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Title:  Packaging Designer - Mfg. Design

Requisition ID:  17169-159

Concord, NH, US, 03301

Category:  Customer Service and Sales Support
Travel:  No Travel Required

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child’s cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry’s best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more about us at

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.


We have an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter for the position of Packaging Designer (Manufacturing Designer.) This position requires hands-on Manufacturing Design process execution (Layout, Programming, and Tooling Ordering) in a team-based environment. This position’s responsibilities include effectively and efficiently maintaining the schedule, meeting internal and external customer needs, expectations, and requirements; as well as confronting complex processes and technical challenges requiring direct involvement, understanding, and support to reach resolution.



The mission of the Innovation and Design (I&D) organization is to bring forth new packaging solutions through creative structural and manufacturing design, working collaboratively with our internal graphic designers, machinery and systems engineers, business development team members, market and product managers, manufacturing and quality assurance personnel, key supplier partners and ultimately interfacing with customers to understand their unmet needs, consumer unmet needs, and marketing objectives.

The Manufacturing Design (MD) team, within Innovation and Design, is responsible for translating final paperboard carton specifications into production-ready cutting tooling used by GPI converting facilities to produce finished paperboard cartons that meet customer needs, expectations, and requirements. The translation of specifications into tooling encompasses Layout, Programming, and Tooling Ordering processes and procedures utilizing both ArtiosCAD and SAP software applications.

Position Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.

Manufacturing Design and Software use:

Actively monitor, maintain, and control work schedule and back-log (Layout Requests, Programming, Tooling Requests, etc.)

Full understanding and utilization of the Artios CAD system to execute Manufacturing Design tasks to required specifications for plants assigned (die layouts, die design, programming of phenolics and steel counters, etc.)

Fully apply all GPI plant specifications during Tooling Design process for responsible plants

Support and resolve carton structure design and production tooling-related issues and inquiries involving both external and internal resources

Uses 2D and 3D conceptualization techniques

Tooling Ordering

Quote all tooling, order tooling and support the plant in tooling purchases accurately and efficiently

Review tooling orders and necessity based on tooling library and provide cost savings solutions

Assist the plants in maintaining their tooling budgets

Teamwork and Coordination of Tooling:

Effectively interface and interact with internal customers, stakeholders, peers, and co-workers to resolve issues in a timely fashion

Complete Tooling Design projects while fully coordinating with sales, customer service, structural design, capacity planning, graphics, and carton converting groups as required

In-depth interaction with plant representatives during the tooling design and order process.

Continuous Improvement and Project Management

Identify and help develop Continuous Improvement initiatives

Assist in the development and modification of manufacturing design standards, tools, processes and training materials

Assist in the development & apply manufacturing design related documentation, process detail, specifications, and intellectual property protection processes

Actively participate in, and contribute to, local Culture Development ideas, initiatives, and activities

Search out cost saving initiatives

Technical Skills

Must be certified in at least two processes - Layout, Programing and/or Tooling Ordering

Skill Development and Learning

Actively participate in employee certification and re-certification activities


Others, as assigned   


This Job Description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties, as assigned by immediate manager and other management personnel.


Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

Required Skills

Dynamic, flexible, and personable team player with the ability to participate in team activities to achieve desired results

Effective time management and project management skills

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments and meet short deadlines

Ability to effectively communicate at all levels within the organization

Ability to apply initiative and exercise good judgment when making timely decisions based on data, facts, and experience

Good technical and analytical skills

Strong visual (2D and 3D) skills, communications, conceptual skills, attention to detail, design sensitivity as well as mechanical aptitude.

Highly detail-oriented and focused

Willingness to learn and to be trained

Solid math skills

Solid computer skills

High Proficiency with computer systems: MS-Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

Required Experience


High School Diploma or GED

Highly preferred

College degree or equivalent professional experience

High-level of mechanical knowledge and aptitude for die cutting, production tooling design, finishing processes, and graphics layout

Prior demonstrated experience (0-2 years) within the paperboard carton industry

Working knowledge of paperboard substrates

Working knowledge of carton structural design

Working knowledge of tooling design

Working knowledge of cutting equipment

Prior experience with ArtiosCAD and SAP

Any level of LEAN / Six Sigma education and experience

Nearest Major Market: Concord
Nearest Secondary Market: Manchester

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