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R&D Packaging Engineer

Cork, Ireland
Research and Development

Ireland - English

Job Description

Auto req ID: 139440BR
External Posting Title: R&D Packaging Engineer

Job Description

Position Purpose and Primary Accountabilities

  • To manage implementation of New Packaging Platforms in our Europe nutrition markets, specifically within WESA (excludes CSD’s, Gatorade, Water and Lipton) in line with the R&D vision: a transformed and growing portfolio of great tasting, healthy and convenient nutrient products.
  • The incumbent will provide relevant packaging material design to key stakeholders thus ensuring business advantage over the strategic plan horizon (PSP) thereby safeguarding PepsiCo & industry standards.
  • Manage insights-driven packaging innovation projects to deliver WESA AOP and PSP, ensuring execution meets the time, quality and cost requirements of the platform development.
  • Generation of packaging prototypes illustrate technical possibilities against future growth platforms across the nutrient business in Europe
  • Ensure that packaging materials are food safe and fit for purpose
  • Prepare / approve and issue packaging material and component specifications and upload to specification system
  • Deliver sustainable innovative solutions by leading technology enabled programmes.
  • Manage core packaging suppliers, to deliver both short term AOP and focussing them on longer term research programmes to fuel the PSP.
  • Actively seek and develop new technology solutions & leverage across Nutrition R&D team globally and externally through supply chain / academia / open innovation etc.
  • Manage packaging test equipment; ensuring kit is effective, calibrated and maintained in support of gathering trial data etc. Maintain an asset register and store in appropriate conditions, partnering with the analytical laboratory team. Provide training to new users / and recommend best practice as well as identifying new test methodologies / equipment.
  • Demonstrate effective use of available planning tools and processes to schedule work activities and goals with minimal supervision
  • Generate hypotheses and conduct sound project research—Plan, design, execute and report statistically sound experiments in a precise and timely manner to generate and test new hypotheses. Make recommendations based on data analysis and input from others
  • Collaborate with peers to secure and organise shared resources for project goals.
  • Stays current with trends in the external environment and applies insights to the role
  • Works closely with Project Managers to deliver new platforms
  • Works closely with the R&D Teams
  • Significant functional and cross-functional interfaces with peers, often at more senior levels to deliver Regional execution of Global initiatives.
  • Good networking and cultural awareness skills.
  • External interfaces mainly include strategic vendors, Universities, Consultants, Co-manufactures


R&D Functional Excellence

  • Graduate in a Packaging Material Engineering / Polymer Science / Food Science or related discipline or equivalent
  • Previous experience in FMCG R&D, raw material or product or technology development roles
  • Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment
  • Strives for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes and demonstrates a high degree of attention to detail
  • Deep understanding of Packaging Engineering and Manufacturing
  • In-depth analytical skills to interpret complex data and distil into meaningful information e.g. interpreting consumer insights, experimental design and statistical inference
  • Strong project management skills to effectively drive a project or multiple partial projects
  • Strong presentation skills (written & verbal)
  • Experienced in Microsoft office applications
Setting the Agenda
  • Track record of NPD project management
  • Established competence at Packaging development
  • Good understanding of key business drivers and ability to apply to improve results
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to influence with integrity through persuasive communication to win support at a more senior level within R&D
  • Ability to explain complex technical issues / solutions to a non-technical audience
  • Self-starter, self-motivating: able to balance competing priorities without losing momentum and manage uncertainty and complexity in fast evolving FMCG environments
  • Quickly analyses complex problems to find actionable pragmatic solutions
    and constructive action plan
  • Able to work in a matrix organisation.

Taking Others with You
  • Able to inspire passion around shared goals with colleagues
  • Ability to create and use networks to actively seek and take advantage of ideas, best practice and solutions developed elsewhere
  • Proactively shares information, best practices and ideas within R&D
  • Values different perspectives and experiences and establishes trust and mutual respect when working with other people regardless of professional or cultural background.
  • Supports people to build their skills and empowers others to act and think in ways that will get the job done
  • Promotes an environment of achievement, recognition and celebration

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Category: Research and Development
Job Type: Regular