Packaging Production Designer

Santa Monica, California | Freelance | Job ID #59414 |
Posted Last Month

Onward Search is looking for an experienced Production Designer with an expertise in packaging systems to join the packaging team of a global smart home security client for a 3 month assignment that is likely to extend. You are hands-on with a masterful eye for layout, design and typography, with hyper attention to detail. With solid pre-press skills, you will help execute an optimized global packaging program that elevates the product experience while improving overall output.


  • Own production workflow for packaging and specialty channel projects, going the extra mile to present a complete and polished finished product
  • Prep, proof, preflight, and approve final artwork mechanicals and proofs based on designer and vendor output specs, ensuring accuracy, quality, and consistency
  • Partner with design, content, and visuals team members on the creation and turnover of assets, including: reviews, revisions, and approval of final files for release
  • Ensure the integrity of the approved concept design throughout the production process
  • Utilize and lend technical knowledge to build and keep uniformity among all print mechanicals; Attend press checks as necessary
  • Verify the accuracy of copy, regulated package elements, and basic compliance requirements
  • Catalog and organize project files (working and final) for future reference and retrieval
  • Manage your production calendar of tasks assigned by project manager, effectively delivering projects on time and on budget while meeting quality standards
  • Review existing templates and systems and implement updates based on real examples and learnings as needed


  • 6+ years of experience in an in-house, design firm or agency environment in print production, graphic or visual design
  • Online portfolio reflecting extensive expertise in print production and user-centered design, solving for accurate, consistent templates including: packaging systems, collateral, and channel
  • Deep knowledge and passion for print production, processes, and manufacturing techniques for press
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet evolving deadlines
  • Ability to maintain quality and consistency of design for international localization
  • Experience with dielines, color matching, material selection and verification, and printing techniques
  • Extensive knowledge of pre-press and print production, as well as an eye for composition, and photo markup familiarity
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and working with third-party retouchers and illustrators on visual asset production
  • Highly experienced in building out new templated packaging file systems, as well as working into existing templates and master document styling
  • Able to learn quickly in a hands-on environment, taking initiative within a company that is dynamic and ever-evolving
  • Exceptional time and project management skills with excellent communication and organization
  • 2D and 3D package rendering skills
  • Experience with production design for mass produced consumer-packaged goods and electronics
  • Able to contribute to packaging design and development best practices and standards
  • Experience working into regional and/or multi-language packaging and literature
  • Light design abilities, including photography retouching, markups, and render set up for press
  • Familiarity working with spot, four-color printing process, and proofreading copy

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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Onward Search helps connect creative, marketing, and technology talent with top jobs at the nation's most recognized companies and digital agencies. We offer a full range of recruitment and staffing solutions to include freelance / contract, temp-to-perm, and permanent placement.