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Print Buyer

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Houghton Mifflin Co Portsmouth , NH 03801

Posted 4 months ago

Job Requisition ID: 13723

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Role summary: The F&P Manufacturing Buyer purchases the manufacturing services of prepress, paper, print, bind, and duplication on complex products as member of a dedicated author team. Working under the supervision of the VP of Production and Design, the successful candidate will assist in scheduling and monitoring projects to meet predetermined cost, schedule, and quality standards on an ongoing basis. Must possess outstanding organizational/problem-solving skills, be extremely detail-oriented, and be a proactive team player. This is a fulltime, regular staff position based in the Portsmouth, NH.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Working under the supervision of the VP Production and Design, works with team to determine print/reprint quantities. Obtains/evaluates vendor quotes, determines best product placement, preschedules titles, prepares PO's and shipping instructions, and verifies/processes/submits invoices for assigned product and marketing pieces.

  • Assigns vendors (pre-scheduling components as needed) and oversees projects from file release through final receipt into warehouse. Monitors and ensures that components meet or beat quality, pricing, and schedule benchmarks.

  • Obtains printers samples to suggested specifications, working with printers and team to brainstorm ways to improve overall manufacturing specifications. Reviews and confirms all product specifications, disseminates information to team and outside packagers as required.

  • Maintains reprint correction file and works closely with team members as needed on reprint corrections for titles with corrections. Checks proofs for accuracy, distributes to team members, and returns proofs to vendor as per schedule. Distributes advance approvals to team, informs vendors to ship upon approvals, notifies warehouse, and sends products to authors as required.

  • Monitors backlist inventory levels and reviews findings with PM on a weekly basis (reviewing title pricing, if files need moving, preparing POs, providing RAD dates to inventory, etc). Works closely with warehouse and inventory, arranges for drop shipments as needed. Checks and confirms warehouse receipts.

  • Enters new F&P title records in PPM and updates all data in a timely manner. Prepares and distributes reports as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3+ years book manufacturing experience needed, including thorough knowledge of multi-color and one-color book and component prepress and printing.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent problem-solving, attention to detail, and communication skills required.

  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced, highly collaborative team environment, and alert the PM as needed with manufacturing concerns.

  • Technology/Software Skills:
    PC computer skills, proficiency in Excel, Access, Microsoft Word, and other current business software tools. Willingness to master additional database programs.

Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).

  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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