Packaging Program Manager

Sunnyvale, California | Freelance | Job ID #67588 |
Posted Last Month

Our client, a global creative content production company, seeks a Packaging Program Manager to join the team. Were looking for candidates with the following skills to fill the role. 


  • Assist Packaging Graphics Producers in organizing documentation, reviewing the accuracy of packaging mechanicals, and organizing color and press sheet reviews.
  • Work to meet tight deadlines in peak seasons by managing deliverable due dates according to established standards and timelines while also coming up with creative solutions to challenges.
  • Write print specification documents, with the guidance of the Packaging Producer, and release them to suppliers.
  • Track and maintain the status of all packaging deliverables.
  • QC and organize assets in an internal tool for each mechanical including part numbers, packaging die-lines, translations, illustrations, copy, supplier, etc..
  • Prepare asset handoff documents for review by Packaging Producers and route to groups.
  • Practice extreme attention to detail in cross-referencing all assets against the final mechanicals per checklist and confirming all layer’s match print specifications.
  • Communicate updates to partner teams, with guidance from Producer, to ensure smooth program movement.
  • Provide complete and timely feedback on digital mechanicals, pre-press, and printer proofs.
  • Review and sign off on supplier PDF's and press sheets and raise any issues when appropriate.
  • Organize final reviews with Packaging Producers.
  • Collaborate with Packaging teams to document best practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Organize materials and archive samples.
  • Press check print runs for existing products at domestic and international suppliers and prepare for final Producer approval.
  • Ensure all documents have been approved by the Packaging Producers before releasing to suppliers.
  • Manage project life cycles and the release of part numbers.
  • Independently manage post-ramp activity, schedules, and file approvals, sustaining and carryover program work.


  • BA/BS degree in Graphic Communications or equivalent.
  • 1-5 years mechanical proofing experience in premium consumer packaging and labeling.
  • Knowledge of electronic pre-press and printing processes required.
  • Project management experience preferred.
  • Must have exceptional organizational and time management skills, verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritize.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat.
  • Proficient in macOS 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.
  • Positive, attentive, focused, and engaged. Strong work ethic. Accountable for actions. Takes initiative. Collaborative team player.
  • Trustworthy in a confidential environment. Supportive of company values.
  • Manages time effectively. Flexible during high-volume periods where longer hours are expected.

​Does this sound like you? Apply today! 

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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