Production Designer

Kay James Design


Kay James Design, LLC is a leading design firm specializing in packaging design, branding, product aesthetics and surface design for consumer brands. This is an exciting opportunity for you to make a big difference at an award-winning, collaborative, feels-just-right studio. We offer competitive salary, attractive company benefits, and a collaborative, team-like environment.

Position Details

Production Designer
Northeast Wisconsin
Appleton, WI

To be an ideal candidate, you have a diverse portfolio of packaging design that showcases your work as a production designer—work that displays mechanicals, template creations, digital retouching, image optimization and file prep for use across multiple platforms. Must be highly collaborative, taking direction from the design team. Works to understand creative intent and applies best production practices resulting in consistent, accurate reproduction across all project deliverables. You can multitask and your strengths include the ability to adapt, flex and work quickly. Most importantly, you have an excellent attention to details, love to seek out solutions/needed data and are capable of delivering on critical project details. You pride yourself in being highly organized, energetic and radiate a positive attitude.


  • Gather, design and prepare files & supporting graphics correctly for each specific output
  • Knowledge of the entire print/production process and understand mediums/substrates constraints
  • Responsible for all packaging statements, following all posted FDA guidelines
  • Work closely with print vendors to make sure all mechanicals are built to printer specifications
  • Create review decks and mock ups as needed Manage color proof reviews and approvals with external pre-media partners
  • Responsible for digitally retouching images including changing backgrounds and surfaces, color, contrast and level adjustments, adding shadows and digitally changing out packaging
  • Implement design production solutions that improve output quality, increase efficiency and speed


  • Expert skills - CS Cloud - Illustrator, In-Design, Photoshop, MS Office, Google Applications
  • Strong eye for details and collaborative personality
  • Must work at a fast pace, with efficiency and deliver on time and under pressure
  • Expert at time management and file organization skills


  • The Production Designer will have a BFA/BA/BS and a minimum of 1-3 years of work experience


  • Competitive Salary
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holidays
  • Annual Bonus/Profit Sharing
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Group Dental/Vision
  • Access to Employer Discounts

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