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Opportunity Details

Design to Print Manager

Posted: 2019-03-07
United Kingdom, London
About the role:
At the heart of our dynamic global growth is a simple belief: nothing should come between incredibly talented people and an accelerated career.

That’s why we dream big. Why we look to the future, not the past. Why we value talent over title. And why we hire people that can be better than ourselves.

At AB InBev you’ll join a driven team that shares your desire to grow, your courage to challenge and commitment to act. In return, we’ll reward your achievements.

The opportunity is here. Make it yours!

Design to Print Manager 

Purpose of the Job

Purpose Statement

Design-to-Print (D2P) Manager holds the responsibility for turning the Design into the optimal printable file for all artworks and reprographics on all packaged products including: 
  • Involvement in design creation phase as consultant and expert for layout /VBI/ colour
  • Technical expertise and support on printing possibilities / limitations & pack material options / substrates
  • Setting colour standards and colour management for the branded packaging
  • Providing advice and support for any design/artwork/printing related queries
  • Driving of packaging & design improvements in terms of substrate/print innovations
Organizational Aspects

SPOC for all matters related to packaging design – artworks – good for prints – and printings at packaging suppliers for the brands in scope.
Linking pin between marketing, supply as well as third parties (artwork agencies and printers) considering all creative and technical aspects of packaging artwork (from involvement in design creation with Brand Management – to artwork briefing with artwork agency – to artwork approval internally – good for print approval internal & externally – colour target setting – attendance of print-runs for colour approval when relevant)


  • Support and Advice Brand Management and/or Trade Marketing in the Process of Packaging Design Changes
    • Provide Full Project Overview, timing, deadlines, cost, accountabilities
    • Assist BM/TM in Project Coordination
    • Pro-active involvement in creative design phase providing expertise on substrate, finishes, printing possibilities, layout, VBI, etc. 
    • Provide pro-active technical advice to initiators
    • Deliver adequate input in RFS to initiators
    • Coordination of the project and follow up in the Weekly Pack Change Committee.
    • Brand ManagDecrease indentement and/or Trade Marketing hold end responsibility for timings, cost and obsolete management of Design Changes as well as colour and (legal) design approvals
  • Lead the Artwork Changes Implementation as a follow up on Design Change
  • Be the SPOC for Supply/ZiTec to Marketing in case of Value Engineering on Packaging or other die-cut changes
    • Support and Advice in the process of packaging design changes
    • Lead artwork changes implementation
  • On-going management of Artwork, Process and Artwork suppliers
  • Co-develop Packaging Innovations and drive Packaging/Design Improvements
About the candidate:
Qualifications and Technical competencies required

  • Bachelor Level, preferably technically oriented and/or Packaging/Printing Expert or equivalent level obtained through professional experience (Marketing background is favourable)
  • Understanding of design creation, artworks, packaging, printing and packaging industry required
  • Feeling for colours, layout and consumer-facing communication is essential
  • Experience in a Marketing function is beneficial 
Technical competencies: 
  • Knowledge on packaging materials and substrates to take account of statutory labelling requirements, packaging covenants and logistical aspects .
  • Knowledge of printing techniques / possibilities / limitations at supplier
  • Project Management skills
  • Flexibility to travel and driver’s license required 
  • Fluent in English, any other language will be an advantage 
About the Company

We are AB InBev. Committed to driving growth that leads to better living for more people, in more places. Through brands and experiences that bring people together. Through our dedication to brewing the best beer with the best ingredients.  And through our commitment to helping farmers, retailers, entrepreneurs and communities grow. We are building a company to last. Not just for a decade, but for the next 100 years. Through our brands and our investment in communities, we will bring more people together, making our company an integral part of our consumers’ lives for generations to come.

Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium; to the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US;  and  the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. Now, with operations in over 50 countries, and our brands sold in over 100, we are truly a world leader, and our diverse portfolio of well over 400 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®.