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Production and Imaging Specialist

Publication or Company 
Industry  Book Publishing, Internet/Online/New Media, Magazine Publishing
Benefits 401K/403B, Dental, Health
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location Brookline, MA
Job Requirements Production is a fast paced service department that handles all imaging and production aspects throughout the Company including more than 40 magazine and books print products, five web properties, eBook and Tablet editions, and associated marketing materials. We are seeking a Production and Imaging Specialist to join our team.

Reporting to the Production Director, the P&I Specialist will work closely with the Production and Imaging Team as well as the rest of the Production Team. The P&I Specialist is expected to maintain close working relationships with the internal and external customers we service. As the title suggests, the P&I Specialist’s duties are split between traditional Production-related tasks (preflight, PDF generation, proofing) and Imaging (RAW image processing, color correction, compositing, file format conversion)
The ideal candidate will be able to thrive on independent and collaborative projects while contributing to the team atmosphere. A proven track record of high-output, quality work under strict deadlines is a must.

On the Production side, this position must be able to work independently and is responsible for preflight, creation, and quality assurance of print-ready PDFs and associated contract proofs. On the Imaging side, the P&I Specialist needs to be an expert in the production use of Photoshop. The P&I Specialist will be required to perform imaging tasks in the confines of a structured workflow that uses various automation techniques and manual steps.


o Tone DNG/RAW files with Adobe Camera Raw to produce working Photoshop Native files
o Non-destructive photo retouching and/or compositing.
o Silhouetting (aka creating knock-outs, cut-outs, etc.) of product images
o Color correction
o Application of standard and proprietary metadata
o Native file corrections.
o Maintaining asset-management/archive protocol
o Provide back up for Imaging Specialist.
o Create and inspect print-ready PDF files from native InDesign layout files.
o Output Contract Proofs and relay to Traffic Manager.
o Transfer PDF files to vendor through FTP or other electronic methods.


o Comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software, particularly Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, InDesign, Bridge.
o Demonstrated collaborative and support skills in editorial environments.
o Understanding of Color Theory as related to offset printing.
o Understanding of multi-color offset printing.
o A strong background using Mac OS X
o Detail orientation and ability to multitask to meet deadlines.
o Responsible and dependable with superior organizational skills.
o Ability to work with minimal supervision.
o Flexibility during peak work periods.
o Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

A Plus:

o Prior experience with DAM Systems (i.e. Canto Cumulus Enterprise)
o Prior experience with Cross Media Publishing / Editorial Workflow Collaboration systems (i.e. K4 or Woodwing)
o Understanding of XML
o ePub, Mobi and KF8 file formats and specifications.
o Recording actions in Photoshop


o Associates Degree (or equivalent) in Graphic Arts or Print related field preferred.
o 2 to 5 years experience in a graphic and print product production environment (preferably in magazine publication).
o Previous experience in food-related business or demonstrated interest in cooking desirable
About Our Company America's Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, MA where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cooks Illustrated and Cooks Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America's Test Kitchen and Cooks Country TV. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking - teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment tests to determine which is the best way to roast a chicken, which pans work and which ones don't, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

We are a growing publishing and multi-media company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage offers a choice of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Care PPO or an HMO, Delta Dental, Prudential short term and long term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.