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Pre-Press and Print Production Controller

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Pre-Press and Print Production Controller to join the team of a leading publisher of early years educational material; our client is an award-winning publisher producing engaging, fun and effective literacy programmes for children around the world. They have a beautiful, recently renovated office in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, where there is a requirement to attend at least two days per week, with the option to work the remaining three days remotely. The office is easily commutable from London or elsewhere.

As Pre-Press and Print Production Controller your main remit will be to manage the pre-press, doing file prep for full colour and mono titles with inventory and logistics of front and backlist titles. Responsibilities will include:

  • Pre-press, file prep, flight check experience for full colour and mono titles
  • Print purchasing / negotiation, working with a worldwide supplier base
  • Schedule management from files to print to delivery
  • Inventory control and forward planning
  • Calculating order requirements
  • Raising print purchase orders
  • Invoice checking
  • Occasional safety testing
  • Data management
  • Proof checking
  • Maintenance and management of asset archive

The ideal Pre-Press and Print Production Controller will have excellent written and verbal communication skills combined with strong production experience and a solid understanding of 4 colour and mono print production processes from title concept to delivery. Experience with pre-press is very important for this role, and a working knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop would be highly desirable. Knowledge of safety testing and experience managing the manufacture of non-book products (e.g. soft toys, magnetic letters, e-reader pens, point of sale material) would be advantageous but not essential. You will be numerate, comfortable analysing figures and have experience of planning and managing shipping and logistics. As a collaborative and strong team player, you will also have the ability to work independently and on your own initiative, and be confident trouble-shooting. Experience of co-edition print management would also be helpful.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic print production professional looking for a busy and varied role in a small, friendly team. Pre-press / file prep skills are essential for this role, along with print buying and production management experience.

For a full description of the role, please send your CV with a brief paragraph outlining your relevant skills.

Closing Date: Early applications may be prioritised.

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Pre-Press and Print Production Controller


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