Assistant - New Product Development

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc are Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. An industry leader with 46,000 employees globally, 350 production sites around the world, with locations in 23 countries in Europe and 13 countries in the Americas.

People are at the heart of the organisation and we are constantly working towards creating a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and can succeed. Diversity makes sense for us, for our customers and for our future. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences, and welcome applications from all sections of our communities.

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK are;

  • A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria.
  • Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options.
  • Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.

This is a new role in a newly established department at Smurfit Kappa, Weston super Mare.  You will be involved in all aspects of new product development assisting the Designers and New Product Development Manager ensuring all the administrative and support tasks assigned to you are completed efficiently.

Ideally you will have experience working in a FMCG manufacturing environment and experience in the corrugated or an associated packaging company would be desirable but not necessarily essential.

You will possess a high level of computer literacy with the ability to learn on the job and have the confidence to ask questions.  You will be a fast learner and very practical.

You will be great at communicating with your team and will be able to build relationships with colleagues in other departments and in the wider Smurfit Kappa company.

This role has an element of technical skill and it would be advantageous if you enjoy technical challenges. 

You must also be able to meet targets whilst remaining calm and pragmatic in a busy job ensuring deadlines are met . 

You will enjoy working in a fast-moving workplace, solving problems creatively so that customer expectations are met.

Whilst you are working as part of a team you will be able to work on your own to manage your workload and time efficiently.

  • Knowledge of the corrugated manufacturing environment is desirable
  • Must have experience of working in either an integrated site or large sheet plant business.
  • Knowledge of Diecut and print methods used in the corrugated manufacturing environment
  • Paper knowledge is desirable
  • Competent in Microsoft 365 applications



Competative salary

25 days annual leave & 8 bank holidays


On site free parking

Employee assistance programme. 

Permanent full time position.

This role reports directly to the New Product Development Manager and is part of a newly formed, exciting and dynamic team

Salary per month

Status Permanent

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Winterstoke Crescent
Oldmixon Estate
Weston super Mare
BS24 9BH
United Kingdom

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