Print Producer

Overview

VSA Partners is a design-driven branding and marketing company. VSA was founded as a design firm more than 30 years ago with the belief that design is not only a craft, but a tool for achieving business objectives. As design thinkers, we approach business challenges holistically and aim to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising.

VSA’s Design Practice applies design thinking, visualization and experience to solve problems and bring life to our clients’ stories, visions and voices. We bring together multidisciplinary talent to make the most complex ideas tangible and meaningful for the audiences that matter most.

 

The Print Producer is responsible for sourcing the production of marketing materials (mainly print material but can include a wide variety of fabricated materials as well) on behalf of VSA and/or VSA's clients. They have knowledge in a variety of printing processes and are able to match appropriate vendors who can attain top quality for the project at hand. He/she insures proper contracts, licensing, budgets, and schedules are in place. They are responsible for and take full ownership of assigned production projects. The Print Producer also coordinates communication between the various Creative Services disciplines and shepherds projects through Creative Services to a successful completion. They insure clarity in direction at project kick off and that CS teammates have all the proper information, understanding and materials to fulfill their responsibilities accurately and on schedule.

 

VSA Partners is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable environment for all employees. All employment decisions are made based on qualifications, merit and business need.

 

Responsibilities

• Establish and maintain a network of qualified vendor partners o Maintain a database of vendor network contacts

• Work with PM to ensure CS Job Ticket and other necessary materials are prepared prior to kick off meeting

• Strives for the prompt and orderly flow of all information and materials between CS and PMs

• Continuously work to stay well informed regarding the latest technologies, trends and printing process innovations

• Work to eliminate ambiguity in a given assignment and to insure all team members understand their roles and responsibilities

• Advises team as to when it is appropriate to pull certified proofs

• Insure quality of the work produced for assigned projects and necessary approvals are attained at appropriate milestones:

       Reviews on screen and/or lasers and/or proofs to QA prior to routing outside of CS o Reviews          lasers and/or proofs of retouching and/or mechanicals with Designer and PM

• Maintain organized digital and/or hard copy records of RFQs, quotes, invoices, etc. • Demonstrate an ability to analyze problems, anticipate consequences and eliminate obstacles to successfully complete projects

• Work with the PM to insure mechanicals and proofs route for timely approval

• Keep all parties alerted to schedules and deadlines

• Maintain a library of printed samples

• Maintain a library of paper samples

• Attend press checks and insure quality of final deliverable

• Maintain Creative Services and VSA standards and conventions:

       A professional, positive, proactive and solutions oriented mentality

       Strive for excellence in execution of all assignments o Keep files current on server o Maintain          accurate naming conventions and file standards

       On-time and accurate time entry in Open Air

• Additional responsibilities as assigned


Qualifications

• 5+ years of experience in corporate/agency/design firm in a similar role

• Management aptitude preferred

• Possession of an undergraduate degree

• Knowledge of various printing and manufacturing processes In order to succeed, he/she must have the following skills, abilities, and knowledge:

• Knowledge of MS Office applications

• An understanding of Adobe CS applications and how they interact

• Ability to find creative solutions in the face of challenges

• Ability to maintain a service mentality

• An organized and systematic thinker

• Capable of keeping an eye on the details to drive results

• Adept at preemptively identifying problems and devising solutions

• Ability to understand design intent and ability to offer suggestions to enhance design through printing / manufacturing techniques / processes

• Excellent time and resource management skills

• Superior verbal and written communication skills to engage, persuade, and motivate clients, team members, and peers and to inspire collaboration

• A commitment to high-quality work and to positive and productive relationships with all clients, vendors, team members, peers, managers, etc.

• Skills in complex problem solving, judgment, critical thinking and decision-making

• Ability to be versatile and handle multiple projects and re-prioritizations

• Ability to organize information, prioritize, have attention to detail, and accurately follow procedures

• Ability to maintain self-motivation and to work independently