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R&D Packaging Manager

Warren, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia
Closing date
Jun 29, 2022

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At GSK Consumer Healthcare we are on a mission to deliver everyday health with humanity.

Are you ready:
  • to join a growing packaging team
  • to help innovate the future of R&D packaging?
  • to apply your natural passion for packaging to improve the consumer experience?
  • to drive strong business results through sustainable innovation?
  • to accelerate your R&D career tackling one of the most strategic and visible challenges facing brand-owning companies around the world?

North America is a strategic market for the consumer healthcare business and we are growing our R&D packaging team to improve the lives of our consumers. Our portfolio consists of global and local brands such as Centrum, Sensodyne, Advil, Preparation H, Benefiber, Robitussin, Theraflu, Flonase, Tums and Chapstick. Our mission is to deliver sustainable packaging innovation to help drive brand growth and consumer satisfaction.

This R&D Packaging Manager North America supports business objectives through delivery of packaging innovations in collaboration with partner functions and leveraging the external ecosystem.

Key responsibilities for this role include:
  • Lead multiple projects for the North America business unit with varied levels of complexity and confidently. Represent R&D Packaging in key internal meetings to provide subject matter expertise for decision making.
  • Engagement with partner functions and stakeholders in R&D, Marketing and Supply Chain to define clear objectives, prioritization and resource planning.
  • Be brand savvy and consumer obsessed in leveraging new technologies to elevate user experience through innovative and sustainable packaging solutions.
  • Collaborate with external partners (suppliers, academia) to develop best in class innovation for the brands, and drive awareness of competitor packaging activities to identify improvements and innovation opportunities for North America business.
  • Continually develop knowledge in new areas of packaging and look for innovative and better ways of working by eliminating non-value-added activities and improve efficiency.
  • Continually develop and leverage knowledge in sustainability trends, recycling technologies and local/national/regional recyclability regulations.

Key requirements to be successful in this role include:
  • Strong technical expertise in the field of packaging materials and sustainability, formats and applications
  • Passion to innovate and execute with excellence; be a change agent and challenge the status quo
  • Strong personal drive with a passion to make the difference in the lives of consumers
  • Drive to continuously learn; find new ways to deliver packaging excitement with our consumers
  • Agility in adapting to change in a fast-paced environment

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Packaging, Chemical or Mechanical), or Science (Material Science, Polymer Chemistry or related fields)
  • 7 + years of relevant R&D packaging experience in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) or Pharmaceuticals
  • Experience with, and technical understanding of, the requirements to deliver packaging innovation to the marketplace
  • Experience in developing and commercializing multiple packaging technologies: films, sachets, pouches, rigid containers, closures and folding cartons.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Master's degree in Engineering (Packaging, Chemical or Mechanical), or Science (Material Science, Polymer Chemistry or related fields)
  • R&D packaging experience
  • Experienced in collaborating with partner functions in R&D, Marketing and Supply Chain on the requirements of packaging development and related processes
  • Experience in leading end to end complex projects for local or global consumer brands
  • Ability to solve technical and operational problems with a scientific approach
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and policies (environmental, safety and regulatory) related to packaging
  • Skilled in building and maintaining strong external network with key business partners and industry associations.
  • Knowledge in medical devices and regulated OTC packaging is preferred

Why GSK?

Our values and expectationsare at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness

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