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New Product Development Manager

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 04-13-2018
New Product Development Manager
Calgary, Alberta

The position of New Product Development Manager is to lead and contribute to R & D programs. Leads and manages the design/plan/validation and implementation of new packaging technologies, line extensions, package/product improvement and technical service that meet product offering requirements. Works closely with Technical, Marketing, Operations, and suppliers to ensure packaging objectives are met and implement effective strategies to optimize packaging.

Our client expands and shares their expertise in packaging technology, new product development, and product improvement initiatives so these can profit their business partners. If you are dedicated to set the highest standard for your line of work this might be the opportunity for you.

  • Candidates from Calgary, Alberta are considered or who willing to relocate to Calgary, Alberta;
  • Graduate/Bachelor’s degree in related field (Packaging Engineering, Chemistry, Food Science etc.);
  • 5-10 years experience in the packaging industry required;
  • 5 years experience in new product development required;
  • 5 years experience in a management role required;
  • Project Management experience required with the understanding of experimental and analytical research processes and interpretations;
  • Must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language at a level adequate to perform job functions;
  • Ability to apply safe practices and procedures for performing the essential functions of the job;
  • Ability to apply logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;
  • Work well in a progressive, team-oriented environment;
  • Have a positive attitude and be a self-starter.

Essential duties
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and leads the development and implementation for key packaging projects;
  • Influences project direction by providing end-users’ input through the planning and decision-making process;
  • Develops product concepts that are innovative, high-quality, cost-appropriate, that satisfies all stakeholders (customer, manufacturing, material, etc.) needs and requirements through the full product realization value stream;
  • Uses prior knowledge and experience to create and build an innovative pipeline with solid ideas;
  • Provides expertise, keeping abreast of technical developments and proposes projects to capitalize (cost savings, innovation, material science, and quality improvement projects);
  • Oversees the development of packaging specifications, in-process control points and establishes testing requirements and operating guidelines. Provides complete, accurate specifications to help ensure the optimal execution of packaging projects;
  • Conducts validation of packaging equipment, packaging validation, packaging development, selection of sampling plans for packaging testing, and in-process controls at the end-user level.  Supports and manages process validation activities from a planning and technical perspective. Utilizes technical expertise to ensure success upon launch;
  • Conducts deliverable reviews (including design reviews) to make sure projects are meeting requirements and that remaining risks and work are understood, and that deliverables are achievable;
  • Supports, coordinates and conducts trials and startup of new products and cost reduction projects;
  • Ensures all activities in compliance with established safety standards and Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMPs);
  • Creates intellectual property and assists with the filing of patent applications;
  • Assists process development, operations and technical groups in developing and implementing process improvements;
  • Prepares, presents and follows up on research proposals and project documentation.
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