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Print Production Manager

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Aquent is currently searching for a Print Production Manager for a valued client in Austin.

The Production Manager is 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 our 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.

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