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Packaging Technologist

Requisition ID 49539
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-SS1
Posting Type LI


About Kerry


Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.


About the role


Work Location:         Tampoi, Johor Bahru
Reporting To:           Category Technologist Lead


A regional subject matter expert who is giving technical advice on selection or improvement of packaging materials. The position will involve a combination of packaging technical skill/knowledge, documentation, and interaction with cross functional team, manufacturing sites and vendors. Golden opportunity to gain exposure in managing specified portfolio of packaging materials on a regional (APMEA-APAC, Middle East, Africa) level.


Key responsibilities


Packaging Materials (VERP) Portfolio Management

  • Custodian of VERP Library within category and accountable for technical aspects of VERP.
  • Manage VERP lifecycle which including code creation, extension, block approval in MDG, review related technical documents and governing processes.
  • Support new VERP code set up by collecting required doc and coordinate technical details from suppliers.
  • Support the standardization of specifications, descriptions, and codes. Provide technical support of regional VERP code consolidation/category transformation and buying specifications project.
  • Manage VERP technical review exercise with new business acquisition and internal product transfer request.
  • Support the RDA function through satisfying project needs from concept through commercialization, including optimization and troubleshooting:
  • Assist & consult RDA on packaging technical questions.
  • Manage the technical relationship with our suppliers and assist with RDA engagement when working on maintenance & new sourcing needs.
  • Coordinate supplier collaboration opportunities with procurement/RDA representatives through technical presentations, innovation etc.

Profit Improvement and Sustainability Project  

  • Coordinate, review and approve the technical aspects of Profit Improvement and Sustainability Program’s relating to VERP category with Category Buyers, manage use of opportunistic VERP purchase.
  • Drive PIP and Sustainability Project Implementation from technical perspective.
  • Conduct VERP technical evaluation, coordinating and attend trial runs together with site stakeholders if required.

Operational Excellence

  • To provide technical advice and support on quality / operational issues related to VERP if required.
  • Work with supply chain to optimize usage of VERP stock and to review for substitution in situation of stock shortage.


Qualifications and skills


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemical, Engineering, or related science field are preferred. 
  • Minimum 3 years of working experiences in food industry field will be an added advantage.
  • Have a base understanding of food science knowledge.
  • To drive continuous improvement and change management initiatives.  


Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a “starter kit,” investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name. 

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