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Sustainable Packaging Technologist

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Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Unilever is committed to creating a Waste-Free World through its ambitious Packaging Strategy – we are taking on the toughest challenges to make our vision a reality. We’re re-inventing our product packaging and materials to craft the sustainability journey towards our ambition of circular, waste-free and net zero future.  To achieve these goals, we need completely new packaging materials and technologies that are yet to be discovered. Our industry-leading material science programme strives to change our industry for good, transforming the traditional packaging sector into a next-generation technical industry where entrepreneurial passion meets science-backed innovations.

We are looking for a creative, dedicated and ambitious individuals with an innovative mindset who shares our passion for the challenge.

We are looking to hire a Sustainable Packaging Technologist in our PCR Flexiblesteam based in Unilever Mumbai.

Business Context

The One Packaging R&D Centre aims to create a waste free, net zero packaging portfolio through a world class packaging materials capability with strong partnerships and ecosystems. The Centre will enable and accelerate the creation of novel packaging solutions to help meet Unilever’s packaging ambitions and completely revolutionizing our packaging a with particular focus on our flexibles portfolio.  It is the place where future scientific leaders of the business are created. We are a high-performing, diverse and inclusive team of dynamic entrepreneurial people with a strong scientific background, courage and curiosity, and passion for sustainability and delivery that will have a positive impact on the planet.

Role Purpose:

Lead and execute global R&D packaging programmes across Unilever to enable the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in our plastic portfolio.

Main Accountabilities:

  • Develop new post-consumer recycled plastic suppliers and grades for application into rigid and flexible packaging in South Asia.

  • Lead packaging development activities, making recommendations to build robust PCR technical standards (specifications, test methods, safety requirements).

  • Build technical/material understanding of PCR and how to improve properties and address specific challenges & risks (e.g., odour, color, stress crack resistance, contamination). 

  • Engage with external suppliers (academia, startups, global suppliers) and the internal partners (R&D Categories, Procurement, Supply Chain) to help build the technology programme.

  • Be the lead technical contact for all PCR based flexibles packaging projects, managing the different scopes and complexity levels.

  • Support the business to help unlock increased usage of cost saving opportunities.

  • Provide training to the wider packaging team in flexibles PCR application development.

  • Build/Maintain/expand the PCR characterization ecosystem in South Aisa for faster delivery.

  • Be the lead for PCR supplier validation/audit and support for process improvement for cost and quality.

All about you

  • We are looking for someone that shares our passion for innovation, science, sustainability, and has the drive to take our packaging portfolio to the next level. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary project team ethos where everybody contributes to achieving the same goal.

Candidate Profile

  • Creative, highly passionate, willing to think big and inspire both the team and our stakeholders and internal customers.

  • Leveraging your scientific curiosity, must be committed to continually developing your technical and competency skills.

  • Must be proactive, self-starter, with the ability to multi-task and work to deadlines.

  • Results-driven, delivering value-added technologies to a high technical rigor with high business impact.

  • Must be able to work across time zones and in multicultural setting.

  • Passionate about sustainability, brands and consumers.

Technical Qualifications and Experience

  • Expertise in plastics materials and applications, through to conversion technologies.

  • Engineering or Science degree (e.g. chemical, materials, packaging).

  • Minimum 5 years project management experience across different scopes and complexity levels.

  • Working knowledge in plastic packaging conversion techniques (Blown Film Extrusion, Lamination and FFS.) and plastic materials (e.g. PP and PE).

  • Working knowledge in laboratory analysis for packaging validations for films and laminates.

  • Knowledge/experience with PCR and/or recycling technology is an advantage.

Information Handling:

  • There is a need to collect, collate and store large amounts of sensitive and confidential packaging information.  The information can be complex - it usually contains data with multiple variables per data source. 

  • The job holder would be required to carry out statistical analysis of data as well as make recommendations for solutions. Information will be used to influence stakeholder decision making.

  • So, a good knowledge of Excel and/or equivalent IT tools to help with analysis and communication will be essential.

Physical Effort:

Occasional travel will be required, approx. 2/3 days per month.

Responsibility For Resources:

A requirement for the job holder to be to monitor the condition of lab equipment and contribute to issuing SOP’s and training information and help raise BIC and capex to help deliver the programme.

Responsibility For Staff:

The job holder may be asked to support new starts/students/contractors of the safe working of laboratory equipment.

Responsibility For Finance:

The job holder has responsibility for supporting project managers with ensuring placement of orders with vendors for packaging components.

Working Conditions:

The job holder will be required to work for the majority of their time in office and laboratory conditions. This will require to follow the appropriate laboratory methods and safety requirements for the operation of equipment.

Freedom Of Action:

  • The work content is mostly unsupervised.  The job holder would mainly work as part of a team and will report to a senior packaging manager. Aspects of the work program would be fully delegated to the job holder allowing independence to plan work and take decisions affecting their work program.

  • The job holder would be expected to keep senior packaging managers and peers within their work area informed of decision making and changes. Senior managers would be expected to act in a mentoring capacity for this roles.

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