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Packaging Innovation Developer

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Brussels, Belgium - BEL
  • Post Date: 2/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • Post End Date: February 27 - 2019
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Job ID: R-23363

Position Overview:

• Responsible for implementing technology-based packaging development initiatives or adapting existing packaging formats, while assuring these initiatives are efficiently and effectively managed under line manager supervision. (within specified category, EMEA BU's)
• Provide support to Packaging Developers in their project & activities aimed at evaluating and developing new technologies before testing and deploying them across geographies.

Function Specific Activities:

Job profile:

  • Developing design briefs and specifications for packaging systems and managing development from concept identification through to market launch, leveraging internal and external development resources.
  • Developing and evaluation of new concept prototypes, pilot test/production and filling/manufacturing systems.
  • Manage testing of concept prototypes and pilot production packaging solutions to ensure compliance with TCCC packaging quality standards.
  • Where applicable, ensure that TCCC intellectual property rights are established and protected prior to commercialization of new innovations.
  • Maintain a level of competence in packaging-related matters relevant to completion of the role such as environmental issues, customer and consumer trends and apply these too developments.
  • Develop and maintain expert knowledge of current and emerging technologies in a specific area of expertise to be defined.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key Corporate and Business Unit functions (QA, SRA, Commercialization, Marketing…) plus Bottler Technical teams to validate and implement potential new developments.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with leading edge packaging suppliers.
  • Participate in and provide support and guidance on packaging related matters to project teams and key stakeholders within Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Business Units, Bottlers and the packaging innovation team.
  • Keep specification management (Picasso) and project management (CIF) databases updated according to our internal policy;
  • Regularly report on status of projects.

Competencies & skills:


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

Conceptual and general knowledge of packaging technologies, materials and processes:

  • Understanding of the basic functions of packaging and knowledge of the common primary and secondary packaging technologies 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 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 relationships between package design, materials properties, environmental influences, and package performance;
  • Understanding of packaging cost influences and components of value chain;

In addition, 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 moulding, blow moulding, 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, laboratory evaluation techniques
  • Package design
  • Packaging regulatory requirements.
  • Industrial packaging of liquid materials

Education:         Bachelor's or Master's Degree (depending of the experience) in packaging technology, industrial product design or related engineering field.

Experience:        up to 3 years relevant industry experience

Language requirements: Fluent in English, additional language is a plus.

Travel (% required): 10 - 20% (max 25%)

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

2-3 Years 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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