Packaging Development Technologist


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary plus Benefits

Closing Date

31/12/2018 23:45

About the Role

We’ve a brand new role in the Sourcing team for a Packaging Development Technologist who'll specialise in Home products and be responsible for carrying out initiatives for the Packaging Team, delivering cost reduction projects from concept to ‘go live’ across the business in line with strategy.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the technical aspect of the packaging development process in line with our product proposition, advising the business to understand costs whilst fully considering compliance requirements without detriment to the product during transit
  • Implement, develop and maintain the company packaging guidelines, compliance documents and strategies.
  • Conduct regular reviews in our Distribution Centres and stores to identify packaging opportunities to benefit the business whilst understanding challenges and restrictions in line with the Packaging Compliance requirements, guidelines and costs.
  • Ensure value engineering of the full packaging end to end process with a focus on meeting aesthetic and margin expectations
  • Identify and recommend improvements to packaging structure, design and utility to support growth and managing cost
  • Research and understand market prices for packaging to help make informed decisions on the best materials to use to maintain costs
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships across the Operational and Creative Packaging teams, the wider business and external partners
  • Act as the direct link between the Packaging Team and the full Matalan supply chain, ensuring all new packaging initiatives and decisions are communicated clearly to all stakeholders.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the Matalan customer and ensure work is targeted accordingly

About You

  • Proven experience in a similar role with a good understanding of packaging processes & materials
  • Knowledge of packaging innovation & end to end processes
  • Ability to deliver to deadlines under pressure in a fast paced retail environment
  • Outstanding work/project management and organisational skills
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Strong listening skills with ability to explain technical detail to a non-technical audience
  • Excellent team work skills for collaborative and inclusive end to end project work
  • Self-reliant & flexible with good time management skills
  • Able to travel when the business requires

About Matalan

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is a family retail business that is proud to serve its customer excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, collaborative, challenging, and above all fun!  As part of the Matalan family you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.