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Research Manager - Packaging

Job Description

A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Role Summary                                                          

The individual will lead one of the Church and Dwight packaging engineering groups as well as some packaging development projects from initiation through manufacture (launch).  Responsibilities will include influencing and supporting Strategic Business Unit (SBU) decisions, resource allocation, budget tracking, process improvements and evolution, and project execution.

Activities will include the balancing technical needs and resources to support the critical success drivers for the department’s objectives.  Projects will consist of the design, engineering, and commercialization of new product packaging as well as quality and cost optimization of existing packaging solutions. Broad scope projects will include consideration of new, exploratory platforms for next-generational packaging, designs tools, process, and techniques.

The individual will be representing the department in cross-functional SBU (Strategic Business Unit) teams.  The individual will need to find solutions to problems, manage multiple priorities and expectations, and deliver to those expectations. The individual will have accountability to their Strategic Business Units (SBU areas) for Packaging development and support.  The role must define and achieve project deliverables to assure that quality and consumer expectations are met while maintaining project schedule.

The individual will work within cross-functional project teams, the individual will also work closely with quality, finance, procurement, regulatory, engineering, operations, consultants, and outside vendors. 

Role Accountabilities and Responsibilities   (Describe the 5-7 major accountabilities)                                                       

  • Interfacing with SBU business leaders to plan, coordinate and execute agreed project assignments for >$500million of Church and Dwight branded products
  • Manage appointed staff providing leadership, prioritization and delegation of activities against agreed objectives
  • Execute multiple projects within budgetary scope for commercialization of new or modified products.
  • Use cross-technology experience and apply towards successful, new product launches
  • Management of several complex projects with independence
  • Coordinate with the department’s senior management to define and prioritize goals & objectives.
  • Coordination of qualification programs for new product designs and materials
  • Identify and coordinate cost savings initiatives as related to product designs and materials
  • Travel to vendor and manufacturing locations for support of project activities (including Co-Manufacturers)
  • Hands-on evaluation of concepts for conformance to project requirements.
  • Ensure effective development and training of direct reports
  • Collaborate with international C&D plants to execute global projects

Education and Experience                                                           

The successful candidate should be a highly seasoned professional with a minimum of ten years of experience in product/packaging development.  Additional experience should include managerial responsibility.

A preference will be towards candidates that have experience in the Household and Personal Care “consumer goods” industries.

The candidate should have a minimum of a BS degree in Packaging Engineering.  Alternate qualifications could include Mechanical Engineering or Engineering sciences.

The candidate’s experience must clearly demonstrate background in the following areas:

  • Experience in management of teams or acted as Group Leader
  • Experience in packaging development for new product launches
  • Management of departmental projects, resources and budget
  • Coordination and completion of qualification programs of new packaging components and assemblies
  • Identification and coordination of cost savings initiatives as related to designs and materials
  • Successful completion of quality improvement initiatives
  • Fully developed skills in project management and experienced, cross-functional interactions
  • Understanding and experience with 6 sigma tools
  • Experience across an array of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging for consumer products
  • Familiar with CRC closures and induction seals

Skills and Competencies

  • A passion for consumer driven innovation
  • High interpersonal skills clearly showing strong communication interdepartmentally and in cross-corporate environments
  • Ability to manage people through coaching, counseling and use of problem solving techniques
  • A self-motivated and proactive personality with ambitions to “learn and deliver” within a fast paced,  “employee empowered” atmosphere
  • High competency in Microsoft applications and general computer usage.
  • Injection/Blow Molding for bottles
  • Execute sustainability solutions in components and materials: PCR, UVI , CPET
  • Knowledge of heat seal and form fill seal packaging processes
  • Powder fill in sachets/bottles/pouches



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