Job offer: r & d in Shinagawa with Mars

Job Description

Job Title: Package Technologist Japan
Segment / Business Unit: Japan Multisales
Function: R & D
Job Level: T1
Location / Site: TOK (Shinagawa / Tokyo)
Line Manager: R & D Senior Manager Japan

Job Purpose / Overview
Japan has Co-man (1 factory) and Co-packers (3 factories) which are critical business drivers for MARS Japan Pet Care and MWC segments. This position is responsible to manage package development at Japan Co-man & Co-packers to meet consumer / customer needs, local regulations and MARS Global Quality Standards.
The role is responsible for delivering growth ambition through new package development and MARS package sustainability 2025 goal related to Co-man & Co-packers and responsible to optimize the package costs through continuous implementation of material cost saving.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead end-to-end packaging and process development activities by collaborating with Japan Mktg and SCM associates under supervision of Japan Packaging manager, including discovery and translation of meaningful consumer-insights into feasible packaging design solutions, prototype sample development, Packaging document preparation, Packaging Testing, Line Trials, Commissioning, Validation and Start up.
  • Execute the strategy of delivering Packaging Sustainability solutions by collaborating with Japan SCM associates to meet MARS Global Packaging Sustainability target by 2025.
  • Identify and implement Packaging cost improvement program.
  • Represent Package Development team in communication and meeting with internal cross-functional team, suppliers and co-man on package related matters.
  • Ensure consumer-relevant KQAs are delivered through DfVS framework.
  • Ensure all packaging design and spec meet and comply with MARS Global Product and Packaging Quality standards and systems.
  • Manage package related system implementation and on-going maintenance.
  • Continue to learn the latest packaging technology by running competitors’ analysis and learning from external industries and suppliers.
  • Connect with Asia Regional packaging community with Japan Packaging Manager.
  • Support Asia & global package associates by executing domestic transportation tests.

Context and Scope

  • The job holder is responsible to lead Package Development (Innovations, sustainability, DiB) under Japan Packaging Manager supervision at Japan Co-man & Co-packer. The scope is to cover both Pet Care and MWC.
  • The job holder is responsible to work closely with Japan SCM team to develop and deliver Japan Co-packer strategy to support Japan business needs.
  • The job holder needs to work closely with MARS Japan internal associates in Japan Demand functions (ie Mktg, Sales and DC), R & D, Commercial, SCM, EMQA and external partners in Co-man & Co-packer and suppliers.
  • The job holder should stay connected with Asia Regional packaging community.

Job Specifications / Qualifications
1. Education & Professional Qualification

  • Bachelor or higher degree in Science or Engineering.
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience in Packaging development either at packaging suppliers or at food and / or FMCG manufactures.

2. Knowledge / Experience

  • Strong technical competency in various materials and formats of packaging for food and / or FMCG products eg, flexible package, retortable pouch, Display carton and corrugated shipper
  • Basic knowledge of processed food manufacturing, especially packing process and packing system / machine
  • Good understanding of quality management
  • Experience to translate consumer insights into package specifications
  • Experience to develop mock-up by himself / herself to practice design thinking approach
  • Conduct data analysis (ie validation data etc.) by himself / herself
  • Able to work independently with OJT training
  • Proactively build network with internal and external partners
  • Highly proactive, self-driven and self-awareness
  • Good Teamwork, project management, communication and presentation skill
  • High curiosity and eager to learn and improve
  • Positive thinking. Willing to accept and deal with challenges and is able to work under pressure
  • Good Command of spoken and written English

Level of role, Critical MLCs and Competencies
Level of Role: Individual Contributor

  • Delivers Consistent Results
  • Creates Collaborative Relationships

Key Supporting Competencies
1. Technical & Functional Skills
2. Planning
3. Action oriented
4. Conflict management
5. Customer focus
6. Peer relationship

Key Functional Competencies & Technical Skills

  • Packaging material, conversion processes, packing process and machinery.
  • Industry research including patent analysis
  • Understanding package related regulations
  • Packaging Testing Method
  • Risk assessment and management skill
  • Project Management, Communication and Presentation skill

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