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At Packaging Corporation of America (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.

At PCA, you'll find the best people in the industry operating in a \"golden rule\" culture. We actively promote mutually rewarding relationships with each other and our customers by advocating respect for every individual, ethical and fair practices, and the highest standards in what we say and do. PCA is proud to have a highly skilled and experienced team leading the way.

As a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest producers of containerboard and corrugated packaging products in the U.S., PCA offers customers broad expertise and economies of scale, while our multiple plant locations let us rapidly meet the local needs of our customers.

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 PCA design software and techniques to create packaging and Point of Purchase (POP) displays to help customers get noticed and get results in the marketplace.


Apply 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.

Evaluate customer needs and expectations and translates them into drawings, designs, and prototypes within the manufacturing capabilities of the plant.

Develop, design, and recommend materials and production methods that will meet customer requirements and most efficiently utilize existing plant facilities and equipment.

Create or secure samples of designs for customer inspection, production orders and/or division operation.

Perform packaging and component testing, evaluates results, advises sales, manufacturing and customers of findings.

Evaluate existing customer or prospective customer packaging for possible improvement in style, function, appearance, cost and/or ease of packaging as directed by supervisor.

Conduct design reviews with customers.

Generate product cost data, including estimation of run speeds, packaging costs material usages, and scrap factors.

Coordinate 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.

Provide 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.

Provide training, guidance and support to junior designers.


Education equivalent to a bachelor's degree in graphic design, structural design, art, engineering, or packaging required.

Strong working knowledge of production methods, printing methods, materials, styles, and standard design forms and retail usage of packaging and point of purchase displays required.

Minimum of four (4) years' previous experience with packaging and point of purchase display creation and design.

Strong working knowledge computer systems including experience with including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software.


Experience in corrugated industry with a technical understanding of corrugated packaging design, cutting dies, converting machinery and printing.


Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle numerous details, deadlines, and requests.

Able to work in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment, prioritize assignments, and handle multiple tasks concurrently.

Solid financial and business operations analysis skills with the ability to identify opportunities for improvements.

Ability to quickly grasp the customer's current situation and needs based on the current market environment and cross business objectives. Based on customer understanding, able to visualize and develop compelling design possibilities.

Strong listening, evaluating, and problem solving skills. Ability to create alternative solutions and meet deadlines.

Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with multiple audiences on procedures, policies, practices, and requests for information.

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to network and build relationships with individuals of various experience and corporate levels both within and outside of the company.

Strong negotiation and persuasion skills with the ability to create new business opportunities.

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.

Previous work experience as a member of a team, or a strong understanding of the importance of open communication and information sharing between co-workers.

PCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Other details

* Pay TypeSalary
* Travel RequiredNo
* Required EducationBachelor's Degree
* Job Start DateTuesday, March 5, 2019
* Fairfield, OH, USA

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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