Packaging Designer

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc are Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. An industry leader with 46,000 employees globally, 350 production sites around the world, with locations in 23 countries in Europe and 13 countries in the Americas.

People are at the heart of the organisation and we are constantly working towards creating a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and can succeed. Diversity makes sense for us, for our customers and for our future. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences, and welcome applications from all sections of our communities.

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK are;

  • A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria.
  • Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options.
  • Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.

Smurfit Kappa - Abercarn, are recruiting a Packaging Designer to develop innovative graphic solutions that articulate marketing, graphical and technical concepts for customers and internal Group design and sales departments.


    Key requirements of this role include an ability to:

    • Provide structural design support service to meet our customer’s requirements.
    • Ensure all designs issued to customers can be manufactured, where possible, effectively at Abercarn or within Smurfit Kappa UK.
    • Produce product samples using on-site large format cutting table.
    • Have a general understanding of all major customers and their specific requirements, providing alternative innovative solutions if required
    • Create marketing material, concept visualisations, packaging artwork, e-marketing, print advertising and other ad-hoc marketing
    • Provide technical support to the internal and external sales teams
    • Raise specifications for new work to enable manufacture
    • Provide CAD drawings for the factory as required
    • Undertake customer visits when necessary

    Please note that this role requires the below skills knowledge and experience:

    • Educated to degree standard in a creative discipline and/or 3+ years’ experience of working in a similar or transferable role
    • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software
    • Knowledge of Maxon Cinema4D
    • Knowledge of Esko CAD system (preferable but not essential)
    • Excellent CAD skills and proficient Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Creativity and innovation alongside numeracy, accuracy and commercial awareness
    • Ability to receive and interpret briefs, and to recognise when information is incomplete
    • Experience of working with or within production would be beneficial
    • Work accurately and efficiently to tight deadlines under pressure

    In return our client offers:

    • A competitive annual salary.
    • 25 days' holiday a year, plus 8 bank holidays.
    • Workplace pension.
    • Regular bespoke training.

    Designers are crucial to the success of the business. This is an opportunity to join a successful team that is locally focused whilst supported by a global leader in paper-based packaging.

    The closing date for this role is 24th March 2023.

    Please apply via the company's dedicated recruitment portal. 

    Status Permanent

    Type Full time

    Applications Begin

    Closing Date for Applications

    Location Abercarn
    NP11 5AR

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