• Packaging Designer

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/2/2018 1:39 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-1254
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Graphic Design
  • Overview

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    Headquartered in New York, NY, The Topps Company is a leading creator and marketer of sports and entertainment products and distinctive confections. Topps’ North America Sports and Entertainment division produces trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games related to iconic global brands such as Major League Baseball, National Football League, Major League Soccer, Star Wars, English Premiere League, Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, and World Wrestling Entertainment. The company has also expanded its portfolio of products to include digital trading cards. Topps Digital Apps produces, develops and operates mobile applications that give you access to an exclusive digital card collection at your fingertips that are sold via the Apple and Google app stores under the brand names BUNT, HUDDLE, KICK, and Star Wars Card Trader. Topps’ confectionery brands, which are marketed under its Bazooka Candy Brands division, include Bazooka bubble gum, Ring Pop, Push Pop, Baby Bottle Pop, and Juicy Drop Pop confectionery items.

     

    The Topps Company was founded in 1938 as Topps Chewing Gum, and in its early years produced a popular penny "Topps Gum" from a factory in Brooklyn, NY. After World War II, the company developed Bazooka Bubble Gum, and in 1950, added trading cards to its product line. Baseball cards appeared in 1951 and quickly became a vital part of pop culture, a tradition that continues to this day.

     

    Topps was acquired in October of 2007 by Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity group, and The Tornante Company, an investment company owned by Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney. Although headquartered in New York City, Topps maintains offices in nine countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, India, Brazil and Argentina. The new ownership of the company has made significant infrastructure, business and cultural advancements.

     

    For additional information please visit: www.topps.com

    Responsibilities

    Job description

    • The Packaging Designer is responsible for the creative design & layout of the packaging for our products – meeting the goals and objectives of the department. Interacting with the Brand Managers and the Art Directors, the Packaging Designer is responsible for their project from the conception of the packaging designs through the release of production files to the printer.

       

      Duties & Responsibilities

      • Translate design direction from the Art Director into compelling design solutions.
      • Produce creative concepts and maintain quality packaging designs for the company’s line of products.
      • Manage all product deliverables on assigned programs.
      • Execute production functions, such as cropping, scaling, illustration and retouching.
      • Understand mechanical standards for effective cost savings for production.
      • Follow licensor and in-store requirements and ensure all designs meet those requirements.
      • Collaborate closely with Brand Managers, Art Directors and Editors.
      • Communicate with the Packaging Engineer & Planning teams to ensure that the latest specs and die lines are available.
      • Communicate with print vendors on file status.
      • Attend team meetings and provide progress reports.

       

    Qualifications

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • Skills & Abilities

      • Expert skills in Adobe CC (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat), as well as Microsoft Word and Excel.
      • Excellent design, layout and typography skills.
      • Knowledge of cuts, creases, perforations, folding, nature and behavior of the packaging material such as paper, corrugated sheet and other types.
      • Ability to manage both small and large projects to completion.
      • Excellent communication skills – written and oral.
      • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
      • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills - Accuracy is essential.
      • Emphasis on teamwork and collaboration. Willing to pitch in however and whenever needed to accomplish goals of the department.
      • Ability to work independently, using judgment on design techniques, processes and methods for performing work activities.

       

      Education & Qualifications

      • Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis on Graphic Design or equivalent.
      • 2+ years related business experience in Design or Print Production.
      • Prepress or Graphic Production experience or familiarity preferred.

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