Production Director, LA

Here Media
Los Angeles
Apr 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
Mr. Human Resources
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.

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