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Packaging Graphics R&D Tech Expert

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Packaging Graphics Research & Development Technical Expert 

Job Summary 
Our client's Packaging Graphics Research & Development Technical Expert manages projects from initiatives to material qualification. The role requires a technical expert who will develop research and development print processes or solutions to improve technology, quality and sustainability of Packaging components. Partners with cross-functional teams, Packaging material team, Creative Designers, Packaging Engineering, Industrial Design, Purchasing, Technical Project Manager and Packaging partners and suppliers. 

Key Qualifications 
• You have 10+ years of experience as well as expertise in consumer electronic or consumer goods packaging and labeling. 
• Deep understanding of pre-press, in-depth printing processes, and solving on-press issues as well as various materials, inks, adhesives, print decoration and finishing. 
• Deep knowledge on digital print technology covering both hardware and software, preferable know how to run digital presses and know how to trouble shoot digital press issues. 
• Deep understanding and hands on experience of factory manufacturing process control and quality systems. 
• You collaborate and demonstrate a flexible approach to working across multiple teams and styles. 
• You have strong communication and interpersonal skills and handle ambiguity with grace. 
• You love the details (highly meticulous), simultaneously demonstrating the ability to envision a macro-view of design objectives and foresee potential roadblocks. 
• You are inventive and enthusiastic, a problem solver, at ease with being part of a growing organization. 
• You dream of working in a creative environment, learn quickly, and you can accommodate rapid change. 
• You are enthusiastic about supporting team-culture, are a strong team partner and coach.

• You have appreciation for quality, can communicate clearly, and have patience for the process—both engineering and design. 
• You are proficient in Mac applications; database management systems; Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat; and the Microsoft Office suite. Basic knowledge of database/operations systems is preferred. 
• You are available for both domestic and international travel (at least 10 percent of time). 

Description 
• Follow identified approved initiative, create briefs, engage Cross-functional teams and partner with purchasing to source potential suppliers. 
• Brainstorm with cross-functional team members and suppliers, recommended printing and finishing processes to meet project goals. Demonstrate ability to generate print design of experiment and execute the plan with print suppliers. 
• Work with suppliers to understand capabilities and scope out mass manufacturing potential options for down select and approval. 
• Collaborate with suppliers to trouble shoot issues and capable of taking over digital press to resolve issues if needed. 
• Demonstrated ability to use and implement statistical and data analysis tools over colors and work with the team to make data driven decisions. 
• Good knowledge of ISO 12647, 15339 and GRACoL2013 color methods. 
• Establish R&D project milestones, track timeline and partner up with assigned cross-functional teams for trial run, and material, graphic treatment, new print technology qualification at suppliers. 
• Obtain proof of concept samples for design team approval before implementation of the project by the Packaging Ops Producers. 
• Understand suppliers printing and finishing capabilities. Stay on top of Packaging Innovation as it relates to these techniques on various substrates. Visit International trade show and attends conferences. 
• Manages special projects with ID (boxes for events, exhibitions) and support new acquisition with short term packaging solution/consultation. 
• Rich print industry connections and knowledge including raw materials, print and finishing equipment. 

Education 
Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging and Print, preferred.

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