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Senior Packaging Developer

Job Name

Senior Packaging Developer


United Kingdom




Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics

Reporting Line:

Senior Packaging Developer Team Lead

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Leanne Miles

About the role

What does a Senior 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 Senior Packaging Developer will lead key technical packaging projects, and may also support global projects.  Real interface between marketing, suppliers and the operations, they are delivering projects with excellence.    
About You

The ideal candidate will be highly experienced with the development of complex packaging components, preferably glass, closures, secondary packs and have demonstrated successful key innovations launched to market.  

The ideal candidate is a great team player, supporting others when needed and sharing knowledge and best practices.  

The ideal candidate will be experienced with working 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 be a knowledgeable technical partner, and experience in the luxury segment would be of added value. In addition, this person will have a keen interest in sustainability and an awareness of sustainable packaging options.  

This person will embrace execution with excellence culture and will be expected to have passion for excellence and strong ownership to deliver projects.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Independently lead packaging development projects of all levels from development through to qualification, and those such as complex cross category, new trademarks or new technology projects. 
  • Expert in development of all major packaging components with robust knowledge of the manufacturing process, risks, specifications and quality for glass, labels, closures, cans, shippers, gift boxes, specialty closures and PET.   
  • Work closely with the Project managers, the rest of the Packaging Development Team in Glasgow and in the other Operation Center’s to drive awareness / delivery of new ideas, technical scouting and knowledge sharing. 
  • Efficiently benefit from the feedback and coaching of the packaging development experts
  • Support cross category pack dev teams to create robust technical risk assessments and mitigation plans.
  • Owner of selected component best practices and work on continuous improvement of these.
  • Work cross category improving technical qualification approaches and test methods.
  • Support Value Creation by identifying new technical approaches. 
  • Participate in the weekly review with manufacturing and in the regular different team meetings as assigned.
  • Participate in Quarterly Supplier Business Reviews, and support team with different component ownership.
  • To lead DFMEA (risk assessment) review with suppliers and cross functional operation center teams to identify and mitigate risks, and to ensure all DFE  (Design for Excellence) processes are complied to.  Create and execute robust  plans and high-quality trial reports. 
  • Elevate any technical or project risks to direct line manager, and work with the multifunctional team to define mitigation plan. 
  • Create and route for approval robust packaging specifications meeting all criteria: Brand equity, Manufacturing constraints, COGS and LT, Legal and Quality.
  • Define appropriate test methods for qualification, such as ship test protocols, and glass mold qualifications. 
  • Work with suppliers, ensuring they manufacture components to agreed specifications.  Responsible for leading all trials and testing on designated projects and ensuring key stakeholder approval. Challenge suppliers to drive results and deliver proper components qualification. 
  • Contribute to grow technical knowledge, and innovation on packaging and share knowledge within the team.  In addition, be ahead of the curve and have a deep understanding of sustainable packaging types, best practices.  
  • Bring innovation to the team via supplier scouting and visits. 
  • Drive Demand Creation projects such as  E-commerce packs etc.  
  • Own and communicate packaging critical path schedule for designated projects.
  • Create innovation sessions with marketing, customers and suppliers and Value Creation Sessions with plant teams and suppliers

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy
  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Packaging or related field such as mechanical engineering, material science, etc.
  • Minimum five years of experience in packaging development or role in Operations linked to Packaging
  • Functional skills:
  • Effective team player profile, good coach and mentor, and good mentee with the packaging experts
  • High level of understanding of packaging component development, molding, packing line and supply chain qualification
  • Ability by working closely with design agencies and marketing to enable robust execution, at best value.  
  • Ability to quickly understand Packaging/Packaging materials/Packing systems to be able to create and manage fit for use specifications 
  • Capability to work in a seamless team, cross functionally and cross regions.
  • Ability to manage and influence packaging component suppliers at each phase of the project. 
  • Understand technical drivers of the component cost and work closely with procurement ensuring best value.
  • Expert in risk assessment for packaging components and overall pack life cycle. Focus to deliver sustainability improvements at the best value 
  • Strong project management skills  
Personal Qualities
  • Capability to work in a seamless team, cross-functionally and across regions 
  • Overall good collaborator and excellent communicator
  • Lives the 3 F’s – Fearless, Founder’s Mentality, Family
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of time.
  • We are looking for people who are globally mobile and have aspirations to experience different cultures.
  • Experience in Spirits industry or related FMCG
  • Sustainability expertise in packaging

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.