Technical Manager - Packaging

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Location
England, Somerset, Bridgwater
Salary
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Pension plus Bonus
Posted
01 Feb 2018
Closes
01 Mar 2018
Ref
RG00285
Contact
Refresco
Category
Packaging
Contract Type
Full Time
About the Role
As Technical Manager - Packaging, reporting to the Head of Technical and managing a small team within our Technical Department you are responsible for managing and developing packaging solutions to support business profitability , flexibility and wider business objectives.
You will primarily focus on achieving the following:
- manage the effective performance of the Packaging team to provide support for the manufacturing and commercial departments and support and guide team development;
- Lead the company packaging strategy to ensure the highest quality standards, customer satisfaction and cost effectiveness;
- Lead the company value engineering programme to reduce packaging cost;
- delivering all engineering packaging projects on time and within budget;
- Support the Project Engineering team in engineering projects delivery by making packaging recommendations that are fit for purpose;
- managing all quality aspects relating to our packaging suppliers and own and drive successful problem resolution;
- managing all packaging related aspects of new product launches;
- Manage CAPEX budget assigned to packaging / new projects
- identifying, trialling, training and implementing production line performance improvement and also value engineering projects related to packaging.
- ensure realisation of all packaging / new packs and value engineering activities are in line with local regulations and HSE standards.
- focus on package waste reduction and value engineering activities to support environment and sustainability.

About You
You will ideally have relevant food industry or food packaging related qualifications plus significant experience in the field of packaging technology and engineering ideally within food manufacturing, FMCG or Pharmaceutical industry sectors.
You will have experience of managing and developing a team plus experience of budget management in particular project budgets.
Of course we are seeking someone with leadership ability and potential, self motivated, pro-active and able to drive forward with solutions to implementation. You will have excellent organisational skills and you are a natural networker and communicator.
You will be ambitious for your career and wanting to learn. Refresco now has 59 sites across 12 countries including 6 sites in the UK so this could mean opportunities for career mobility if your are open to moving in the future.

About Us
Our drinks on every table. That's our vision. So, yes, it's safe to say we're ambitious. We're thirsty for more, constantly looking to the future. To new products, new services, new markets, new customers.
With headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Refresco is the world's leading bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and branded customers with production in Benelux, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, Poland, Finland, USA, Canada and Mexico. In 2016 the company realized full year volumes and revenue of circa 6.5 billion litres and circa EUR 2.1 billion, respectively. Refresco offers an extensive range of product and packaging combinations from 100% fruit juices to carbonated soft drinks and mineral waters in carton, PET, Aseptic PET, cans and glass. Focused on innovation, Refresco continuously searches for new and alternative ways to improve the quality of its product and packaging combinations in line with consumer and customer demand, environmental responsibilities and market demand.
In the UK, Refresco Beverages UK is based Bridgwater, Somerset, employs 800 people and we run four factories on one site. We produced 750 million litres in 2016. Our target is a billion litres by the end of 2018, and we are well on target to achieve this goal. We work with all the leading UK retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Morrison's and Sainsbury to produce their private labels and with branded customers such as Innocent, Ocean Spray and Um Bongo.
Refresco floated publicly on the Euronext stock exchange in March 2015. In July 2016 we announced the acquisition of Whitlock Packaging, our first foray in to the US drinks market, adding 900 million litres of drinks per annum to our production.
In January 2018 we completed the acquisition of Cott Beverages which will double the size of Refresco to 59 sites across 12 countries making us the world's largest independent soft drinks manufacturer employing approximately 9,500 people.

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