Strategic Design Manager Jobs in Solon – Ohio – USA at Nestle

Title: Strategic Design Manager

Company: Nestle

Location: Solon – Ohio – USA

Type: Full Time

Category: Design/Web/Multimedia, Creative Arts/Media

Our team brings to life Nestlé’s vision for enhancing quality of life through contributing to a healthier future. This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding Design organization that creates holistic, consumer-obsessed experiences using a people-centered process for our brands.


The Strategic Design Manager is a cross-functional creative management role, within Nestlé’s Design Center of Excellence (Design CoE), reporting into the Head of Design.

The Strategic Design Manager (SDM) assists and supports the Head of Design by outlining and driving key initiatives and projects within their group of brands or business unit. The SDM leads the design strategy process through close partnership with the Marketing group and other cross-functional teams, and by leading teams of design managers and designers. The SDM adapts the vision of the Head of Design and translates it to the individual brands and initiatives.

As part of a cross-functional team that includes marketing, packaging and marketing research, this position has accountability for the design strategy direction of the brands and champions design as a key element in the approach to the consumer. The individual must take a people centered, broad consumer obsessed approach to design and an active business partner in brand leadership.


Lead design strategy for a Business Unit (BU) and brand giving oversight and approval on all visual branding, experience, and package design in all regions

Translate the design strategy and vision for the BU and Creative teams through cross-functional agile workshops/innovation sessions and people-centered processes

Lead creative projects and initiatives set forth in the annual business plan, as well as supplemental and design-led initiatives

Advocate, drive, and execute environmentally sustainable and low-impact design solutions

Responsible for design briefs, ensure synthesis and translation by team; maintain project objectives

Utilize knowledge of design and cultural trends to guide solutions

Manage relationships and results of external vendors (strategic agencies, consultants and partners)

Manage, develop, and mentor team the junior roles in the Design CoE

Responsible for oversight for: Meeting design objectives/quality of creative, project budget/list, innovation and pipeline, and project administration/communication

Demonstrates strategic insights and design vision for: Brand ecosystem and experience, brand identity and Packaging Design. Understanding of Product Innovation and Industrial Design

Demonstrate strong presentation skills

Up to 15 to 20% hands-on design work

Contribute to a network of freelance designers, illustrators, photographers, strategists, copy writers and agencies


Minimum 8-10 years of Design related experience

Minimum of 5 years of formal creative management experience

Fluency with design strategy methods and practice

Bachelor’s degree required/Master’s Preferred in Design or related field

Experience with cross-platform (Mac & PC) software application and document management

Demonstrate strong visual, written, and oral communication skills

Experience with design-related software

Experience managing complex brands and cross-functional teams required

Demonstrated ability to understand trends and cultural contexts

Consumer Package Goods industry experience preferred

Full understanding of environmentally responsible design and pac…

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