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Opportunity Details

Global R&D Packaging Innovation Manager GITEC

Posted: 2019-01-18
Belgium, Leuven - GITEC
About the role:

GITEC is AB InBev’s Global Research & Development Center, located in its own secure facility at AB InBev’s Global Headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. Within, a diverse team of more than 120 scientists and specialists, pulling from more than 20 nationalities, work diligently to achieve GITEC’s Dream: bringing people together to create and deliver winning innovation and technologies. Of course, the intense R&D work in Belgium is only part of the story.  GITEC’s employees collaborate with multiple partners across the globe to tap relevant expertise and help AB InBev deliver and develop new raw and packaging materials, brew new and innovative products, and deliver them to the consumer in sharply-designed packaging. 

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Global R&D Packaging Innovation Manager

Expertise in packaging materials / design / processes

Reporting to Global Packaging Innovation Director
Location: Global Headquarters – Leuven, Belgium

Purpose of the job:

  • Manager position, responsible for leading multiple new-to-the-world / industry projects involving materials, design, and conversion processes within Primary Packaging (Bottles, closures, cans, decoration and other types of beverage containers).
  • Own, develop and lead a Primary Structure / Design Technology Platform roadmap to deliver on short, medium, and long term commercial priorities. 
  • Responsible for translating commercial needs from various Innovation & Brand stakeholders into technical parameters in order to build a technology platform roadmap within the Primary Packaging portfolio
  • Support zone-led innovation initiatives in Primary Packaging, creating toolkits to capture lessons learned and leverage synergies across all nine zones globally. 
  • Recognized expert in the Packaging Technology Landscape.  Can articulate clearly how performance of existing solutions can address identified consumer / brand needs and where they fall short. 
  • Well-versed in consumer / shopper / retailer insights and market trends related to Packaging.  Knows what trade-offs make sense when developing new solutions. 
  • Collaborator on Packaging solutions to meet articulated brand & market segmentation needs.  Knows marketing 3YPs and relevant viability constraints
  • Develop continuously expanding knowledge of inventors, producers, technologies, etc within technology area.  Regularly identifies trends from other industries for inspiration.
  • Create a network of internal and external experts in the field.  Detailed awareness of what is possible where and how knowledge and assets can be leveraged to accelerate ABI initiatives. 
  • Increase knowledge of existing IP landscape, where opportunities exist to protect future developments, and a strategy to do so.
  • Manage and influence an indirect team of Global, Zone, and External development partners of experienced R&D Packaging Engineers, Material Scientists, Designers, Development Agencies, and Suppliers (3-10 total)
  • Provide constructive feedback to development peers responsible for executing projects at various stages of invention / implementation

About the candidate:


Education & Experience 

  • University degree in Engineering or Material Science-related field
  • MBA optional
  • 5+ years of strong FMGC experience in packaging
  • 3+ years of solid technical experience
  • Managerial experience preferred
  • Technical contributor with proven experience and track record of delivering results
  • Highly motivated, self-starter capable of defining priorities in a complex landscape
  • Effective communicator to senior management and across various stakeholder groups
  • Proven ability to impact and influence to drive an envisioned strategy forward
  • Familiar with DOE (Design of Experiment) or Six Sigma methodology
  • Experience and passion for front end innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strength in managing, coaching and motivating cross functional teams to deliver exceptional results
  • Strong communication, English speaking and writing skills
  • Strong platform and project management skills
  • Heavy travel possible based on project needs
  • Open to future mobility within at least some ABI geographies

For more info about the vacancy contact: [email protected]