Product Sustainability Manager - Food Packaging

South East England

Job summary

Future Recruitment Ltd
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job



LOCATION: Principally Home Based in Southern UK / Ireland with 50% travel required

INDUSTRY: Printing, Packaging, Food Packaging, Plastic & Flexible Packaging, Thermoforming, Skin Packaging, Lidding Films, Trays, Pots, Punnets, Paper Packaging, Moulded Fibre Packaging, Recycled Materials.

SALARY: £40K plus benefits package

COMPANY: A leading European packaging specialist offering food packaging solutions across a wide range of categories including bakery, dairy, fruit, produce, protein, prepared, food-to-go, confectionary, pet and much more. With a fully integrated in-house process from concept to shelf, creating and manufacturing innovative, high quality and sustainable packaging that fulfils customers' expectations and needs. Operating a ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL policy across all production sites.

THE ROLE: Responsible for the evaluation, communication and facilitation of UK and EU legislation in relation to the product range. In terms of material supply, manufacture, use and disposal. To provide guidance on sustainability matters and build the strategy towards a circular economy. To support the NPD, Technical, sales and operations teams as the expert in how company products impact the markets served.
* Ensuring business compliance to UK and EU legislation, related to imported and manufactured products. Covering rigid and flexible plastics, cardboard and paper and moulded fibre products.
* Provide legislative, regulatory and sustainability support on any new material evaluation.
* Developing sustainability strategies and running workshops to raise awareness internally and with customers
* Be the voice of the company for supporting partners i.e. HMRC / BPF / Wrap / Plastic Pact / Recoup
* Provide advice and guidance on sustainability to customers
* Collaboration with Sustainability team to share strategy approach as countries adopt varying policies.
* Developing frameworks for measuring product recyclability and environmental impact
* Assessment of new material offerings / recycling methods via procurement team for sustainability improvements in the portfolio
* To support NPD and Marketing on LCA analysis for existing and alternative products
* Liaise with customers and retailers to build a constantly evolving VOC
* Identifying funding sources to support the implementation of sustainability projects

KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate will be from a packaging / sustainability / compliance background and preferably in the food manufacture / food retail / food packaging sector
* Degree level education in engineering or Polymer Science
* Strong previous technical packaging Experience
* NGO relations experience
* Proven Project Management Skill
* Numeracy skills essential


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