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Packaging Design Manager

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A global consumer packaged goods company is looking for a Packaging Design Manager that will have responsibilities across project management, client relations/account management and some art direction.

The Packaging Design Manager will handle the following responsibilities:
• Assist Brand Team on their packaging design projects - some concept driven and some production design oriented (line extensions/adaptation)
• 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 - by partnering with design and production team
• Contribute design solutions by working closely with Senior and Junior Designer -- offer art direction on sketches, concepts and final computer-generated layouts.
• Communicate appropriate concerns regarding potential design and brand challenges.
• Inform and follow-up with all involved parties on design execution and brand identity.
• Sets up meetings with brand design team to discuss current projects details and areas of opportunity
• Stay in contact with Brand Team through in-person, calls and emails - accessibility is key
•Presents design solutions and concepts to brand team - explaining strategy, rationale and thought process of the team when designing
•Coordinate and manage project timelines and financials against projects
•Partner cross-functionally to develop and implements project briefs
•Manage multiple projects with critical deadlines
•Reviews design proofs for color approval and graphic integrity
•Aligns with Brand Team to obtain overall creative brief and execution deliverables

Qualifications:
- 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
- Demonstrate strong visual, written, and oral communication skills
- 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
- Broad understanding of environmentally responsible design and packaging
- Portfolio link MUST be included on each resume.
- Highly organized and detail oriented, works with no supervision
- Manages tasks and deadlines with flexibility
- Strong 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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