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Mars Inc.

Packaging Innovation Director - Global Pet Nutrition

Franklin, TN

Job Description:

Packaging Innovation Director - Global Pet Nutrition

The Packaging Innovation Director will provide strategic direction and technical leadership for the Pet Nutrition packaging innovation program. The role will develop and drive a packaging innovation program that will fuel and enable delivery of the Pet Nutrition innovation pipeline across prioritized pet-parent need state platforms (Care, Connect and Nourish). It is accountable for the development of a packaging science & technology project portfolio that will open-up opportunities for future innovation and growth, and support attainment of our packaging sustainability goals. This role is a key member of the R&D Innovation Leadership team.

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What are we looking for?

  • Bachelors' Degree in a relevant science/engineering discipline. A Masters/PhD is preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years Packaging Subject Matter Expertise with a strong record of delivering Innovative packaging solutions to market as part of FMCG and/or suppliers.
  • Minimum of 8 years of leading a packaging team/function.
  • Strategy, Vision, and Purpose - proven ability to develop and deliver on an R&D/innovation strategy that delivers against business needs. Excellent ability to articulate and translate business goals and requirements to the technical team, creating buy-in, and cultivating collaboration.
  • Leadership -: demonstrated people/interpersonal skills, and proven ability to inspire and motivating others. Excels at people and team management.
  • Influencing Internally - extensive experience engaging and influencing partners and senior leaders across functional boundaries.
  • External stakeholder relationship management: In depth knowledge of the external partner landscape, and the ability to represent Mars externally including with suppliers, customers, and NGOs.
  • Partnership building - track record of building strong partnerships internally and externally.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Development and implementation of a Pet Nutrition packaging innovation strategy and program spanning prioritized pet parent need-state platforms and consumer benefit areas, working closely with key internal business partners in R&D, Marketing, Commercial and Supply to ensure innovative concepts are delivered to market.
  • Drive a pet parent-centered innovation mindset across the packaging innovation team, with a strong external focus, ensuring consumer insights and technology trends are effectively incorporated into the packaging strategy and programme.
  • In partnership with the Packaging Sustainability Director, drive delivery against the Mars Pet Nutrition Packaging for Growth Sustainability goals, ensuring that packaging solutions are developed in line with business sustainability strategy.
  • Work in partnership with R&D and Commercial value leadership teams, delivering harmonised packaging specifications globally.
  • Build key external relationships and networks that will inspire and enable delivery of the packaging innovation program (including packaging suppliers, design agencies, co-manufacturers, trade bodies and universities).
  • Build strong and effective working relationships with Corporate & Legal teams, to ensure that current and future packaging solutions comply with relevant legislation.
  • Leadership and development of the Packaging Innovation team, driving engagement, developing key skills and competencies, and a cultivating a strong talent pipeline.
  • Act as a key and active member of the R&D Innovation Leadership team.
  • Provide leadership/representation in appropriate global forums (e.g. Innovation Council, Brand Boards etc.)

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by The Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we're striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.


Find out more about what Mars can offer you by visiting our Global Careers site.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Client-provided location(s): Franklin, TN, USA
Job ID: Mars-R85089
Employment Type: Full Time