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NPD Packaging Technologist


London, LND, GB

Req ID:  32761
Date:  Aug 6, 2022

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®.


Tate & Lyle Sugars is part of ASR Group which is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar. ASR Group’s companies have more than 150 years of experience taking sugar cane from the field to the table.  Our expertise in every aspect of the cane sugar process is without equal.  We are the largest vertically integrated cane sugar refiner in the world.  Our nine refineries are found in five countries across the globe and collectively can produce more than six million tonnes of sugar.  We also own and operate sugar mills in the United States, Mexico and Belize.  As an expert in raw sugar procurement, our reach spans more than 40 countries and our network of partners and suppliers has never been stronger.  Our brands are leaders in their respective markets.  We sell our branded and private label sugars, sweeteners and syrups in the grocery, food service, industrial and pharmaceutical channels in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia.



The purpose of the role is to lead a variety of packaging Innovation & Renovation projects in support to the objectives of the New Product Development (NPD) team.  Reporting to the Manager, Packaging NPD; the Packaging Technologist must have a subject matter expertise across a broad-range of packaging commodity types to ensure product performance, food safety, and provide value to the customer while controlling overall costs.  This role needs enthusiasm to know consumer and customer needs and trends and use this to shape and deliver brilliant, sustainable, packaging experiences as it works closely with internal customers across multiple locations & functional areas and will work with external suppliers toward the successfully delivery of projects against businesses requirements.


  • Responsible for multiple Innovation & Renovation projects from concept through commercialisation using an established stage gate process to achieve business objectives.
  • Develops and executes packaging qualification plans, including plant trials; reporting against predetermined key performance indicators to verify impact/mitigate risk of packaging changes.
  • Identifies packaging related innovation, sustainability, cost savings, technology, material standardisation, waste, and productivity/process improvement opportunities; implementing such opportunities when supported by a business case.
  • Provide technical expertise to multiple functional areas (including but not limited to Operations, Quality, Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing) to overcome business challenges.
  • Challenges conventional thinking on packaging related subjects; implementing creative solutions to continuously improve business impact.
  • Serves as the technical owner in the creation and maintenance of packaging specifications within SAP across all phases of development.
  • Performs other ad hoc duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Science / Engineering subject or proven experience in similar environment. Post graduate study or the IOM3 Certificate/Diploma in Packaging Technology would be an advantage.
  • Subject matter expertise across a broad range of packaging materials and packaging equipment preferably within the Food and Beverage or CPG Industry.
  • Working knowledge of any key materials - poly film, corrugate, paperboard, etc.
  • Proven ability to utilise ‘Cape Pack’ palletisation software (or equivalent) and Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook) on an Advanced Level



  • Although this role has no formal supervisory responsibility, the person in this role will indirectly provide project related leadership, direction and guidance to cross-functional team members and external suppliers as part of the general scope of work



  • This position will require travel throughout the UK & Portugal (approximately 20%) as well as some limited travel internationally (<10%)



As well as a competitive salary, we also offer a market leading benefits package, covering a variety of areas, both professional and personal. These benefits include:

  • A generous 9% pension employer contribution with only 3% for you to contribute
  • An extensive health support package, including comprehensive healthcare
  • Progressive family friendly benefits
  • An impressive car scheme that enables you to get a new car of your choice, with the lease deducted from your monthly salary in a tax-efficient way.
  • Tuition sponsorship and apprenticeship programmes to support both your continuous professional development and professional membership
  • 3 leave days per calendar year to support charities or causes you are passionate about
  • 26 days of annual leave (in addition to bank holidays), with the opportunity to purchase up to 5 additional days
  • A holistic wellbeing support plan encompassing employee assistance programme available to advice on personal, family or financial matters, and also fun social events all year round.

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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.