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Production Services Manager, Packaging/TTP

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As a Production Services Manager, Packaging you will support the Senior Production Services Manager in the execution and project management oversight to the graphic development, content approval, prepress and supply chain process for packaging print production for designated brands and projects

* Liaise internally and externally with key business partners and vendors, and manage the flow of information to ensure timely, efficient and cost-aligned delivery of mechanical content approvals, prepress/printed packaging components.

* Execute internally packaging mechanicals as required, including modifications associated with deadline changes/line extensions of packaging mechanicals. Ability to follow/interpret master branding guidelines for packaging as it relates to the brand portfolio.
Accountabilities

* Collaborate and manage (internal and external) clients and suppliers to facilitate the production of brand packaging components for various project initiatives

* Prioritize, schedule and execute workflow process activities

* Oversee and participate in mechanical artwork development as required

* Inspect layouts and final artwork for adherence to brand specifications

* Provide technical expertise as it relates to graphics software and print production

* Manage workflows through BLUE software from mechanical execution to prepress deliverables

* Troubleshoot and minimize complexities

* Monitor and analyze color matching to ensure brand alignment, consistency, standards and requirements are met

* Attend packaging press approvals as required – must be knowledgeable in the assessment of printed items utilizing; Offset Lithography, Dry-offset, Flexography, Gravure, Letterpress and Digital printing

* Conduct pre-production reviews as required with graphics partners, agencies and converters to ensure the optimization of designs against specific print parameters….ie approach based on print process specified for the project
Required Skills and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, communications management/technology, or an equivalent degree

• A minimum of 5 years experience/knowledge of print, decorating techniques and tools, including print production and pre-press, in a prepress, print, publishing environment or CPG company.

• Strong background in print graphics and communication, with expertise in graphic software knowledge and execution

• Excellent communication skills, with ability to build relationships and influence others

• Strong analytics and computer skills (e.g. MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Project)

• Excellence in proficiency in use of graphic software in a Mac environment, particularly Adobe Creative Suite – design experience preferred

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