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Print production manager | 6-8 week booking

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My client is a small startup style business based in the heart of Hackney, they are looking for a self starting Print production manager to help them scale the print around their on site manufactured product. Initially offered as a 6-8 week contract. As an experienced Print Production Manager you will be responsible for:

All aspects of project/production management specific to printed media, packaging and digital file preparation
Beginning to end print operations; from idea generation and specification creation through print execution and delivery of custom published pieces.
All aspects of project/production management specific to printed media as well as integration with digital channels

You'll work with 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.

As the ideal candidate for this role you'll rely on your expertise to plan and accomplish goals by collaborating and directing the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. You will be responsible for creating and meeting schedules and deadlines, and will play a central role in managing all matters related to print production and pricing.

Knowledge and contacts with London/UK sheet-fed and packaging printers is necessary, and familiarity with print, color management, paper & packaging engineering are required. 5+ years Publication, packaging, Agency or Direct Mail operations/production experience and a ​university degree are a must.

Specific responsibilities include:

Collaborate with Creative Directors, Designers and outside vendors to take projects from conception to fruition.
Advise creative team of budgetary options as they relate to design deliverables.
Collaborating with print vendors to identify and develop innovative creative offerings.
Providing production cost estimates.
Creating and disseminating production specifications and timelines.
Coordinating paper orders
Understanding postal regulations to ensure that projects follow guidelines
Ensuring the proper and timely execution of projects; this includes everything from attending comp reviews to blueline approvals, printing, and binding.
Traveling to printer locations for press checks.
Reconciling costs and creating cost summaries.
This position requires a detail oriented person who has strong communication skills and an understanding of print QA processes and procedures
This position requires highly developed project management, leadership and communication skills.
Work with outside vendors to engineer the project and advise the design/production department of specifics regarding file construction and delivery.
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.
Develop and track all print production timelines for business needs and coordinating various deliverables with outside print vendors.
Experience requires includes:
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.
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.
A great eye for colo​ur​

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