request to factories & suppliers


Salary up to £95k + benefits.


Please contact Nichola Saul today for more information.

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