Packaging Specialist
Utrecht, Netherlands
2 dagen geleden

Company Description

We believe amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee.

Everyone’s coffee experience is unique that’s why we bring this flavour into our careers. We keep our care and guidance individual to you.

We celebrate achievements and support one another in a workplace that’s committed to doing the right thing all across the world.

Our goal is simple but ambitious. Jacobs Douwe Egberts : a coffee for every cup.

JDE is a €5 billion global business retaining a start-up feel and containing some of the leading brands in Coffee and Tea Kenco, L’OR, Tassimo and Douwe Egberts to name a few.

The UK represents a top 5 global market for JDE and continues to be a growth engine for the category, driving premiumisation by leading the single-

serve partition with the Tassimo brand and premiumising the instant coffee segment through Kenco, L’OR and the Douwe Egberts brands.

Working with us is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the world’s largest pure play coffee company.

Job Description

Jacobs Douwe Egberts Research and Development Center (R&D) is part of the Global JDE organisation. R&D is the major contributor for developing innovative coffee and tea products and is constantly optimising the product portfolio.

The focus of R&D is both on building Technology Platforms (TP) and on New Product Development (NPD). Moreover, some disciplines within R&D have a strong involvement in JDE business and are leading in decisions to be made.

Projects are mostly carried out together with Marketing, Operation and Purchase Departments.

About the role :

The packaging development specialist is responsible for developing packaging material specifications to meet the needs of the consumer, customer, distribution, shelf life, product protection, filling line performance and national regulations.

It has responsibility to provide assistance to the Operations Engineering Group to develop and commission factory filling line solutions for new and improved products.

The scope covers EU and CEEMA regions for Instant Coffee and Coffee Mixes. Additionally, the role has the responsibility to identify and develop new packaging solutions to meet anticipated long term business needs across multiple regions.

The role typically has joint responsibility to deliver to tight timelines the business benefits of approximately €1MM of annualised savings.

The job holder must be able to manage their individual projects budgets and have the ability to build a network within global R&D, Marketing, Procurement, Manufacturing and externally with Suppliers and Design Agencies.

This involves working with senior managers in other functions to assess and drive projects; collaborating cross-functionally and influencing adoption of new packaging ideas.


  • Skills and experience we are looking for;
  • Experience of working within a packaging development type position ideally within an FMCG environment.

    Good understanding of the business environment and supply chain.

    Experience of program / project management

    Demonstrable project management skills are essential, together with the ability to operate in a complex, multi-national environment

    IP & IP strategy, FTO, IDF processes

    Fluent in English

    Knowledge of another European language would be advantageous.

    BSc / MS / PhD Scientific / Technical / Engineering degree or equivalent dedicated packaging qualification and vocational training

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