The job title

Head of Packaging R&D

St Albans
Contract Type
Full time
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
Oct 12 2023 12:00AM

Who are we? 

We are FBC UK, Fox's Burton's Companies! ……And we bake the UK's most incredible biscuits (we might be slightly biased, but we will leave that for you to judge).  

FBC UK was a match made in heaven, with two of the top UK biscuits manufacturers (Burton's Biscuits and Fox's Biscuits) coming together to create one unique, integrated company.  

We are home to famous iconic brands, including Maryland, Fox's, Jammie Dodger & Rocky, to name just a few. We bake our incredible biscuits at eight bakeries across the UK, located at Ilse of Arran, Livingston, Blackpool, Llantarnam, Edinburgh, Kirkham, Batley & Dorset. We also have offices for our supporting services in St Albans, Liverpool, Batley and Moreton. Together, we employ circa 4,000 amazing employees across all our locations.   

We are currently the second biscuit manufacturer in the UK market with a strong ambition of becoming the number two biscuit manufacturer worldwide. 

We are proud to be part of the Ferrero enlarged family: such a fantastic and successful business. The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 countries, with products sold in over 170 countries, represented by almost 38.000 employees worldwide, and a consolidated turnover of €12.7 billion (2020-21). 

Along with our fantastic brand portfolio, we also have long-term agreements to manufacture several sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Jacobs, and LU branded products. In addition, we are proud to be a strategic partner for many retailer-branded products. 

Our employees make our business special. With strong family values, we believe FBC UK is a more prosperous and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves. We believe in the power of being authentic, entrepreneurial and supporting each whilst meeting our business goals.  

And don't forget… work hard but play harder! 


What does your typical day look like?   

As Head of Packaging R&D you will be reporting into the R&D Director.   You will be responsible for the development, co-ordination, and delivery of Packaging activity for all channels of our business from ideation to post launch analysis.  

You will provide expertise and inspiration to help shape and deliver the packaging strategy for the business with a keen eye on the competitive market to keep the business abreast of innovation and developments relevant to our market.  Driving the sustainability agenda from a packaging perspective to help deliver in line with business expectations on materials and reduction targets.

You will manage, develop and inspire a team of packaging experts in the business responsible for delivery of all stages of the development process.  

Developing excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders with a focus on best practise ways of working, will be vital to the success of this role.

What are the key ingredients needed for the role?  

  • Degree qualified or relevant qualifications. 
  • Highly experienced in a packaging role within a FMCG environment, with direct experience of influencing and managing senior stakeholders. 
  • An excellence working knowledge of different packaging substrates such as printed flexibles, cartons, tins, corrugated and thermoformed packaging. 
  • Systems and software knowledge to include Microsoft packages, Adobe Illustrator, Cape, and Apple Systems. 
  • Experience managing and developing a team
  • Works well under pressure / under time constraints  
  • Self-starter, self-motivating good understanding/ appreciation of the broader business  
  • Proven track record of delivering multiple complex projects in-market 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Team management and development


If you are ready to begin a career with real bite, we would love to hear from you so apply now by clicking the link below.