Packaging Manager -OTC


Dublin, IE, D02 TY74

Perrigo Company is dedicated to making lives better by bringing Quality, Affordable Self-care products that consumers trust everywhere they are sold.  Help us do it.


Description Overview


This position is a technical and managerial role- responsible for creating and driving technical projects and demonstrating leadership within the packaging innovation function of the Consumer Self Care International OTC business. 


We are looking for someone with a proven record of executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of settings. A proven communication- teamwork- and people development skillset is essential in this role- which operates in a cross-functional environment.

You will be responsible for packaging innovation development and collaborating with Business Unit Partners and cross functional peers to support CSCI OTC long term strategy where packaging will/can be influential.


This position will also manage a small team of packaging engineers.

Scope of the Role


  • Identify, evaluate, and develop consumer centric packaging solutions that meet business objectives. Work in collaboration with Category teams to ensure successful transfer for implementation.
  • Provide packaging science expertise to independently develop new consumer products packaging in the cosmetic, new drug OTC or combination drug/device categories to replicate and/or improve upon national brand products, provide advanced or innovative consumer benefits, or avoid existing intellectual property.  
  • Be consumer driven and elevate Innovative Packaging to help solve consumer pain points
  • Identify new product packaging opportunities and/or technologies, assess new technologies, businesses, and products to determine fit with existing business and marketing strategy; identify, evaluate, and develop suppliers for commercialization of new products; and research and assess intellectual property and regulatory issues related to new products packaging with the assistance of counsel and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Identify needs for packaging technologies and develop applications for new packaging technologies in collaboration with Emerging Technologies team.
  • Identify suppliers with key technologies required in manufacturing new packaging formats, interface with suppliers and take a lead role in process development, prototype batching, scale-up, process validation and transfer efforts.  
  • Contribute to Packaging Technology and Innovation Pipeline and category Packaging Strategies.
  • Manage technical timelines- provide timely communication- raise issues and risks- and develop contingency plans leveraging strong project management skills
  • Responsible for identifying- defining- and solving technical packaging challenges
  • Collaborate and partners with suppliers to identify new technology opportunities- optimizing the utilization supplier resources and tools
  • Elevate the competence and know-how of junior developers through training- coaching- and external networking
  • Establish self as a technical subject matter expert in packaging materials- applications- testing and problem-solving
  • Management of junior staff including creation of development plans- building teamwork- and balancing of workload to help deliver in-year and pipeline projects
  • Drive engagement for respective team while partnering with peers
  • Supports the Packaging R&D Leadership Team in the implementation of key Packaging Development initiatives.

Experience Required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field required.  
  • 6 – 10+ years of experience in packaging development roles of increasing responsibility ideally in self-care OTC CPG. 5 years in packaging innovation role with 3 years of experience managing a team with an innovation focus.
  • Familiarity with variety of packaging conversion processes, materials and formats, and commercial sterilization processes to manufacture shelf stable foods strongly preferred.
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail and able to adapt quickly to changing priorities and unexpected requests.
  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments and Human Centered Design
  • Experience in consumer self-care products preferred
  • Prior experience operating in regulated manufacturing environment preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of patents and OTC product regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage outside contractors and suppliers
  • Working knowledge of Packaging and drafting software including TOPS, AutoCAD, Solid Works and ArtiosCAD.
  • Complete understanding and application of technical Packaging principles.
  • Operate autonomously in the following areas:
  • Drawing, die line and pallet configuration development
  • Packaging material and finished goods specifications development
  • Prototype and package mock-up development
  • Planning and execution of packaging distribution testing
  • Planning and execution of test protocols for packaging material and component evaluations, validations (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) with associates and stakeholders globally; demonstrated ability to work with senior leadership, multi-national or virtual teams, and frontline organization
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute design of experiments
  • Willingness to travel 30%


We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or other characteristics protected by law.  Our full Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy Statement is available on our main career site in English and Spanish and will be provided in other accessible forms for persons with disabilities. #DIV