Packaging Developer - Northampton

Posted 01 February 2024
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline Commercial
Job FunctionCommercial
Contact NameJade Cook
Expiry date 05 April 2024

Job description

Why Greencore?


We are a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and our purpose is to make everyday taste better.


We supply all the major supermarkets in the UK. We also supply convenience and travel retail outlets, discounters, coffee shops, foodservice, and other retailers. We have strong market positions in a range of categories including sandwiches, salads, sushi, chilled snacking, chilled ready meals, chilled soups and sauces, chilled quiche, ambient sauces and pickles, and frozen Yorkshire Puddings.


In FY22 we manufactured 795m sandwiches and other food to go products, 127m chilled prepared meals, and 249m bottles of cooking sauces, pickles, and condiments. We carry out more than 10,600 direct to store deliveries each day. We have 21 world-class manufacturing units across 16 locations in the UK, with industry-leading technology and supply chain capabilities. We generated revenues of £1.7bn in FY22 and employ approximately 14,000 people.


We work hard to ensure that Greencore is a great place to work, and our people truly are at the core. We’re committed to ensuring all our colleagues have development plans and strive to provide inspiring leadership – in fact, in the past year we’ve seen an 11% increase in the number of colleagues who would recommend Greencore as a place to work.


Join us and be part of our great team!


We have an exciting opportunity for a highly experience Packaging Developer to join our team in Northampton.

What you'll be doing

As a Packaging Developer, your role will be to develop new and modify existing packaging concepts, reviewing structure and design, in line with written briefs to meet customer needs. You will need to:

  • Contribute to creative brainstorms to identify new solutions with packaging suppliers which complement food packaging innovation and maximise competitor advantage
  • Have the vision to translate concepts into robust, tangible commercial solutions that are fit for purpose, disrupt the fixture and communicate the values of the range identity.
  • Work alongside Group Purchasing where appropriate, to incorporate efficiency savings in line with Greencore specification criteria, to support business needs.
  • Present the packaging at feasibility meetings, to verify its suitability to a manufacturing environment and the expectations of production processes
  • Be fully conversant with current and future Sustainability agendas incorporating this knowledge into your approach when reporting key step changes
  • Ensure all samples are available in line with critical paths and extended timelines are communicated efficiently to the business.
  • Attend customer product submissions, as required, to present your proposals
  • Create graphical mock-ups to enhance and clearly communicate your concepts.
  • Support factory trials, reviewing the operational output to refine or modify the design specification to ensure the final pack is fit for purpose and delivers the necessary outcomes

What we’re looking for

We are in search of an experienced candidate for this position, someone who can seamlessly step into the role and make an immediate impact.  Other key attributes will include:

  • Graduate calibre, with at least two years served within the food packaging industry
  • Enjoys the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment
  • Analytical; experienced in requesting and reviewing packaging costings
  • Strong customer service values and a keen sense of urgency with the ability to think on your feet
  • An effective communicator with good presentation skills
  • Creative, enjoys colour and graphic design, comfortable in relevant packages eg Illustrator, Adobe Suite etc
  • Technically confident knowledge in at least one substrate field relevant to food manufacturing e.g. carton board, flexible films, thermoform
  • Able to produce mock ups and have complete confidence as an illustrator to convey your ideas when briefing suppliers

At Greencore we put our people at the core. We celebrate their differences and help everyone to be themselves at work. Together we make every day taste better.


If this sounds like you join us, grow with Greencore and be a part of driving our future success.


What you’ll get in return

  • Competitive salary and job-related benefits
  • Holidays
  • Pension up to 8% matched
  • Company share save scheme
  • Greencore Qualifications
  • Exclusive Greencore employee discount platform
  • Access to a full Wellbeing Centre platform

Throughout your time at Greencore, you will be supported with on the job training and development opportunities to further your career.