EU Technical Packaging NPD Project Manager - ref: 10,911

  • Job Reference: 10,911
  • Date Posted: 15 March 2020
  • Recruiter: Resource Partnership Search & Selection
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  • Location: Flexible (project based role) can be based in France, Germany or Spain
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: €excellent basic + 15% bonus+ car/ car allowance
  • Sector: Creative & design, Packaging, Production, Sustainability, Technology, Engineering, Print
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Job Purpose:

To work closely with strategic brands in the food & beverage markets & our internal engineering resources and carton converting to commercialize new products.  Be the subject matter expert.  Reporting to the NPD Director.  

 Key Objectives:

  • To lead the development and commercialisation of new packaging innovations in fibre packaging (cartons/paper)
  • To develop and maintain effective relationships with key customer contacts
  • To provide specific technical support and advice to the sales team.
  • To build close working relationships with Engineering and Converting
  • To lead Value Engineering / Line efficiency projects with key customers
  • To build packaging specifications clearly identifying RTQ’s

Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • Project management lead for NPD projects. Scope, plan and implement projects whilst providing efficient reporting / status updates to the business. Ensuring results are on time and on budget.
  • Meet with customers to build robust project plans and communication tools to ensure ‘Right First Time’
  • Work closely with structural design to ensure designs proposed are fit for purpose, meet customer needs and will run efficiently across the packaging machinery range
  • In addition, working closely with sales team to ensure accurate costing of projects when required
  • Write materials, manufacturing, and performance specifications for new products and ensure RTQ’s established are clearly understood in converting
  • Assist in material-related projects and programs in support of Global R&D
  • Working with engineering, focus on line and machine efficiency improvements
  • Be the ‘Eyes and Ears’ on the ground with strategic customers

 Communication / Interpersonal

  • Prepare project time lines and manage those time lines accordingly
  • Regularly update the sales team and customers regularly on project status, highlighting road blocks and support required
  • Ensure communication with engineering and converting is clear and open
  • Submit details of activity and forecasts as appropriate
  • Safeguard the company’s interests concerning confidential technical and commercial information.  

Monitoring Market Activity

  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the Company’s full capabilities and product range.
  • Monitor the competitiveness of company products in the market place, analyse and report on opportunities and threats as they arise - Monitor competitor activity within customers and identify threats to existing business or pipeline developments

Skill/Characteristics required :

  • BSc in Packaging,  Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science or Packaging /Product related degree is preferred. 
  • Six Sigma training/exposure to Six Sigma tools (desirable not essential)
  • Formal project management qualification (desirable not essential)
  • Complex project management experience
  • Delivering machinery-based packaging projects
  • Working across multiple sites / multiple countries
  • Direct customer communication, reports / presentations
  • Building long term relationships
  • Structural packaging/carton design, packaging machinery knowledge, converting knowledge, knowledge of the beverage industry & Materials knowledge (desirable but not essential)
  • Computer literacy – specifically MS Project and other project tools


Interpersonal Skills required:

Fluent English essential.  Ability to work in multi-cultural environment

Effective communication skills – ‘meetings’, verbal, writing, presentations, telephone.  

Technical Account management with direct customer relationship management & additional language (desirable but not essential)


Approach to Work:  Available to travel within Europe & the US when required. Effective internal negotiation skills.  Ability to identify and analyse threats/opportunities.  Self-motivated/achiever.