Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Technical Design Manager (Packaging)

Technical Design Manager
Sector: Corrugate Carton Design & Manufacturing
Location: Milton Keynes (Innovation Laboratory)
Package: Basic salary up to c£40,000 (Dependant on experience)
Plus Company Car, Bonus & Benefits

Are you a results driven and motivated Technical Designer looking for the next challenge in your career? Do you want to join a market-leading plc, providing the best products and services in their industry?

The Company
Macfarlane Group are a successful industry-leader, achieving year on year sales growth via organic business development and strategic acquisition. We offer a dynamic product portfolio of protective packaging solutions, working with some of the biggest names in the industry to offer our customers a niche and bespoke service.

The Technical Design Manager Role
Drawing on your expertise in corrugate carton manufacturing, you will provide innovative and tailored design solutions for both our existing and potential customers. You will work hand-in-hand with our customers to ensure not only direct cost savings are achieved, but also to ensure indirect cost savings are met, through constantly striving to make improvements in productivity and efficiencies for our customers. This role provides a wonderful opportunity for someone seeking career advancement as we offer strong development and progression opportunities, both within the packaging business and the broader group business.

Technical Design Manager Responsibilities

  • You will be capable of listening to the customer’s needs and be able to communicate in a professional and coherent manner; both in conversation and presentational form
  • Taking briefs and using various design software you will be creating innovative cost saving solutions for customers
  • You will work to provide tailored solutions to all our customers, whilst demonstrating a caring approach to their business requirements and challenges
  • Access consumer tastes, market trends and product details in order to conceptualise package designs
  • Working closely with our customers you will ensure goals are met, whilst considering branding, safety and cost implications
  • You will generate reports on an ongoing basis to support proposals made to our customers and log design activities
  • You will be able to demonstrate excellent time-keeping skills and be able to juggle a range of tasks/projects for numerous customers, in order to ensure tight deadlines are met
  • Prioritise your workload accordingly
  • Produce finished customer samples, 3D visuals, artwork proofs and  presentations
  • You will be able to demonstrate in-depth industry knowledge
  • Cover Assistant Technician duties where necessary


Do you have the correct profile?
You will be enthusiastic and motivated – enjoying the buzz and challenge of a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills and be IT literate with strong time management and prioritisation skills. You will have a real team spirit and be able to build relationships with internal and external partners.

Essential Skills required

  • Experience using Kasemake CAD system, SketchUp Pro, Adobe CC
  • Team player
  • Results driven
  • Specific sector industry knowledge and experience
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal at all levels
  • Customer Facing
  • Can work under own initiative
  • Good time management skills
  • Can-do attitude
  • Track record of cost saving projects
  • Full driving license
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office


Desired (Non-essential) skills required:

  • Experience using Solidworks, digital printing, Microsoft Hololens
  • Specialist knowledge in packaging area other than corrugated packaging
  • Ideally you will demonstrate a good knowledge of all packaging materials & their uses
  • You will be familiar with world-class techniques & have experience in a design/technical support role, with a proven track record of achievements in cost reduction projects

The Package
In return we offer a competitive basic salary along with a rewarding incentive scheme. We additionally offer a flexible benefits scheme incorporating the following: 25 days annual leave (rising up to 27 days with service plus all bank holidays), additional holiday purchasing scheme, contributory pension & employee discount scheme. Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximising every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.

How to apply/next steps
This is an urgent role so we are actively reviewing applications swiftly with a view to identifying the best available person to join our team as quickly as possible. Interviews will therefore likely be offered for shortlisted applicants swiftly (to take place in Milton Keynes). To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant. Please note that all shortlisted candidates can expect to hear back from us within five working days of making their application. If you do not therefore hear back within that timeframe, please assume that your application has not been successful on this particular occasion.