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Production Specialist

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Chicago, IL
Posted May 09
Freelance
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to jaime@thesmartdept.com.

The smartdept is in search of a Production Specialist to work for a global retail brand located in Deerfield, IL. This is a 5 month contract, working onsite.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for managing the full print production lifecycle, including preflighting and preparing layout files for print, color correcting and/or retouching images, troubleshooting and releasing files for live production, updating and refining production workflows and processes, and coordinating with vendors. Must be highly proficient in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

What You’ll Do:

  • Creates production-ready files for vendors; works with print vendors to assess print quality, color, and consistency
  • Setup and pre-flight of all production files
  • Ensures files are on-brand and formatted to exact technical specifications according to the printer’s job quote
  • Responsible for staying up-to-date with current standards, systems and latest print technology
  • Trouble shoots and problem solving technical issues that may arise
  • Utilizes technical expertise to maintain print integrity of all printed marketing material
  • Drives consistency and cost effectiveness by developing, maintaining and communicating material standards and process workflow
  • Educates and trains creative area to ensures department is up-to-date in the most advanced procedures and equipment to promote productivity and cost-effectiveness
  • Works directly with creative teams to develop, improve and maintain production workflows to maximize efficiency
  • Reviews, assess and develops production workflows within department; automates workflows and versioning to reduce the possibility of errors and increase speed to market

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Business
  • 3 years of experience performing prepress and creative production functions with a retail or marketing organization
  • Intermediate knowledge of Creative production workflows and applications (Adobe Creative Suite. Ie. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Prepress experience creating, pre-flighting and releasing digital files to print vendors for live production
  • Experience with Macintosh operating systems
  • Familiarity with Creative workflow & processes
  • Experience working with Print vendors to ensure quality output
  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Office 2003 or later

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)
  • Experience managing print vendors
  • Experience implementing online routing and approval workflows and applications
  • Experience using Marketing Campaign Management Systems
  • Experience automating & streamlining production workflows

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume to jaime@thesmartdept.com.