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Associate Production Manager
posted: July 7, 2021
Offered by:
Little Bee Books
Health; Dental; 401K; 401K Employer Match, Vision, Life Insurance, PTO
Full Time
New York, NY
Little Bee Books is looking for an Associate Production Manager for all imprints including Little Bee Books, BuzzPop, and Yellow Jacket. We are a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees of all ages. Little Bee Books offers an inspired selection of board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, and more. Our goal is simple – make great books and have fun doing it. A role at Little Bee Books is an opportunity to be a part of something unique!

The Associate Production Manager will manage workflow between various internal departments and printers to produce board books, novelty books, picture books, activity books, nonfiction books, middle grade fiction, licensed books, reprints, and specialty/international/proprietary formats across all three imprints.

*This position is temporarily remote and will be based full-time out of our New York City offices.

• Responsible for all facets of production for a variety of book formats including, but not limited to, hardcover, paperback, 1-color, 4-color, licensed, and novelty products.
• Source quotes from domestic and foreign vendors and supply timely and accurate pricing internally
• Manage purchasing, preflighting, proof routing, and quality assurance of sales materials, reprints, co-editions, proprietary, and initial printings.
• Create and release final purchase orders and validate and process final invoices.
• Partner with other departments and outside vendors to ensure all production deadlines are met.
• Coordinate inventory initial print run solicitation process.
• Communicate with freight forwarder and warehouse to make sure deliveries arrive as scheduled.
• Create and maintain schedules and status reports.
• Manage and stay current with CPSIA and all other safety testing requirement for print books.
• Comply with financial and other company accounting/fiscal practices.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university preferred, or college course work and knowledge gained through equivalent work experience.
• 5+ years progressively responsible production experience.
• Direct experience overseeing book production processes in a dynamic, fast paced environment.
• Experience with evaluating, negotiating, and placing work at domestic and foreign vendors.
• Ability to turn loosely defined requirements into initiatives with a measurable outcome and a proven track record of successful project execution.
• Experience operating workflow management systems.
• Ability to solve difficult and complex issues.
• Solid people and team management experience and the ability to establish and maintain productive relationships across a range of functional, professional, and cultural backgrounds.
• Excellent critical, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills.
• Highly organized and detail oriented.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Strong experience managing vendor performance and relationships.
About Our  
About Little Bee Books: Little Bee Books, the company’s eponymous imprint, is dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun children’s books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more. For more information, please visit

About BuzzPop: BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, creates media and licensing books designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including bilingual Disney books, a full line of L.O.L. Surprise! titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as Meredith Foster and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information, please visit

About Yellow Jacket: Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, publishes middle grade and young adult series and standalone titles for ages 8 and up, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information, please visit

Little Bee Books is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, alienage, disability, age or perceived age, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, partnership status, military status, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law (referred to as "protected status"). This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all company facilities, participation in all company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions such as promotions, compensation, and benefits.
Please apply by sending your resume to and listing the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please be sure to note your salary expectations. We would love to hear more about you and your passion for our company so please feel free to send a letter, video, comic monologue, or whatever best showcases you.
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