Brand Design, Packaging Project Manager

Land O'Lakes, Inc.

About Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Join us and be part of a Fortune 250, farmer- and member-owned cooperative that is reimagining the business of food. We have been named a Top Workplace by Indeed and LinkedIn, and to the TIME 100 Most Influential Companies list.

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Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Position Details

Brand Design, Packaging Project Manager
Twin Cities Metro
Arden Hills, MN


Join a talented and agile in-house packaging and creative studio team at a Fortune200 company.

Land O’Lakes, Inc is recruiting for a Brand Design Packaging Project Manager. Reporting to the Director of Brand Design + Creative Studio, this role provides a high-level of package design leadership across an active product portfolio. The role is a key function in driving creative development through print production, to deliver on the brand strategy through the established brand design language.

This position sits within the Brand Design & Studio Team which is part of the Brand and Enterprise Marketing organization.Land O’Lakes, Inc, your future is rooted here!


Position will lead package design development for the Dairy Foods portfolio (Butter, Cheese & Refrigerated Sweet Snacks) as well as cross-train on the Animal Nutrition portfolio (Purina Brand) for packaging execution support.

Primary responsibilities include design leadership of packaging projects, management of project kick-off with core team and agency partner, timeline development and management, cross-functional team coordination (securing packaging codes, required copy, marketing copy, master data etc.) and routing/proofing for final layouts and hard copy color proofs.

This role will manage the creative and print production process and serve as the day-to-day contact to our design agencies and print partners.

Review creative briefs to ensure there is a clear understanding of the brand strategy, target audience, project scope and communications objectives.

Provide print and packaging guidance to the cross functional teams (i.e., print specifications, regulatory standards)

  • Lead pre-pro meeting with print and agency partners
  • Review print quality for all printed materials
  • Review and approve ink draw downs

Assist in ensuring the current process and agency and print partner relationships are efficiently managed (upload final working files to DAM, first-run print samples are sent to HQ, 3D images are created and populated onto the DAM)

Responsible for OLP (on-line proofing) graphic review with the cross functional teams for approvals and sign-off of final printer proofs for color and content accuracy.

Request and review creative estimates from agency partners and vendors to Business Unit for budgeting.

Generate design and graphic timelines - coordinating cross functional efforts from start to finish. (Working with agencies for creative presentations, to coordinating with print deadlines for each packaging change.)

Support the Director on special projects (print, e-commerce, vendor transitions, etc.) where needed.

Experience-Education (Required):

  • Exceptional project management skills that require multi-tasking and working with people all levels of the brand, marketing and business organization. 
  • 4-year degree or equivalent work experience in a CPG, agency or in-house creative department 
  • 5+ years of package design or creative experience at an agency or in-house team

Experience-Education (Preferred):

  • Art Production and Prepress Print experience preferred

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