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Manager, Packaging NPD


London, LND, GB

Req ID:  27117
Date:  Sep 14, 2021

ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal.  ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize.  The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.



The Packaging Engineering Manager will lead the European New Product Development (NPD) Packaging team and play an integral role in the execution of packaging Innovation & Renovation projects as well as the creation & implementation of the overall packaging strategy.  Through a strategic approach, this individual will bridge gaps within cross-functional teams to meet or exceed the overall unified business objectives.  The Packaging Manager will be responsible for setting annual departmental goals and developing the team to achieve key performance objectives.



  • Provide direct and indirect leadership to the European NPD Packaging Team to ensure projects are delivered against customer and business objectives in a timely manner.
  • Administrate and coordinate change management techniques to ensure all packaging development meet or exceed production, supply chain, and consumer facing key performance indicators & project objectives.
  • Prioritization and stage gating of multiple Innovation & Renovation projects executions to achieve on time business objectives.
  • Develop and mentor European NPD and Packaging Team members; providing opportunities for professional development, personal growth, to ensure a solid succession plan.
  • Act as subject matter expertise to continuously advance packaging specifications, standards, methods, and supporting practices to address business needs; driving adoption thereto into internal & external packaging operations and other business functions where required.
  • Initiate new projects/concepts that drive profitable growth through implementation of value add packaging solutions, competitive packaging technologies, systems and processes through effective internal or external networking (i.e. commercial, operations, procurement, suppliers, and other miscellaneous networks).
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related Science or Engineering field from an accredited university
  • Strong work experience within a Package Development role
  • Proven change management skills; demonstrated ability to implement initiative across multiple functional areas
  • Strong problem solving abilities, judgment and decision-making skills supported by sound technical justification
  • Working knowledge of a broad range of packaging materials and packaging equipment commonly found within the Food and Beverage or CPG Industries
  • Ability to understand and apply broad business perspectives to our large, vertically integrated organization and translate that knowledge into project design plans
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to apply critical thinking strategies when translating customer needs/insights to viable packaging concepts
  • Ability to analyze complex information and perform root cause analysis
  • Advanced ability to utilize Microsoft Office Suite, CAPE or equivalent



  • Experience working in the Food and Beverage or CPG Industry is preferred
  • Advanced degree is preferred but not required



  • Working with Ambiguity- Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information.
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Expresses ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; tailors message to fit the interests and needs of the audience; delivers information in a manner that is interesting and compelling to the listener
  • Drive for Results – Aggressively pursues challenging goals and objectives; willing to put in considerable time and effort to accomplish objectives; takes a highly focused, goal driven approach toward work
  • Judgment & Decision-Making: Bases decisions on a systematic review of relevant facts and information; avoids making assumptions or rushing to judgment; provides clear rationale for decisions.
  • Project Management – Manages resources, time, money, and scope in the completion of a  set of activities which lead to the achievement of an objective(s). Keeps current on project status; makes sure people are aware of project status and what they need to do to keep things moving; redirects project resources and activities to overcome setbacks; elevates project concerns to senior levels of leadership when appropriate.
  • Execution – Attentive to detail and demonstrated ability to deliver on accountabilities in order to help the business and the team be successful. Track-record of high-performance.
  • Energy & Initiative: Takes action on his/her own without being prompted; handles problems independently; able to resolve issues without relying on extensive help from others; does more than is expected or asked; asserts one's influence over events to achieve goals.



  • Proficiency speaking/reading/writing in other languages such as Portuguese, German, and/or Italian is highly preferred



  • Small team (1 – 5 direct reports)



  • This position will require moderate – heavy travel throughout the UK & EU (approximately 30%) as well as some limited travel internationally (<10%)




At Tate & Lyle Sugars, the group's values are the cornerstone of our success.

Leadership - our goal is to be the leader in every arena in which we compete. Teamwork - our strength is magnified when we work together. Integrity - honesty and trust are the foundation of our success.Service - we know that the people and communities in which we operate are crucial partners to our success. Sustainability - the member companies of ASR Group are committed to sustainable agricultural and business practices.