Serves as Project Manager for a limited number of key accounts. The purpose of this position is to facilitate jobs in the execution phase of our Clients artwork and pre-press process for packaging production. As a key facilitator within the supply chain for packaging artwork issues, you will communicate with design firms, printers, engravers, On-Site Personnel /Sales and Clients to ensure proper printability for packaging. As a key figure within the process, you will help maintain and improve Southern Graphics relationship with the Client. Your primary concern will be to coordinate packaging production via job instructions and schedules to complete jobs. Within SGS, you will effectively communicate specifications for each piece of packaging artwork on your brands by utilizing our order entry system as well as being a resource for production departments when issues or questions arise. The Project Manager is the primary resource to the On-Site Personnel and Sales, and the key point of contact to the Production Department at SGS. PM must be able to adapt and create a plan when colleagues are absent. Work is typically performed under minimal daily supervision, receiving guidance from manager/supervisor about the work that needs to be completed.
Essential Responsibilities, Accountabilities & Results
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
Consult with On-Site Personnel and/or Client during the artwork development and pre-press
Attend any pre-production meetings (or other meetings), when feasible, per On-Site Personnel/Sales request or request of the Client
Respond in a timely manner to Clients
Establish a good and professional working relationship with our Clients and design firms, engravers and printers
Communicate artwork issues with the client as well as internal and external stakeholders
Respond timely to requests of Client/On-Site Personnel /Sales and others
Document all critical and pertinent information that may impact quality
Participate in process improvement efforts and various production meetings to foster a positive creative impact on the business
Verify technical supplied data is correct to supplied art
Manage project timelines
Communicate received and shipped art to On-Site Personnel/Sales and perform user functionality in a Clients database used for tracking artwork projects
Thorough knowledge of multiple print processes, color management and converting techniques
Understand the Clients process (deliverables, rework)
Communicate issues to Management
Troubleshooting and problem solving with the plant
Shipping - print tools and tracking when necessary
Order entry (ensure orders are complete and concise when delivered to production)
Provide direction, support and mentorship to Project Management Team
Educational & Experience Minimum Requirements
This position requires the following knowledge and skills:
High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Some College/Associates Degree preferred
5+ years project management experience in the pre-press, design, print or production art industry preferred
Strong comprehension in reading work instructions and business memos
Proofreading skills required
Able to effectively communicate through writing of business letters, expositions, summaries, and reports, using prescribed form and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style
Ability to effectively communicate verbally to build confidence and trust individually and with the business
Ability to work independently
Ability to train and mentor
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The following physical requirements are commonly performed in this job. There are times, on occasion, when the employee may be asked or expected to perform duties with physical requirements that are different from those listed here. It is the employees duty to notify the management of any physical limitations or inability to perform a certain task.
Regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
Frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms.
Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
This description is based upon managements assessment of the requirements and functions of the job as of the date this description was prepared or revised. It is a general guideline for managers and colleagues. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Management reserves the right on a temporary or indefinite basis to modify as necessary to meet changing business conditions.