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Production Artist - Women's Fashion

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The Production Artist is responsible for in-house development and production of marketing materials along with In-Store, windows, packaging, print collateral and occasional assets for eCommerce as time permits and priority requires. Looking for a highly efficient, talented and technical production artist (this is not a design role) with the abilities to understand creative direction and translate that technically to achieve a specified result. This role requires creative problem solving and an ability to thrive in a fast paced, high volume digital studio environment. This position is part of a digital studio production environment focused on women’s apparel, footwear, handbags and accessories photography and marketing collateral. You will be responsible for rapidly processing high-quality print-ready files and specifications while maintaining consistently high standards for accuracy, aesthetics, detail and productivity. This position requires expertise in Adobe Creative Suite 4 and LightRoom as well as an ability to judge color accuracy and troubleshoot file and font issues. Knowledge of XML, Flash, Java and AppleScript would be a plus. Must be extremely flexible with work hours when and if extra time is required to meet critical milestones.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Understanding of RGB, LAB, CMYK and the 4-color printing process.
Organized with the ability to manage numerous projects, tight turnaround times, scheduling conflicts, revisions and technical challenges effectively.
Edit/enhance vendor and in-house product images.
Ensure all daily work is archived at the end of the day.
Ensure all end of the day files are pushed daily and or when as scheduled for release.
Hands-on Adobe Creative Suite 4 on Mac work with responsibility for creation of final mechanicals & support of creative development.
Build electronic files (mechanicals) with adherence to client's digital and pre-press standards:
• Mark up call-outs and instructions clearly.
• Develop and maintain electronic templates.
• Maintain project/brand portfolio.
Archive files for assigned channel.
Work independently as well as with direction to achieve objectives.
Work directly with other departments to help solve problems as assigned.
• Work from program schedules and status to manage time and prioritize daily workload.
• Ensure work is completed on time.
• Schedule support through Studio Manager as needed.
Ability to execute image editing is a plus -- including: retouching (fashion, skin, hair, beauty) color correcting, silhouetting products with clipping paths, perspective control and ability to properly format layouts as demonstrated in Style Guides.

Qualifications
Expertise with Adobe Photoshop required, any additional photo editing software knowledge a plus.
Expertise with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Typefaces, Print & Web Production required.
Flash, Dreamweaver and automating workflows with Java/AppleScript would be a plus.
Expert layout and design skills.
Ability to work on both Mac and PC platforms (eCommerce CMS tools). Primarily Mac.
Ability to be both creative and technical.
Ability to independently solve problems is an essential skill for this position.
Ability to take direction within an ad agency environment.
High level of attention to detail and desire to define best practices.
Ability to produce high quality product image files and mechanicals under tight deadlines.
Foresight with special projects to tailor and redefine the process as needed.
Ability to sustain professional demeanor despite unscheduled work, revisions and short timetables.
Ability to understand technical implementations and limitations.
Excellent documentation and presentation skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
Enthusiasm for the creative and technical processes. Desire to explore, understand and use new software and other
technological advancements related to our business.
Have a proactive work ethic, capable problem solver who is not afraid of big challenges.
Awareness of design and process trends.
Passion for Fashion.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Associates degree (or better) in the visual communications field.
Minimum 2 years working in the graphic/web design field.
Background in design, typography, comps, and digital pre-press.
Experience working in eCommerce, Advertising or a Digital Agency preferred.

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