Title
Production Manager
Employer
Melcher Media, Inc.
Location
West Village, New York, NY, Melcher Media is an award-winning media and communications agency in Greenwich Village. For twenty years, the boutique firm has carefully crafted 23 New York Times bestsellers, including last year’s S. by J. J. Abrams.
Date Posted
03/12/2014
Description
Under the direction of senior staff members, the Production Manager will be responsible for managing all book print production needs, as well as any digital book production as appropriate. You have a minimum of five years experience with all facets of book print production and want to continue to master those talents while gaining new ones. You are also, therefore, excited by the ongoing convergence between apps, books, events, and films, and you crave working with a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team. You are ultimately a visual thinker who is (or wants to become more) tech savvy and who is curious about the world in a way that moves beyond traditional book publishing. Your workload will be split 50% between traditional book print production and 50% non-book print production skills—be they business development, design, editorial, event planning, marketing, social media, or video editing skills—which we intend to fully explore with you in ways that are most beneficial to the growth and success of both you and the company. Successful candidates must be insanely organized and able to pay a high level of attention to the most intricate details, while possessing strong negotiating skills for both pricing and schedules. You thrive in a fast-paced environment while maintaining sound judgment and are used to negotiating with your vendors to produce books on time and under budget, even when you are late in delivering final files. Access to (and preexisting relationships with) a pool of print production vendors is a must. Ultimately, you want to be an important member of this critically acclaimed book producer’s team that creates books for all of the major publishing companies, as well as a range of other projects for a wide variety of companies outside of the publishing industry.

Additionally, candidates for the position must have:
• Minimum of 5 years practical experience with book print production;
• Ability to effectively manage all aspects of book print production for approximately 20+ titles per year, plus take on other roles within the company;
• Creative ability to conceptualize book specifications;
• Experience estimating and negotiating book production costs and running p&ls;
• Experience negotiating vendor agreements and early payment discount options;
• Ability to create and manage book production schedules for all titles;
• Experience with pre-flight and prepress book production practices and color correction;
• 4-color book production and eBook production experience is also a plus; and
• A high level of autonomy and interest in moving beyond print production.

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