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Innovation Specialist

Posted 26 October by DS Smith
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£40,000 - £45,000 per annum
Solihull , West Midlands
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About the role

We are looking for an Innovation Specialist to join the Strategic Accounts team at DS Smith, working closely with one of our key accounts in the UK - a large multinational FMCG business and global leader in the food and snack industry.

Within the role, you will be driving DS Smith's innovation agenda, delivering our business value proposition and commercially viable solutions that are aligned to our customer's specific challenges. You will instigate, develop, and deliver proactive, insight-based innovation and management of the innovation pipeline, which will require you to ideate new solutions for our customers, producing high-quality visuals, prototypes and contributing to the iterative concept analysis and testing process.

The role will see you driving our sustainability agenda and circular design principles with our customers, with a total cost of ownership approach. You will manage design and innovation projects and resources, maximising value creation, business retention and profitable growth. You will work closely with the Sales, Marketing and Innovation teams at both DS Smith and the customer, to fully utilise the individual skills and experience of the team and deliver best in class results for our customers.

Location

Our customer's UK headquarters is in Slough, so whilst we adopt a hybrid working approach, you will be required to travel there on occasion.

About you

Minimum requirements:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a design related field
  • Technical knowledge of packaging materials, products, and manufacturing processes
  • Expert knowledge of Design Tools, Services and Design Processes
  • Experience working in a multinational, matrixed organisation
  • Able to win new business through innovation
  • A fluent English speaker
  • Strong project management skills
  • Good Microsoft Office skills
  • A strong communicator, networker, personable, results driven, a brand ambassador, innovative

Benefits

  • Up to a £45k base salary (subject to experience)
  • Discretionary bonus
  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays?
  • Pension and share scheme
  • Life assurance and income protection
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and corporate discounts

About us

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and paper making operations. We play a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials.

Through our purpose of 'Redefining Packaging for a Changing World' and our Now and Next sustainability strategy, we are committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for our customers and wider society - replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Our bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sits at the heart of this response.

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and we are a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Our history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

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