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Production Artist II

Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Job Description:

PRODUCTION ARTIST



Primary Objective of Position



The Production Artist is responsible for the production of on-time, error-free, and properly constructed mechanicals. Key requirements include a strong knowledge of current design software, the ability to communicate and work effectively with business partners, expert level technical knowledge of all facets of mechanical production, and extreme attention to detail.


THIS IS NOT A DESIGN POSITION.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:



- Build, revise and prepare final mechanicals for release to pre-press, print and online vendors/teams.


- Construct clean digital files for online use.


- Work closely with design and editorial staff to ensure creative specifications are met. An eye for design and copy standards is required to execute subsequent versions with little supervision from designers.


- Work closely with Print Production and Program Managers to ensure project goals, details, and deadlines are met.


- Review and approve printer proofs for accuracy.


- Adhere to brand graphic standards and server structure in all files, utilizing processes and policies as outlined in the studio manual, or as specified by the Supervisor. Work with Supervisor to evaluate and revise the studio manual, and assist in monitoring and enforcing studio standards.


- Prepare comps and mockups, often at full-size, for use in presentations.


- Manage the organization of large image/asset libraries.


- Assist in the archival and cataloging of digital assets.


- Prioritize projects and deadlines, as needed.


- Investigate, test, and recommend alternative production methods, both technical and process-oriented, as needed, to supervisor. Evaluations may involve ROI exercises and presentations to various business partners.


- Assist Head of Creative Production in partnering with IT to ensure technical support issues are met.


- Assist in the technical development of Creative Production team.


- Continually manage, and work to improve the quality of department deliverables.



REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:


Knowledge, skills & abilities:


- Superior decision making, troubleshooting, negotiating, influencing and interpersonal skills


- Conflict Management: approaches conflicts as opportunities; understands others quickly; can find common ground without comprising total position.


- Ability to work within a team environment.


- Ability to work and function in ambiguity.


- Strong attention to detail.


- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


- Expert Mac OSX-based knowledge of Adobe CC.


- Expert knowledge of Mac OSX fonts, both PostScript and OpenType; as well as Extensis Suitcase Fusion, or equivalent, e.g. FontReserve or Font Agent Pro.


- Knowledge of color and b/w printers, specifically large-format and high-volume laser (using Fiery or Splash RIP).


- Understanding of, and ability to build and assign ICC profiles to digital files.


- Knowledge of flatbed scanners and other common Mac peripherals.


- Expert knowledge of printing processes and building mechanical art, including knowledge of color separations and common prepress workflows.


- Self-motivated team player; must be able to work efficiently with minimal supervision.


Minimum educational level/Experience:


- BA/BS degree


- At least 3-4 years production experience in an agency environment. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.

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