Artwork Production Specialist job in Leatherhead, Surrey

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Job Title: Artwork Production Specialist
Job Type: Temporary
Location: Leatherhead, Surrey
Salary: £36000 - £39500/annum
Company: CV-Library
Category: Marketing
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Job Description:
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our client (a leading, global FMCG company with Brands such as Dove, Lipton, Persil & Vaseline!) are currently looking for an Artwork Production Specialist based at their prestigious facility in Leatherhead. This is a full-time temporary role for a period of 12 Months, working a 36.25-hour week, paying between £36,000 - £39,500 per annum, pro rata, depending on experience. Some occasional travel to Blackfriars, London may be required as part of the role.

Role Background

The primary purpose of this position is to manage the creation and approval of packaging artwork from design lock, through to commercially reproducible mechanical artwork and separations which are handed over to the printer in a timely manner. This person will be responsible for initiating and managing projects using the artwork management system, and also working within a multifunctional and sometimes multinational project team to deliver projects on time, in full.

The position must interface with internal teams (such as Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain, Quality, e-Commerce) who provide master design files and pack content, and also external partners (print management agencies, design agencies, printers, etc) who deliver the work in the form of mechanical artwork, pack image albums and printed packaging. As technical experts, they will provide expertise and input into the design, artwork and print phases of the project to ensure that the right levels of approval integrity, brand quality and consistency are maintained throughout the artwork process and supplier printing process.

There is also a responsibility to manage the creation of digital pack images and hero images for various channels and touchpoints internally and externally in an ever more digital and connected world.

Key Accountabilities

Understand the artwork process, roles and responsibilities and how to fit this into the innovation project management process to deliver projects on time and in full.
Understand the Category and Brands you are working on, Brand DNA & guidelines and plans, priorities and volume per year.
Collaborate with marketing and design agencies at the design phase, providing expert guidance and technical inputs to ensure that the design is technically printable before the artwork is routed for internal approval.
Set-up and run pre-production meetings bringing together design agencies, print management agencies, printers and internal stakeholders to ensure that quality and consistency is maintained from artwork to print phase of the process
Ensure that master design files are created according to prescribed toolbox specifications and handed over to the print management agencies correctly, and that the printed artwork matches the design requirements
Work with marketing to ensure visibility on artwork cost and spend, and that the printed packaging is optimized for cost e.g. print process, number of colours etc
Take accountability for delivery of mechanical artwork and separation files to printers, proactively manage issues if/as they arise.
Create and manage projects in the internal artwork management system adhering to the defined artwork process.
Manage the delivery of digital pack images following Artwork Excellence process, to the right quality and on time.
Manage internal and external stakeholder expectations for your tasks relating to status, timings and technical expertise.
Ensure that the print management agency follows the approved rate cards and service level agreements, and that responsible procurement and payment procedures are followed, in line with company policy.
Approve colour reliable proofs on behalf of marketing to ensure that the proof meets marketing's expectations.
Sourcing of printer specifications and align them to the defined processes and ways of working.
Approve colour standards (1st press pass) if not covered by the print management agency and distribute to the relevant parties if required.
Coordinating multiple projects simultaneously; working with various cross-functional team members as well as multiple external stakeholders at the same time
Managing the external vendor's compliance within agreed lead time and quality of delivery, compliance to rate card and processes, particularly when they are not co-located in the same country
Influencing the improvement to artwork management efficiency through project management, process compliance, visibility of artwork KPI's and ways of working within the team.
Functioning as a technical expert and business partner to Marketing and other functional teams from design to artwork to print phase of the process.
This position can be responsible for several brands and categories at the same time. This may be across market clusters or countries.
The individual must also coordinate multiple external vendors, also possibly within other time zones. Candidate Requirements

Solid experience in artwork production management/creative project management/print agency management.
Excellent Project Management skills.
Highly computer-literate.
Intercultural Awareness.
Strong communication skills.
Ability to build collaborative relationships
Hold people accountable
Good organizational awareness
Strong at influencing and negotiating.
Business Partner mindset (not Customer Service)

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