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Manager, Packaging Development

Global Packaging Manager, Clairol Retail Hair Color
Wella Company, NJ USA




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.


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We are looking for a Research and Development (R&D) Packaging Development Manager positioned as Brand Leader for Clairol and will report into the R&D Global Packaging Director for Retail Hair. Position is currently based in Morris Plains, NJ, but mostly work-from-home as able during the current pandemic situation. Position will eventually move along with the Retail Hair team to another location in or nearby Morris County, NJ.


In Retail Hair Color, our Clairol and Wella Retail global brand houses are clear challengers in the beauty industry, driving innovation, perfect in-store experience, trends and new channel opportunities.


The Global Packaging Manager will be responsible for the following:

•    Lead 1-2 direct reports to deliver all primary and secondary aspects of the Clairol Retail Hair Color portfolio.
•    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 in the initiative teams with 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.
•    Design and deliver near and midterm (1-3 years) package innovations within initiatives meeting design intent, performance, functionality, aesthetics, and cost, manufacturability, timing and quality requirements. 
•    Shape and drive execution of consumer-focused technical learning plans, guiding the final designs that you develop and specify end-to-end through all design and delivery stage gates. 
•    Define packaging design performance criteria and apply FMEA approaches to build in robustness and quality from the beginning. Initiate and execute tests to demonstrate robustness and manufacturability. 
•    Projects will include both structural and decorative packaging development and technologies, partnering across functions in order to overcome barriers and bring the brand vision and identity to life.
•    Collaborate with our global plants and suppliers to understand and integrate the requirements of possible supply chain solutions in the packaging design & 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. 
•    Search for new growth-driving innovation ideas, trends, and technologies internally and externally to make them available to grow our brands and bring irresistible delight and functional excellence.
•    Expertise on ways to elevate products by adding “premium-ization”. Effective at smartly finding ways to reduce COGs. 
•    Manage base business portfolio projects of our brands.




•    Minimum Bachelor in Package Engineering (preferred) or other technical field, i.e. Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Industrial Design. Masters/Doctorate a plus.
•    5 - 10 years of experience in Packaging R&D within the Beauty or FMCG industries. Experience in hair color, care, or styling preferred.
•    Experience with packaging technologies (e.g. molding, flexibles, cartons, print & 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.
•    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 if required.
Soft Skills

•    Ability to function with ease in both marketing and technical environments.
•    Create positive relationships and receptive atmosphere within Team and with our Business partners through the appropriate management of their expectations and agreed objectives.    
•    Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
•    Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
•    Demonstrated performance agility in a rapidly changing work environment.
•    Ability to perform under pressure and stay focused on targets.



•    Work in an office setting, subject to long periods of sitting/standing.
•    Ability to routinely follow policies and procedure related to company practices and safety procedures.
•    Willingness to operate various standard office equipment and/or laboratory equipment as instructed.
•    Individual will be exposed to working in or around a lab environment with various equipment, machinery and chemicals.  Safety precautions must be adhered to and followed at all times.



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:

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.

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Nearest Major Market: New Jersey