Job Description

We are seeking an On Site exceptional individual who has experience working in and managing a very busy and demanding graphic design studio. Our design studio creates over a thousand new items each year and has multiple projects going on each day. A good knowledge of kids trends and what is hot in the world of kid’s fashion and toys will be a big plus but is not a necessity. The role requires experience working with programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, In Design & Acrobat. You must be a strong leader, possess skills to get the most out of a team all whom have varying skill sets and experience, be able to motivate and encourage a team of 7 graphic designers as well as being able to work with other team managers throughout the business to meet daily deadlines and goals. You must be detail orientated, deadline driven, a self-starter who can juggle multiple projects. You must have excellent communication skills.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Meet with CEO each morning for daily briefing on priorities
• Coordinate the studio daily schedule for each graphic designer in your team – DAILY
TRAFFIC FLOW!
• Brief each new project, giving detailed guidelines to each graphic designer in your team
• Proof-read artwork
• Provide input in and guidance on developing new packaging style guides with Creative
Director
• Log and ensure all artwork loaded to suppliers is returned for our approval within company
deadlines
• Manage studio samples ensure each designer has the samples they need and that samples
are returned after jobs are complete
• Work with CEO, Product Development & Sales teams
• Ensure the graphic design team is keeping abreast and up to date on industry trends
• Responsible for recruiting and interviewing any new hires.

A successful candidate will possess the following skills:

• Experience managing a team and ability to manage multiple projects in fast paced and
highly demanding environment.
• Knowledge of color theory and color harmony, good design aesthetics
• An expert understanding of the trends in packaging, color and branding.
• Ability to develop concepts and designs for packaging across several private label brands
• Experienced in Adobe Creative Suite (emphasis on Illustrator & Photoshop)
• Being able to motivate a team to consistently provide high quality work while also meting
tight deadlines
• Exhibit a pixel-perfect attention to detail
• Awareness of design, fashion / beauty, retail, social media and lifestyle trends.
• Prior experience with commercial & toy packaging preferred but not required.

• Bachelor’s degree in Packaging, Industrial or Graphic Design or related field is preferred but
not a requirement
• Strong design skill set proficient in illustration, iconography, typography and layout
• 8+ years of work experience in consumer packaging design.
• Must have an entrepreneurial mindset and a relentless passion for beautiful crafted design,
change and innovation
• Strong visual design skills and background designing for systems (style guides, design
patterns)




ANKER PLAY PRODUCTS LLC

Anker Play Products, LLC is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of toys & activity play products for children of all ages.

Lead by a management team with more than 50 years of experience in product development and sourcing, all of our products and packaging are carefully designed in the USA to stand out in our retailers and inspire the creativity in the children that use them. Our extensive product line offers a wide range of creative play products for all children and all seasons. Our endless goal is to offer the highest quality craft, activity, and toy products at unbeatable value and offer the highest level of customer service to match.