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Print Production Manager

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SF based client as an immediate need for a Print Procurement Manager, focused on commercial print and packaging.

This is a contract role, working onsite in SF, for a 1month period.

Responsibilities:
- Commercial print and packing buying for a nationwide retailer
- Managing the procurement life cycle of projects from file submission through distribution
- Working as a production qualified print and packing buyer
- Accurate and timely procurement of products and services
- Formulating eRFQ’s based on project requirements; negotiating prices, schedules, turnaround times and other terms with vendors
- Problem solving technical procurement and relationship issues
- Identifying trends and developing solutions for problems causing under-delivery
- Entering print specifications and monitoring order status through our procurement system
- Delivering detailed procurement reporting and cost savings tracking
- Monitoring and evaluating supplier performance related to price, quality and service
- Recommending and implementing process improvements

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:
- 5+ years experience in commercial print buying
- Prior experience sourcing print including signs, kits, direct mail and other types of commercial print and consumer
- Transit packaging including shopping bags, boxes, etc.
- Knowledge of vendor communities that serve the above categories
- Ability to interact with Marketing departments and other print user areas
- Solid negotiating skills
- Demonstrated problem solving skills
- Proficient at Excel/financial analysis and planning
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills

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