The Packaging Project Manager is an unbiased functional owner; linkage to client private brands, internal partners, strategic design agencies, Schawk pre-press, printers and suppliers. Manages day to day responsibilities including the overall process and timeline, works proactively to help solve challenges that occur throughout the project, and develops strong client relationships. Partners and consults across the packaging development function to identify and resolve project issues; resolves the most complex problems using strong technical and category knowledge, and consumer insights. The PPM is responsible for managing the full lifecycle of packaging development for packaging projects including New Innovation, Redesign, Line Extensions, and Maintenance for the client. Monitors and communicates project milestones and progress to ensure projects are executed on time and within budget. The PPM is client facing and will collaborate across multiple stakeholders both internally and externally within the client network and will be the constant liaison in the packaging development process.
Willingness to travel 1-2x per month
Work with cross-functional teams in the development of project scope and related timelines which meet the goals and priorities of the project.
Facilitate inputs required for the creative development with brand design agencies for packaging design projects on time and within the brand’s budget from category audit through initial design concept to handoff to agency partners.
Monitor production art development from agency handoff through & including final materials.
Facilitate resolution of art file or printing issues with supplier/printer
Lead all design extensions & adaptations across multiple structures and substrates for optimal design and print production results
Communicate and manage print process with printer and design agencies
Lead all design extensions & adaptations across multiple structures and substrates for optimal design and print production results.
Develop, communicate, and manage project priorities, timelines and status to internal and external partners
Resolve or assist in the resolution of issues within and between projects or team; develop methods to monitor artwork project progress and resolve issues as necessary
Follows up to ensure that deliverables meet or exceed expectations
Ensure that risk assessment and contingency planning (for relevant projects) takes place, is communicated and agreed upon by all core team members and is acted on if necessary to keep the project on track or to escalate any unresolved issues
Ensure compliance to processes and establish discipline to standardized ways of working
Manage every portion of the approval process between internal and external partners, ensure alignment at every step of the design and activation process.
Responsible for the collection of packaging project inputs; partner with stakeholders to secure and validate the necessary inputs to effectively execute the project
Proficiency in reviewing and critiquing design based on brief and project objectives
Provide technical consultation to the Product Teams to ensure efficient & effective packaging production
Ensure suppliers are completing tasks and forms to the prescribed timelines (i.e. printed packaging, 1st production samples to PD, receive orders for products and respective photo shoots)
Ensure all projects’ feedback is properly tracked and documented and has been reviewed and agreed upon by all appropriate stakeholders
Demonstrate proficiency with Schawk on-line tools, BLUE, and other tools & technology as required by the business
Responsible for understanding the latest design, print production, special effects, and print technology trends and innovations
Stay current on all new category and shopper trends in categories of responsibilities
Provide ideas and solutions that address client needs and help drive that business forward
Create a positive, lasting impression for our people and our clients
Additional duties as assigned
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
Regularly/Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low/moderate.
Responsible for supervising multiple projects.
Responsible for supervising a team of employees.
Qualifications / Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Graphic Arts, Marketing, Advertising, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the key accountabilities of the job required
5+ years progressive project management experience required
Periodic travel is required
Experience in consumer or corporate creative/production design
Client facing experience
Experience in packaging and pre-media prepress process
High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications
Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)
Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients
Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management
Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to read, write, and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos
Ability to work overtime as necessary
Matthews International affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other characteristic protected protected by federal, state or local law. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled