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Design Associate


Position Title: 

Design Associate 


Pay Rate:  

$52,500 - $70,000 (USCORE)  

Multiple factors, including Individual experience, skills and abilities will determine where an employee is ultimately placed in the pay range.  



Salaried Full-Time  


Physical Location: 

Multiple Locations 


The Job You Will Perform:  

  • Motivated individuals who are capable of performing a multitude of functions in a flexible, fast-paced environment. Our workplace requires individuals who understand the needs of the business while maintaining a focus on safety, customer satisfaction, quality and productivity. 

  • The successful candidates must be open to relocation opportunities.  The Design Associate reports to the area Design Services Manager and will receive training in one of our corrugated manufacturing facilities or customer commitment centers to learn the trade of corrugated structural design. This position will be located in several areas of the United States. 

  • Provide design solutions and services to the Value Added Services design teams to help build a competitive advantage for the commercial organization.  This position influences the company’s ability to provide innovative solutions to our customers faster than the competition, as well as developing strong talent to continue to grow our base of creative resources  

  • Work safe! 

  • With guidance from your mentor, follow the Design Associate curriculum  

  • Provide customers, plants and sales with prototypes to ensure acceptance of solutions 

  • Utilize Impact CAD software to develop structural solutions  

  • Safely maintain and organize the design lab 

  • Manage sample stock inventory, operate CAD table and follow all housekeeping practices 

  • Become an effective team member of the structural design organization 

  • Provide design ideas and solutions to commercial organization as well as customers 

  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment by understanding and practicing safety guidelines at both IP and customer facilities  

  • Maximize value to IP and the customer thru efficient use of resources, tools and gained knowledge 

  • Develop and create innovative packaging solutions 

  • Assist plants in the optimization of fiber utilization thru understanding board characteristics, plant mix, equipment specifications and most importantly, customer needs and expectations 

  • Ability to balance expectations of internal/external customers 


The Skills You Will Bring:  

  • This is considered a developmental position in function.   As such, the successful candidate should have a passion for a career in corrugated packaging and packaging design. Having experience or associated class work that demonstrates knowledge of our industry is preferred. 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (Degree in packaging/mechanical engineering preferred) 

  • Short-term geographic flexibility 

  • Individual must be competent in using CAD, Project Management and Microsoft Office software. 

  • Individual should have good communication and interpersonal skills to ensure effective working relationships 

  • Ability to manage customers design needs, cost savings and technical projects 

  • Support and assist with new product development 

  • Computer skills (CAD, Word, Excel, Power point) 

  • Mechanically competent 


The Benefits You Will Enjoy: 

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term and Long-term Disability, 401(k), Company-funded retirement contributions, Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), Student Loan Repayment Assistance, and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets.  


The Career You Will Build: 

Sales and Leadership training, promotional opportunities within a global company 


The Impact You Will Make: 

We continue to build a better future for people, the planet, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP. 


The Culture You Will Experience: 

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. You will learn Safety Leadership Principles and have the opportunity to opt into Employee Networking Circles such as IPVets, IPride, Women in IP, and the African American ENC. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly diverse culture. 


The Company You Will Join: 

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2022 were $21.2 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting 


International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.  


International Paper complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or (877) 973-3919. 


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Aurora, IL, US, 60504 Indianapolis, IN, US, 46268 Memphis, TN, US, 38141

Category:  Sales & Marketing
Date:  Jun 30, 2024

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