Title
Production Director
Employer
Palm Publishing
Location
South Norwalk, Connecticut, adjacent to the train station. (Easy access to Metro-North).
Date Posted
03/01/2012
Description
Overall responsibilities include managing book production and inventory to ensure timely delivery.
The ideal candidate will:
• Independently manage and traffic print production projects with a special focus on critical release dates. This means religiously following up on tasks to ensure they meat tight timelines.
• Maintain, grow and develop new contractor, vendor and supplier relations in the processing of invoices, managing contracts, and closing out projects.
• Source and fiercely negotiate printing quotes from book printers both domestic and in Asia
• Compile inventory data using Filemaker to manage product inventory levels and track and improve workflows.
• Continually examine data to find, recommend and implement workflow improvements.
• Partner with Sales/Marketing in the development of new products and product adaptations to meet customer requirements.
• Serve as the go to resource for all issues related to book production and inventory management. This means being organized enough to quickly answer any questions regarding production and inventory management that may be asked of you.

Requirements:
• Bachelor's degree
• Project management experience required with a minimum of four years of progressively responsible work experience in book production and distribution, with children’s book production experience highly preferred.
• Proficiency with Filemaker (Our inventory is managed using Filemaker Pro)
You must have Filemaker experience:
• building and modifying customized Filemaker Pro databases
• writing complex scripts and functions to automate data generation and reporting from several interrelated databases.
• Generating customized reports
• Teaching others how to effectively use Filemaker
• Experience with Filemaker server including:
•Importing data from various sources which output CSV files
•Setting up user accounts and permissions


•An understanding of how materials are published in fast-paced environments along with the ability to quickly evaluate problematic situations and provide workable solutions in a calm, focused manner.
• Understanding of product testing and CPSIA/ASTM.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience working in collaborative environments and managing budgets is highly desirable.
Related Skills:
• Contract negotiation skills
• Strong analytical thinking and structured problem-solving ability
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team; highly collaborative individual
• Excellent budgeting and budget management skills
Additionally you must have the following characteristics
• Entrepreneurial mindset
• Easy-going personality (team fit is crucial)
• Strong written and verbal communication skills (we value clarity)
• Results focused (you maintain a high signal to noise ratio)

Perks
• Fun work environment with passionate colleagues in a hip SoNo office
• 401K
• Health, dental, life insurance
• Casual attire - e.g., jeans and t-shirts if you prefer
• All the soda you can drink
• We’re a meritocracy – we reward hard work.

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