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Design Project Manager - Packaging

Department: Design and Creative

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara

Req#: 5430

As an integral part of the Sonos Design team, you will help us execute our philosophy of calm technology and build a portfolio of products that improve people’s lives through amazing sound experiences. Our Design team is cross-disciplinary: Industrial Design, CMF & Packaging. Our packaging programs combine Structure, Graphics, Marketing, and Manufacturing - you’ll speak fluently with these diverse teams to solve complex challenges with a core focus on experience. 

As the Packaging Project Manager within the Hardware Design organization, you will be expected to embrace the design philosophy of “design from the inside out”, and lead in program excellence. You will help us blur the lines between Design and Engineering to deliver customer experiences that are beautiful, functional, and manufacturable. This approach requires an attention to detail and craft that is fueled by deep curiosity, respecting the challenges of delivering a premium and sustainable ‘out of box experience’ for iconic products. It also requires balancing an instinct for collaboration with a core focus on delivery.

About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do
In this role, you will be an integral part of our Packaging team, driving programs through the design phase to launch. You will successfully monitor and communicate project milestones and progress to ensure projects are executed on time and within budget. You’ll track schedules, program aims, and manufacturing considerations, with the end goal of supporting the delivery of impactful packaging solutions for products. The Packaging Project Manager will cover all cross-functional packaging projects, with a focus on strategic packaging initiatives. You will contribute to life-cycle programs as well as innovation projects starting with ideation, internal design and engineering, rapid prototyping, contract management, and strategic product rollout. This position reports to the Director of Design, Hardware.

Responsibilities:
  • Partner with packaging design and engineering teams in the development of project scopes, deliverable dependencies, timelines, and priorities. 
  • Develop and track the packaging budget, estimating and invoicing processes for packaging development.
  • Develop, communicate, and manage project deliverables, timelines and status to internal and external partners; track all packaging deliverables by developing timelines and schedules dependent on the program launch goals.
  • Plan for and manage packaging development of Global and regional packaging initiatives.
  • Seek alignment in best practices with other Project Management teams within Sonos and develop for Packaging teams in order to support accelerated development and growth.
  • Manage activities outside of the HW process required to keep the projects moving (NDA, SOW, Quote, Supplier setup).

Success in this role requires: 
  • Ingenuity: You are able to creatively problem-solve to achieve our targets. You’re at ease working in a fast-paced, ambiguous, deadline-driven work environment. 
  • Collaboration: You have a demonstrated ability to gain trust, engage and influence people and teams at all organizational levels (teams include: Product Development, Marketing, Compliance, Brand, Legal, and external partners such as Design agencies and Packaging Suppliers).
  • Organizational skills: You’re detail-driven, capable of navigating packaging interaction and development processes for volume production. 
Skills You’ll Need
  • Bachelor’s degree (Packaging, Engineering, Business, Marketing, Advertising or related studies). 
  • Educational background in Packaging Engineering or Graphic Communications desired, but not required.
  • At least 3 to 5+ years of program/project management experience, ideally in a design/agency/creative environment.
  • Solid expertise in managing multiple complex projects concurrently.
  • Experience with web-based proofing processes and management software to handle timelines, consolidation, and resolution of artwork changes.
  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to multitask, work quickly, accurately, but take time for reflection and innovation 
  • Able to travel approximately 10% annually.
  • Experienced in G-suite, Team Gantt or equivalent, Visio or equivalent, Confluence
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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