• Senior Packaging Development Engineer (Japan) Tokyo
  • HAVI in Tokyo, , Japan
  • jobs
  • 1 month ago

jobs description

HAVI is a privately held global company that innovates, optimizes and drives the supply chains and marketing promotions of many of the best known brands in the world. When you work at HAVI, you have a chance to make your mark – to be a part of work that drives value, brings a smile and keeps everyday life moving forward. Which means it’s not the size of our global footprint, but rather your personal fingerprint, that has the power to make a real difference for our customers… and to touch the lives of people both at home and around the world.

Based in Tokyo Japan, the role will support customer’s packaging needs in Japan with regards to the development of sustainable and commercially appropriate packaging solutions. Primary responsibilities will include
• providing functional (Project Management and Packaging Development) and subject matter expertise in guiding customers though appropriate legislative requirements and in delivering packaging technology solutions & innovation programs... in line with the Category Strategy
• building and maintaining supplier relationships to extract best in class solutions for customers, both functionally and commercially
• working across functionally within all HAVI/tms touch points such as Product Management, Market operations, Procurement teams, Category, Sustainability, Commercial, Quality Assurance & Graphics.

This role requires the ability to lead significant, multi-phase packaging development programs with a cross-functional teams including from preliminary concept development, testing and validation thru national commercialization / execution. He/she will also support all customers within the designated cluster and associated markets with regards to the development of sustainable and commercially appropriate packaging solutions. This includes providing functional and subject matter expertise in guiding customers though appropriate legislative requirements and in delivering packaging technology solutions, building supplier relationships to extract best in class solutions for customers.

• Lead on the delivery and project management of appropriate packaging solutions, including cost benefit and risk, piloting and implementation timelines.
• Clear understanding of the local and overarching legislative landscape to ensure the most appropriate solutions are applied;
• Co-creation, development and delivery of innovative packaging solutions, in alignment with suppliers and external innovation;
• Establish methodology and reporting metrics to support relevant customer goals, working with independent experts and sharing best practice adopted from other markets and working in collaboration with stakeholders e.g. distribution companies, packaging suppliers, industry experts;
• Horizon scanning, innovation and sharing best practice from other markets and the industry to support the above priorities;
• Communicate in a timely manner to HAVI/tms company leadership teams, work with other HAVI/tms departments to ensure effective delivery of milestones and project exercusion.
• Identify and meet customer needs and increase HAVI/tms value.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with the key stakeholders internally and externally.
• Understand and proactively support customer business strategies.
• Constantly seek best packaging solutions to answer the needs of our clients.
• Regularly review and challenge common processes and propose improvements and standardisation of packaging specification.
• Engage with and influence suppliers for effective and timely delivery;
• Keep clear overview of all activities happening and issue regular reports and presentations.
• Manage allocated packaging/sourcing projects and proactively suggest solutions to McDonald’s markets and customers.
• Partner with Cluster Commercial team to ensure execution of the agreed market packaging plans and initiatives with method.
• Through regular meetings with appropriate account stake holders, review and update the objectives and maintain alignment.
• Liaise with internal HAVI/tms departments based worldwide to achieve clients’ requirements.
• Provide packaging development support and material expertise in-line with the needs and expectations identified by HAVI/tms customers; solutions should include a balance of innovation on consumer insight, sustainability strategy, risk management and product cost.
• Interface with various customer departments, not limited to operations, menu management, supply chain, and marketing, to identify customer needs and focus on speed-to-market solutions
• Coordinate packaging testing, including those at supplier facilities and at customer facilities, such as test kitchens, in-store testing, and any outside 3rd party test labs, to validate the performance of the package against operational and consumer criteria.
• Fully leverage and develop supplier capabilities and technical specialists that deliver results effectively and in a timely manner. Participate in supplier review meetings to provide feedback on supplier performance.
• Execute commercialization plans to ensure the product meets customer requirements and is transitioned to a continuous supply item with contingency built-in.
• Develop and maintain packaging specifications within the designated specification system.
• 5+ years in packaging technology and/or business/packaging strategy development
• Strong technical competencies in packaging science including knowledge of substrates, structural design and manufacturing processes
• Experience in Foods, QSR, FMCG or Packaging manufacturing / converting industry preferred
• Knowledge of packaging forms, coatings & conversion processes preferred
• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Packaging Technology or equivalent
• Fluency in written and spoken Japanese as well as English language is a must
• Experience with project management tasks and timeline development
• Ability to connect abstract thoughts and ideas and materialize into an actionable long-term packaging strategy
• Experience working with multi-functional teams to formulate objectives and action plans
• Analytical approach to problem solving and decision making
• Excellent communication and facilitation skills
• High level of collaboration and teamwork
Tokyo Japan


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