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Packaging Developer

Job Name

Packaging Developer


United Kingdom




Supply Chain & Logistics

Reporting Line:

Sr. Packaging Developer Team Lead

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Ricardo Sanchez Martinez

About the role

What does a Packaging Developer do?

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. 

The Packaging Developer will be supporting key technical packaging projects for our brands and also supporting key business critical projects such as Business Continuity (BCP), Value Creation and Sustainability. 

About You

The ideal candidate will need to know how to operate in an agile and changing environment, working very closely with his/her internal and external partners whilst maintaining operational/technical discipline to assure high quality packs delivered on time with best value/quality to the company.

This person will be expected to have some technical understanding and be eager to learn. This person will need to embrace execution with excellence culture and will be expected to have a passion for strong ownership to deliver projects.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:

Support the development and execution of best in class packaging: 
  • To create robust packaging specifications and develop all components 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 
  • To undertake risk assessments with suppliers and plants to identify risk areas
  • To create and execute well defined test plans and high-quality trial reports 
  • 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 
  • Create and route for approval packaging specifications meeting all criteria: Brand equity, Manufacturing constraints, COGS and LT, Legal and Quality.
  • To master test methods, ship test protocols and mold qualification 
  • To bring innovative ideas through supplier scouting/visits

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy
  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging or related field such as engineering, design or material science, etc.
  • Minimum one year of experience in packaging development or role in operations linked to Packaging, QA, Packing line, or packaging supplier experience.
  • Functional skills:
  • Broad understanding of packaging components and their materials 
  • 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 
  • Ability to conduct risk assessments for packaging components and overall pack life cycle 
  • Basic project management skills
  • CAD understanding would be a plus 
Personal Qualities
  • Capability to work in a seamless team, cross-functionally and across regions 
  • Overall good collaborator
  • Lives the 3 F’s – Fearless, Founder’s Mentality, Family
  • We are looking for people who are globally mobile and have aspirations to experience different cultures.
  • Interest to further their packaging knowledge through external training if available

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. 

U.S. applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws.