Design Project Manager

Newark, CA | Freelance | Job ID #58144 |
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Our client, a top electronics company is looking for a Design Project Manager to join their team.

As a Design Project Manager, you are responsible for planning, scheduling, prioritizing, allocating resources, and driving product development projects through the entire product development lifecycle, including Industrial Design / CMF/ UX / Packaging Structure & Graphics / Imagery. Outstanding leadership skills, a passion for process, and the ability to plan out a calendar will be crucial for this role.


  • Managing and monitoring project or program schedules, progress, and costs to ensure that expected results are delivered on time and within budget

  • Allocating project resources with discipline functional managers including:

    • Industrial Design

    • CMF Design

    • Consumer Insight

    • UX

    • Packaging Structure and Graphics

  • Creating, maintaining, and updating project plans as needed

  • Consolidating, communicating, and driving issue resolutions to closure

  • Maintaining and publishing a project dashboard to communicate the status of projects

  • Scheduling project kick-off meetings/reviews with stakeholders

  • Publishing meeting minutes, action item logs, and updated schedules to track project status

  • Providing functional expertise to assess potential schedule risks and operational impact

  • Process & drive external vendor SOWs to closure via contract tool in partnership with Design Lead and Legal Partners

  • Process POs, forecast costs, and update budget / financial trackers

***Prior experience managing consumer product packaging structure and graphics very helpful.


  • 5-10 years Project/ Program Management experience in high tech and consumer products environment with cross-functional teams

  • Superior project scoping, project timeline development, risk assessment, and prioritization skills

  • Experience creating comprehensive project timelines utilizing project management software, e.g. MS Project, Workfront, At-Task, Smart Sheet., etc.

  • Understanding of how to use Google -- Drive, Documents, Sheets, and Slides


  • Be a self-starter and independently manage projects and processes

  • Be an avid learner of new processes and systems

  • Connect the dots at a strategic level to support cross-functional teams

  • See the big picture and get granular with the details

  • Lean in and learn new systems and processes

  • Bring an open and curious mindset to everything you do

  • Impeccable organizational skills

  • Have an upbeat, can-do attitude and work well with creatives

  • Team-player able to seamlessly partner with designers, marketing and engineering

  • Strong change management and scheduling skills

  • Proactive and solutions-oriented with a positive attitude to challenges

  • Able to juggle conflicting priorities

  • Be fun to work with!!

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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