Pulp+Wire k

Portland, ME

Mar 18
Job Description

Pulp+Wire is excited to open up the opportunity for a mid to senior level branding and packaging designer to join our close-knit team in beautiful Portland, Maine. We work closely with both start-up brands and mass market CPG brands throughout the United States in a boutique, team-oriented, client-first setting.

The primary goal of the brand and packaging designer is to strategize, conceptualize, design and produce print, packaging and digital projects from project initiation to completion. The designer will manage their own clients/ projects as well as attend key client presentations and collaborate with the Brand Manager in presenting the work. The designer also develops print specifications, art directs outside creative resources (photographers, illustrators, developers), attends press checks and sees the creative process from vision boarding through final print production.

• Position: Full-time
• Experience: 5+ years as a graphic designer with agency and packaging experience

• Required Skills: Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud and all appropriate design programs. Web design and programming knowledge with HTML, CSS, WordPress, and Shopify. Illustration chops, both hand-drawn and computer generated. Lettering and photography skills are a plus!

Quick Outline of Responsibilities and Requirements:

• Work with the entire brand team to develop and transform ideas, marketing goals and product concepts into dynamic visual representations

• Activate on and develop the brand vision and push aesthetic boundaries with all clients and brands.

• Ability to manage time, regularly communicate project status and immediately raise schedule concerns

• Design and execute graphic concepts to meet product or campaign visions

• Provide creative direction and oversight on digital, print and social graphic projects

• Proven ability to own designs from initial concept creation to final sign-off

• Design for a wide variety of mediums including logos, packaging, trade show, email, online banner ads, social media graphics and ads, lifestyle images, printed sales collateral, direct mail campaigns and more.

• Ability to carry marketing concepts across multiple pieces as part of a complete campaign.

• Bring thoughtful ideas on how to expand client needs and deliverables as each set of the process.

• Interface frequently with the Brand Manager, Managing Director and Creative Director to constantly evaluate the quality and impact of past, present and future brand work

• Work closely with the entire creative team to provide ideas for photo and graphic outputs for a wide range of projects

• Participate or lead small-scale photoshoots and video production

• Consistently deliver fresh ideas and concepts to keep the brand current and dynamic

• Update and maintain marketing, and sales collateral to ensure brand consistency

• Creative problem solver: be able to define challenges, collect relevant information, draw insightful conclusions and develop marketing and graphic concepts to address the challenge

• Be a leader and provide design guidance to peers and developing designers

• Keep an eye on industry and design trends as well as a continuing knowledge of client industries and sharing relevant knowledge with team, while encouraging and participating in opportunities for professional development.

• Always be looking out for the P+W brand, promoting work, updating our aesthetic and building our presence in the CPG world.

• Support Pulp+Wire’s overall culture, values, and mission, and contribute to an environment that is efficient, positive, professional, proactive, and team-oriented.

• Create, organize and maintain an organized office space – with all designers.

• Take ownership and lead by example to achieve the ideal environment.

• Like pop-culture, dance-offs and can tell a really good bad joke

We are a good time, care for our employees and clients like family, appreciate hard work and like to say thank you often. If you don’t like collaboration, constructive feedback or have a killer sense of humor, please don’t apply.

Application Details

Send your cover letter, resume and link to your portfolio to us by e-mail using the subject line: Designer Job Application. (failure to follow instructions means we might not follow-up)

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.


Founded in 2004, Pulp+Wire is an award-winning, full service, consumer packaging, branding and marketing agency located in Portland, Maine. The company specializes in helping natural and organic foods and lifestyle brands discover their unique identity and creating the websites, packaging, creative collateral, and social media strategies that resonate with the booming audience for their products. As passionate “brand alchemists,” P+W revels in the magic science of creative exploration that can turn a brand into gold. This client-collaborative process leverages both intuitive and analytical power to communicate the authentic corporate ethos that beats at the heart of the most successful brands.