Principal Consultant – Packaging Technology

Role: Principal Consultant – Packaging Technology

Location: Flexibly remote from one of the Anthesis UK offices (London, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford or Edinburgh)

Contract: Full-time

Remuneration Range: Competitive

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting our clients with their sustainable packaging challenges, providing technical support and advice on packaging design and material selection from a position of deep technical packaging knowledge and practical implementation implications across the supply chain; from production (e.g., machine runs) to retail (e.g., logistics)
  • Working closely with the analysts within the team to undertake, for example, packaging recyclability assessments, sustainable packaging options appraisals and unsustainable packaging hot spots analysis.
  • Contributing to the development of our clients’ packaging and product sustainability strategies, roadmaps for change, business case and position papers
  • Supporting our clients implement change through, for example, the development and implementation of design procedures that embed sustainable packaging design and material selection into the internal R&D processes
  • Sharing packaging expertise across the UK team and the other regional teams to increase knowledge, expertise, and insights into packaging sustainability.
  • Helping shape the future of the sustainable packaging services we provide by opening new opportunities to ‘activate’ by ‘doing’ the next stage of change management in the client portfolio considering packaging, product, and service delivery innovations.
  • Providing sustainable packaging research and development expertise to our clients and the Anthesis team
  • Leading the project management of complex long-term and fast term around client project, which are often commercially and or politically sensitive. Including managing internal teams task, project budget and invoicing
  • Developing and managing long term client relationships, will multiple client contacts collaboratively
  • Facilitating client meetings, workshops with large groups of stakeholders and delivering presentations
  • Developing client facing documents including packaging sustainability strategies and action plans
  • Establishing new business opportunities
  • Providing content for blogs and marketing activities
  • Providing line management and or mentoring to members of the sustainable packaging and products team.

Anthesis is the sustainability activator, with a vision to be the industry famous, high impact, globally empowered community of purpose.

We seek to make a significant contribution to the world to ensure it becomes more resilient and productive, during the Decisive Decade. We have already started to drive sustainable performance through our work with cities, companies, and other organisations. The sustainability strategies we develop are financially driven, underpinned by technical expertise and delivered by innovative collaborative teams across the world. The company combines the reach of big professional services groups with the deep expertise of boutiques.


Anthesis has clients across industry sectors from corporate multinationals such as Reckitt Benckiser, Cisco, Tesco, The North Face and Target, and also supports early-stage companies through Anthesis Ventures. The company brings together 700+ plus experts operating in 40 countries around the world and has offices in the U.S., Canada, Colombia, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Andorra, Finland, France, Brazil, China, Philippines, and the Middle East.

Summary of Role:

We are currently seeking an experienced and highly driven individual that has worked across a number of industry sectors as a packaging and or product technologist. This individual will work within the Manufacturing and Retail team, delivering projects that are often at the forefront of good practice. Helping to shape what a sustainable future looks like for our clients through the lens of products and packaging.

The purpose of this role is to:

  • Provide clients access to a sustainability focused packaging specialist
  • Build sustainable packaging expertise and capacity within the UK and other regional teams
  • Contribute to the team’s revenue generation through building trusted relationships with our clients, developing new sustainable packaging service offerings and other business development activities.

Key Requirements:

The ideal applicant will have relevant experience, an industry and/or consulting background and a keen grasp of the technical requirements of the role. You will be expected to keep abreast of changing packaging and product sustainability market dynamics and implement strategic and tactical initiatives in response to emerging opportunities. We are also looking for:

  • Packaging and or product engineering or technology degree, Environment/sustainability degree or engineering, science, economics degree or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience in delivering technical packaging and product sustainability support to producers either in-house or in a consultancy capacity
  • Eco design / design for sustainability applied experience or background (packaging and or product focused)
  • Experience collaborating with internal colleagues and external stakeholders on a share outcomes
  • Experience managing multiple complex and commercially sensitive projects, with dives project teams
  • Strong communication skills and experience with a track record of facilitating client meetings, workshops with large groups of stakeholders and delivering presentations
  • High quality and professional report writing (Word, PowerPoint)
  • Good analytical skills and Excel skills and data visualisation experience.


Desirable Skills

  • An international perspective on global the packaging and product sustainability landscape, regulations and drivers for change
  • A strong understanding of the packaging supply chains for plastics and other common materials
  • An understanding of the latest innovations in packaging materials and design
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of packaging related policy such as, Extended Producer Responsibility, Deposit Return Schemes, plastic taxes, and material bans, and its impact on packaging material choices
  • Good knowledge of voluntary codes of conduct and best practice collaboration for product/packaging stewardship and its impact on packaging material choices
  • Working knowledge of packaging and product sustainability landscape regulations drivers for change globally
  • Experience working in a creativity environmental alongside design agencies and marketing/sales professionals
  • Previous experience of undertaking customer and consumer engagement as part of a packaging, product or service design process
  • An understanding and experience of working with outputs from product and packaging data management systems
  • An additional language would be an advantage.

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • Highly motivated, self-starter, with the flexibility to apply expertise to different a range of different clients across multiple sectors
  • Previous background or passion for sustainability preferred
  • Curious, globally minded and enthusiastic
  • Organised, methodical and analytical
  • Effective time management and organisational skills. Ability to respond positively to pressure and take a flexible approach to a dynamic, fast moving and changing work environment
  • Work well with a wide range of people on a global basis
  • Proactive with the ability and confidence to use initiative
  • Well presented with a professional manner to act as a brand ambassador which flexes and is appropriate for the specific client environment and circumstances