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Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (Atglen, PA) is a family-owned publisher with over 5,700 titles in print and a broad catalog of books, including non-fiction books on art, decorative arts, architecture, design, antiques, military history, maritime, photography, fashion, house and garden, food, history, crafts, woodworking, regional, and more. Located on the Schiffer Book Farm near the Chester/Lancaster county line, we are two miles from the Parkesburg station on Amtrak's Keystone Line.

 

                             

                               Production Manager

Description: Schiffer Publishing seeks a Production Manager whose responsibilities include the oversight of the end-to-end print production process as the liaison and first point of contact with printers and other vendors from initial specification requirements and pricing through the coordination of manufacturing and distribution to the publisher's warehouse. A typical day consists of meeting with the internal team (design, editorial) to understand the scope and production requirements of new and reprint projects, confirming materials and production specifications, creating production quotations, and distributing to multiple printers for pricing. Then compare pricing to meet budget, negotiate and finalize price, and use cost benefit analysis to determine the best source for the job. Coordinate scheduling with vendors, oversee file transfers, coordinate proofing and making corrections, insure integrity of design and creation, issue purchase orders, give final approval for print production, troubleshoot and problem solve issues, plan freight and logistics to deliver books to publisher's warehouse, and communicate with internal team and vendors regarding production stages and project status. This is an in office position to work directly with our internal team.

Expectations:

  • Manage the end-to-end production and printing process, from handling vendor relations and negotiations, pricing, troubleshooting, scheduling, finding cost-savings opportunities in the production supply chain, and ensuring high quality of our products.
  • Responsible for maintaining relationships with current suppliers, as well as qualifying new vendors.
  • Efficiently manage print production schedule to ensure projects meet release dates
  • Serve as final reviewer of materials, including QA of printers’ proofs, and other products as may be needed.
  • Handle all technical issues between editorial and design, send files, proofing, tracking of materials and proofs, request production templates, coordinate samples
  • Ensure all information is supplied to the Printer
  • Coordinate resolution of production issues between editorial, design, and printer
  • Production of quoting titles, special projects, price adjustments, data entry, specs and pricing
  • Selection and confirmation of materials and processes used in production
  • Quoting with printers (both new titles and reprints), price negotiations
  • Communicating changes/corrections with printer
  • Scheduling with printers and internal team logging updates in database
  • Shipping production packages and files to Printers
  • Logistics and planning for truck or container delivery to publishers warehouse

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required
  • Minimum three years’ publishing and production experience
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Customer service/vendor management or similar experience preferred
  • Previous editing experience preferred
  • Management experience preferred
  • Knowledge of graphic design principles a plus
  • Experience with content management and/or learning management systems a plus
  • Extensive knowledge of offset printing, bindery, finishing, variable printing, paper, postal regulations and estimating.
  • Knowledge of software used for digital page make-up.
  • Familiarity with domestic and international printing and distribution methods.
  • Ability to relate to all levels of company and excellent customer skills.
  • Must be well organized, capable of multi-tasking and detail oriented.
  • Keeping production on schedule and on budget to hit published release dates as per the seasonally established goals for on-time production
  • Quickly identifying delays in production and finding solutions, keeping delays to less than two working days, and holding editors accountable for delays
  • Keep expenses under budget

 

 

In addition to a stable and supportive work environment, we provide:
Performance-based commission 
Health insurance
401(k)
Paid holidays and vacation
Supportive office environment with business casual attire

Submit resume and cover letter to: careers@schifferbooks.com
Please include Salary Requirements. No Calls Please. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

 

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