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External Manufacturing & Packaging Manager

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 – it’s 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 selection, 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
  • are 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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