Artwork Manager

The primary responsibility of the Artwork Manager is to manage the end to end artwork process and ensure that all artworks are delivered on time to the required print and regulatory specifications. This role includes responsibility for artworks that are managed via the Artwork Management System and that are part of the marketing mix from packaging, POS and educational material.


 Key Responsibilities

 • Manage the Nelsons Artwork Process utilising the existing Artwork Management System, including reprographic elements.

• Liaise with key internal stakeholders , external suppliers and service providers to ensure artworks adhere to required regulatory, quality and technical standards.

• Prioritise and manage all the approved artwork projects, ensuring artwork timelines are achieved across multiple projects, identify and address any key issues where feasible. Escalate any potential issues/risk to delivering project artwork deadlines.

• Management of the artwork team (2 direct line reports), ensuring the key team deliverables are achieved

• Influence key stakeholders and suppliers to ensure they work within the defined Artwork Management System

• Lead Print Pre-Production meetings with the in-house Graphic Designer, external design agencies, reprographic services, suppliers and Global and Local Brand Managers ensuring all redesign projects reflect the cross functional requirements.

• Attend press passes to ensure brand guidelines across the supply base including colour matching, look and feel and consistency of print quality

• Provide functional expertise to the Global Brand leads and local marketing teams when any key brand design change or packaging material is required

• Liaise with printers to ensure consistent and high-quality print results

• Coordinate all reprographics services and manage any external suppliers to ensure accurate supply of artwork which meets specific print requirements

• Manage the reprographics requirements to ensure quality and cost-effective

• Actively work to improve the Artwork process, providing recommendations for streamlined efficiencies and identifying areas for improvement

• Work with Manufacturing and Engineering to identify best practice for artwork layouts as and when packaging equipment is new or upgraded

• Work closely with the Quality group and suppliers in resolving issues with materials quality in relation to printed packaging results

• Actively identify and contribute to cost saving and environmental initiatives

• Maintain Artwork Specifications

• Maintain and update (as required) the Artwork SOPs

• Manage all colour standards for printed packaging materials

• Any other reasonable management request


Person Specification 



• English and Maths to GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

• Diploma in Packaging from the Institute Of Packaging

• Educated to degree level or equivalent


Skills / Experience

• 5+ years relevant experience in Pharma, Cosmetics, Toiletries or FMCG

• 3+ years project management experience

• Previous experience negotiating with internal and external contacts and leading

project meetings

• In-depth understanding of artwork, print and reprographics

• Good working knowledge of packaging technology and packaging materials

• Strong understanding of technical administration

• Excellent attention to detail

• A motivated self-starter

• Ability to use own initiative

• Well organised and ability to prioritise own workload, including projects

• Excellent verbal and written communications skills

• IT literate in MS Office packages including, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

• Prepared to challenge status quo when necessary

• Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines

• Ability to identify areas of improvement and develop workable solutions

• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in a team

• Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with both internal and

external contacts

• Flexible approach to work and tasks