Packaging Development Engineer at Thai Union in Wageningen

Food PackagingPackaging technologySustainabilityValue Engineering

Healthy Living, Healthy Oceans

Seafood expertise since 1977.

Committed to Sustainability

This is Thai Union

Our client Thai Union Group Europe, a global FMCG company with multiple affiliates across EMEA, is a subsidiary of Thai Union Ltd., a global seafood business with more than 35,000 employees worldwide and its headquarter located in Bangkok. The company owns some of the world’s largest seafood brands – Petite Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, John West, King Oscar are well known examples, but also has private label capabilities.

Besides the sustainability strategy SeaChange 2030, innovation is one of the Group’s major strategic priorities to achieve growth ambitions.

To accelerate innovation in Europe, Thai Union Europe has recently launched a state-of-the-art Innovation Hub in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The hub drives development for the Ambient Seafood business, focusing on consumer-driven projects, crossmarket strategies, and End2End project management, following the “Fewer, Bigger, Better” principle. The team consists of around 15 people working on product development, consumer science, nutrition, project management, and packaging development.

The Innovation Hub works closely with the Global Innovation Centre based in Bangkok, Thailand. To further strengthen the packaging team Thai Union Europe is searching for a proactive and passionate Packaging Development Engineer.

Thai Union's Ambitious Sustainability Plan
What will you do?
In this role, you will lead the packaging development in value engineering projects, focusing on harmonization, reduction formats, palletization optimization, box optimization, can format optimization, and light weighting of cans, particularly in highly complex projects that are part of innovation and sustainability efforts. Therefore you will work closely with the Sustainability team, you will contribute to the Sustainability dashboard and to building and delivering the Sustainability Roadmap. Key targets hereby are recyclability and CO2 reduction.

You will proactively bring ideas and concepts for value engineering by working closely with operations, procurement, quality teams, and suppliers. Additionally, you will contribute to the development of the Packaging Team and Innovation hub by supporting colleagues on projects, taking initiatives in the packaging lab – such as improving test procedures, design software, and training programs – and collaborating with specific suppliers for samples, all in conjunction with the Global Innovation Centre. Moreover, you will actively contribute to the packaging portfolio by proposing and implementing optimization, harmonization, and value engineering strategies.

In this role, you will work closely with the more junior packaging engineers in the team,  actively coach them and possibly become their direct manager within a year.

A few of your tasks

You will lead the packaging development in projects (End2End from ideation to operational implementation) with focus on complex value engineering projects.

You will participate in ideation sessions, build the packaging development plan and planning, work closely with project teams of internal stakeholders and suppliers. You will build the packaging brief, develop concepts, do feasibility assessments and validation testing.

You will prepare project proposals for new packaging projects to deliver sustainability commitments and also harmonization and cost-savings.

You will be end responsible for the validation of packaging, and you will work closely with production, quality and logistics.

You will coach the packaging junior and intern working on smaller value engineering projects and optionally will become their line manager over time.

You will participate in the packaging roadmap and strategy.

You will constantly be on “technology watch”- you will follow trends, developments and innovations and inform your colleagues about it.

You will build a strong network with our key suppliers, mutually find opportunities for optimizing packaging portfolio.

How a working day could look like at Thai Union
  • 9:00Office day: starting with coffee with your colleagues, reading + answering emails
  • 10:00Meeting with Innohub colleagues like product development to discuss shared projects
  • 11:00Videocall with colleagues from factories to have project meetings and align on next trial plans.
  • 12:00Lunch with colleagues in the Innohub canteen
  • 13:00Working on a packaging project (f.e. make a validation plan, evaluate results of previous testing)
  • 14:00Videocall with a supplier regarding running project action steps
  • 15:00Discussion with Sustainability team colleagues to prepare CO2 dashboard data for the CO2 reduction roadmap.
  • 16:00Working together with colleagues at packaging lab to test samples
  • 17:00Last email check, wrap up
What is your background?

Bachelor or Master degree in Packaging Technology/Engineering or an equivalent

3-5 years+ experience in packaging engineering or packaging development

Working experience in the food industry is preferable

Experience in multi-material packaging development, preferably with metal, flexibles and aluminium material

Interest in sustainability: defining solutions, implementing packaging projects

Good verbal and written communication skills. English is required, French would be an asset

Who are you?

You are pragmatic, with perseverance and diligence. A good analyst who is able to quickly adapt to the business and his perceptions.

You are a strong communicator: you can adapt yourself quickly to new and different situations, read the behaviour of other people, compromise to reach agreement, and resolve conflicts. A strong communicator can do so within all levels of an organization.

You are structured and foresighted: you will need this to identify matters in advance and to bring projects to a successful conclusion.

You are decisive and task-oriented: a setback does not throw you off balance and you maintain the overview. You are patient and persistent and you finish what you start.

What’s in it for you?

A challenging, independent position with a professional and forward-looking organisation that is growing rapidly.

International working environment with a driven team of professionals in a pleasant and informal working atmosphere.

Space for personal development and growth with the opportunity to become manager of junior packaging developers.

An attractive salary and good terms of employment.

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