Creative Services Manager/Packaging Graphic Designer

Ewing, NJ, USA
Effectively manage and track multiple projects simultaneously, detail-oriented, work well under pressure, prioritize workflow effectively, while meeting stringent and overlapping deadlines. Manage all aspects of the creative process of projects from inception through final production while meeting Brand Team strategic objectives. Collaborate with Creatives, Brand Team, R&D Manufacturing and vendors creating mutual respect and long-lasting partnerships.

Work Experience

Mizco International

Product Packaging Designer - Travelocity Brand

February 2014 - Present Avenel, New Jersey, United States


Creative Marketing Manager

June 2013 - February 2014 Wall, New Jersey, United States

Central Garden & Pet

Creative Services Manager - Nylabone Products Inc.

• Manage all aspects of the brand identity/packaging development process including freelancers and outside agencies.
• Guide freelancers in the development and production of all packaging design, sales print materials, ads and web design.
• Work closely with Brand Team to develop creative briefs that will achieve the best creative/strategic solutions. Participate in brainstorming meetings.
• Provide direction to R&D/China team for print quality, product placement and die lines.
• Design and develop packaging concepts, logos, print materials, web graphics, trade show graphics and ad work that maintain the integrity of the brand and meet the strategic objectives of the Brand Team.
• Maintain timelines for projects through production and proofing process and ensure timelines and budget are met or reduced. Approve final proofs and attend press runs to ensure branding quality is maintained across all sku's.
• Collaborate with Marketing, Manufacturing, R&D & Vendors to develop/create and approve die lines for final production pieces.
• Collaborate with Sales teams to develop compelling and impactful sell sheets, FSI’s, etc to effectively drive Nylabone sales.
• Understand design treads and continually research online resources, competitors and non-industry packaging, and frequent store visits to maintain an understanding of the competitive landscape as well as attend/review focus groups/surveys to gain a deeper understanding of the ‘Voice of the Consumer’.
• Implement and manage naming protocols and processes for all artwork and corresponding assets on digital archiving system as well as implement a die line coding system for use across internal departments (Marketing, Graphics, Purchasing, etc).
August 2006 - Present Ewing, New Jersey, United States


Kean College Of New Jersey

BA Visual Communications

September 1997 - January 2000 Union, New Jersey, United States


Advanced Skills In Photoshop, Advertising, Branding, Flexo Pre-Press , Illustration, Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Packaging Design, Print Production, Print/Digital Pre-Press, Web Design,