Sr Packaging Manager Toys

Job Title:
Sr Packaging Manager Toys
Job Location:
West
Relocation:
Yes
Position Level:
Senior Manager
Position Report To:
VP Marketing
Position Responsibilities:

Seeking a Sr. Packaging Manager who has an established background of hands-on packaging design and now manages other packaging designers.

This role is 65% management focused and 35% process management (project management).

Responsibilities include:

  • Driving the creative process and directing team members in all aspects of packaging design and development.
  • Planning and managing to a budget balancing internal and external resources.
  • Exploring and implementing new technologies including new software and hardware critical to developing skills and product efficiencies.
  • Managing the packaging development process (from initiating design schedule start to final mechanical artwork turnover) for multiple categories of business across brands ensuring market relevant and compelling packaging is developed.
  • Managing and reviewing project status on a weekly basis with cross-functional team members ensuring timelines and goals are attained.
  • Foster and manage outside vendor partnerships for materials, copywriting, printing, photography, videography bringing consistency/dimension to brand/line/category.
  • Managing, coaching/developing and motivating a team of designers with a primary focus on packaging. Cultivating and empowering team to take initiative and ownership for their work and its real impact on the business mission.
Percent Travel:
15-20%
Direct Reports:
Yes
Experience Required:
  • BFA/BA/BS in Graphic Design.
  • Must have 8+ years professional level experience in design direction and execution in consumer packaged goods. Minimum of 3 years in a comprehensive management role effectively guiding and directing internal staff and external partners/vendors.
  • Mass retail experience required
  • Juvenile Products or Toy Industry experience preferred
  • Expert in package design and development using graphic and packaging software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and CAD tools.
  • Demonstrated experience with budget development and management, including solid experience building effective business cases for incremental spend if necessary/recommended.
  • Ability to support, mentor and train employees to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and foster good morale/team pride, as demonstrated through past experience navigating and leading team through successful  change
  • Strong problem solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills, as demonstrated in past successful resolutions to complex multi-dimensional issues.
  • Possess a strong eye and a thorough understanding of strategic timing for introducing market-relevant, on-trend designs to mass-market consumer.
  • A history of leading projects from concept to completion within established timeframes.
  • Proven success working in a high volume creative environment with aggressive timelines.
  • Proven ability to effectively present and communicate ideas in a large group and to executive/leadership team resulting in organizational alignment.
  • Superior project and time management skills, including formal training in these areas.
  • Confidence and experience corresponding with Chinese partners on a regular basis.
  • Familiarity with complex documents like product spec sheets, manuals and safety regulations.
  • Requires 15-20% travel.  Some international travel required.  1X weekly evening meeting required with international office.
Education Required:
BS/BA
Other Remarks:
Firm on compensation and experience required