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Digital & Print Production Project Manager

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We are currently searching for a Digital & Print Project Manager for a client in north Austin. The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of project/production management specific to printed media as well as integration with digital channels. The professional will work with internal business partners, creative staff and outside vendors to ensure projects are completed in a timely manner and that the deliverables meet quality and budget expectations. Familiarity with concepts, practices, and procedures specific to design, graphics and print production is mandatory. The ideal candidate for this role relies on their expertise to plan and accomplish goals by collaborating and directing the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Specific responsibilities include: 
• Use of project management system to manage assigned projects and collaborate with other agency partners in tracking and reviewing the work. 
• Collaborate with Creative Directors, Designers and outside vendors to take projects from conception to fruition. 
• Work with outside vendors to engineer the project and advise the design/production department of specifics regarding file construction and delivery. 
• Advise internal client of budgetary options as they relate to design deliverables. 
• Manage the project specifications for various deliverables and align schedules internally and externally to ensure delivery milestones are met. 
• Develop and track all print production timelines for internal clients’ needs and coordinating various deliverables with outside print vendors. 
• Be the ultimate owner of production QA, managing elements around file construction, image quality, resolution, color, fonts, paper stock, design construction, mailing and fulfillment. 
• Understanding current vendors, capabilities and easily assess specific vendor pools to direct competitive bid analysis. 
• Work with vendors to develop templated systems to generate content on demand that can be personalized. 
• Be the expert in Direct Mail practices and constraints. Understand the connection between data files and variable content rendered with the xml transfer. 
• Develop and track all print production timelines for internal client’s needs and coordinating various deliverables with outside print vendors.

Qualifications:
• A great eye for color and ability to give directives to pressmen in order to achieve optimal results. 
• Experience working on Projects with Print Vendors either on the client or vendor side. 
• Expertise in writing Print Specifications that translate file information into production instructions. 
• Knowledge of paper, stocks, weights, coatings and the ability to understand visual outcomes based on ink configurations. 
• Understanding of purchasing specifics, figuring unit costs and calculating change requests. 
• Working knowledge of PeopleSoft or other purchasing instruments. 
• Understanding of Direct Mail best practices and Postal Regulations. 
• Experience working with creative staff and studio production teams. 
• Ability to estimate production times based upon specifications and quantities needed. 
• Ability to understand file construction, and utilize Adobe PDF preview. 
• Understanding of InDesign, Photoshop a plus. 
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills. 
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
• Effective project management skills.

Working with AQUENT:

Freelancing long-term with Aquent gets you access to some pretty cool things: - You're paid weekly - Subsidized health and dental benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk) - Access to 401(k) - Access to FSA Program (pre-tax payment toward bus or train passes, etc.) - Direct deposit for your paycheck - Access to our Talent Rewards Program (we reward for referrals!) - Access to free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium, to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/ - Access to free online courses via Lynda.com - Aquent support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations (we're also there to be looking for new opportunities for you when you're close to wrapping up).

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