PRODUCTION DIRECTOR, NY

Employer
Location
New York
Posted
Apr 11, 2014
Closes
May 11, 2014
Contact
Human Resources
Category
Design, Publishing
Duration
Full Time
Job Summary: The Production Director oversees the entire Here Media print production process from digital imaging through printing.

Core day-to-day duties:
• Scanning, retouching, and color correcting digital art with the understanding of naming conventions, resolution requirements, and the proper storing and placement of images
• Check art files for correct size, format and resolution
• Check color and ink density
• Work with photographers and editorial creative staff to prepare files for best reproduction quality
• Traffic and maintain all advertising materials including insertion orders and special instructions for each ad
• Create positioning chart for book layouts
• Supply original color match proofs or new proofs to printer
• Take native InDesign files and convert to print ready files
• View and approve printer CTP files and forms
• Work directly with managing editors and art directors to provide Epson proofs for all pages
• Works closely with ad production manager who assists with ad materials and liaises with ad agencies. Ensures success of print production with respect to ad materials trafficking

Other duties:
• Manage print production schedule
• Monitor ad sales and editorial adherence to schedule and make suggestions to improve timeliness
• Ensure proper functioning of proofers and large format printers
• Manage inventory of supplies for printers and proofers
• Establish organized digital archiving procedure
• Work with IT and editorial groups to determine most efficient storage of files
• Press checks for at least four print issues of Out; others as deemed necessary by joint approval of sales/edit/finance (involves travel including occasional weekends)
• Manage costs to budget
• Prepare digital versions of all publications for delivery to digital subscribers
• Manage paper costs and determine best solutions to keep costs down; possible coordinate with third party company to help with renegotiation of paper contract
• Manage/track all requests for poster production on large format printer
• Collect requests for special print production jobs, obtain quotes, and manage process.
• Always evaluate and improve processes and flow of information amongst departments
• Ad hoc web production work as requested and when time allows
• Manage renewal of printer contract and act as point person for competitor bids

Skill Requirements
• Highly organized and able to prioritize and coordinate several tasks at the same time while adhering to strict deadlines.
• Able to react quickly in situations making fast decisions based on good judgment and experience.
• Knowledgeable in sheetfed printing, web printing, saddle stitch and perfect bindery procedures. A thorough hands-on understanding of digital prepress, proofing, electronic prepress, digital files specifications, PDF's and electronic transfer systems.
• Must have technical expertise in Quark Express, Photoshop and Illustrator, InDesign programs as well as other related programs.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, etc.).
• Knowledgeable about paper quality and grading and print quality.
• Experience in print buying.
• Good written and spoken communication skills and the ability to work well with variety of people both inside and outside the company.
• Excellent analysis and negotiation skills.
• Able to effectively supervise staff and any external resources / vendors.

Contact: Send cover letter, resume, and minimum salary expectations to jobs@heremedia.com

Contact: Send cover letter, resume, and minimum salary expectations to jobs@heremedia.com

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