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Design Manager/Art Director (Packaging/Branding)

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A Packaging and Branding Design Studio within a global Consumer Packaged Goods company is looking to bring on a Design Lead/Manager for one of their leading categories. 

This role is a hybrid of design/project management, art direction and client relations. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Art direct designers on the packaging and branding projects they are working on
  • Responsible for providing competitive estimates and monitored budgets closely
  • Brief Senior and Junior Designers on all projects, provided creative direction and manage timelines
  • Deliver completed work/design solutaions, within budget, that met or exceed the client's expectations
  • Develop strong relationships with clients (Global Branding and Packaging Team)  to play a pivotal role in their process and to increase the workflow into the studio
  • Partnered with clients to identify areas of opportunity on new projects and growth 
  • Attend category meetings to have a thorough understanding of strategy and short and long term objectives.
  • Resource management - work with recruiter on bringing in new resources, plan when to schedule freelance designers and manage their projects with them
  • Prepare files for offsite designers
  • Provided “hands-on” design and illustration support when needed
  • Scheduled design support based upon project complexity and timing

Requirements:

  • Minimum 5-8 years of Design Management/Art Direction experience in Packaging Design/Branding related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required/ Master’s preferred - a Design or Art School preferred
  • A background on the client and design agency side preferred 
  • Demonstrate strong visual, written, and oral communication skills
  • Must have experience managing Senior through Junior Designers and production talent 
  • Packaging Production knowledge is a PLUS
  • Experience with cross-platform (Mac & PC) software application and document management
  • Demonstrate strong presentation skills
    - Experience with design-related software
  • Consumer Package Goods industry experience preferred BUT not necessary
  • Portfolio link MUST be included on each resume.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented, works with no supervision
  • Manages tasks and deadlines with flexibility
  • Strong design sensibility, sense of typography, including elegant kerning, tracking, leading
  • Must be able to present concepts and design elements in a clear, direct, easily comprehended professional capacity
  • Able to interface effectively with all team members and representatives of other departments.
  • Able to function in a high paced, deadline driven environment
  • Confident decision maker.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and positive.
  • Values that encompasses integrity and commitment to work.

 

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