Under limited supervision, the Designer collaborates with customers and sales representatives to create designs for new products, redesign packaging for existing products, and develop new uses for existing packages for the purpose of securing new business and expanding present business. The Designer is integral to the total service team accessible to our customers. PCA offers customers the expertise of our Designers to develop the optimal design solutions for their business. Designers utilize proprietary PCA software and techniques to create packaging and Point of Purchase (POP) displays to help customers get noticed and get results in the marketplace. This position is located at one of our customer's locations as an on-site packaging designer in Toledo, OH.
Specific dimensions for this position vary based on plant size. For example, an Extra Large plant typically has an employee population exceeding 125 employees and an operating profit in excess $3 million while a Small plant typically has an employee population of less than 50 employees and an operating profit less than $1 million.
Applies advanced design skills in the creation of designs for packaging and/or point of service displays for new and existing products in accordance with PCA design and safety standards.
Evaluates customer needs and expectations and translates them into drawings, designs, and prototypes within the manufacturing capabilities of the plant.
Develops designs and recommend materials and production methods that will meet customer requirements and most efficiently utilize existing plant facilities and equipment.
Creates or secures samples of designs for customer inspection, production orders and/or division operation.
Performs packaging and component testing, evaluates results, advises sales, manufacturing and customers of findings.
Evaluates existing customer or prospective customer packaging for possible improvement in style, function, appearance, cost and/or ease of packaging as directed by supervisor.
Conducts design reviews with customers.
Generate product cost data, including estimation of run speeds, packaging costs material usages, and scrap factors.
Coordinates activities related to developing graphics, prototypes and samples, including vendor negotiations, designing dies, material availability, direction, troubleshooting, reviewing samples, testing, and redirection based on feedback and results.
Provides technical assistance to the Sales Representatives and customer service representative regarding layouts, estimating, die making, order specifications, customer packaging procedures, and material handling techniques orders detailed artwork and printing dies, and approves printing press and die cut set-ups for initial order of new designs.
Provides training, guidance and support to junior designers.
Knows and follows policies and procedures of the company, share information that would benefit other members of the team, and find ways to improve the delivery of service to our customers.
Strives to continually strengthen PCA’s business philosophy of meeting needs and exceeding expectations for customers. This includes supporting PCA’s Commitment to Service which involves doing what is right for our customers, focusing on strategies that add value and support growth, and keeping the promises that we make.
Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, structural design, art, engineering, or packaging preferred.
Internship with a corrugated packaging company working with packaging and point of purchase display creation and design, preferred.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Strong inter-personal skills with the ability to network and build relationships with individuals of various experience and corporate levels both within and outside of the company.
Ability to quickly grasp the customer’s current situation and their needs based on the current market environment and cross business objectives. Based on customer understanding, able to visualize and develop compelling design possibilities.
Ability to engage in rapid experimentation of multiple design ideas and ability to learn from failed design concepts.
Ability to be accessible, available and responsive to the customer and understand the customer’s point of view. Ability to advocate for customer needs to others and create mutual agreement on project scope.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Packaging Corporation of America
Who We Are
At PCA, we think of ourselves as more than a box manufacturer. We are an ideas and solutions company. We seek to be the leader in helping our customers — large and small — package, transport and display products of all kinds. It just happens to be that corrugated products are our area of expertise.
So a partnership with PCA isn’t just about buying boxes. It’s about building a relationship with a knowledgeable, trusted, committed source; adding value to your business; and actively contributing to your success in the marketplace.
Whether you are looking for conventional shipping containers, custom-printed corrugated boxes, custom packaging or eye-catching retail visual displays, PCA is here to deliver the right packaging solution on time and on budget.
Why We Do What We Do
At PCA, our people are as sharp at posing questions as they are at providing answers. With good reason… We realize that the key to offering responsive customer service is never taking our customers for granted. That’s why at the same time you’re learning about our products and how we do business, we’re learning about yours.
So don’t be surprised if PCA people collaborate more than you’r...e used to, or engage you in conversations that go beyond flute profiles and stacking strength. For PCA people, it’s all about understanding customer service — doing our very best to give you the ideas and products that support your needs.