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Packaging Innovation Manager – Innovation Hub

Job ID 3449M Location Paddington Category Food Technology Salary Competitive + Benefits Hours Closing date November 25th 2020, 11:55 PM

Job Description:

M&S Food is changing, and fast! We are undergoing one of the biggest transformations in retailing today to build a bigger, better, fresher food business. Given the scale of the opportunity within the group, this is an exciting time to join our business and specifically a newly formed team whose mandate is to drive harder our legacy of disruptive innovation and differentiating our offer from the competition by creating new and exciting propositions for our customers.

Reporting to the Head of Innovation your role will be to contribute to the swift commercialisation of business development or disruptive innovation opportunities across Foods through the development of packaging development strategy. Utilising your knowledge and experience of material science and manufacturing capability you will help the Innovation Hub team make the right decisions, address key challenges, and identify new ways to grow.

Key accountabilities and measures

  • Identify and lead the packaging innovation strategy using knowledge transfer, application of material science and manufacturing capability to create suitable packaging solution for the innovation framework
  • Identify new packaging formats and technologies that can shift change our approach to plastic reduction as a business
  • Research and identify novel packaging and entrepreneurial manufacturing partners that would be suitable for to deliver our disruptive innovation strategy
  • Identify and work with centres of excellence and start up manufacturers to bring packaging concepts to market quickly, anticipating and protecting food safety, brand values and quality requirements
  • Engage the Heads of Technology and category packaging techs to provide innovation solutions to their plastic reduction strategies
  • Distil customer insight and trend analysis into clear and compelling written presentations / innovation proposal papers
  • Present findings to a wide range of senior stakeholders and influence decision-making as well as working closely with the multidisciplinary Innovation Hub team
  • Formulate delivery plans for, and mobilise, new business development or innovation opportunities with the wider team
  • Project manage disruptive packaging innovation projects to point of execution or handover to the trading areas including conducting PIR (post implementation review) analysis to justify roll out

Key skills/preferred experience

  • Proven track record of entrepreneurial and effective innovative packaging development activity
  • Exceptional interpretation of knowledge transfer and novel manufacturing to create compelling product concept
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong influencer who can work with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Confidence and poise in presenting to management
  • Relentless focus on details, accuracy, and quality
  • Intellectually curious, high energy and resilient
  • Flexible and able to balance multiple projects / priorities
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