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Production Manager - Zeitgeist

Penguin Random House, New York City, NY

Home of the world’s best books.

Duration: Full-Time


Penguin Random House is currently seeking a Production Manager to join Zeitgeist an innovative publishing team focused on demand-based, data-driven original titles and adaptations across a variety of nonfiction genres.  In this role, you will work with the Director of Operations on frontlist titles and across all reprints. You will play an important role in ensuring that books are produced within budget, delivered on time, and are of the highest quality.

Some of Zeitgeist's notable titles include: Guided Tarot, Anxiety Relief for Teens, How Does My Body Work, and Love More, Fight Less.

Specific responsibilities include:
* Consulting with Director of Operations to develop the specifications for individual titles
* Cost estimating with printing partners, including multiple spec options
* Entering and updating book specifications into the PRH SAP system
* Issuing purchase orders for each assigned title and reprint and approving necessary costs and invoices
* Working closely with vendors—including compositors, component printers and printer/binderies— to troubleshoot file queries and maintain schedules and deliverables
* Trafficking materials and proof passes internally and with outside vendors
* Color reviewing titles as needed both internally and with outside vendors
* Examining book samples and ensuring quality benchmarks are maintained for each book product
* Handling special projects as assigned by Director of Operations


Minimum Requirements:
•             Minimum of 4 years of trade paperback production experience
•             Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven environment
•             Demonstrates proficiency in mathematical skills to accurately complete book cost estimates
•             Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
•             Proven ability to handle multiple projects at a time and to effectively problem solve
•             Proven experience working with multiple vendors, including compositors and component printers
•             Knowledge of prepress, color correction, printing, binding, and special effects
•             Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Box, and Outlook
•             Knowledge of SAP, Non-traditional book products, Mass Transit, InDesign, and Photoshop a plus

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Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world. In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.

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