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Creative Services Director

Vanguard Packaging | Kansas City, MO

Posted Date 9/07/2022

Company Profile

Vanguard Companies is one of the industry's largest corrugated merchandising solution providers. We combine great products with a knowledgeable team to provide superior operations, service, and quality.

We are a family of companies. Our expertise in point-of-purchase displays and retail-ready graphic packaging is seen through Vanguard Packaging, e-commerce packaging solutions by BoxGenie, industrial packaging via Great Plains Packaging, and fulfillment services through Advanced Logistics and Fulfillment (ALF). We believe in the power of strong collaborative partnerships and thought leadership. We are focused on helping our partners reduce program cost, drive brand value, sell more product, and improve their bottom line.

We are committed to sustainability using sustainable business practices and are recognized as the most sustainable packaging company in North America. The Vanguard Companies strive to create a diverse environment which embraces difference and fosters inclusion. This collective sum of unique capabilities and talent is ultimately how we have earned our reputation and achievements.

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Vanguard provides medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, 401k, vacation, and bonus eligibility based upon performance.

Job Summary

Manages and leads a design team of graphic and structural designers in the development of corrugated POP displays, graphic packaging, industrial packaging, and pre-press production. Will be required to provide the creative guidance, aesthetic direction, and oversight to design projects, processes, ideation, and innovation. Responsible for managing three design centers, staff, schedules, and customer projects. Interfaces with clients, sales team, marketing, and designers during the development and progression of projects or design initiatives.

This position is highly collaborative and requires not only leading a team well but also taking direction from other directors and managers. This position requires creative vision and listening to and nurturing the creative ideas of other people. Will also require overseeing the larger targets, such as deliverable timelines, budgets, and managing client relationships. The creative director may also assume the roles of an art director, copywriter, or designer.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages and improves synergies across our design locations.
  • Makes regular visits to all satellite design locations.
  • Directs staffing, training, and performance management to develop and improve the design personal and functions.
  • Responsible for managing, guiding, coaching, developing and monitor performance of team members.
  • Provides the vision, guidance, aesthetic direction, and oversight to design projects.
  • Effectively manages design schedule/backlog and level loads resources as needed to meet customer timelines while providing ongoing tracking and status reports to key stakeholders.
  • Engages in sales meetings, customer meetings, presentations, and corporate initiatives.
  • Oversees design solutions and sample production to meet customer requirements and equipment and plant efficiencies.
  • Drives optimization and continuous improvement initiatives through all design locations.
  • Leads development of creative strategies and initiatives.
  • Organize and lead collaboration amongst designers and along with other departments.
  • Assumes the role as designer when required and must have the skillset to execute.
  • Takes ownership of design initiatives through concept, manufacturing, and fulfillment; work closely with other designers, sales team, marketing, and operations.
  • Serves as design subject matter expert on services and products align with customer's products and objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience to drive projects to completion in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Acts with creative leadership when supporting corporate activities.
  • Represents creative lead in industry and customer events.
  • Oversees digital prepress process.
  • Develops effective design processes and procedures.
  • Responsible for non-conformance investigation and resolve related to design.
  • Oversees creation of specifications, diagrams, set-up instructions and/or animations for end user.
  • Reviews sample requests for layout and planning of project with key stakeholders.
  • Supports sales team including interaction with customers and/or vendors to meet customer's expectations.
  • Reviews in-process production orders to assure conformance to design functionality.
  • Facilitates or executes product testing as required.
  • Provide training and mentoring to all designers including entry level talent to build a sustainable creative department.
  • Guide, coach and mentor design team through performance management and development processes.
  • Attendance is an essential function of the role
  • Ability to travel to meet business needs of approximately 15-20% with heavy travel during certain project periods
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design, Packaging Design, or Communication Design or combined experience and education.
  • Minimal 5 years' experience in the corrugated POP display and packaging industry.
  • Minimum 5 years' relevant experience Proficient in the use of current design software (i.e. Artios, SOLIDWORKS, Adobe Illustrator, etc.)
  • Staff and project management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Sketching and/or rendering skillset to support responsibilities.
  • Experienced with the retail environment specifically in-store marketing promotions and executions.
  • Portfolio or awards of work in the corrugated promotional industry.

 Application Assistance

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, contact Vanguard Packaging Human Resources at 816.455.4000.


Vanguard Packaging, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. Vanguard strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity, gender identity, and status as a transgender individual), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. All Vanguard employees, and other Vanguard-related workers and representatives, are prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.


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