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Production Design Specialist

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Our large financial services client located in Owings Mills, MD is looking for a Production Designer Specialist for a 6 month contract position with strong potential for extension.
The ideal candidate will have experience with Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and PowerPoint presentation knowledge with the ability to design, animate, and chart build within PPT.

The Production Design Specialist uses both Macintosh and PC platforms to combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce a variety of publication-ready materials. This material includes, shareholder reports, brochures, newsletters, posters, direct mail packages, advertisements, presentations, etc. Software products include InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Works independently on Desktop Publishing documents and projects to meet customer deadlines.
* Assists in handling client inquiries and logging work in and out of the department.
* Follows all procedures for time tracking to assure the compilation of accurate metrics, reporting, and billing by department management.
* Participates in self-development by setting goals and objectives and training on new software, hardware, products and procedures as required
* Follows all network procedures for document storage and file maintenance to keep servers organized and up-to-date.

REQUIREMENTS:

* Creates and updates InDesign and Adobe Illustrator documents
*Expert Powerpoint skills required
* Knowledge of page layout formats, master pages, and style sheets
* Knowledge of various printing specifications, including folds, trapping, color, resolution
* Demonstrates understanding of printing process for b/w and 4/c process printing
* Knowledge of graphics formats, including TIF, EPS, JPEG, GIF, etc
* Ability to make decisions and problem solve when preparing files for output and document layout
* Creates and updates PowerPoint presentations
* Knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and creating PDFs
* Produces pre-press documents by solving technical problems using mathematical calculations
* Follows all network procedures for document storage
* Ability to follow inside and outside designer’s instructions/concepts when formatting documents
* BS degree or equivalent work experience
* Perform quality check on all publications for:
spelling and style are correct and consistent (brand consistency)
* page numbers, headings and captions are correct
* photos and illustrations are correctly captioned.

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