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Global Design Manager (Contract)

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A global consumer packaged goods company is looking for a Global Design Manager to support one of their major product categories.

As a core competency, the Design Manager demonstrates design knowledge and an experienced understanding of strategic brand communication needs for their assigned brands in the category. The Design Manager must have a clear understanding of how to translate creative strategy into effective design solutions that meet marketing and business objectives in a cohesive manner for US and Global Divisions.

While managing projects from initial brief to completed production and all daily activities in between, the design manager has the added responsibility of supporting and keeping informed the senior manager on all projects they are assigned to.

Reporting:
This individual reports to the Senior Design Manager of Global Strategic Brand Design.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Help develop and direct strategy in concert with Senior Design Manager of Global Strategic Brand Design.
• Assist Marketing in developing Creative Briefs.
• Organize and deliver presentations.
• Coordinate and monitor project timelines.
• Obtain estimates and manage project budgets effectively.
• Be responsible for maintaining standards and brand equity consistencies for ALL activities against an assigned brand.
• Assume smooth project transition from the design phase to the production phase.
• Form partner relationships with cross functional departments such as Marketing, Consumer Innovation Centers, Global Packaging Group, Print Production Manager and Production Partners to ensure smooth workflow on all assigned projects.
• Manage direct suppliers (photographers, Illustrators, internal and external design and production partners).
• Contribute design solutions through sketches, concepts and final computer-generated layouts.

Other Responsibilities:
• Enforce and maintain Colgate-Palmolive’s design standards.
• Live the Colgate-Palmolive core values and hold others accountable for following them.
• Interact with internal and external Design resources and Production partners to ensure smooth workflow and maintain design standards.
• Participate in weekly design status meetings.
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of various packaging regulations.
• Assist Sr. Design Manager to mentor and develop design management skills of Associate Design Managers.
• Recruit and mange interns to educate and involve them in the design process.
• Ensure Purchase Authorizations orders are completed and initiated properly.
• Maintain accurate and timely project documentation and filing of critical information.

Education/Experience:
• College Degree.
• Mac skills.
• 8+ years branding experience.
• Hands-on design skills.

Competencies:
• Able to manage multiple projects and tasks.
• Organizational skills.
• Confident decision maker.
• Cross functional team interaction/presentation skills.
• Communicates in a clear, concise and direct manner.
• Energetic, enthusiastic and positive.
• Team player who partners well with other members of the organization.
• Values that encompasses integrity and commitment to work.

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