RSSL: Technical Specialist - Packaging

At RSSL we are customer focused, science led and results driven. RSSL is recruiting for a new role to define and set up analytical packaging testing capabilities for the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and support Mondelez research and innovation.

The role of ‘Associate Principal Scientist – Packaging’ is to provide technical direction in the testing of films and cardboards, ideally applying a material sciences/polymer chemistry background.

The successful candidate will have prior experience and expected to apply the set-up methodologies for mechanical, barrier, sealing and optical properties of packaging and accredit these to industry standard ISO and ASTM. Moreover the individual will have experience and be able to apply the design and implementation of bespoke methods for new technical challenges involving new materials.

The Associate Principal Scientist – Packaging will play a key role in ensuring that complex projects are performed and supervised effectively and accurately within agreed timescales and to appropriate quality standards. The role will be responsible for reviewing and authorising of interpretive scientific reports, method development and validations and authorizing competencies within the area of expertise.

Key Responsibilities:


• Provide technical direction in a wider area of expertise across departments
• Supervise a range of analysis using equipment to determine mechanical, barrier, sealing and optical properties e.g. Instrom, O2vT, WvT, Cobb Test, Kit Test, Hot Tack equipment
• Review and Authorise complex method development and design validation protocols
• Perform data checking and provide interpretation of results for complex analysis
• Write, review and authorise interpretive scientific reports
Expert user OS specific equipment and proficient in the use of generic and specific software packages require for the role: Laboratory’s LIMS system, Q-Pulse
• Provide training and supervise junior staff in routine activities and methods and interpretation
• Responsible for a portfolio of projects or a technically complex project within their technical area of expertise.

Communication & Influence

• Work as part of an efficient analytical team
• To liaise with clients, business development and line management to ensure effective communication of project proposals and results
• Provide expert advice and lead client and stake holders meetings as required
• Deliver external presentations of data and internal presentations to senior technical stakeholders eg directors, vice presidents
• Contributes to technical strategies & influences senior management.

Leadership and supervision

• Plan own workload and plan routine projects for junior staff
• Train junior members of the team as required
• Manage a team of Senior Scientists to Technicians.


• Work to the highest standards of safety and quality by ensuring that appropriate COSHHs, risk assessments and SOPs are understood and followed
• Write and approve SOPs and Test Methods
• Generation and approval of Risk Assessments and COSHH
• To understand and work to the requirements of GMP and UKAS.


Key Requirements:

The successful candidate will be an accomplished technical packaging expert with a background in material sciences/polymer chemistry.

Knowledge: including education, qualifications and training

• Educated to Degree or PhD in material science of polymers or equivalent. relevant experience in a laboratory
• Proven track record of relevant laboratory experience
• In-depth knowledge of both technical area of expertise & business environment including regulatory requirements
• Good knowledge of laboratory quality and accreditation systems (GMP/UKAS) preferred

Skills/Leadership Competencies

• Strong written and spoken communication skills, with the ability to influence, network and manage internal/external relationships
• Excellent organisational skills including time management and priority setting
• Meticulous attention to detail, well organized and strong team working ethos.
• Able to organise own work and others to maximise output
Strong project management and planning skills, experienced in managing project teams and leading resourcing allocation
• Technical credibility to develop good working relationships with internal and external clients
• Ability to solve complex analytical problems
Computer literate in standard MS office applications.


• The individual in this position is a recognized expert in their discipline and has a demonstrated track record of applying their knowledge across different business areas
• Proven experience of authoring technical reports and presenting findings at relevant symposia
• Career evidence of report publication, with a track record of success, preferred
• Good knowledge of laboratory quality and accreditation systems (GMP/UKAS) preferred
• Experience of working for or with a CRO preferred
We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.

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Application Closing Date: 
16 January