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R&I Senior Packaging Manager - Flexibles & Rigid Plastics

  • Posted: 12 Oct 2021
  • Research & Innovation
  • Utrecht
  • Netherlands

About the job


Do you get excited leading the packaging transformation into the next frontier of technologies and experiences that will be critical to engaging our consumers?

We are looking for a Senior Packaging Technologist to join the global R&I center of Danone Nutricia Research in Utrecht, the Netherlands.



About the Job

As R&I Senior Packaging Manager you will be establishing a leading innovation practice, and fostering collaborative internal and external partnerships. Based on this, you will enable the global packaging team to identify, imagine, create, validate, and transition disruptive packaging solutions.

You will be driving innovation and therefore have a great mix of technical and strategic skills, and the ability to perform while dealing with ambiguity. You have an entrepreneurial mindset, and inspire senior management and teams.


Your mission:
You will be accountable for the packaging breakthrough innovation end-to-end process from insights gathering to opportunity identification, exploration, validation, and transition into the company. Next to that, you will: 

  • Leverage design thinking principles to help quickly identify and validate solutions via rapid prototyping and qualitative testing.
  • Support new way of packaging innovation by recommending creative, innovative approaches to breakthrough barriers and challenge conventional thinking. Be a change engine.
  • Drive the exploration of key consumer and technical trends and elevate opportunities and challenges that are specific to Specialized Nutrition to inform ideation.
  • Drive overall exploration, understanding and assessment of startups, agencies, and major players in the emerging technology and experience space
  • Drive Packaging innovation big bets while meeting the key success criteria (quality, time and cost)


This role provides an excellent opportunity to influence the future design direction of Danone Nutricia Specialized Nutrition, where there is an emphasis on consumer and customer-winning pack designs, creating high quality packaging, in conjunction to functionality; cost optimization & sustainability.

About you

We are looking for an experience packaging innovator with:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in industrial design, product design, innovation engineering or similar discipline
  • At least 7 years of experience in packaging development and medium-long term innovation
  • Experience with Rigid and Flexibles Packaging development
  • Rich experience in design thinking application and human centric design
  • A high degree of technical knowledge balanced with creative ability
  • Experience in working with early stage product development, and identifying and capitalizing on technology trends
  • Passion for packaging and innovation with proven ability to deliver this through a global organization
  • Determination to achieve an end result, and optimism and enthusiasm when things don't go to plan
  • Strong business acumen, looking beyond just packaging
  • Good problem solving, leadership and influencing skills, while being an outstanding Team player
  • Agile mindset and fast learner (learn and unlearn)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. You have the ability to create, plan and deliver presentations to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • 100% fluency in English (spoken and written) is a must

About us

Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.


We are proud to be an equal employer. We are convinced our differences make the difference and that an inclusive working environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. We will therefore consider all applicants for employment* fostering an inclusive working culture that is accessible for all.


Did you know that as a B-Corp certified company, Danone Benelux meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability?


We Offer

At Danone, we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products.


What’s next?

Hit the “apply now” button. 


To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our career website.

Need more information? Please contact Ingrid Szary, Talent Manager R&I at ingrid.szary@danone.com


* all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status



Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

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