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Jobs in UK New Product Development

Careers in New Product Development

The New Product Development team encompasses graphics, packaging, store design and accessories, while at the same time playing a key role in guiding the evolution of the brand. This team is responsible for New Product Development but also works closely with Marketing to ensure clear and effective communications.


The Group Creative Director describes his mission as "to understand and interpret customer needs in order to translate them into a distinctive vision for Molton Brown that resonates on both a national and global level. This is achieved by balancing emotional and practical requirements through design excellence but has to go beyond purely stylistic considerations to evolve a culture that can be shared by employees and public alike. The combination of innovation and integrity is key to defining the identity of Molton Brown for the future."

Packaging Technologist

Job: Packaging Technologist

Location: Bishops Stortford

Description:

Role Summary:

As part of the Technical Packaging team you will be responsible for the development and industrialisation of packaging in line with the business timings and requirements. The job will involve responsibility for the execution of all required development work and factory support. Additionally the Packaging Technologist is responsible for the compilation of all Component & Finished Good Specifications, providing a tool box of information to pass to production partners.

The Packaging Technologist will be responsible for developing customer and supplier relationships, ensuring that projects and processes are compliant, whilst executed on time to meet business needs.

As a Packaging Technologist, you must be methodical, analytical and flexible with great communication and prioritisation skills. Self-motivated and enthusiastic, you must possess strong rapport-building abilities and an adaptable approach.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Technical

Be a technical expert to business customers & partners.

Have a working knowledge of plastic moulding, , decorating technologies, paper/paperboard, printing, packing & assembly, mass, medium and low volume manufacturing, glass manufacture, metals manufacturing

Manage technical aspects of all bespoke Molton Brown components to meet the designated requirements of marketing and supply chain on time and in full.

Create specifications for all new components, primary to tertiary and establish standards. Confirm function, form and compatibility to the proposed product and proposed manufacturing process.

Approve drawings & artworks; compile & issue component & finished good specifications.

Ensure defined quality AQL’s and standards are agreed on new projects.

Ensure that the defined testing & approval procedures are followed, and that any deviations are agreed with Senior Manager

Identify the need for, and manage the execution of, line Trials and support 1st production ensuring that all the factory requirements are satisfied

Team Working

Able to work autonomously as well as part of a high performing team

Ensure that all projects are progressed and results are documented to enable a smooth handover to production

Support other team members as & when resource flex is required.

Communication & relations

Establish and maintain good relationships with suppliers and keep abreast of new packaging technologies that may provide new / superior benefits.

Suppliers

Work with all component suppliers to develop and implement new packaging

Work with manufacturing 3rd party subcontractors to identify, set up new filling / manufacturing route and finalise specifications for scale up, samples and final production.

Design / 3D design

Constantly look for opportunities to improve existing packaging technologies to drive margin and/or performance.

Strong attention for detail and a flair for design.

Understanding of product development processes/ elements in product design

3D CAD & prototyping knowledge is not required but would be a benefit

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

3 to 5 years packaging experience in a premium personal care business. Experience of the luxury sector would be preferable but not compulsory

Ideally educated to Degree/HNC/IOP packaging diploma level.

Knowledge of the factors that support the wider business goals

Excellent time and project management skills.

A clear & concise communicator, ability to communicate effectively across a cross-section of disciplines and staff level internally and externally

Able to negotiate and influence others.

Is logical, pragmatic & process driven.

Able to demonstrate a clear analytical approach to problem solving.

Demonstrates a competent level of knowledge of the technologies used by our suppliers in the manufacture of components.

Demonstrates a competent level of knowledge of all printing processes used within the industry.

Have experience in or have knowledge of machinery used in the filling of components

A good understanding of technical drawing’s and basic tool manufacture across a number of industries.

An awareness of relevant packaging legislation

Fully competent on Microsoft office, all packages

Travel: The role will require travel within the UK and overseas

Driving Licence required

Packaging Designer - Creative Services

Job: Packaging Designer - Creative Services

Location: London

Description:

Packaging Designer, Creative Services

Reports To: Senior Manager, Creative Services

Job Summary :

Lead all elements of packaging design for the brand, from conception and structural design to artwork delivery , creating packaging solutions that are in line with our luxury brand positioning and inspire consumers to purchase and enhance perceptions of innovation and prestige.

Manage the artworker to successfully answer packaging briefs generated within the stage and gate process that are in line with brand strategy and commercial targets.

Drive the development and maintenance of thebrand across all packaging, ensuring effective positioning of key brand equities to elevate the brand and establish a Molton Brown style which is recognised and ownable.

Act as guardian of the brand, by ensuring all elements of brand equity are used in a manner that is appropriate, consistent and always in line with the aspirations as outlined in the brand and design
strategies.

Collaborate and liaise with the New Product Development, Project Managementand Technical Packaging teams to establish , understand and answer creative requirements from the business.

Drive the packaging team to deliver excellent quality design work, on time and on budget to ensure the success of Molton Brown’s business growth across multi-channels, globally.

Key Responsibilities

1)The creation of aspirational packaging solutions for Molton Brown products which are :

a) in line with and elevate the brand positioning

b) complete in their consideration of structural as well as surface graphic s

c) answer and often deliver beyond the expectation of the brief

d) inspire consumer purchase.

2) Manage the artwork resource to ensure that:

a) work is scheduled according to project timelines

b) projects are delivered on brand and on time

c) artwork is accurate and delivered according to requirements.

3) Manage, develop and coach the artworker to deliver excellent results and ensure a motivated and valued team. Set SMART objectives and clear KPI’s for all activities, drive individual performance, creative excellence and processes which create an environment of fast paced, exciting, creativity within which people are effective and efficient.

4) Liaise with Visual Merchandising and the Store Design teams to ensure packaging solutions are practical and can be implemented efficiently and successfully.

5) Act as brand guardian and manage the use of the Molton Brown name, logo, marks, visual identity and key equities across packaging design.

6) Work with the Technical Packaging team, printers and suppliers to ensure that creative solutions are realised to their full potential, demonstrating meticulous attention to detail and the ability to drive production to ensure that the final product is delivered to the highest standards in line with our luxury positioning. This includes on-press approval and the review of samples and artwork.

7) Work as part of the product development team to realise business requirements for packaging development and realisation. Participate in regular product development meetings to ensure all parties are informed of project progress and work as part of the team to drive development forward.

8) Brief and manage the photography of products, ensuring that they answer the needs of all teams, in particular, New Product Development and Ecommerce.

9) Drive the implementation of new ways of working within the team, following processes established by the Senior Manager, Creative Services.

Key Internal Contacts

Product Development

Technical Packaging

Purchasing and Sourcing

Planning and Project Management

Senior team – Global Brand Management and Merchandising

Store Design

Copywriter

Visual Merchandising

Sales teams: Retail and Hotel

External Contacts

Suppliers and manufacturers

Photographer

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

ESSENTIAL

  • A relevant design degree.

  • Experience of working in luxury packaging within the beauty industry with a strong portfolio, which demonstrates a passion for the sector and the discipline. Work should be creatively inspiring and show the ability to evolve both structures and surface graphics from conception through production to realisation. These skills will sit alongside a sound working knowledge of print processes and how to achieve them.

  • A meticulous eye for detail and colour with experience of reviewing and assessing pre-production samples as well as a strong history of press passing.

  • Excellent visualisation skills and a comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

  • Experience of creating and reviewing artwork with a good working knowledge of the process and disciplines involved.

  • Line management and workflow management experience.

  • Excellent communication skills at all levels.

  • Must have the ability to manage a heavy workload and have excellent organisational and time management skills.

DESIRABLE

Experience of briefing and working with product photographers.