Dis-Chem – Packaging Designer – Head Office (Midrand) – Grade 12 Required

Packaging Designer – Head Office (Midrand)
Dis-Chem Pharmacies Limited
Midrand, Gauteng
Closing Date 28 March 2023

Job Description

Dis-Chem Pharmacies require a Packaging Designer at our head office in Midrand. You will be required to develop packaging for the Dis-Chem Private Label range. Ensuring all packaging design requirements from the business are designed and produced from start to finish. Be responsible for the overall research and development of Dis-Chem private label products ensuring they are innovative, creative and industry specific, which will ultimately enhance the product range.

Minimum Requirements…


  • Grade 12 – Matric, and a Qualification in Graphic Design or DTP
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years’ previous experience in the Packaging Design and Graphics field

Job Specification…

  • Generate new packaging designs for various products relating to brief.
  • Ensure packaging designs meet set (health, legal and religious) requirements and specification.
  • Produce physical samples where applicable.
  • Consider characteristics of a product, and how it responds to its surrounding environment and customer base.
  • Develop initial design concept and solution with the ability to communicate requirements to various departments to complete a project.
  • Develop design briefs that suit Dis-Chem’s purpose.
  • Effectively manage projects independently from start to end to ensure timely delivery.
  • Ensure all packaging adheres to CI guidelines.
  • Maintain a file of packaging specifications for cross-reference.
  • Ensures that labelling match product specifications.
  • Create designs based on advertising and sponsorship programs when applicable
  • Work with various departments (New Product Development, Imports and Technical Compliance) to do research on material and assess and investigate the viability of local suppliers.
  • Conceptualize design elements for new products and rebranding of the existing designs.
  • Adhere to new product development objectives and standards.
  • Manage timelines effectively with Traffic Coordinator.
  • Align all stakeholders approach to Packaging Operations best practice.
  • Liaise with New Product Development Team, Graphic Studio Manager and Managing Director when designing packaging products.
  • Ensure quality compliance of packaging is done by the Technical Compliance Department.
  • Meet with team regularly to ensure design brief is met.
  • Work closely with suppliers to determine best options for Dis-Chem and its products.
  • Develop and maintain a strong spirit of partnership.
  • Conduct all communications and transactions with the utmost integrity.
  • Work closely with the Managing Director of Dis-Chem, the Marketing team, and suppliers to effectively achieve set targets.
  • Prioritize and organise To-Do lists are a must.
  • Be able to work under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Adhere to project deadlines and inform management in advance if these deadlines won’t be met.
  • Be considerate on research time in accordance to brief deadline and urgency.
  • Research best design practice for product development projects.
  • Identify the suitability of suppliers.
  • Research and monitor existing industry standard to best implement on the Dis-Chem private label packaging.
  • Assist various departments in conducting research to understand exactly what the target audience will respond to.
  • Keep up to date with design and technological innovations.
  • Take into account environmental considerations, such as biodegradability or recycling opportunities.
  • Liaise with NPD team by comparing the company’s product to competitors’ products.
  • Ensure that packaging products meet set requirements and specifications.
  • Make presentations to Directors or clients to present design proposals.
  • Prepare and present seasonal product innovations in line with current trends.
  • Understand technology, production methods, and materials.
  • Control quality standards.
  • Adapt to changing circumstances, while still meeting deadlines.
  • Do occasional store visits to inspect products on the shelves.
  • Design product requirements based on the packaging brief.
  • Create proofs or to scale mock-ups for approval.
  • Request any artwork elements from agencies or supplier when/if needed.
  • Think creatively to produce new ideas and concepts and developing interactive designs.
  • Use innovation to redefine a design brief within the constraints of cost and time.
  • Stay relevant to current trends within the packaging space.
  • Ensure that all designs are in line with the Dis-Chem Private Label range.
  • Proofread all work to produce accurate and high-quality work.
  • Give accurate feedback to team members and management regarding projects.
  • Maintain accurate records of the progress of all jobs.
  • Ensure files are saved accurately in order for team members or management to find easily.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure high quality work.
  • Ensure team members that are on-board with the different projects are in the loop with regards to the finalization of these different projects.
  • Consider recommendations of team member`s suggestions, on improving designs.
  • Conduct brain storming sessions with the team.
  • Ensure a sense of respect and professionalism when working with other team members.
  • Share knowledge and ideas with other team members when they are in need.
  • Housekeeping must be in accordance to Dis-Chem standards.
  • Adhere to Dis-Chem Policies and Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Adhere to Health and Safety rules and regulations.



  • Advanced Computer skills (Office, Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Have excellent design and industry skills and knowledge
  • English (Read, write and speak well)
  • Manage design time on jobs efficiently in order to meet deadlines
  • Be able to identify and solve problems to ensure work is done efficiently
  • Be willing to learn and share knowledge
  • Have and demonstrate initiative
  • Team player with good communication skills

Special conditions of employment:

  • South African citizen
  • MIE, clear criminal and credit
  • Driver’s license and/or own reliable transport


Remuneration and benefits:

  • Market related salary
  • Medical aid
  • Provident fund
  • Staff account




Dis-Chem Pharmacies is an equal opportunity employer. Dis-Chem’s approved Employment Equity Plan and targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process aligned to Dis-Chem’s Employment Equity & Transformation Strategy. Dis-Chem actively supports the recruitment of People with Disabilities.