Packaging Specialist careers in Clover S.A. Proprietary Limited Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa

Full Time

Website Clover S.A. Proprietary Limited

This Job Listing is about Clover SA Proprietary Limited in Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa 2022

About the job

Clover is a leading branded foods and beverages Group in South Africa and other African countries providing accessible nutrition to all consumers. We believe in providing our employees with the necessary challenges to ensure their work is both stimulating and rewarding.


The Packaging Specialist is accountable to manage all packaging-related topics (Development & Design, Innovation, Optimisation, Compliance, Technical support) under his/her responsibility, as a project team leader and/or member of a project team


Design & Develop of packaging material

  • Propose clear packaging recommendations in line with marketing briefs, considering technical feasibility, value analysis, risks, cost, accessibility, timing, food safety, etc.
  • Provide the necessary drawings, dummies, works maps and all relevant specification requirements
  • Be the technical packaging expert & support to all relevant departments (Marketing, Procurement, Production, Quality, Logistics)
  • Coordinate and supervise packaging material trials and manage all the packaging aspects of projects
  • Define the key criteria of packaging quality and the means to control
  • Drive a zero waste & environment friendly culture
  • Participate in shelf life predictive modelling, relevant shelf life testing and/or consumer tests

Liaise with packaging material suppliers

  • Investigate & develop knowledge on new pack materials & ingredients, functionalities, technologies, printing processes, packaging equipment, innovation and saving opportunities
  • Build efficient and professional relationship with suppliers to strengthen technical networks
  • Coordinate communication amongst suppliers, procurement, production and quality teams
  • Mitigate risk for Clover by evaluating & auditing potential new and/or alternative suppliers
  • Assist with supplier quality audits and incident investigations
  • Act to packaging quality issues and work cross functionally with both Supply Chain & Packaging Suppliers to resolve
  • Ensure regulatory adherence and compliance

Ensure compliance with the operational requirements of the factory

  • Create packaging item codes, load and maintain the BOM’s
  • Draft, issue, maintain and control packaging material specifications, pallet configurations and colour standards
  • Ensure pack material designs & quality aspects comply with operational requirements and constraints of the factories
  • Oversee the packaging technical support, assist and even lead the process of fault finding (including corrective actions), in co-operation with Production, Procurement, Logistics, Quality and PIT teams, for existing packaging with continuous specification deviations
  • Participate with Engineering and Production in setting up and commissioning of new packaging lines/equipment

Drive and implement continuous improvements/optimisations of current packaging & processes within factories and external manufacturers according to organizational needs

  • Evaluate & improve the design & quality standards of the product ranges, through local and international benchmarking
  • Take part in technical projects including technical assistance, sourcing, quality improvements, compliance, and productivity cost savings. Also manage timelines, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths and identifying resource constraints
  • Search for and identify new fields of cost saving and/or other optimisation or packaging efficiency improvements
  • Evaluate, control and implement new packaging optimisations
  • Provide first line support to external factories by acting as the resource for packaging knowledge & expertise to eliminate the root cause of assistance requests
  • Undertake long-term projects with other departments, e.g. reducing waste by improving efficiency


  • Relevant Degree or Equivalent NQF 7
  • Good knowledge of packaging raw materials, technologies and functionalities
  • Understanding packaging principles & optimisation strategies
  • Knowledge of relevant printing processes
  • Project knowledge experience
  • Relevant experience in applying job related concepts, techniques and processes at the required level
  • Business English: Fluent
  • Experience in working with senior management
  • Code 08 Driver’s license
  • Computer literacy (Advanced)


  • Proactive and action orientated
  • Ability to influence
  • Approaches situations with an open mind and solves problems creatively
  • Solves problems through effective decision making
  • Lead and drive change for improvement
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Commitment and motivation
  • Thinking and reasoning logically
  • Administrative capabilities
  • Communicates effectively
  • Ability to negotiate

Company: Clover S.A. Proprietary Limited

Vacancy Type: Full-time · Mid-Senior level 

Job Location: Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa

Application Deadline: N/A

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