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Packaging Developer & Project Manager, Whisky & Gin

Job Name

Packaging Developer & Project Manager, Whisky & Gin


United Kingdom




Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics - Procurement

Reporting Line:

Packaging & Activity Management, Team Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Sian Illston

About the role

  • The Whisky and Gin category, with emblematic brands such as DEWAR’S®, Aberfeldy and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, is one of the most dynamic and innovative portfolios for Bacardi. It is also a very competitive market with strong Packaging innovation. 
  • This role is to support increasing levels of innovation activity and complexity of packaging development, and to give flexibility on resourcing these projects.   

  • The ideal candidate will know how to operate in an agile and changing environment, working very closely with internal and external partners whilst maintaining operational/technical discipline to coordinate and assure high quality packs are delivered on time with best value/quality to the company.  This person will be expected to be a knowledgeable technical partner and experienced packaging developer. 
  • This person will embrace the execution with excellence culture and will be expected to have passion for excellence and strong ownership to coordinate and deliver projects.


This is a flexible role, that may require the individual to have sole Project Manager responsibility, or sole Packaging Development responsibility or dual responsibility on projects depending our activity pipeline.  The ideal candidate is already an experienced Packaging Developer. 

Key Packaging Development duties as follows:
  • Able to create robust packaging specification’s and develop all component types which meet the: 
  • Brand equity requirements (shape, color, decoration, etc.) 
  • Manufacturing constraints (plant, co-packer) and supply chain 
  • Project target cost and timeline 
  • Legal and Bacardi Quality Standards
  • Global Sustainability Goals  
  • To undertake DFMEA review (Risk Assessment) with suppliers and plants to identify risks 
  • To create and execute robust test plan and high-quality trial report 
  • To elevate any technical or project risks to his/her manager. When required, to lead autonomously packaging development according to company practices.
  • To ensure that suppliers can manufacture specifications/components to capable standards through effective sampling & production.
  • Responsible for leading and recording all Trials & Testing and ensuring appropriate stakeholders approve results. 
  • To contribute to grow technical knowledge and innovation on packaging 
  • To collaborate closely with QA, manufacturing and procurement to find best solutions if any issue and drive mold and packing line qualification 
  • To master test methods, ship test protocols and mold qualification 
  • To bring innovative ideas through supplier scouting/visits 
  • Proactiveness and ahead of the curve knowledge of sustainable technologies / alternative sustainable packaging materials. 

Key Project Management duties as follows: 
  • Ability to work across brand / category and support Project Managers with high levels of activity and complexity.  
  • Excellence in project execution ensuring that Global best practices are leveraged and applied whilst enabling speed to market.  Includes strong budget tracking, and effective building and updating project critical path schedules.
  • Promote strong teamwork with the multi-functional OC operations teams to ensure robust designs made at best value and ensure successful and seamless delivery of projects. 
  • Lead holistic risk assessment process for initiatives and drive the right business decisions. 
  • Escalate quickly in the right way with the right forum and based on risk identified. 
  • Provide timely updates and maintains our innovation tool and brand masterplan.  

Skills and Experience

  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree ideally in Packaging or related field such as mechanical engineering, material science, etc is advantageous
  • Minimum two years of experience in a packaging development role or role in Operations linked to Packaging (QA, Packing line, or packaging supplier experience) 
  • Functional skills:
  • Broad understanding of packaging component development, molding, packing line and supply chain qualification 
  • Ability to quickly understand Packaging/Packaging materials/Packing systems to be able to create and manage fit for use specifications 
  • Ability to understand technical drivers of the component cost and work closely with procurement to achieve best value 
  • Mastery in risk assessment for Packaging components and overall pack life cycle 
  • Desire to develop further in a project coordinator or manager role. 

  • Capability to work in a seamless team, cross-functionally and across regions 
  • Overall good collaborator
  • Creative, keen problem solver and able to anticipate needs for future innovation or development opportunities. 
  • Lives the 3 F’s – Fearless, Founder’s Mentality, Family

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.