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Ardagh Group
Greene Tweed


This position, Principle Advanced Development Engineer, is a key leadership position within a global packaging business. The Principle Advanced Development Engineer works hand-in-hand with the global commercial team and customers, this leader will be responsible for the development of new products for our customers – including designs which are new-to-the-world, application engineering solutions and product -line extensions.

This is a brand new role working at the forefront of innovation and conception within high value packaging solutions. We are seeking a creative individual who has the engineering ability to create innovative concepts that can realistically be brought to market.

Role Summary:

  • Working on product development to deliver innovation and evolutionary product designs that meet customer needs and financial targets for the business.
  • Work closely with the global commercial teams to develop and maintain technology and product roadmaps by major market and major customer, which are focused on driving growth.
  • As a partner with our in-house and outside patent counsel, ensure key technologies are protected through patent submission and effective management of trade secrets
  • Drive best-in-class New Product Development.
  • From a new product development perspective, establish a process and quality culture from concept-to-customer that meets the needs of customers and enhances our brand reputation.
  • Coach, mentor, recruit, retain and develop terrific talent.
  • Be a role model for change across the business.

Key Responsibilities & Activities:

  • Ensure practices are in place for New Product Introduction to deliver Flawless Launches into the business, to include:
    • Design development and design verification
    • Tool try-outs.
    • Effective handover to global operations to ensure equipment and tooling installation is to plan.
    • Technical documentation for Operations that is accurate and available in advance of the launch.
  • Ensure the team has effective procedures in place to own the technical aspects of new product launch, including but not limited to: drawings and specifications, design FMEAs
  • Ensure designs improve product manufacturability.
  • Develop and maintain a technology and product roadmap by major market.
  • Ensure key technologies are protected through patent submission and effective management of trade secrets.

Essential Skills:

  • University degree in an engineering or science discipline.
  • Demonstrated success with new product development.
  • Technical background in plastic injection moulding.
  • Proven CapEx experience.
  • Strong experience interfacing directly with customers on key product development programs.
  • Design development and launch.
  • IP protection strategies.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in design development and project management positions.
  • Ability to effectively influence and lead others to meet requirements, including on-time project completion.
  • Ability to inspire confidence in customers.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Regularly ensures team checks their work to ensure accuracy.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Must be willing and able to travel domestically and internationally without restriction.

To Apply:

To receive the full job description and employer information please contact Steve Lapham or Ruth Forster on 01543 411039. For a confidential discussion about the role out of normal office hours please call Ruth on 07779 020242.  Alternatively please submit your CV below.

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