Production Supervisor

New York
Apr 01, 2013
May 01, 2013
Ms. Hiring Manager
Full Time
W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a Production Supervisor to coordinate first-printing College titles, including both print books and digital ancillary materials. Prior experience producing digital ancillaries is a plus, but not required. The Production Supervisor will report to the Director of Production, College.


• Supervising the production of first-printing titles, including both print books and digital ancillaries (both discs and online only), from manuscript through manufacturing and delivery of books to warehouse, as well as online products to web sites.
• Creating and monitoring schedules from copyedited manuscript through bound book, and emedia content creation to web-site postings, and assuring that all parties are kept abreast of adherence or changes.
• Collaborating with the Editorial, Design, Project Editorial, Printers/Binders, and Digital departments, as well as others as necessary, to usher books through the publishing process.
• Bidding out services such as composition, page layout, art creation, manufacturing, and emedia content creation, and awarding services as appropriate and cost effective.
• Working with outside suppliers, including freelancers, compositors, art studios, cartographers, and others.
• Working with book manufacturing companies to ensure accurate and timely printing and shipping of titles.
• Creating estimates for budgeting purposes. Monitoring expenses throughout the production process, and reviewing/approving invoices.
• Maintaining an accurate database of all book projects in process.
• Ultimately, when the time is appropriate, supervising the department assistant in the production of reprints.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree
• Employment eligibility to work with W.W. Norton & Company in the US is required.
• Must be able to work full business hours.
• 2-4 years of book production and manufacturing experience, including at least one year of first-print/front-list titles a must—production of digital ancillaries (discs and online only) a plus.
• Must be highly organized, disciplined, and self-motivated, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Must have good time management skills, be organized, and be capable of multi-tasking across departments, activities, and projects.
• Must be detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
• Must be able to work collaboratively and collegially with others but also be self-directed and able to work independently.
• Must have a demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing publishing industry.
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Excel a must. Proficiency in Photoshop, Googledocs, BaseCamp, Quickbase, and page-layout software (Quark, InDesign) a plus, as well as project and digital management software.

Qualified candidates should apply by sending a copy of their resume and cover letter to: Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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