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Packaging Developer Europe

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Sharnbrook, England
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Job Title: Packaging Developer Europe

Location: Colworth Science Park



Lipton is Unilever’s largest brand in turnover and global presence and is a key component in PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio. Lipton is a truly global brand and operates in two distinct areas; leaf tea and Ready to Drink Tea (RTDT). The RTDT team operates as a separate entity to Unilever and PepsiCo as part of a joint venture organization.

A role in Pepsi Lipton is unique experience that will allow you to rapidly develop and will add value to your career. It is a Joint Venture between Unilever and PepsiCo to manufacture and sell Lipton Iced Tea and operates across the globe.  As a company in its own right, the joint venture has its own board of directors.  Whilst in constant contact with its parent companies, it runs as a separate entity on a day to day basis.

As a global company the variation in countries, bottlers and manufacturing sites makes this a very exciting place to work. We have 4 regional organisations operating across North America, Europe, Latin America and AMEA and we are constantly breaking new ground with launches into white markets.

Working in the joint venture is one of the few opportunities to work in a small, entrepreneurial company within a larger framework of Unilever and PepsiCo. It is a unique opportunity to work across many areas of the R&D and Packaging agenda and make a direct impact to the global business.

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Managing packaging development within cross-functional teams to ensure fit-for-purpose packaging meeting the packaging brief, delivered on time, in full.

Develop comprehensive development testing protocols for all critical aspects of pack performance and ensure pack is tested against these.

Deliver packaging which not only meets the required quality and technical standards, but also delights the consumer and builds brand love, through using packaging best practices.

Deliver value improvement projects, quality and complexity reduction program for packaging.

Develop and maintain the relevant technical expertise and competencies for self.

To comply with the Code of Business Principles and all SHE and QA policies, including the support of product claims, risk management and environmental awareness.


Business skills

  • FMCG packaging experience, ideally experience of beverage packaging materials (PET Bottles, Glass Bottles, Closures, Cans, Beverage Cartons).
  • Experience in developing packaging solutions and initiatives.
  • Educated in packaging technology, materials science, or a related technical discipline.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, with tenacity to drive projects to completion.
  • Working knowledge of / compliance with policies and procedures, identifying and continuously improving ways of working
  • Demonstrated ability to document project and packaging development progression.
  • Understanding how beverage packaging runs within a Factory, through the Supply Chain and their basic sustainable credentials.
  • Project Management experience
  • Flexibility in work style to be able to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Creation/ maintenance of packaging technical specifications.

Standards of Leadership: 

  • Personal Mastery
  • Agility
  • Talent Catalyst
  • Consumer Love
  • Passion for High Performance

Occasional business travel is expected, approximately 10%-15% (EU countries).

Personal profile

  • Passion for Pepsi Lipton products portfolio
  • Capable of balancing technical requirements with brand design values, managing complexity where these are at odds.
  • Team working with the other Packaging team members and cross-functional partners
  • Action Orientated, self-motivated with a “can do” attitude.
  • Continuous improvement and troubleshooting mindset, driving simplification and standardization of packaging tasks.
  • Strong English writing/speaking skills for business.

Main interactions

  • Wider Unilever and PepsiCo Packaging Community
  • Pepsi Lipton R&D and Supply Chain Organization
  • Marketing Teams
  • Packaging suppliers
  • PepsiCo Packaging Network, both global and regional
  • International production locations
  • Packaging procurement


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’  

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all. 

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

To find out more, including more information about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here.

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