Packaging Sustainability Manager

Houston, TX

If you are passionate about customer centricity and the energy transition, this is a pivotal role at the forefront of helping customers reach their decarbonization goals and bringing value to the Shell Group.

Where you fit in?

Shell Lubricants is the leading global supplier of lubricants in the world. As a member of the marketing community, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a fun, diverse and exciting team shaping the future of the energy industry.

The North America Lubricants Marketing team is the ideal place for a commercial-minded strategic marketer with a passion for building brand value and delivering growth. Our team is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for each of our priority sectors, then executing through valued customers and partners throughout North America. You will be a part of a highly motivated marketing community committed to building strong brands, making data and insight-based decisions, and supporting each other for overall team success.

What's the role?

As the Packaging Manager, you will be part of an exciting team collaborating with Marketing, Sales, LSC, C&P, global packaging, and other key functions to develop and execute a packaging-specific innovation funnel that meets the evolving needs of customers, consumers, the market and roadmap ambitions. This role is critical to delivering Lubricant’s sustainability strategy to develop leadership positions in lower carbon, waste reduction and management, and more circular/renewable tomorrow. 

Purpose and Accountabilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of the packaging innovation strategy, ensuring it represents customer-centric thinking, builds on packaging strategic innovation pillars and is done in a profitable way
  • Identify packaging and lubricant solutions that meet customers’ changing needs, is compelling and contributes to Lubricant’s ‘less pack strategy’
  • Develop a strong understanding of customers supply chain and replenishment groups to promote improved circularity of packaging
  • Implementation of new operating models and processes including supporting used packaging collection that enables the application of Circular Economy
  • Gather external insights, understand packaging related legislation and demand for sustainable packaging solutions
  • Proactively engage with the business through all phases of project development and implementation to deliver the package innovation strategy and the business objectives with a pipeline of packaging opportunities. This will involve maintaining a close working relationship with the Retail Lubricants channel e.g. Walmart, AutoZone among others, Lube Supply Chain stakeholders, integrating Product Lifecyle Management, Integrated Business Value into daily business practice.
  • Lead and drive packaging project end-to-end and proactively communicate and highlight critical issues and risks to relevant stakeholders/parties.
  • Help identify the right cross-functional resources that need to be engaged at each phase of the project delivery , identify solutions to non-obvious considerations to operationalize, navigate complex web of stakeholders and various disciplines.
  • Business case development to include estimation of project costs, margins, timing, and resource requirements in relation to agreed terms of reference. Subsequently monitor costs, timescales and resources needed/used, and act where these deviate from plan.
  • Coach and prepare requesters to present ideas for Portfolio Decision Review Board consideration/approvals when needed

What we need from you?

  • A legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in marketing, sales or relevant line of business
  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business, Finance, Engineering, or similar fields or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Demonstrate leadership, passion, and the ability to challenge the status quo and promote an enterprise-first mentality to manage channel conflict across a wide array of competing customers.
  • Strong leadership skills with ability to keep project teams motivated and pulling in the same directions when priorities and opinions may vary, and stakes are high
  • Customer-back thinking, commercial mind-set to include pitching ideas to customer and stakeholders
  • Progressive thinker who tackles problems from multiple angles to get to “yes”
  • Ability to navigate through complexity quickly, articulate challenges, and help identify solutions
  • External Mindset. Embrace risk-taking and be bold and fearless in constantly testing, learning from failures, and quickly trying again
  • Some technical understanding of packaging specifications recommended to determine business requirements
  • Solid project management skills, preferably with a good understanding of Lubricants Marketing, Sales, and Supply Chain processes

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

  • To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we’re nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills and reach your potential…
  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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