Senior Production Controller
35 hours per week • Permanent
Scholastic Children’s Books has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Production Controller to join our London team.
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributer of children’s books and is home to best-selling authors and illustrators such as Liz Pichon, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Dara O’Brian and Phillip Pullman, as well as market leading brands including The Hunger Games, Captain Underpants and Horrible Histories.
We are looking for someone with experience and a background in trade book publishing, who can come in and ensure a high standard of quality is maintained in the production of high profile children's books.
As a Senior Production Controller, you will work closely with the Production Manager/Director and will be responsible for overseeing the production process for front-list mono and colour titles on our UK Trade list; as well as some backlist, special sales and co-editions.
Key tasks will include managing costs and schedules, preparing titles for print editions, product development and print buying. You will work closely with our in-house Editorial, Design, and Sales and Marketing departments; and with our external suppliers to ensure that all projects are produced on schedule, to high quality standards and within controlled budgets. You will be able to work well both independently and as part of a team.
You will have proven relevant experience in the book production industry. Experience with licensed book production would be desirable.
You will have detailed knowledge of the production life cycle, from pre-acquisition, delivery of raw MS, to print purchasing and beyond. It is essential that you have strong organisation and time-management skills, excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and a keen eye for detail. You will have a proactive attitude to your work and the ability to demonstrate solid problem solving skills.
You must have strong IT skills that include Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Databases and supplier systems such as InSite and FTP sites. Basic InDesign desirable but not essential. Finally, print-publishing qualifications (LCC, BIC, Imago etc.) would be advantageous.
If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting job reference 024.19.
Closing date: 7 August 2019.
We are an inclusive organisation and actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. We welcome applications from a wide range of candidates.