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Packaging Manager, Belgium

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Brussels, Belgium - BEL
  • Post Date: 2/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
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Job ID: R-23100

Position Overview:

This role is a grade 12

Provide technical packaging leadership to meet the short-term and longer-term business needs (2-3 years) (category, packaging type/material, ...).

Responsible for implementation of packaging development initiatives (and programs) and ensuring that these initiatives are efficiently and effectively managed across the system in collaboration with our business units in EMEA.

Function Specific Activities:


Provide technical packaging leadership to meet the short-term and longer-term business needs (2-3 years) (category, packaging type/material, ...).

Responsible for implementation of packaging development initiatives (and programs) and ensuring that these initiatives are efficiently and effectively managed across the system in collaboration with our business units in EMEA.


Innovation pipeline and packaging projects:

  • Proactively manage the process of new packaging innovation, development, introductions and improvements.
  • Understand the expectations of consumers, customers and the Coca-Cola system for EMEA packaging development. Ensure innovation pipeline (packaging, incl. part of full product bundle) based on this understanding and work. This includes deep understanding of cross-system business case development.
  • Review and recommend packaging innovative ideas for new business opportunities outside of the present operating structures.
  • Maintain and develop the technical skills and expertise in packaging design, functionality and application.
  • Develops design briefs and specifications. Manage testing of new concept prototypes.
  • Plays active role in overall category management / innovation thinking and pipeline building.

Subject Matter Expert

  • SME Expertise for a given packaging category (PET, closures, glass, ..)
  • Solid technical skills and expertise in packaging design, functionality and application. Maintain expert knowledge of current and emerging technologies in said area of expertise.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the competitive landscape (within and outside the beverage industry)
  • Leads technical area of expertise. Ensure sharing of knowledge and support to other categories by active participation in communities of practice. Maintain on an on-going basis the assigned supplier/technology pipelines.
  • Acts as consultant to BU's within EMEA (category, packaging/material SME)


  • Need substantial persuasive skill
  • Proactively provide ideas to marketing, technical and R&D leadership team.
  • Develop and maintain internal and external network in his/her area of responsibility
  • Cultivate good relationship with Marketing, Technical and commercialization functions
  • Negotiate with suppliers to ensure optimal support / execution

Functional Skills: Must be knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Understanding of the basic functions of packaging and knowledge of the common primary and secondary packaging media and systems used within the packaged ready to drink beverage industry
  • Understanding of the way in which packaging can be used to build brand equity and consumer preference
  • Understanding of packaging cost influences
  • Understanding of interactions between packaging, process and product to enable packaging recommendation (quality)
  • Understanding of environmental issues associated with the production and disposal of packaging materials.
  • Understanding the basic relationships between package design, materials properties, environmental influences, and package performance.

 In addition, must have specific subject matter expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Packaging Materials Science
  • Polymer chemistry, metallurgy, paper science or glass chemistry
  • Package Manufacturing Technologies
    • Plastic conversion technologies (injection molding, blow molding, film production, etc.)
    • Metal forming technologies
    • Glass forming technologies
    • Package decoration technologies
  • Package filling and handling techniques and their influence on package performance
  • Package recycling technologies
  • Package evaluation techniques
  • Laboratory evaluation techniques
  • Planning, organisation and execution of line trials and in-market tests, and the appropriate data gathering and analysis techniques.
  • Package design
  • Packaging regulatory requirements.
  • Industrial packaging of liquid materials

C. ORGANIZATION IMPACT/ INFLUENCE: Indicate the nature and level of your contacts within and outside the Company, as well as the nature and purpose of the interaction.


  • Global R&D
  • R&D EMEA, category teams
  • BU teams: quality; Commercialization team: director, project managers
  • Marketing category leaders
  • Procurement


  • Suppliers
  • Universities



Working Experience:

  • At least 8 years successful package design experience in the FMCG + 4-6 successful experience in food industry.

Core Competencies:

DRIVE INNOVATION Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business (encompassing everything from continuous improvement to new product and package innovation)

Key Actions:

  • Demonstrate constructive discontent; Question when things can be done better and identify improvement areas
  • Take appropriate risks and learn from mistakes
  • Rapidly implement and commercialize approved ideas
  • Propose opportunities for improvement; influence stakeholders to drive execution
  • Apply best practices and learning from other parts of the System

COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to appropriately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler)

Key Actions:

  • Gain agreement from others to support ideas or take action using fact-based recommendations
  • Establish and work to continually improve productive, long-term relationships
  • Take action based on knowledge of effective business practices, ensuring internal/external customer needs are met or exceeded       
  • Consider how work impacts others and act accordingly      

ACT LIKE AN OWNER Deliver results, creating value for our brands, our System, our customers and key stakeholders

Key Actions:

  • Focus on highest priority actions first; adjust priorities when appropriate to achieve results
  • Accomplish objectives; ensure completion of work
  • Take action in daily work to positively impact people, communities and the environment
  • Use Company resources responsibly

INSPIRE OTHERS Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible

Key Actions:

  • Express passion for the System, our brands, business and people; be a brand ambassador
  • Align actions and decisions with company vision and strategies
  • Persist in achieving goals in spite of barriers or obstacles through personal commitment to work
  • Be engaged in work and invest time, passion and best efforts to accomplish goals
  • Respect others and be honest and open in order to build credibility and trust

DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS Develop self and support others' development to achieve full potential

Key Actions:

  • Respect and leverage individual differences
  • Help others learn and grow by providing feedback and mentoring
  • Promote the organization to prospective employees and refer great talent to our System
  • Ask for and act on feedback from others; Continuously develop through learning from others and sharing knowledge and experience
  • Make choices to help balance work and life, in pursuit of bringing personal energy to work, creating overall well-being


Master degree in engineering or related field.


Fluent in English.

Additional language is a plus.


Up to 25%

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

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