External Manufacturing & Packaging Manager

Planted Foods AG in Zurich area



Julia Ramseier


other, Full time

Offering Equity


We are Planted. After years of research, founded in July 2019 as a spin-off from ETH Zurich, it is our very aim to make the world better. With a revolutionary plan: Meat from plants.
Planted is more than a delicious product its also an attitude. We want to radically change the way people consume and perceive meat. And to trigger a switch from eating animal- to plant-based proteins.
We are making a change. Not only because we can. But because we have to. Do you want to be a part of it? As our External Manufacturing and Packaging Manager you ensure that our co-manufacturing partners produce according to Planted specifications.
Your mission: Support processing, packaging and quality operations at national/international partners for successful implementation of co-manufacturing steps in line with
Planted specifications
Create, track and communicate KPIs for the co-manufacturing sites
Work with vendors to identify new packaging and technologies that may be utilized by Planted
Collaborate with core teams (R&D, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Engineering, QA, Brand) to identify and implement new sustainable packaging solutions for existing and new products, in house and at partners
Design, plan and execute packaging related studies for bench top, pilot plant and manufacturing scale trials
Define and conduct, shelf life and product stability studies, to advise package ion, product storage, labeling, and handling requirements
Maintain solid customer relationships with major customers as needed
Travel to manufacturing sites across Europe
Manage contractual agreements with partners
Organize audits of co-manufacturers
You are:
a self-driven person with a higher education specialized in food manufacturing, food packaging, food technology, industrial engineering or materials science with strong technical expertise and solid understanding of packaging for food processing systems, with a focus on meat, dairy, their alternatives, and other soft-solid and perishable FMCG materials and at least 3 years work experience in food packaging and a track-record in food quality management
able to manage and organize multiple projects and have a track-record in partnership/relationship management
able to excite partners about our products with excellent communication and negotiation skills
customer-oriented without ignoring certain realities and restrictions
willing to travel to manufacturing sites across Europe
enthusiastic about working with plant-based meat and food in general and a drive for sustainable and appealing packaging solutions
a responsibility-taker with an entrepreneurial mindset and a high level of independence
comfortable with working under pressure, handling unfamiliar situations and deadlines
a high performer with keen perception and willingness to go the extra mile and ability to manage and organize multiple projects
fluent in German and English, good French skills, any additional language is a plus
allowed to work in Switzerland (valid work permit)

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