Simon McMahon

Creative, Packaging Specialist

  • LevelSenior
  • LocationStourbridge, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsGraphic Designer - Packaging Designer - Art Director

About me

With over 15 years experience in design I have gained understanding of many creative areas. I have a passion for packaging, developing packaging solutions that are innovative, fit for purpose and cost-effective. I pride myself on being creative and commercial, delivering the best possible execution on time, to budget - and ensuring design is on-brand, relevant, and highly creative for some of the UK and Europe’s top retailers. I currently head up an in-house creative team that covers all areas of creative.

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  • Packaging
  • Branding
  • Corporate Identity
  • Design
  • Creative Direction

Work history


Creative Director

Sprue Aegis plc

Dec 2014
  • Full Time
  • Responsible for creative vision, brand strategy, and brand identity, ensuring future relevance and consistency. Using design to help maximise sales and profit for the business, with strategic alignment to and support of overall company strategy. - Ownership of agreed marketing and product collateral to be delivered on time, in full, to budget - Leadership and engagement of the Creative team - developing creative, talented, commercially aware individuals - Continual awareness of current and future trends to consistently innovate creative ideas Achievements include: - Delivering 'Project SHOUT' - a successful campaign that included TV advertising, in-store point of sale, print and online promotional activity. The project delivered a 75-80% average retail sales increase of carbon monoxide alarms. - Launching SONA brand into the trade market - developing the brand, setting the creative direction and driving the team to deliver quality visual work that effectively communicates the new brand to the market - Modifying the AngelEye brand packaging and POS specifically for the German market, which has specific demands from a Smoke & CO alarm brand, with very positive initial response from retail buyers.


Graphic & Packaging Manager

Sprue Aegis PLC

Nov 2006 - Dec 2014
  • Full Time
  • Managing the Graphic Design team to deliver marketing collateral and product collateral (packaging, manuals, product marking) that is highly creative and delivered on time, to budget. While consistently innovating in all areas of graphic and packaging design to set Sprue apart from competitors Achievements include: - An integral part of the team that won sole supply to B&Q for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Safety range. New range of packaging and point of sale was developed and delivered entirely in-house, which raised sales from 12,000 alarms per week to 22,000 alarms per week within 6 months. - Secured single supply of packaging to our multiple manufacturing sites across the globe from a single supplier - negotiating best value and contractual obligations to ensure best for all three parties: Sprue, our third-party manufacturers and the packaging supplier. - Developed the FireAngel brand and used high quality design to help dominate the Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm market, growing the business from £3.2m to £65m turnover.


Graphic & Packaging Designer


Apr 2005 - Nov 2006
  • Full Time
  • - Working independently within the business creating innovative packaging solutions for the big 3 lock brands: Yale, Chubb and Union. - Sourcing suppliers and negotiating best value supply in UK, China and India - Dealing with all areas of the business to ensure packaging meets the requirements set by product management, marketing, supply chain and quality. Achievements Include: - Designing door handle range of custom packaging for major DIY retailers B&Q, Homebase and Wickes. - Joint-development of a patented tooled plastic part used to Hold door handles onto cardboard. - Graphic Design for Yale marketing collateral to support their new visual identity which was also implemented on all packaging.


Design Director

SP Web Design Ltd

Jan 2003 - Jan 2006
  • Freelance
  • A part-time business run with a friend from home. Mainly focused on creating low cost websites for those with lower budgets; charities, start-ups, and sole traders. Used to complement main employment develop design skill further, commercial knowledge and the understanding of how a business works.


Graphics Technician

Allen Martin Conservation Ltd

Jan 1999 - Jan 2005
  • Full Time
  • Graphic Design for the business and creating the custom user interface for company's PC based energy management software.



HND Graphic Design

Dudley College of Technology

Jun 2002 - Jun 2005
  • HND Graphic Design


BTEC Graphic Design

Stourbridge College

Jun 2000 - Jun 2002
  • BTEC Graphic Design


A-level Media Studies

Halesowen College

Jun 1997 - Jun 1999
  • A-Level Media Studies



UK Packaging Awards 2013 Best Re-Packaging Of A Brand - Shortlisted

UK Packaging Awards

  • Shortlisted as finalist for the UK Packaging Awards 2013 'Best Re-Packaging Of A Brand' for the FireAngel range of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Packaging.