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Technical Service Manager

Location
Northampton
Salary
£40-£45k DOE
Sector
FMCG
Degree Discipline & Classification
Educated to The Graduate standard- Relevant degree
UCAS Points
N/A
Job Ref
TGR2147

About Our Client

Our client is a successful company with an annual turnover of £20 million and plans for further growth. Established in Northamptonshire for over 50 years they employ around 120 people.

Our client produces flexible packaging primarily for the food sector. They supply all the major supermarket chains via food packing companies. They have a blue-chip customer base. Their key strengths lie in working closely with their customers to produce innovative solutions to their packaging needs and providing world-class customer service and support.

Client’s markets include:

Frozen, Sports Nutrition, Chilled Ambient, Fresh, Pet Food, Bakery, Non-Food

 

Roles & Responsibilities

Responsible for providing packaging technology expertise, knowledge, advice and leadership to ensure the business meets both its supply and commercial objectives across our customer base.

As this is primarily a field support role, a significant amount of travelling may be required, mainly within the UK.

Key Activities and Responsibilities

  • Resolving quality issues and reducing customer complaints.
  • Take ownership of customer trials ensuring timeframes are managed
  • Leading and delivering projects in areas of problem resolution, technical transfer and cost saving.
  • Leveraging innovation from Suppliers, Academia, Innovators etc. in furthering our NPD function.
  • Supporting our commercial function to resolve packaging issues.
  • Providing packaging expertise and knowledge to production sites to drive improvements via materials, equipment and processes to ensure optimal NPD developments.
  • Ensuring packaging knowledge and expertise on material science, processes and manufacturing skills/ competencies are transferred within the business.

People Management

  • Whilst the role of Technical Services Representative has no direct reports, there is a need to work with, and positively influence team members, suppliers and customers to ensure process and product improvements, quality resolutions, NPD Projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Encourage personnel to actively seek new ways of doing things; Foster a team culture and promote involvement in procedural and process improvement projects
  • Ensure that personnel engaged in technical tasks have clearly defined roles and objectives

Change Management, Projects and Improvement Initiatives

  • Lean manufacturing, six sigma and related techniques.
  • Writing high quality specifications, BOM’s, trial requirements etc.
  • Good understanding of packaging sustainability.
  • The investigation, data analysis, hypotheses proposal, test generation and trials required to help improve and solve quality/supply problems.

Key Results Areas/Outputs

  • Working with the Technical/Lab function to reduce customer complaints and positively impact on our quality performance
  • Identifying cost saving opportunities for the business and undertake cost-engineering exercises
  • Leading sector innovation initiatives
  • Developing and maintaining accurate packaging specifications, ensuring that they are validated.
  • Recognise opportunities in applying new technologies, innovation, materials, and processes to deliver competitive benefits that create new sales opportunities.

Key Internal Relationships

  • Technical team
  • External Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Operations Team

Key External Relationships

  • Customers
  • Strategic Development Partners

 

Skills Required

This role covers all flexible packaging types and processes across a wide range of pack formats and brands. Considerable knowledge and experience is required of all these to operate effectively. It will also interact with a considerably wide and diverse number of teams both internally and externally at all levels, the ability to work effectively with such stakeholders is critical.

Experience of manufacturing excellence techniques, processes, quality management systems, and problem-solving methodologies would be extremely useful.

Areas of Specialisation: Packaging Technology, Material Science, Engineering.

Qualifications

  • Degree in relevant technical subject or comparable technical experience.
  • Membership of relevant professional organization eg: Institute of Packaging.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A thorough understanding of flexible packaging, and associated technologies; polymers, papers, inks, functional and decorative coatings
  • A good understanding of the interface between the Pack and machinery. The focal point for all packaging related issues and will therefore be expected to troubleshoot any packaging-related issues on our clients’ production lines.  An engineering bias would therefore be an advantage.

Skills

  • The quick approval, acceptance and control of alternative suppliers/products.
  • Clear and authoritative advice and recommendations to Customers and Production sites.
  • The ability to recognise opportunities in applying new technologies, innovation, materials, and processes to deliver competitive benefits.
  • The capability to independently manage a high level of multiple projects, where they are all important and urgent, on-time and to budget with the appropriate level of engagement.
  • Shares learnings between production sites obtained from active participation in issue investigation and resolution.
  • Ability to solve significant technical issues and develop robust action routes to move towards resolution.

 This list is not exhaustive but represents the main responsibilities expected of the Technical Service Representative.  In addition to the above, the role holder will be expected to undertake all reasonable tasks requested by management.

Benefits

  • HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00 1 hour ¼ for lunch
  • HOLIDAY: 28 days and Bank Holidays
  • BENEFITS & TRAINING: Group Personal Pension Scheme (company contribution)

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