Packaging Development Technologist Degree Apprenticeship Premier Foods

You will assist the Packaging Development Manager in delivering the packaging development strategy. This will include supporting the packaging development process; innovation and sustainability delivery and ideation; value improvement; adherence to Premier Foods’ compliance and external legal standards; and maintaining packaging quality standards.

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Closing date: 30 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm with some flexibility

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    22 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

What you'll be doing:

  • Create and develop innovative packaging products in line with Brand Category plans and company ESG targets and strategy. Sell ideas to marketing and then lead the development of these from concept through to implementation.
  • Manage the implementation of new packaging specifications and processes within co-packers, which are specifically linked to New Product Development activities, although not exclusively.
  • Within the Project Team support / manage (dependent on project size / complexity), the packaging development process including trials (including objectives, outputs / success criteria etc.), new supplier audits, operations briefing, due diligence validation, print runs, process compliance, distribution and retailer handling trials.
  • Investigate and communicate new technology developments that could support delivery of innovation and value improvements.
  • Manage and develop a positive approach to packaging and machine suppliers to attain new ideas and possible value improvements.
  • Identify, prioritise and support implementation of packaging and process value improvement opportunities within co-packed items, and ultimately review the potential to bring items in–house.
  • Liaise with the packaging development team and other business functions and maintain an understanding of developments / activities across business teams that may have synergistic opportunities.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • The degree award is BSC (Hons) Degree in Packaging Technology.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and Mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship.  
  • You will attend Sheffield Hallam University on block study for a total of 20-25 days per year.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Achievement of the apprenticeship standard leads to recognition as an Accredited Packaging Professional by IOM3.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Number skills, Logical, Team working


A Level or equivalent Any subject (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Engineering (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Desired

Things to consider

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About the employer

As one of Britain's largest branded food producers, Premier Foods is committed to delivering the taste the British love, with food that's made in Britain by people who understand British consumers. We supply a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with some of Britain's best loved brands. Those brands include Ambrosia, Batchelor’s, Bisto, OXO, Lloyd Grossman and Sharwood’s and Mr. Kipling. 94% of British households bought one of our products last year. At Premier Foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome.


Premier Foods


Claylands Avenue


S81 7AY

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Training provider



Joe Hockney

Apprenticeship standard

Packaging professional (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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