Brand Packaging Project Manager

Raleigh/Durham RTP
Job Terms:
Posted By:
Kate Kobielsky

Job Description:



  • The Packaging Project Manager acts as Brand Steward and key collaborator alongside cross-functional teams and the various disciplines within an in-house agency to develop the schedule, budget, activities, and deliverables that comprise the project plan.
  • This role has extensive budget, client and vendor management responsibilities.
  • This person will organize the team around a project methodology and drive successful outcomes by aligning the efforts of team members and stakeholders to the project plan.
  • The project manager leads financials, and reports out accurately to leadership and clients.
  • Our project managers understand creative and brand strategy in order to successfully drive the project teams forward with vision.
  • They know how to command a room, communicating and collaborating to build relationships at every level, and they bring a sense of humor and creative flair to the way they work. 
  • We expect the right candidate to have experience across the packaging project life cycle—from brand/design strategy development through print production.
  • Culture is important to us and it should be for you too, so make sure to bring personality to the role and have fun with the job. 

 Act as key liaison between the in-house agency and Marketing, Sales, R&D, Legal other crossfunctional clients within the company. 
 Collaborate with client stakeholders and project discipline leads to identify requirements, determine project scope and deliverables, set priorities and establish milestones. 
 Develop project plans, estimates, schedules, and statements of work to accurately track and clearly communicate status, progress, and financials to the project team and to stakeholders. 
 Build client relationships by maintaining strong communication and collaboration throughout the packaging lifecycle. 
 Manage product photography, photoshoot process and attend photoshoots. 
 Orchestrate activities and deliverables between internal teams, vendors and clients and approve all vendor invoices for payment. 
 Contribute to the project’s strategic vision and take ownership in the quality of the final product. 
 Work closely with Color Separator to ensure color and image quality is attained on all packaging/merchandising files, including schedule/workflow management, analysis of color proofs & release mechanical files. 
 Manage image retouching process along with Design Manager. 
 Maintain production archives: final printed samples/pieces, color standards/drawdowns, product photography (digital library). 
 Manage budget(s) up to $2,000,000. 
 Provide fiscal forecasts with accurate estimations for design, production, translations, illustrations, copywriting, photography, prepress. 
 Ensure awareness of and adherence to agency policies and best practices. 


 5-7 years of experience as project manager with at least 5 years in a consumer packaged goods industry or experience in an integrated agency context. 
 Familiarity with standard software project management methodologies, workflow and tools. 
 Solid understanding of file specifications; resolution, color space and other technical requirements of assets needed for print packaging and non-packaging. 
 Agency-side or internal agency experience - familiarity with a client-service context. 
 Ability to gracefully navigate a complex system of stakeholders with objectives and priorities. 
 EPA regulations knowledge a plus. 
 Education: Minimum bachelor's degree required. PMP certification a plus. Skills and Abilities 
 Excellent ability to multi-task, using exceptional planning and analytical skills. 
 Proven communication, organizational and written skills for business environment. 
 Ability to interact with all levels of management. 
 Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment – same day turnarounds frequently required and priorities change quickly. 
 Proactive thinker--ability to always be one step ahead. 
 Strong ability to take initiative, create and implement processes.


Client Description:

We honor the past and electrify the future with the spark of electricity that comes from creative ideas and creative people. We are a bold and integrated in-house agency and we are responsible for crafting the stories of many iconic brands. Our team of 100+ designers, developers and project managers create worldclass digital experiences, product packaging, and marketing campaigns.