Packaging Development Assistant Manager

Geplaatst op 22-10-2018  -  Categorie: Vacatures  -  Auteur: Rutger Korstjens  -  Bron: Unilever | Vacatures

On the 2nd July 2018 Unilever completed the sale of the Spreads Business and it is now under the new ownership of KKR as “Upfield”, therefore any successful applicants will be employed by “Upfield” not Unilever. For more details on Upfield, please check

Packaging Development Assistant Manager

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Do you know your Kale from your Quinoa or the difference between a Flexitarian to a Regenerative Grazer? We are looking for top talent for an exciting new movement within the Food Industry.

About Upfield!
Upfield is a global leader in plant-based nutrition with a great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Flora, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock, I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter and ProActiv.
We are a global food company with 6 business units operating in 95 markets. We have the mind-set of a start-up. This makes us fast, agile, entrepreneurial, cost conscious and accountable for our products – from seed to serving at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.
We take quality seriously and around the world we taste products every 30 seconds. We take our consumers seriously and more than 150 people will taste test each of our new innovations before they hit the shelves.

The role
Our packaging activities are focused on the packaging development process from the beginning to end: from innovation until implementation and roll out of packaging related to, mainly tubs and lids, bottles and closures, flexibles, as well as corrugated. Packaging is an essential part in delivering new products to consumers and customers, and therefore plays an important role in the execution of new product development projects.
As such, packaging is very important in Upfield innovation plans and has been established as a key capability to drive competitive advantage. Specially now, where our vision is to reduce the use of plastic in our portfolio, with the end vision having a plastic-free packaging!

Within this team, we are looking for a Packaging Development Assistant Manager, reporting to Global Packaging Leader. The location of the Upfield R&D team is in Rotterdam.

You will be responsible to deliver packaging solutions on the Global Upfield portfolio of projects – innovation, supply chain and value improvement.
Working closely with other functions as part of a cross-functional team, the Packaging Assistant Manager will be the packaging project leader on low/medium complexity projects, developing consumer and customer preferred packaging designs. This position will interface with Brand Development, Supply Chain, Procurement, Product development, Processing, CTI, CMI, and Packaging Suppliers, to drive consumer focused innovative and optimized packaging solutions.
Although the main markets of Upfield are Europe and North America, we support all business around the globe, so also other regions such as Africa, South America, or other places around the world are in scope.

Within the role, the packaging development assistant manager will:

  • Lead the packaging stream in innovation projects with low-medium complexity, working with the cross functional project team, ensuring packaging is fit for purpose to meet the packaging brief, and delivered on time, in full.
  • To deliver the content of technical specifications for all packaging components developed in a project.
  • Lead selected suppliers in project work.
  • Work in multi-functional teams (with marketing, supply chain, procurement, quality, product development and other associated functions).
  • To develop and maintain the relevant technical expertise and competencies for self.
  • To participate in building of the packaging capability through involvement in relevant cross group activities.
  • To comply with the Upfield Code of Business Principles and all SHE and QA policies, including the support of product claims, risk management and environmental awareness.

Job Requirements:

  • 3-5 years relevant working experience in a packaging environment
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in packaging technology, materials technology or a related discipline
  • Able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams (fluent English is required);
  • Good team player
  • Multi-tasking ability and good organizational skills 
  • Flexibility and independence in work style

Key Competencies:

  • Team Commitment; 
  • Goal Orientated; 
  • Practical Creativity. 

Additional Information:
There will be an amount of European travel associated with the role, on average this will probably be around two days/month.

This job is an exciting opportunity to become part of a dynamic team within the Packaging Group, bringing Vitality to Life for consumers globally.

Our offer:
Above all we offer you a dynamic environment in which people with energy, creativity and passion work together. There are good opportunities to pursue your professional and personal goals and develop yourself on national and international level.

Your Personal Power!
At Upfield we want you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete.

Mission Statement
At Upfield our purpose is clear …… Making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!

If you are an entrepreneur at heart and have a passion for winning, a strong understanding of the FMCG business, ad would like to join us, apply and speak to one of our Talent Matchmakers!

Interested in this role?
Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly to provide you with an update on the status of your application. Candidates who have applied can access their status update through the candidate tracking link or, for any additional queries, by contacting Upfield Project recruiter Margot Freericks via skcireerf.togram.[antispam]

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