Packaging and Merchandise Designer

Packaging and Merchandise Designer

Job Title: Packaging and Merchandise Designer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £38000 - £40000 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: ED136721A_1553523129
Contact Name: Evie Darroux
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 25, 2019 14:12

Job Description

Our client is a renowned heritage and arts brand currently looking for a Packaging and Merchandise Designer to work within the commercial team.

The role
To act as brand packaging design guardian and oversee and advise on brand application through all design work within the team, company and third parties including licensees and brand partners, for markets in the UK and overseas

  • To deliver high-quality, professional and creative designs including:
  • 2D and 3D merchandise and packaging across a variety of product categories and formats, including licenced ranges
  • a suite of brand communications across traditional and digital platforms
  • a range of marketing and promotional collateral
  • brand application in multiple environments including in stores, cafes and at events
  • developing processes, guidelines and implementing innovative design approaches to meet the needs of the business now and in the future
  • To manage the day to day workload of the design team and line manage Designers

Key Accountabilities:

1. Design

  • Designing across a wide range of product categories and formats most notably:
  • 3D products including homeware, accessories, food & drink, stationery, gifts
  • 2D paper products including diaries, calendars, notebooks, greetings cards, books
  • All 2D and 3D packaging on a variety of substrates including paper, fabric, etc
  • Designing all communications for instore, online and on digital platforms
  • Designing all marketing collateral in print and digital formats including brochures, advertising, leaflets, presentations, booklets as well as POS and event material
  • Designing merchandise, communications and collateral
  • Creating and presenting concepts and mock-ups, and taking projects from concept through to production artwork as briefed
  • Ensuring that every design is consistent with the brand and is delivered to deadlines and to budget
  • Liaising with the Production team to ensure the smooth running of the print and production process including reproduction accuracy and single artwork proof / sample approvals
  • Final sign-off for production (impositions / running sheets) if design change is required
  • Managing and negotiating design and critical path schedules with production, buying and licensing teams

2. Brand and Communication

  • Acting as brand guardian and liaising with internal and external stakeholders to pro-actively ensure that all design work produced is consistent with brand guidelines and values
  • To have an overview of all design produced
  • To be the point of contact for all brand design related queries

3. Management

  • To manage the day to day responsibilities of the Designer and Consultants when required
  • To develop the Designer performance through line management, performance management, training and induction programmes
  • Ensure good communication within the Company
  • Commission and manage third party relationships, with the Head of Marketing when required

4. Training

  • Providing training for team memebers
  • Providing presentations and training on brand guidelines and the application of the brand as required
  • Providing presentations and training on signage guidelines as required

5. Reporting and Financial

  • Working with the Head of Marketing and internal departments to meet business objectives and work within agreed budgets
  • Reviewing and reporting on the Design function, and brand and design applications, making recommendations for improved efficiencies and profitability
  • Assisting in the budgeting process as required by the Head of Marketing

6. General

  • Proposing recommendations to improvements in processes and inputting ideas
  • Keeping up to date with developments in DTP systems and software, and presenting proposals, where appropriate, for investment in new software and training
  • Ordering all necessary supplies for the DTP system

Essential Competencies

  • Understanding of the importance and representation of the brand
  • Creative and innovative vision
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Confident work flow planning, organising and multi-tasking
  • Commercial focus
  • Eye for detail
  • Solid business relationship building
  • Collaborative and works collegiately in and between teams
  • Line management

Technical / Professional Skills

  • InDesign - essential to be fully expert (Advanced)
  • Illustrator - essential to be fully expert (Advanced)
  • Photoshop - essential to be fully expert (Advanced)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - essential to be fully expert (Advanced)
  • Design degree
  • Extensive demonstrable experience in areas of 2D and 3D merchandise and packaging design, communications and marketing and promotions material
  • Brand application in customer facing sites ideally including stores, cafes or events
  • Understanding of printing and production techniques and processes
  • Developing and advising on application of technical brand guidelines

Please send CV and portfolio stating your salary expectations.

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