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Packaging Project Manager

Brand:  SGK
Company:  Schawk USA Inc. (US103)
Line of Business:  SGK Americas
Location: 

Pleasanton, CA, US, 94588

POSITION SUMMARY

The Packaging Project Manager is an unbiased functional owner; linkage to client private brands, internal partners, strategic design agencies, Schawk pre-press, printers and suppliers. Manages day to day responsibilities including the overall process and timeline, works proactively to help solve challenges that occur throughout the project, and develops strong client relationships. Partners and consults across the packaging development function to identify and resolve project issues; resolves the most complex problems using strong technical and category knowledge, and consumer insights. The PPM is responsible for managing the full lifecycle of packaging development for packaging projects including New Innovation, Redesign, Line Extensions, and Maintenance for the client.  Monitors and communicates project milestones and progress to ensure projects are executed on time and within budget. The PPM is client facing and will collaborate across multiple stakeholders both internally and externally within the client network and will be the constant liaison in the packaging development process.
 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Works with cross-functional teams in the development of project scope and related timelines which meet the goals and priorities of the project.  
•    Facilitates inputs required for the creative development with brand design agencies for packaging design projects on time and within the brand’s budget from category audit through initial design concept to handoff to agency partners.
•    Monitors production art development from agency handoff through & including final materials.
•    Facilitates resolution of art file or printing issues with supplier/printer.
•    Leads all design extensions & adaptations across multiple structures and substrates for optimal design and print production results.
•    Communicates and manages print process with printer and design agencies.
•    Leads all design extensions & adaptations across multiple structures and substrates for optimal design and print production results.
•    Develops, communicates, and manages project priorities, timelines and status to internal and external partners.
•    Resolves or assists in the resolution of issues within and between projects or team; develops methods to monitor artwork project progress and resolve issues as necessary.
•    Follows up to ensure that deliverables meet or exceed expectations.
•    Ensures that risk assessment and contingency planning (for relevant projects) takes place, is communicated and agreed upon by all core team members and is acted on if necessary to keep the project on track or to escalate any unresolved issues.
•    Ensures compliance to processes and establishes discipline to standardized ways of working.
•    Manages every portion of the approval process between internal and external partners, ensures alignment at every step of the design and activation process.
•    Collects packaging project inputs; partners with stakeholders to secure and validate the necessary inputs to effectively execute the project.
•    Provides technical consultation to the Product Teams to ensure efficient & effective packaging production.
•    Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of employee(s) to ensure goals or objectives are accomplished.  Mentors, coaches, trains and develops team.
•    Additional duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Graphic Arts, Marketing, Advertising, or related field
•    Advanced degree (MBA, Master’s) preferred
•    6+ years previous project management experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
•    High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications
•    Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills 
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning)
•    Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients
•    Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
•    Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management
•    Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting

PHYSICAL ASPECTS / WORK ENVIRONMENT

•    Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk, hear and see.  
•    Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 
* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company. From idea to implementation, we deliver packaging solutions and brand experiences that give brands the freedom to speak louder, scale faster and grow stronger. We simplify marketing and amplify brands to deliver value.  SGK is a Matthews International company. 

Matthews International affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.  Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

Matthews International endeavors to make our employment website and application process accessible to all users and applicants. In doing so, Matthews International provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation or assistance completing the application process, please contact a member of our Human Resource Team.
 

 


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