The Role and Team
The appointment of an experienced and forward thinking Packaging Development Manager 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 the Development and Operations team , 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.
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.
Monitor and drive continuous improvement of packaging and related processes to deliver the highest operational and performance standards.
Adopt a value optimisation approach to packaging; identifying and delivering total cost savings and improving quality.
Lead and support packaging innovation and design, to create competitive advantage.
Identify and deliver sustainable packaging solutions.
Provide packaging expertise and support for other stakeholders.
Increase packaging knowledge internally and keep up-to-date with market and technology trends and developments.
Ensure packaging specifications meet the needs of the business and deliver for our customers.
- 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
- Experience within food manufacturing - preferably frozen or chilled
- Graduate Calibre
- Degree in Engineering or Science subject
- Diploma in Packaging Technology (e.g. IOM3 level 5)
- In depth knowledge of aluminium, fibre-based and flexible / laminates packaging
- 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
- Ability and desire to be both strategic and hands-on