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Production Manager

Tether’s Seattle Studio is seeking an experienced and versatile Production Manager with print and digital chops.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in production design or equivalent work experience
  • 8+ years of experience working in a professional design environment as a production manager or equivalent

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Experience managing production resources and collaborating with various internal teams including Account Managers and Creative Directors
  • Ability to integrate feedback and direction from Creative Directors and other senior leadership, and clearly communicate to team
  • Professional experience managing vendors and external relationships
  • Robust rolodex to call on for varied and innovative projects
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with focus both on the big picture as well as the details
  • Ability to create and manage complex schedules, and to forecast hours to complete tasks
  • Excel at offering suggestions and ideas to maintain the creative/design intent while mitigating problems
  • Ability to execute digital production files for all projects
  • Expert knowledge of print production techniques including printing, paper and materials, brand asset and file structure management
  • Solid knowledge in proof evaluation and press checks, including on-the-spot problem solving
  • Professional knowledge of branding, concepts, layouts, typography, and color
  • Professional knowledge of identity and brand development, single and multi-page printed materials, environmental design, packaging, on-screen presentations, information and advertising
  • Expert knowledge of graphic design applications including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Working knowledge of Keynote, PowerPoint and Word

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Able to solve and inspire solutions to technical and production challenges in innovative ways, driving the improvement of processes
  • Ability to support, motivate, engage, challenge, evaluate and grow the Production Team
  • Onboard, train and mentor new production designers
  • Support the production phase of multiple small and large-scale projects
  • Adhere to established schedules and budgets and continually work within agreed upon parameters, alerting the project owner and team in advance when issues arise
  • Manage the technical integrity of all files – functionality, layers, colors, asset quality and version control
  • Support production designers and vendors throughout projects to ensure efficient and accurate production on all projects
  • Anticipate problems and opportunities and bring them to the attention of the design team and the account manager
  • Consistently proof your own work for accuracy and quality

 

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