Packaging Designer

Portland, OR (hybrid)

You’ve got 52 weeks a year to fill. Your choice. Not ours. But, we’d love to help.

Our client in the sustainable packing industry is searching for a Packaging Designer to join their team. You will be responsible for ensuring all department structural designs and prototypes align with customer intent, our client value proposition, manufacturability, and aesthetics.

This position involves a wide diversity of work situations and requires the ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and with thorough follow-up. Contacts within the company are with local, offsite, and overseas offices. Communications are often with individuals of another cultural background who speak and write in English as a second language. The position deals with company-sensitive information and will operate with limited supervision.

This opportunity is contract-to-hire and will work a flexible hybrid schedule based in Portland, OR.

As a Packaging Designer, you will:

  • Produce final, ready-to-manufacturer designs for implementation overseas

  • Responsible for the entire process from ideation to the technical specification

  • Ensure product quality by analyzing box design performance utilizing a variety of applicable testing

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  • Collaborate with sales to create design solutions that reflect customer intent, our client’s value, and manufacturability requirements

  • Oversee design studio materials, software, and equipment

  • Effectively utilize technology to streamline routine processes

  • Daily collaboration with internal sales and project management teams

  • Lead, mentor, and share knowledge with Jr. Structural designers

  • Frequent communication (phone/Skype, email) with design teams in China and Europe, sometimes after hours

  • Direct customer contact and interaction

  • Document training materials and studio best practices

  • Ability to produce hand-drawn and or 3-dimensional renderings

  • Utilizing ArtiosCAD, CAPE and Truckfill Solid Works, and Adobe Illustrator on a daily basis

  • Working with corrugated and/or folding carton manufacturing

  • Ability to operate test lab equipment

  • Participate in and lead client meetings

  • Ability to conduct a DC Audit

Who we’re searching for / About you:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of work experience and education

  • 4-yr. College Degree in Packaging Design or Industrial Design

  • 4-7 or more years of work experience in structural package design with production experience in the corrugated and/or folding carton industry

  • Professional experience working with corrugated plant managers, machine operators, fulfillment agents, or other stakeholders/end users

  • Demonstrated ability to use structural design software (Artios CAD, Score, Impact, etc.) to produce professional designs

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and cooperate effectively across cultural and organizational lines

  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Creative problem solver with the ability to work through processes to identify critical paths to success

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

  • Understanding of packaging testing methods (ISTA and TAPPI)

  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time, periodically bending, twisting, and applying a negligible amount of force to lift or carry objects

We know that experience is gathered in many ways. If you have a demonstrated ability to fulfill the job duties but got there in a different way, please apply.

Pay range:

  • $30-$45/ hour, depending on experience

Why 52 Limited:

52 Limited is a digital staffing agency with an industry-leading focus on the creative + technology space. We exclusively place tech and creative talent in direct-hire, contract-to-hire, and contract roles 

When you’re a talent, you’re family at 52 Limited. We provide paid time off when you are sick and offer comprehensive health insurance and voluntary benefits. We check in with you on the regular. In short, we want to make sure you are happy and able to do your best work. 

52 Limited’s reputation in the recruiting industry is unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest. While we're headquartered right here in Portland, our tenured team routinely places world-class talent from all over the West Coast and Texas.  We work with some of the most forward-thinking and recognizable clients in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles,  Austin, and beyond. To learn more about our team, visit

We are committed to fostering a people-first candidate experience that benefits our talent, clients, and community. 52 Limited encourages a diversity of applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply. Let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process.