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Temp to Perm Senior Packaging Design Manager

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We are looking for a Senior Packaging Design Manager for a temp to perm role salary 90K. This is for a huge retail client based in North London.

Role Objective:
1. To manage and coordinate the UK packaging design launch schedule
2. To create great UK packaging designs which make what matters better for UK customers and which achieve a consistent look and feel with the Group designs.

Key Responsibilities:
• You will be the champion for great brand packaging design throughout UK
• You will plan and project-manage all aspects of the packaging design process from agreed design through to instore, including SRP.
• You will manage photographers and artwork agencies to deliver the brand packaging to agreed critical path.
• You will work collaboratively with the Group design team & the UK brand managers to ensure Group designs meet UK customer needs.
o Where necessary & agreed you will create UK-specific designs that are consistent in look & feel with the Group designs
o You will work within the Design Council process to ensure these briefs & designs are signed off by the Group Marketing Director
• You will ensure that all stages of the development process are completed at each key date agreed and produce weekly reports to the Marketing Director highlighting any issues
• You will monitor the costs for each project against the plan
• You will manage the workload across all external resources to ensure effective utilisation
• You will highlight any issues with suppliers which affect critical path for launch

Key people with whom you will interact:
• You will report to the UK Food Marketing Director (TL)
• UK Category Directors and their teams will be your key clients
o Although UK & Group marketing will be the final decision makers.
• Regional design managers in Asia & CE will be important peers
• The Group Marketing Brands Director (CB) will chair the Design Council, and is responsible for the Brand Hierarchy
• The Group Commercial Product Brands Director (SK) will be an important stakeholder
• Good relationships with Group & UK Insight functions will enable you to ensure packaging designs make what matters better for UK customers

Skills & Experience Required:
• Classic packaging design management in retail or global artwork and repro company.
• Experience of managing design agencies and photographers preferred in addition.
• Extremely strong influencing skills required with experience of high volume, fast moving, complex packaging projects.

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