Art Department Workflow Specialist / PREFLIGHT OPERATOR
The Workflow Specialist works alongside our Creative Director – this is a new position. This position will include Pre-Flighting all incoming files, supervising a staff of Pre-Press operators, as well as participating in communications with clients, vendors and internal clients (Sales and CSR groups). Focusing on workflow, procedures and schedules, the Workflow Specialist will assist the Creative Director in continually organizing the art department with a focus on proofing/approving correct files, reviewing print samples and improving systems. Previous client interaction experience is a must and music industry experience is a huge plus.
•Taking existing art and making it prepress ready, including screening (overall and object based screening)
•Ensuring all graphic elements are consistent across related files and packaging
•Labeling and archiving of final files
•Working efficiently with other graphic artists on same projects
•Right first time quality checking art files and proofs for accuracy
Responsible for workflow / scheduling / output of art department including proofing, approvals & occasional design of projects
Giving continuous feedback to staff as well as completing self-reviews
Actively works with Creative Director to develop and lead team- building events within the department
Mentors junior staff and is available to critique their work.
Contributes to the development of the creative team’s culture and quality standards in pursuit of elevating the art department output.
Ability to take direction and apply own creative skills and talent toward successful execution.
Must have the ability to juggle multiple projects at once and be flexible and cognizant of deadlines.
Expert in industry-standard graphic software: Adobe CS suite, including InDesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator.
Strong knowledge of printing process and ability to advise on book formats, paper and packaging
Must be thick-skinned and comfortable prioritizing multiple work-orders and last minute demands from the clients and sales team needs.
Solid communication and interpersonal skills – Excel at working both independently as well as in a collaborative team.
Possesses energy, passion, and a desire to deliver innovative successful solutions for internal clients.
Organize a traffic system & production calendar to manage and track the type and volume of creative assets.
Organize and lead team meetings (in conjunction with Creative Director) with other designers or outside resources
Meet with internal clients for project kickoffs/brief reviews and initiate dialogue to effectively understand the strategy and goals of each initiative.
Evaluate results of design tests/print samples; provide feedback and suggest optimization for better results.
Strive to streamline the creative process, aiming to make it as efficient/effective as possible.
Work with internal clients across all departments to meet their communications needs.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
Ability to adapt to a fast paced continually changing business and work environment while managing multiple priorities