Job opening detail :
Senior Production Associate
posted: Oct. 10, 2018
Offered by:
Hachette Book Group
Full Time
New York, NY
The Senior Production Associate will oversee the composition and manufacturing of print and eBooks for the licensed publishing program across all imprints. The position will be responsible for both 1-color and 4-color adult and children’s titles in a wide array of formats, including hardcover, paperback, coffee table, gift and novelty. The position works closely with the Managing Editorial, Editorial, and Design departments as well as outside composition and print vendors to produce high quality print and eBooks on very aggressive schedules, all within budget constraints and in compliance with strict licensor guidelines. Candidates must be experienced with high-volume, deadline-driven, collaborative work, with a preference for those with experience in the flexible and fast-paced world of branded publishing.


• Oversee all phases of print book production and manufacturing, from composition through final delivery. Includes supervision of typesetting, color separation, prepress, components, printing, and binding, plus basic safety compliance oversight.

• Proactively monitor production schedules. Coordinate with outside vendors (in the US and overseas) as well as in-house managing editorial, design, and inventory to ensure on-time delivery.

• Supervise outside vendors (in the US and overseas) to closely regulate supplier performance and ensure that all schedule, quality, and budget requirements are met in the face of constantly shifting timelines and exacting licensor expectations.

• Desk duties include cost estimating, production scheduling, proof trafficking, and ordering retouching and color correction.

• Oversee production of eBooks, in a variety of fixed and reflowable formats, utilizing an outside conversion house.

• Prepare and update budgets and cost estimates, both seasonally and on a title-by-title basis.

• Prepare purchase orders and shipping instructions from HBG’s proprietary title management system.

• Attend and participate in weekly production meetings.

• May attend occasional press checks (with supervision).

• Analyze production specifications to propose cost-saving measures.

• Work under minimal supervision, keeping Senior Manager and imprint informed of any service disruption or vendor quality issues. Communicate such issues to the vendor in collaboration with Senior Manager.

• Gather and track all licensor requirements for vendor certifications, the expiration of the certifications and all other manufacturer requirements.

• Maintain accurate specification and scheduling information in company databases.

• Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


• College degree.

• 3-5 years experience in print book manufacturing, both 1-color and 4-color, and with both domestic and overseas suppliers.

• Effective and efficient vendor management skills.

• Elementary color assessment skills. Should have ability to provide basic instruction and color correction directives to outside prepress and re-touchers.

• Comfort with Adobe Creative Suite and basic file preflight, specifically InDesign and Acrobat.

• Must be creative, highly organized, and detail oriented.

• Must be flexible and able to prioritize in the face of high-volume work.

• Self-starter requiring minimal supervision, who can also collaborate well with a diverse team of internal and external stakeholders.

• Proficiency in Excel, basic math, calculating, analyzing and organizing data.

• Thorough, accurate, and articulate verbal and written communication skills.

• Experience with digital asset management systems.

• Seeks continuous improvement and innovative solutions.

• Maintains grace under pressure in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
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