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Innovation Manager, Connected Packaging



Miamisburg, OH, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides a wide range of branding and information solutions that optimize labor and supply chain efficiency, reduce waste, advance sustainability, circularity and transparency, and better connect brands and consumers. Our products and solutions include labeling and functional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, software applications that connect the physical and digital, and a variety of products and solutions that enhance branded packaging and carry or display information that improves the customer experience. Serving an array of industries worldwide — including home and personal care, apparel, general retail, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive — we employ approximately 35,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our reported sales in 2023 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

The Innovation Manager - Connected Packaging will be focused on leading and developing integrated food packaging solutions. The position sits within the food segment of Avery Dennison with a focus on innovation. The position requires knowledge of label dispensing systems and equipment design for food and consumer packaging - from packaging material manufacture to inline product conversion/filling. The ideal candidate will be a self starter, naturally curious, able to think creatively, and be comfortable in an ambiguous environment.


  • Enabling the Avery Dennison integrated RFID solution set, by leading the effort of solution design, development, and deployment
  • Developing a fully integrated solution in partnership with the R&D team, Platform, Digital Innovation, and the commercial teams.
  • Leading the design of equipment and systems to enable easy integration into food packaging processes. Success will involve initiating relationships with external and internal partners to develop cost effective solutions which will function in existing manufacturing lines.
  • Developing relationships with equipment providers and relevant solution providers.
  • Supporting onsite trials at external structural packaging companies serving CPG and food customers as well as trials at equipment manufacturers. Visiting customer sites to determine the necessary system components to commit the customer to a successful pilot and roll out.
  • Driving the integration and install from design to roll out for the hardware and software system. Knowledge and use of standard project management tools is essential along with being accessible to the prospect and all integration and design partners.
  • Designing pilot technologies and initial demos to support pre sale activities
  • Leading project specific teams as well as building and developing an integrated packaging team within Avery Dennison
  • Provide leadership and growth opportunities for the structural packaging integration team.


  • Excellent interpersonal, written communications, and organizational skills. Should have the ability to interface with cross-functional groups to define and execute overall requirements.
  • Knowledge of with structural food/CPG manufacturing processes and equipment, including familiarity with food/CPG packaging or food/CPG manufacturing environments
  • Working knowledge of automated labeling techniques and the partner ecosystem available
  • Has been involved in the modification of an existing packaging manufacturing equipment or creating equipment as an add on to an existing manufacturing process.
  • Detail oriented and project management skills are a must.
  • Strong influencing skills and ability to champion projects both cross functionally and vertically within the organization, ability to gain buy-in from senior-level executives.
  • Have a solid understanding of finance and ROI analysis.
  • Creative thinker and comfortable working in ambiguous environments.
  • 7 years of experience in managing external relationships
  • 10-15 years of experience in equipment design, ideally for structural food or CPG packaging products
  • 5-7 years of experience in people and team management and a passion for it
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field strongly preferred.
  • Business Travel required: Up to 40% travel

Additional Information

Preferred Locations

  • Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Mentor, Ohio
  • Greensboro, North Carolina

Additional Requirements

  • Compliance with Company policies concerning maintaining a drug free workplace is required
  • Compliance with all Company policies is required including all safety policies and procedures

Supervisory Responsibilities


Management Disclaimer

Management reserves the right to revise, change or modify the duties and responsibilities of this position at any time to meet business and organizational needs. This position description may not list all duties for this position. The incumbent in the position may be asked to perform other duties. This position description is not a contract for employment and either the incumbent or the Company may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.