Senior Manager, Packaging Innovation

Company Overview

Michelman is a global producer of water-based coating expert materials in various industries such as packaging, digital printing, metal treatment or fibers & composites. Michelman is widely active in India by developing flexible packaging solutions reducing food waste, improving the recyclability of packaging and the health and safety conditions for consumers and customers

General Summary

Michelman is looking for a Senior Manager, Packaging Innovation for the flexible packaging market.  The candidate will lead the research, the design and the development of new packaging materials integrating water-based coatings allowing brand owners to create packaging that is not only safe and user-friendly for consumers, practical for converting and packaging lines, but also sustainable and cost-effective. He works closely with Business Development, Marketing, Chemists, Coating Application Manager, and external stakeholders: Customer, Engineering, Regulatory groups, Contract Manufacturers, Packaging Machine Manufacturers, Raw Material Suppliers. The candidate is the expert in the organization for understanding:

  • How fragile a product is and how much protection it needs
  • Possible reactions to light, moisture or materials within the packaging
  • The conditions it may be in during transportation, like high or low temperatures
  • The way the product is packaged, filled-in and closed and how the packaging is then open
  • Legal requirements, like accurate labelling and safe packaging of hazardous materials
  • The environmental impact of packaging production, and its disposal once used

Primary Responsibilities

  • Determine protection needs in terms of barrier and closing technology of a packaging material in function of its expected content in terms of specifications (Research goods, packaging and closing mechanisms, substrates)
  • Lead benchmarking testing of existing packaging materials including (performances, costs)
  • Contribute to the design and development of new packaging material
  • Support the prototyping of new packaging material
  • Lead internal and external testing to validate the protective function of the newly designed packaging structure, its productivity on packaging lines and its consumer-friendliness
  • Ensure specifications are met
  • Support Marketing in preparing technical presentations and trainings
  • Liaise with internal laboratories to determine the adequate coating chemistries for a packaging structures
  • Liaise with external laboratories specialized in shelf life assessment and packaging machine manufacturers for developing state of the art packaging.
  • Stay at the top in domain of expertise

Required Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Must demonstrate ability to utilize statistics
  • Willingness to travel
  • Customer Focus
  • Curiosity and willingness to succeed
  • Good team working abilities
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Strong technical depth
  • Dynamic cross-functional interaction and highly effective project management, leadership skills, change Management

Education and Experience


  • Master in package engineering, packaging science, packaging technology, material science, chemistry or food science
  • Experience of 5 years in the flexible packaging industry
  • Proven experience in the design of new packaging structures considering aesthetics, food shelf life assessment and improvement, way to open and close the packaging


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the food sciences and food production as it relates to packaging materials, equipment and applications
  • Specific experience with Food Packaging processes, equipment, and applications is desired
  • Must demonstrate basic knowledge of packaging systems, development processes, and material / equipment interactions
  • Technical understanding of adhesive laminating, extrusion laminating/coating, and flexo and gravure printing processes
  • Technical understanding of the properties of papers, foils, films adhesives, polymers and other materials commonly used in packaging


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to the job.  They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

To apply

Resume and cover letter with salary history and requirements can be addressed to:
Sharon Ng
Human Resources Leader, Asia

All candidates will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical health screening to determine his/her fitness for work. Michelman reserves the right not to employ individuals who use tobacco products or on drugs.

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