The Role and Team
The appointment of an experienced and forward thinking Packaging Technologist / Packaging Engineer is key to supporting our ambitious development and growth plans
Through the initiation and delivery of key innovation projects and improvement initiatives you will be responsible for delivering real competitive advantage for the business.
As an integral part of product design, development and improvement, the successful candidate will lead and co-ordinate cross functional teams to deliver challenging packaging projects , focused on sustainability, quality, operational performance, cost and customer value .
As our subject matter expert in packaging, you will be the ‘linchpin’ in working with teams including Manufacturing, Engineering, Product development, Supply chain , Purchasing and Sales & Marketing, to deliver packaging initiatives that meet or exceed the agreed objectives.
You will develop and implement packaging strategies aligned with our ‘plate values’ of Great food to be proud of, Enhancing health and wellbeing, Ethical & sustainable and A passion for service, to ensure we make a real difference for our customers.
You will be fully conversant with the latest packaging technologies and initiatives to leverage relevant benefits and opportunities for the business and our customers .
Ultimately you will be responsible for ensuring we are recognised as a market leader for our responsible and innovative approach to packaging.
Please note: this role is advertised as a 12 month Fixed-Term role but may become permanent
Who we are
apetito is the UK’s leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors. Servicing over 400 hospitals, 450 care homes and thousands more through our work with Local Authorities, we produce delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals for people at home or in care. Through our food we look to ‘make a real difference’ to all our customers, up and down the country.
Established in 1958, as a family-owned business, our values sit at the very heart of what we do. We are proud to be a business that ‘makes a real difference’, committed to producing ‘great food to be proud of’. We have developed a range of products designed to ‘enhance health and well-being’ for all our customers. We are proud supporters of British food and farming and focus on using the best ‘ethical and sustainably’ sourced produce.
We are driven by a ‘passion for service’, dedicated to feeding some of the UK’s most vulnerable people, offering healthy and delicious meals to customers across the UK.
Ethical & Sustainable
As a business which operates within food manufacturing, we believe we have an obligation to make a positive contribution on society. With over 300 products in our range, we ensure our produce is ethically and sustainably sourced, working only with suppliers who share our commitment to making a positive impact.
We’re a proud member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI), a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, that promote respect for workers’ rights globally. All our new suppliers now operate under the ETI’s guidelines.
We are also a member of The UK’s Plastics Pact, an initiative looking to transform the plastic packaging industry in the UK. As part of the initiative, we have committed, along with other ambitious targets, to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic completely by 2025.
We have also made a commitment to our employees – we’re recognised as an accredited Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Joining an elite group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations.
Lead and support packaging innovation and improvement projects
Deliver Sustainable packaging solutions
Continuous improvement and optimisation of operational performance
Drive and support product innovation, design & development
Adopt a value optimisation approach to packaging
Provide packaging expertise and support for other stakeholders
Increase packaging knowledge internally and keep up-to-date with market and technology trends and developments
- Expert knowledge of polymer packaging
- Experience across a broad range of packaging materials in FMCG
- Up-to-date knowledge of emerging packaging and sustainability trends, challenges and technologies.
- Proven track record of successful inter-disciplinary project management
- Successful track record of optimising packaging performance within a manufacturing environment
- Graduate Calibre
- Graduate in Engineering, Science, Packaging design / technology
- In depth knowledge of aluminium, fibre-based and flexible / laminates packaging
- Experience within food manufacturing - preferably frozen or chilled
- A self-motivated individual with excellent project management skills
- Excellent problem-solving skills based on an analytical approach
- Ability to drive for completion and delivery of complex projects
- Good team leadership and communication skills
- Excellent scientific rigor and high levels of attention to detail
- Commercially astute