Apprentice Packaging Development Technologist (Degree)

Premier Foods
Claylands Avenue, Worksop, S80 7AY
£20,000.00 annually
17 Jun 2019
06 Jul 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Working closely with Packaging Development manager and Senior Packaging Technologist
  • Create & develop innovative packaging products and processes in line with Category plans. Sell in ideas to marketing and then lead the development of these from concept through to implementation.
  • Manage the implementation of new packaging specifications and processes within co-packers, which are specifically linked to New Product Development activities, although not exclusively.
  • Within the project team support / manage (dependent on project size / complexity) the packaging development process including trials (including objectives, outputs / success criteria etc.), new supplier audits, operations briefing, due diligence validation, print runs, process compliance, distributions and retailer handling trials.
  • Investigate & communicate new technology developments that could support delivery of innovation and value improvements.
  • Manage and develop a positive approach to Packaging & Machine suppliers to attain new ideas and possible value improvements.
  • Identify, prioritise and support implementation of packaging and process value improvement opportunities within co-packed items, and ultimately review potential to bring items in-house.
  • Liaise with the packaging development team and other business functions and maintain understanding of developments / activities across business teams that may have synergistic opportunities.
  • Support supplier change programmes, in particular ensuring that potential suppliers have the technical capability to deliver requirements for Premier Foods and being a key member of the Audit team.
  • To develop close working relations with local Quality Assurance/Manufacturing Site Technical support functions, and build levels of packaging technical knowledge within these teams, through practical training and use of external training through suppliers etc.
  • Maintain and update the packaging specification system and confirm supplier approvals.
  • Create and maintain database of pallet patterns for all products
  • Build understanding of packaging materials interactions with diversity of packaging machines and ensure that the packaging materials key performance criteria are part of the specifications. Harness this data to assess opportunities for further improvements of machine efficiencies.
  • Ensure all cutter guides are correct and include all important information (gold standard).
  • Ensure packaging database (MNotes) contain correct packaging information and update accordingly.
  • Collate and communicate packaging waste data related to specification implementation / changes.
  • Ensure that all U.K. and International legal requirements relating to packaging are strictly adhered to, and that awareness of amendments / new requirements are maintained and communicated within relevant functions e.g. Packaging R&D, Central QA etc.
  • Sign-off of all new artwork against packaging responsibilities
  • Meetings - attend and participate in face-to-face and remote meetings, related to project work and other R&D activities.
  • Regular reviews with skills tutor and Packaging Development Manager

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer literate (ie: knowledge/experience of Microsoft Word packages).
  • Genuine desire to learn and progressyour career.
  • Commitment to quality, hygiene & safety.

Personal qualities

  • Willingto act as part of a team and work towards achieving shared objectives through adopting best practice.
  • Abilityto change and adapt your behaviour or work procedures when there is a change in the work environment, for example as a result of changing customer needs.
  • Steps up to take on personal responsibility and accountability for tasks and actions.

Desired qualifications

  • Have at least 3 A Levels - science based, maths, design and technology subjects preferred.
  • Have GCSE Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English and maths.

Future prospects

We will provide you with future learning and career development opportunities to reach your full potential within the company.

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