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Production Designer (Packaging)

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A major consumer packaged goods company is looking for a Packaging Production Designer for a 4-6 week freelance position. The role would be on-site at the company's headquarters in Midtown NY.

Primary Objectives:
The primary role of the Production Designer is to manage all aspects of the transition of approved design through refinement and extensions into a final release file for comp and production vendors. Meet with outside production and comping vendors to develop printing requirements for printing of specific designs. Develop timing for release of files with Studio Operations Manager and Creative Team Leader. They must be consistently sound in creative, production direction, team building, attention to detail, problem solving, relationship building, and professional conduct.

Major Areas of Accountability:
• Provide an accessible and responsive point of contact for production related client requests (Tier 3) from start to completion – allowing Studio Operations Manager and Creative Team Leaders to focus on more strategic work.
• Ensure that studio workflow processes are consistently followed and track status of projects – ensuring projects stay on timelines. Facilitate communication of priorities and deadlines to all process participants.
• Direct production tasks; create design release files to production agency.
• Review designs for printing issues early in design process to ensure ease of printing.

Management:
• Inform Studio Operations Manager and Creative Team Leaders about production questions and revisions that are added out of the project scope.
• Lead by example and following the approved processes and procedures.
• Addressing performance issues regarding creative to Studio Operations Manager and CP’s Senior Manager, Design Operations.
• Attend status meetings in order to understand/organize current projects.
• Meet regularly with Studio Operations Manager and Creative Team Leaders to ensure open communications and keep IDR team at optimum creativity, and maximum efficiency and consistent high caliber creativity.

Skills & Knowledge:
• Strong understanding of all phases of packaging design and production.
• Strong interpersonal skills with ability to facilitate productive working relationships, and inter-department communications.
• Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Skilled communicator with ability to transfer information effectively and clearly.
• Superior knowledge of Adobe CS4 and Microsoft Office software.
• Strong print production experience in various printing methods and substrates
• used in packaging.
• Knowledge of color, typography, and production pre-press and color separations.
• Working knowledge of standard printing and legal requirements for packaging.

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