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Print/Packaging Manager (R&D)

Remote | Sunnyvale, California
Freelance | Job ID #68346 | Posted one year ago

Our client, a global creative content production company, is seeking a Print/Packaging Manager to join the team.


  • Assists Packaging Producers and R&D Print Specialists in organizing documentation, reviewing accuracy of packaging mechanicals, organizing color and press sheet reviews, and helping the team meet tight deadlines for critical projects and their deliverables
  • Manage deliverable due dates according to established standards and timelines, while also coming up with creative solutions to challenges
  • Capture and document actions discussed in project meetings and share actions with team members
  • Track, document, and organize project deliverables into project management tools, such as matrices, timelines, etc
  • Organize meetings with cross-functional team members to ensure deliverable deadlines are met
  • Arrange shipments of materials and samples to various project stakeholders for review
  • Write print specification documents in the database—with the direction of the Packaging Producer/Specialist—prior to handing off to Production Design. Ensure all documents have been approved by the Packaging Producer/Specialist before releasing to suppliers
  • QC and organize assets in the database for each mechanical (part numbers, packaging die-lines, translations, illustrations, copy, etc.)
  • Prepare asset handoff documents for review by Packaging Producer/Specialist and route to or cross-functional groups
  • Practice extreme attention to detail in cross-referencing all assets against the final mechanicals per check list, and confirm all layers match print specifications
  • Provide complete and timely feedback on digital mechanicals, pre-press, and printer proofs
  • Review and sign off on supplier PDFs and press sheets and raise any issues when appropriate
  • Organize final reviews with Packaging Producers/Specialists
  • Collaborate with Packaging team to document best practices and standard operating procedures and processes for both internal and external partners
  • Independently manage post-ramp activity, schedules, and file approvals (i.e., sustaining and carryover program work)


  • BA/BS degree in Graphic Communications or equivalent
  • 2-5 years mechanical proofing experience in premium consumer packaging and labeling, having worked at a print shop, paper mills or ink companies
  • Knowledge of electronic pre-press and printing processes required
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Must possess exceptional organizational and time management skills, verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritize
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat
  • Proficient in Mac OS and native apps
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Word, database management
  • Meticulous attention to detail a must
  • Able to understand and interpret complex processes and shifting priorities
  • Experience in database/project management systems
  • Must be positive, attentive, focused, and engaged
  • Must have a strong work ethic, take initiative, be accountable for actions, and be a collaborative team player
  • Trustworthy in a confidential environment and supportive of company values
  • Manages time effectively and is flexible during high-volume periods (some longer hours)

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.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search 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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