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Mid-Senior Industrial Designer

Silgan Dispensing Systems k

Richmond, VA

Jan 12
Job Description

The Big Picture

Silgan Dispensing is a global leader in packaging solutions that touch people’s lives every day, everywhere. Our broad portfolio of trigger sprayers, pumps, fine mist sprayers, and closures are used by iconic brands for healthcare, personal care, beauty, fragrance, home and garden markets. It is likely that you possess one or more of our dispensers in your home!

Headquartered in Richmond VA, Silgan Dispensing Systems (SDS) employs over 6,000 employees globally. We are proud to have created a diverse workforce that is innovative, sustainably-focused, respectful, inclusive, driven to excel and customer-oriented-held together by the belief that we are best when we work as One Team.

Our culture of engagement, collaboration and accountability is what enables us to be the dispensing partner that brands rely on to grow their business.

Why should you work with us?

Our Design Team is looking for a new team member to join this close-knit group of creative professionals. We provide creative direction for new and innovative products - from the concept phase to production - working with researchers, marketers, and engineers along the way. We are dedicated to helping our customers create products that delight their consumers, achieve sustainability targets, and help them win in the marketplace.

You will work with people as passionate as you are.

We love what we do and are great at it. Because of this passion, we develop, prototype, and create world-class packaging solutions every day.

What to expect:

As a designer, no two days are going to be the same. Whether you’re sketching new design concepts, exploring forms with foam/clay, refining concepts in CAD, or creating a photorealistic render, you’ll be helping Silgan Dispensing and its customers achieve their goals. Our team plays an integral role in the company’s strategy and ultimate success. If this sounds like you, then this maybe be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

The Position:

The ideal candidate is someone who thrives on challenges and bringing new solutions to market and is comfortable leading projects from initial concepting and prototyping to ultimately production. He/she will:

Lead internal and external customer relationships to better understand project goals and opportunities

Collaborate with consumer insights team to conduct design research to explore consumer, customer and market needs and to immerse in the project to inspire ideation

Work independently OR lead ideation with the broader design and/or innovation team members to create sketch concepts

Create concept prototypes to test working theories, ergonomics, intuitiveness, styling aspects of concept designs; create client ready prototypes of refined concepts to share with internal and external customers

Collaborate with product development, molding, and assembly engineers to optimize manufacturability, cost, and sustainability of product solutions

Problem-solve design and technical issues in order to find balance between manufacturing and consumer needs

Create compelling product renderings, concept presentations, and other visual collateral to help sell in designs and drive towards effective decision making around design options

Create basic timelines for work, negotiate project deliverable timing with internal stakeholders, meet and/or exceed timing and work quality expectations

Provide project updates and next steps at regular intervals for project teams, keeping project teams up to date with progress and identifying challenges as they arise

Support for sales and marketing needs, including stock product renders and graphic label creation


Ideal candidate should have:

Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design

5-10 years industry experience as an industrial designer in product and/or packaging design

Willing to work from Silgan Dispensing global headquarters in Richmond, VA

Prior experience designing for injection molding and/or other plastics manufacturing processes

Interest in how things work, desire to better understand materials and manufacturing processes

Experience navigating relationships within large organizations and/or dynamic customer relationships

Strong critical thinking & problem-solving skills and a proven track record of using these to design better product solutions

Ability to design with the consumer in mind, experience utilizing consumer research to drive design concepts and refinement

Prior experience designing to optimize ergonomics, intuitiveness, and overall physical experience of product and/or packaging design

Strong product styling capabilities, ability to design for different brands, consumers and regions

Experience developing compelling concept/mood boards to inspire creative ideation

Divergent thinker, capable of generating a multitude of ideas to address a design brief

Strong sketching skills with ability to convey ideas in real time with colleagues and well as prepare easy to interpret and inspired sketches for client meetings

Strong interpersonal skills, including effective communication and respect for others

Ability to “tell the story” of how concepts were developed and create a pitch for product ideas utilizing strong verbal and visual presentation skills

Ability to flex between working independently and collaboratively

Proactive attitude, proven track record of meeting deadlines and engaging in next steps to drive projects forward

Proficient in CAD modeling using Solidworks - strong surface modeling skills required for this position

Proficient in KeyShot or similar rendering software with ability to create photorealism for customer presentations

Proficient in Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator for basic graphic mock-up creation and presentation materials

Silgan Dispensing Systems

Silgan Dispensing is a global leader in packaging solutions that touch people’s lives every day, everywhere. Our broad portfolio of trigger sprayers, pumps, fine mist sprayers, and closures are used by iconic brands for healthcare, personal care, beauty, fragrance, home and garden markets. It is likely that you possess one or more of our dispensers in your home!

Headquartered in Richmond VA, Silgan Dispensing Systems (SDS) employs over 6,000 employees globally. We are proud to have created a diverse workforce that is innovative, sustainably-focused, respectful, inclusive, driven to excel and customer-oriented—held together by the belief that we are best when we work as One Team.

Our culture of engagement, collaboration and accountability is what enables us to be the dispensing partner that brands rely on to grow their business.