Industrial Designer/Concept Designer

Perrysburg, Ohio / Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Posted: Oct 11, 2017


Owens-Illinois, Inc., (O-I) is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of pure, sustainable, healthy glass containers for many of the world's most well-known food and beverage brands. We are looking for a motivated, talented individual interested in a role with significant growth opportunity to join our organization as a Concept Designer at our World Headquarters in Perrysburg, OH. 


The position is tasked with working in a team environment to develop innovative and aesthetically pleasing concept designs supporting the specific brand positioning of our customers. The work you generate will be used to gain new business and support existing business for O-I.  

The position is structured within O-I North America but will also support exciting initiatives being developed in our Packaging Technology Group focused on maintaining O-I's leadership in glass packaging through exploration and implementation of new technologies.   


(All other duties as assigned)

Interest in creating beautiful and innovative brand-building glass packaging and developing a strong understanding of related technologies  

Create quality sketches that clearly illustrate design intent, aesthetic and functional direction  

Understand customer needs and use that understanding to develop brand-building glass packaging

Build productive relationships across Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Mold Design, Forming and Assurance of Quality to facilitate the development of new designs and promote the need for innovative design  

Develop and maintain an understanding of manufacturing, suppliers and design industries as they relate to glass packaging and related industries in order to ensure all opportunities for innovation and improvements to the concept design process are identified and employed.  

Develop 2D renderings of concepts including branding, closures, and product filled inside

Develop 3D concept CAD data for renderings and prototypes

Explore branding, labeling, and decoration options for the package, packaging components, and secondary packaging 

Ability to develop faux branding that can express a unique brand story or set of brand tenets to depict specific attitudes or personalities that enhance the glass structure

Actively participate in project team meetings, brainstorming, design critiques and presentations of your work   

Development and on time delivery of presentations with visual impact and clarity of message  

Conceptualize and visualize new packaging technologies and innovations to communicate potential form and function  

Maintain records for project documentation and project development history

Maintain an understanding of commercial priorities and strategic direction of O-I by working closely with NPD, Sales, and Marketing.  

Ensure that design and innovation support the strategic and commercial priorities of the business.

Ensure every opportunity for improving glass packaging, improving development performance, customer satisfaction and profit are pursued.  

Maintain awareness and commitment to employment and legislative responsibilities in relation to safety, discrimination, HR policies, quality, and the environment.  

Coach and mentor Industrial Design Co-ops.



The position designs innovative and beautiful glass containers within agreed timeframes and to a brief developed in collaboration with Customers, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Production. The position supports the development of Industrial Design as a global function within O-I and promotes it as an innovative, creative and successful design service.   



Position Requirements: 


Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design
Software Skills:

Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design)

CAD Modeling (Pro-E, Alias, Solid Works)


Sketchbook Pro

Microsoft Office

**When applying, please include a portfolio sample.



This position reports to Group Leader, Innovation and Product Design

No direct reports. However, the position does require coaching and mentoring of University level Co-op students.


Up to 20% travel is required for this position for training, research and project work

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Must be authorized to work in the country in which you are applying for a position. O-I will not fund or manage the process of obtaining any required work authorization.

About O-I

For more than a century, Owens-Illinois has delivered iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. The company was founded in Ohio by Michael J. Owens when he revolutionized the glassmaking industry with the invention of the automatic bottle-making machine in 1903.

Since then, O-I has expanded to nearly every corner of the globe, with 79 plants in 23 countries spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. We are proud to employ 27,000 talented people around the world who display the same ingenuity and passion of our founder. As one of the few companies to be included on the Fortune 500 list every year since it began in 1955, we continue to build on that solid foundation and had revenues of $6.7 billion in 2016.

As a preferred packaging partner for our customers, we provide unmatched expertise in glass container design, engineering, manufacturing, quality and service, using industry-leading technology and best practices. Our employees thrive on using their expertise to help our customers connect with and appeal to consumers. Packaging is the first interaction consumers have with a product, and O-I glass conveys an image of superior quality and protects and preserves the taste of food and beverages. Glass is also the world's most natural and sustainable package, make from three abundant natural ingredients and 100%, endlessly recyclable.

Working at O-I

At O-I, we know that our people differentiate us from our competitors and make our success possible. So, we are committed to fostering an environment that attracts and embraces the brightest minds and creating a culture that welcomes diverse ideas and perspectives while encouraging growth and rewarding performance.

Ask any of our 27,000 employees what unites us, and they'll tell you it's our passion for creating iconic, sustainable, beautiful, brand-building glass packaging. Our employees bring craftsmanship, quality and commitment to the creation of every glass container.

Our culture represents a unique combination of Midwest roots and global perspectives. Our employees around the world represent a range of nationalities, languages, customs and lifestyles. As we have grown, we have welcomed many cultures into our family yet remain one O-I, with values that transcend all geographies: safety, passion, teamwork, integrity, excellence, customer centricity and diversity.

For decades we have provided rewarding, stable jobs to thousands of employees around the world. In addition to good wages, we provide employees with a suite of benefits ? including health care, retirement and other country-specific amenities. We also sponsor a comprehensive health and wellness program for our employees, and our training and development programs, along with our scale and footprint, provide significant opportunities for growth.

O-I is proud to support the communities in which our people live and work. Our employees around the world give to their communities through volunteerism and community service, and the company supports a variety of organizations and initiatives that advance education, protect the environment and promote arts and culture.



O-I is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact O-I at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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