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Production Director

Curious Universe has a fantastic opportunity for a talented Production Director to join our growing team. Responsible for the Procurement and Production of our product, with a mission to drive innovation and efficiency.

Key Tasks

Responsible for Buying and Production at Curious Universe; creating new, innovative and bestselling products.

Negotiating with established and new print suppliers in China and around the world. Managing the quality control and process of Procurement and Production.

Key contributor in delivering Curious Universe’s goal of sourcing and developing environmentally friendly and sustainable products.

Project Development

  • Work closely with the creative team on format and specification development of all product
  • Be a proactive and creative contributor, striving for innovation and troubleshooting potential format or print issues
  • Create detailed product specifications for supplier tender and the company database
  • Stay up-to-date on innovation in print and packaging, visiting suppliers and Canton / Hong Kong fairs twice a year

Sourcing Materials

  • Manage and add to a collection of suppliers, in China and around the world.
  • Lead the negotiation and agreement of prices and schedules, understanding product lead times and delivering to set publishing months
  • In conjunction with the CEO, evaluate quotes and negotiate to determine the best supplier for each job
  • Strive to procure paper and print from suppliers who source responsibly and lead the drive to minimize excess materials in all products


  • Manage the process and technical training of the Production Team, troubleshooting on any issues
  • Supervise schedules, approvals and quality control
  • Manage safety and compliance, specifically safety testing and supplier standards

Qualifications / key skills

  • 5+ years of experience in Book Production, including specific knowledge of print procurement
  • Conscientious, self-motivated and pro-active, with a passion for books and books plus
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Creative thinker
  • Ideally educated at Degree level.
  • Vendor management experience.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

This Job Description outlines but does not limit this post which are subject to variations as is necessary to respond to changes both internal and external, which the company experiences.

Personal development and responsibility for the Health and Safety of yourself and others are taken as a mandatory part of everyone’s role at Curious Universe


Production Director

Curious Universe, Bath
Full-time, Permanent
Production, Product Management