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R&D Packaging Developer


Together, WE enable individuals to look, feel, and be their true selves.

Wella Company is one of the world’s leading beauty companies, comprised of a family of iconic brands such as Wella Professionals, Clairol, OPI, Nioxin and ghd. With 6,000 employees globally, presence in over 100 countries, Wella Company and its brands enable consumers to look, feel, and be their true selves. As innovators in the hair and nail industry, Wella Company empowers its people to delight consumers, inspire beauty professionals, engage communities, and deliver sustainable growth to its stakeholders.

For additional information about the Wella Company please visit www.wellacompany.com.



Research & Development in Wella is a highly collaborative, competent, and innovative group. You join diverse teams of highly passionate Scientists, Engineers and Hair & Nail Artists who innovate at the forefront of technology and beauty trends. We:

  • Deliver end-to-end innovation​ through an empowered learning culture, exploring, developing, and qualifying innovations that delight consumers​.
  • Innovate and bring to life the future of the Company, guided by focused consumer research and the trends that will grow our industry long term​.
  • Drive safety, sustainability, quality and regulatory always front and center to our work​.


We want you to join the Wella R&D family on an exciting journey as we become an independent, winning Wella!



We are looking for an R&D Packaging Developer to drive packaging solutions for our Wella retail hair brand house. This position will be based in Darmstadt and reports to the Senior Manager of R&D Packaging Retail Hair Color.


This position is for a 2-year fixed term contract.



  • Provide packaging expertise and mastery in defining and developing appropriate package design solutions, meeting design intent, performance, functionality, aesthetics, cost, manufacturability, timing, and quality requirements.
  • Partner with the initiative teams in Marketing, R&D Product Development, Initiative Leaders, Creative Design Agencies, and our Supply Chain experts in Procurement, Plants, and at Third Party Manufacturers in order to deliver the design intent and bring the brand vision identity to life.
  • Create and execute consumer-focused technical learning plans, guiding the final designs that you develop and specify end-to-end through all design and delivery stage gates.
  • Projects will include both structural and decorative packaging development and technologies, partnering across functions to overcome barriers and bring the brand vision and identity to life.
  • Own key technical tasks and deliverables such as technical testing plans, fit-for-use and FMEA analysis, cost drivers and preliminary costing, package testing, line trials, specifications, manufacturability, vendor timelines and quality requirements.
  • Collaborate with our global plants and suppliers to understand and integrate the requirements of possible supply chain solutions in the packaging design and engineering process.
  • Identify possible suppliers and cost drivers of your designs, consider menu options to optimize cost, scale, and simplification, delivering speed to market, delight, and best value.
  • Explore new packaging ideas via prototyping, competitor and non-competitor packages, new technologies, supplier offerings, etc. to offer innovation for brand growth.
  • Support base business portfolio projects of our brands as required, such as resolving quality issues, cost savings, etc.



  • Experience in Package Development/Engineering, developing new product initiatives within the Beauty or FMCG Industry.
  • A University degree in Packaging Development and Technologies, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design.
  • Knowledge in packaging technologies (e.g. molding, flexibles, cartons, print and decoration, assembly), project management and packaging development approaches. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to identify smart solutions with the right level of pragmatism. Attention to details that matter in Beauty.
  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is mandatory, any other language is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate independently in global diverse teams and environments.
  • Passion for solving problems using creativity and/or analytical skills. Experience in identifying technical solutions and their implementation is a plus. 
  • Affinity to develop beauty design solutions working with industrial designers/design agencies.
  • Excellent collaborative skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Entrepreneurial, agile, and hands-on spirit. Focused and disciplined. High sense of accountability and ownership. Able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously. Open to change in a dynamic growing environment.
  • Very strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills for verbal and written communication of ideas, technical rationales, risks, issues, and recommendations.
  • Ability to travel 10-20% of your time to domestic or international destinations.



We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Wella Company with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact us at: https://www.wellacompany.com/consumer-affairs


We strongly believe that cultivating a diverse workplace gives a company strength. The combination of unique skills, abilities, experiences and backgrounds creates an environment that produces extraordinary results. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.