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Packaging Development Manager



Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2024

Join our Engineering Team at Helen of Troy as our Packaging Development Manager (hybrid work onsite and from home), and make an immediate impact on our trusted brands: OXO, Hydro Flask, Osprey, Honeywell, PUR, Braun, Vicks, Hot Tools, Drybar, Curlsmith, and Revlon. Together, we build innovative and useful products that elevate people's lives everywhere every day!

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Work Location: Boston, MA - Hybrid

What you will be doing:

The Packaging Development Manager in Beauty is responsible for the driving the development of all packaging innovation, sourcing, and functionality for Helen of Troy's liquid beauty products. This role requires a deep knowledge of cosmetic/ personal care packaging, industry packaging trends, with a keen eye on sustainability and will manage packaging development across all liquids for beauty from concept, line trials and launch collaborating closely with product development, creative and design to ensure on time innovation in packaging designs.

  • Lead the development efforts in packaging, both primary and secondary to support new product launches, rebranding efforts, ensuring functionality with the formula and components are meet lead times and cost targets.

  • Drives packaging innovation that entices a consumer to pick up the product on the shelf, that fit within the brand profile and meet product innovation objectives fulfilling the pipeline across the beauty brands (Drybar, Hot Tools, Curlsmith). Maintains a strong brand focus keeping the customer top of mind, addressing consumer needs and ensures product packaging experience and uniqueness are delivered upon, with the alignment of product development to ensure the formula and packaging together meet innovation strategy.

  • Has a constant eye on sustainability, innovation, packaging trends, always curious and looking for unique packaging solutions and technologies to support innovation.

  • Overseas the daily functions of packaging development, builds competitive analysis, builds packaging brief, and determines sizing based off competitive analysis that meet the pricing target, timing, and delivery functionality. Creates COG’s sheets for margin and MSRP analysis and alignment with product development and marketing. Works with outside vendors, supervising timely launches, signs off on specs.

  • Sourcing components from vendors all over the world, responsible for communicating packaging options from different vendors that meet cost targets, moqs, and launch achievements and demonstrates excellent follow-up skills to meet overall timelines.

  • Ensures all packaging is designed and executed to meet ship dates, tests, and meets aesthetics standards of prestige beauty brands. Works closely with design and creative teams on dyelines, ensuring pps samples are approved and final artwork on time ensuring timelines are met.

  • Manages all packaging testing for formulation application and functionality approvals, as well as line trials and production are successful and consistent, working together with the packaging engineer ensuring timelines are met.

  • Partners closely with supply chain managing relationships in tandem with vendors, proactively identify issues, resolves timeline impacts, anticipates beauty needs against timelines objectives and keeps multi-functional team informed.

  • Manages outside vendors, sourcing, working on different projects at once across several brands, showcasing adaptability and efficient organizing skills.

  • Manages IP, protecting owned rights and tooling

Skills needed to be successful in this role:

  • Strong attention to detail and proven problem-solving ability, and can manage multiple projects at once, switching between projects without sacrificing quality and accuracy

  • Proactive and self-motivated individual with a passion for packaging components in beauty, staying up to date with industry trends

  • Strong time management skills and organizational capabilities with excellent follow up

  • Ability to diagnose and resolve challenges in packaging development

  • Exceptional negotiating and communication skills and a curious, collaborative mindset

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 5+ years in packaging development in the beauty/personal care industry

  • Deep understanding of components for beauty products

  • Familiarity with global packaging regulations and beauty industry standards

  • Proven track record in managing large-scale projects from concept to launch

  • Experience in sourcing, developing and testing scale up to production cosmetics packaging

  • Positive relationships with vendors globally

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

  • 30-50% travel – both domestic and international

  • Authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis

Wondering if you should apply? Helen of Troy welcomes people as diverse as our brands. Have the confidence to come as who you are because your point of view, skills, and experience will make us stronger. If you're eager to share new ideas and try new things, we want to hear from you.



For more information about Helen of Troy, visit www.helenoftroy.com. You can also find us on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Helen of Troy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to developing a diverse workforce and cultivating an inclusive environment. We value diversity and believe that we are strengthened by the differences in our experiences, thinking, culture and background. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or any protected basis.

We will provide individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application process. If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources at (915) 225-8000.

Incorporated in 1968, Helen of Troy has grown into a leading global consumer products company with career opportunities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. We offer creative solutions for our customers through a diversified portfolio of well-recognized and widely trusted brands, including OXO®, Hydro Flask®, Osprey®, Honeywell®, PUR®, Braun®, Vicks®, Hot Tools®, Drybar®. Most of these brands rank #1 or #2 in their respective categories.

We boldly bring brands into our family, where we nurture what makes them great. We collaborate internally and externally, always striving to provide the consumer-centric innovation, operational excellence, scale, global reach, and stellar shared services to make them soar.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. Management retains the right to add or to change duties of the position at any time.