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Position Description


Job Title:   Design Network Lead

Date: :        January 15, 2018

Job Code: 

Reports to:  Regional  Design Center Manager

Job Family:   Local Design Center

Level: PL 14

Exemption Status: Full Time Non-Exempt

Location: Clifton , NJ

Job Summary and Scope: Briefly describe why the role exists and the scope of management responsibilities

The Design Network Lead is responsible for the direction of other team members supporting larger and more complex programs. Participates in early-stage creative brief development, approval and execution. Under general direction, the Design Network Lead will collaborate with design staff, sales and clients to provide creative design solutions that meet and exceed customers’ expectations. Has ownership of major capital projects including scope, financial justification, equipment recommendations, installation and training.

The Design Network Lead will be tasked with leading the generation of multiple design concepts for comprehension by the client. The Design Network Lead will work and lead a single designer or a group of designers to prepare and present packaging solution proposals that can meet those needs and be integrated and implemented with the customer’s systems and equipment to ensure a complete plan is feasible within cost, time and environment constraints. This position enforces specifications and integrity of packaging components in accordance with Veritiv Design for Manufacturing guidelines. The Design Network Lead will lead moderately to extremely complex projects as needed.

Job Responsibilities: Briefly describe what this person would be accountable for in their performance reviews (e.g., project implementation, report creation, process management, trade-off decisions).   List the accountabilities in order of importance to the enterprise.

  • Able to use appropriate skills, sketching, 3D modeling, rendering, animation and video, to define and communicate project concepts
  • Utilize current graphic design technology and computer software to develop, and edit, graphic layouts to meet customer needs.  Prepares files for optimum alignment through quoting and sourcing.
  • Create appropriate visual design languages by understanding the meaning and effect of these on the audience, market and culture.
  • Advanced ability to analyze market and design trends and apply through design thinking.
  • Excellent ability to create broad scenarios/ themes/ concepts that explore potential or articulate an innovative proposition.
  • Excellent  ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively at an individual and group level, often using story-telling to bring an opportunity to life.
  • Ensure a high-quality Design output, respecting business requirements, brand values and design excellence.
  • Requires an advanced understanding, and application, of project management systems specific to design development, execution and file management.
  • Thorough knowledge of packaging design, converting and manufacturing.
  • Work with automated equipment, and packaging manufacturers to ensure the creation of designs that do not exceed manufacturing limitations.
  • Provides technical sales support to ensure successful customer integration and implementation of established packaging products.
  • Coordinate, manage and maintain all creative project information (i.e. revision level, changes, product line, project design costs, etc.) with the company's project management tools to ensure accurate project progress reporting.
  • Skilled and proficient in leadership attributes.  Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to lead individuals and small groups.
  • Ability to lead cross functional teams and continuous improvement projects (concept through implementation).
  • High level of direct customer interface.
  • Ability to understand internal organization, roles and responsibilities and key contacts.  Demonstrated ability to pull in organizational support organizations as needed and re-direct to other supporting functions as required.

Qualifications / Knowledge & Experience:  Briefly describe the knowledge, skills, demonstrated behaviors and experience required for entry into the position/role

  • Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field such as Packaging Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, or Product Design. Advanced degree is a plus.
  • 7-10 years demonstrated experience with product and/or packaging design.
  • Advanced understanding of 3D cad such as SolidWorks, Rhino, 3d Studio Max, or other comparable software packages.
  • Advanced ESKO ArtiosCAD 2D & 3D
  • Create and or review/approve advanced specification drawings and blueprints for manufacturing.
  • Advanced knowledge of computer rendering tools.
  • Ability to prepare specification plans of design work to translate to sourcing and/or manufacturing teams.
  • Understanding ISTA procedures and use its guidelines to interpret test data, and reports results for each validation/verification and provide packaging solutions.
  • Advanced knowledge of graphic design software and printing technology.
  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft product suite.
  • Ability to visualize concepts and turn concepts into 3D renderings, graphic layouts and physical mock-ups.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to present issues, plans and objectives.
  • Balance the relationship between product properties, design elements, business goals, marketing directions, consumer trends, technology and environmental issues.
  • The ability to think creatively and freely look into the future.
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands; ability to perform well under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational skills combined with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgments to plan and accomplish business and personal goals.
  • Excellent quality hand-sketching ability to demonstrate multiple concepts in a relatively quick turnaround time.
  • Ability to generate physical conceptual mockups using simple and effective materials such as: foam core, eps foam, paper, etc…
  • Acts as mentor and lead designer to other CDs.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirement: (Describe any unusual working conditions, such as extreme temperatures, heights, hazardous materials, etc.  State percentage of time spent traveling each month, if any.)

  • Typical temperature controlled office environment.
  • 30-50% possible travel may be necessary.

Budget/P&L responsibilities: Does this role have any budget/P&L responsibilities?  If so, what is the approximate size (in $)  under the role’s authority

  • Potential expense approval responsibilities.

Decision Rights: Thinking of the key business processes within the function and across functions, please list the specific decision rights of this role (e.g., what decisions are they accountable for versus just provide input to making?):

  • Working with team members to develop and present concept designs to internal/external customers.
  • Requesting prototype tooling/samples to complete design evaluation and validation.
  • Completing packaging design solutions.
  • Defining material specifications.
  • Making necessary updates/changes based on customers’ feedbacks.
  • Supporting sales/PM to solve packaging related design issues.
  • May be responsible for delivering employee performance reviews.
  • May be responsible for local decision making.

Positions Supervised: List the positions that report directly to this position

  • 1-4 direct reports.

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