Design Manager

Seattle, Washington State
Competitive benefits!
Jan 07, 2017
Graphic Design
Metro Area
Full Time

To support our mission to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our readers, putting books in their hands, wherever, however and whenever they choose, we need exceptional people!

Summary: Quarto Publishing Group USA, the U.S. division of the leading global illustrated book publisher and distributor, the Quarto Group, is seeking a highly creative and motivated book Design Manager to lead a dynamic design and photo research team from its newly acquired division becker&mayer!, located near Seattle, WA. This position is responsible for setting a standard of quality and excellence, managing the departmental workflow and actively contributing to new ideas and title development. This individual is an experienced manager with a demonstrated ability to support, mentor, and inspire members in a fast-paced environment, as well as, meet deadlines, troubleshoot issues and adhere to set budgets. Duties also involve hands-on design responsibilities for book projects, proposals, and sales materials. This candidate will work as part of a collaborative editorial and production team on specific titles, and will lead individual and collective efforts that link to key company-wide goals—both creatively and fiscally.

The key responsibilities for this role are:

  • Lead a team of designers and a photo researcher to effectively create and communicate a range of design styles for adult and juvenile books. 
  • Provide specific art, design and photo guidance and motivate the team to research marketplace trends and content for developing proposals.
  • Participate in brainstorms and collaborate with other departments on new ideas that push the boundary on innovative formats, design styles and production techniques.
  • Direct and adjust workflow depending on the priorities of the business, enlist freelance support as needed, and provide oversight on contract resources to ensure they fall within budgetary parameters.
  • Advise team members on illustration and photo budgets for proposals and projects.
  • Anticipate potential design and illustration problems, devise alternate options or solutions and troubleshoot scheduling issues to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Act as the primary design contact for all new licenses, review style guides and assess viability of   design/illustration assets.
  • Foster ongoing relationships with key design and illustration contributors, and explore and develop new freelance partnerships.
  • Mentor individual team members and provide set career path and growth opportunities. 

Do you have the following skills and qualifications:

  • B.A. in graphic design or the equivalent required
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in print design desired
  • 3 years of managerial experience desired
  • Book-publishing experience desired; packaging-design experience a plus
  • Ongoing professional connections to graphic arts professionals desired
  • Design experience with both adult and juvenile publishing a plus
  • Exceptional computer skills, including MAC OS X systems and MS Office Suite; advanced skills with Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator; digital illustration skills and familiarity with 3-D adaptation a plus?

...then we want to hear from you!

QuartoUS is an equal opportunity employer; M/F/D/V are encouraged to apply.

For consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. We offer a wide range of competitive benefits! Please visit our website at: