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Job Title:  Packaging Engineer

Date:  13-Jan-2022

Littlehampton, WSX, GB, BN17 6LS

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.5

Your role in a nutshell

Do you have knowledge of sustainable packaging, post consumer recycled plastics and life cycle analysis tools?

Are you an experienced (and ideally) qualified Engineer? 

We are looking to recruit a Packaging Engineer for a fixed term contract until end of March 2023 based out of our head offices in Watersmead, West Sussex. To be responsible for leading packaging development projects ensuring alignment with the high quality standards, cost and consumer desirability demands of the business. 

You will champion our sustainable packaging commitments and design packs that meet the most efficient life cycle analysis. Research, advise and develop new disruptive aspects of packaging and support in the development of less experienced team members. Identify and implement technical and process improvement opportunities

More about the role

  • To ensure that the components developed satisfy both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the brief in a cost effective, technically competent, values led and timely manner.
  • To support the Head of R&I Packaging in negotiations with suppliers to trouble shoot and solve problems as issues arise.
  • Propose optimal technical solutions, review mould design, develop technical drawings and makes/organises models upon requirement.
  • Carries out technical approval testing in accordance with the procedures and methods defined in the packaging design quality system and records the results
  • Perform risk assessments - Carries out optimisation studies for packaging/formula combinations to satisfy product performance requirements (quality, functionality, sustainability…)
  • Ensures design and expertise (Drawings, test reports, etc.) records are archived
  • To liaise with the chosen Contract Filler(s) ensuring that the technical specification of the components being developed allows efficient handling on the selected production line(s). To attend and approve both component and finished goods line trials and production start-up as directed by the Head of R&I Packaging.
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with Category Management and Design teams, as well as the full cross functional team.
  • To research new technologies / process / recycling options and material developments in the packaging world, ensuring that TBS benefits to the maximum extent possible.
  • To regularly update the Head of R&I Packaging on the status of component developments against the targeted CPA dates and to flag up potential timing issues and problems.


What we look for

•    Demonstrate extensive understanding of all technical processes and material used in the production of Toiletry, Skincare and Cosmetic components and finished goods.
•    A sound knowledge of the potential suppliers of components, including their background, strengths and weaknesses.
•    Knowledge of Sustainable Packaging, Post Consumer Recycled plastics, Life Cycle Analysis tools
•    A proven creative and proactive approach to problem solving to reconcile the aesthetic and functional desires of Category Management and Design with the inherent technical, cost and timing constraints.
•    Strong academic qualifications in engineering or related technical disciplines are an advantage, but not required.

The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 


That’s a lot to ask for – so in return we offer

* a 6% contributory pension plan,

* 23 days holiday plus bank holidays - time to refresh and recharge

* Discretionary bonus scheme

* 3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about

* LOVE money to spend on YOUR wellbeing - pamper yourself on us. Every year.

* 50% staff discount and access to product sample sales

* Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts

* AND - we have also implemented 'Work Wise' into our HQ - flexibility of 'in-office' hours, the ability to work remotely and a new meeting charter.

If you are excited by all that - you might just be the sort of person we need to help us make the impactful change the world needs within a business that invented the culture of ‘joyful collective' and everything that means and stands for.

We have something special to offer and we’re looking for someone special to help us to do that. Show us how you can contribute to the next step in the evolution of The Body Shop.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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