Packaging Technologist

Permanent employee, Full-time · Hackney Wick, London

The Role

At Notpla, we are on a mission to make packaging disappear. We are an innovative, ideas- and action-oriented start up that was founded on the belief that nature knows best. We develop and manufacture naturally biodegradable packaging solutions, made from seaweed and plants. We are currently looking to bring in a Packaging Technologist to join our Development & Manufacturing Team, specialising in the development of our proprietary machinery and manufacturing technique.

At Notpla, we truly believe in what we are trying to achieve and we believe in our employees' ability to help us achieve our goals. Because of this, anybody joining Notpla will be given the opportunity to develop and grow, you won’t be micromanaged, we want you to take responsibility for your domain. Our common goal has created a fantastic business culture where everyone takes care. We know that we work better together and this is reflected in our environment and working policies. As well as exciting roles and a great working environment, Notpla also offers competitive salaries, the potential for EMI Share Options, a zero carbon pension scheme, discounts with local businesses and subsidised social activities. We also offer a flexible working policy that allows you to work to your own flow. We are a social business with multiple clubs and events every week, and are proud of how our diverse workplace has created a community all pushing together in the pursuit of making packaging disappear. 

The manufacturing group within Notpla is responsible for creating our innovative and unique range of products.  In particular, the team is tasked with the in-house production of our flagship Ooho product. They are led by our Director of Development & Manufacturing, who has years of experience leading the development of sustainable packaging alternatives. The team is incredibly dynamic, owning a flexible approach to problem-solving that allows them to flourish with this new and exciting product technology. They are a group that celebrate change and have a constant desire to push the process and capabilities of their products forward. As a Packaging Technologist you will sit within this team. Our engineering function is a versatile, hands-on group that continually strives to improve the engineering philosophy and process whilst reacting to faults and challenges as they arise.

Your profile

We are looking for a Packaging technologist with a proven background in flexible materials. Someone who understands the process of bringing a flexible packaging technology through from concept, to trial, industrialisation and through to product launch. 

If the above sounds like something you can see yourself doing, then please apply with a CV and cover letter and someone from our recruitment team will be in touch. 

Notpla Limited takes inclusion and diversity seriously. It is important for us that we live by our values and our policies outline how – We take care and We work better together.

Notpla is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. As well as the above, other day to day activities will include:

  • Manage packaging development projects, liaising with a number of internal and external stakeholders to manage and attend packaging trials and report outcomes efficiently.

  • Responsible for creating packaging specifications, and future implementation of packaging specification management tool.

  • Technical validation of new packaging equipment.

  • Communicate technical information to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Continuously seek new technology to support the company's growth.

  • Establish packaging standards via factory trials to ensure that proposed packaging materials are fit for purpose (i.e. appropriate material/ components, acceptable quality, adequate performance, and efficiency on packing line) and gain approval from all relevant parties.

  • Identify packaging related innovation whilst continuing to think about sustainability, cost savings, technology, material standardisation, waste, and productivity/process improvement opportunities.

  • Developing and executing packaging qualification plans, including plant trials; reporting against KPI’s to verify impact/mitigate risk of packaging changes.

If the above sounds like something you can see yourself doing, then please apply with a CV and cover letter and someone from our recruitment team will be in touch. 

About us

We’re hard to define because what we’re doing hasn’t been done before.

Notpla is a sustainable packaging start-up founded in 2014. A combination of designers,  chemists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. We create advanced packaging solutions made from seaweed and other natural materials as an alternative to single-use plastic.

We received multiple awards and grants from Innovate UK and the Ellen Macarthur Foundation for our innovative product “Ooho” – an edible and fully biodegradable sachet. Our portfolio has now extended with multiple innovation solutions. 

We're committed to creating a working environment where every member of our team can bring their full self to work regardless of their race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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