Manager of Packaging, New Products Introduction

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Supply Chain
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0006570
  • Experience Years: 10+ Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular
  • Remote Type: Onsite

About the Opportunity

The Manager of Packaging New Products Introduction is responsible for overseeing the portfolio of packaging development projects across all of North & South America, while maintaining the packaging specifications from all suppliers, and overseeing the progress towards achieving Driscoll’s sustainability goals. This person is responsible for ensuring that new packaging meets all standards, that our manufacturers are consistently meeting these standards, and that packaging is brought to market as efficiently as possible.


•    Manage the entire packaging product development process which starts with a request for a new item or SKU and ends with its commercial introduction (new product introduction)
•    Ensure that all new packaging items meet both Driscoll’s supply chain requirements and standards of the Driscoll’s brand
•    Lead New Product Introduction (NPI) process through full lifecycle
•    Oversee team of engineers in technical development & analysis of packaging items, with use of software applications such as 3D CAD design and LCA
•    Plan, execute and evaluate post harvest testing
•    Partner with Marketing to ensure that all labels, print and artwork are lawfully compliant and brand adherent
•    Oversee the Master Data new item setup request queue as it relates to new packaging and packaging changes
•    Plan for and manage the launch of new packaging items across DOTA by interfacing with all necessary business functions
•    Prepare ROI analyses and document the financial implications of all new packaging and shipping materials
•    Interface with leadership to understand the business needs as it relates to packaging
•    Review & prioritize new packaging methods/mediums with the objective of reducing cost, improving performance, increasing innovation, and improving quality of all facets of the packaging supply chain all the way through the retail or consumer location 
•    Managing the qualification process of new packaging suppliers and processes
•    Collaborate with our growing partners to source agricultural products and commodities such as plastic, fuel, and MRO items
•    Explore and develop new opportunities to promote sustainability and recycling for the enterprise

Candidate Profile

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Graphic Arts, or related field 
•    High degree of proficiency with project management, analytical & cloud-based applications (Easy Projects, Tableau, Box)
•    Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills 

Preferred Qualifications & Leadership Competencies
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)
•    Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external customers
•    Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment 
•    Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management 
•    Comfortable to drive day-to-day activities to meet overall project objectives 
•    Enable the development effort by creating and monitoring an efficient, streamlined process
•    Identify and direct all resources required to execute successful projects 
•    Collaborate and facilitate communication across multiple departments 
•    Ability to filter and distill relevant information for the right audience 
•    Self-motivated and dedicated with demonstrated creative and critical thinking capabilities 
•    Ability to work in a high-pressure dynamic environment 
•    Understands and deals well with rapid development cycles; remains flexible and calm in the face of ambiguity
•    For you to thrive in this role, you need to have detailed knowledge of product development processes as well as a strong understanding of manufacturing processes
•    Bilingual – Spanish/English is a plus
•    California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program
•    A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions.
•    Occasional travel required

Compensation & Benefits:

The following information is provided in good faith as a general description of the salary range and benefits for the position posted.  The actual compensation offered to the successful candidate is dependent upon experience, skills, education, work location, internal pay equity, and other objective job-related factors.

Salary Range estimated for the New Products Introduction Manager: $123,700 to $167,200 USD.

Driscoll’s is committed to a culture of care and offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and disability coverage for positions working more than 30 hours per week. Other benefits include:  401(k) with employer match, profit-sharing participation, paid sick time, paid vacation, paid personal and family care leave, and a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  More detailed information regarding the benefits package, will be shared during the application process.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.