Senior Packaging Manager

New York, New York | Freelance | Job ID #43513 |
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Our client, a consumer products company, is seeking a Sr. Packaging Manager for a 6-month assignment. This person will lead a team of 12 and be responsible for packaging deliverables to internal and external clients.

The ideal candidate has toy industry experience; consumer products and experience working with licensors are musts. We're looking for someone who is very comfortable presenting to outside clients.

Individual will be responsible for:

  • Managing packaging development for multiple categories of business across multiple brands ensuring innovative and compelling packaging is developed
  • Aligning closely with marketing to provide strategic brand direction to the Department
  • Driving the creative process and directing the graphics and structure team in all aspects of design and development
  • Reviewing project status on a weekly basis with cross-functional team members ensuring goals are attained
  • Developing and delivering compelling materials for key presentations such as working reviews, line reviews, licensor meetings and toy fair events
  • Managing the packaging budget balancing internal and external resources
  • Exploring and implementing new technologies including new software and hardware critical to developing skills and product efficiencies
  • Maintaining up to date knowledge of industry standards through research and direct contact with vendors and industry experts
  • Managing, coaching/developing and motivating a team of packaging designers


  • Previous experience managing a team of packaging designers
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and creativity in the packaging field with the ability to drive innovative solutions
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong professional relationships with partners inside and outside the organization
  • Strong leadership skills with the demonstrated ability coach, train/develop and motivate a creative team
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to translate strategic direction into tactical plans for the department
  • Experience working with licensors preferred


  • BS Degree in Packaging Science, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Fine Arts or related (or equivalent)
  • 12 years of Packaging Experience in toys or similar Consumer Products Company (or Master’s Degree and 10 years of experience)


  • 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.
  • 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.
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