Production Director
The Estee Lauder Companies - New York, NY

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Title: Production Director
Location: Americas-United States-New York
Job Number: 130589

Position Summary

The production director is responsible for the leadership and development of the production department, and the quality of all outgoing artwork and incoming deliverables. Oversee all functions of department including request receipt and review, job creation, server structure, job tracking, design consultation, manufacturing specification, trafficking, workload prioritization, retouching, mechanical creation and release, color management, proof approval and inspection of received deliverables.

This position is also responsible for the development and ongoing optimization of our studio workflow and sub-processes, augmenting them to include Digital Media. General studio management functions for all Creative workgroups are also a function of the role.

Duties and Responsibilities *
  • Develops and maintains, in partnership with the Creative Vice President and Design Directors, an innovative and consistent branding vision for Bumble and bumble. *

  • Guides the big-picture” strategic success of all creative projects, particularly inregardto design and object quality. *

  • Manages and mentors Production Manager and Packaging Mechanical Artist. *

  • Manages and develops Production Coordinator, Freelance Retouching Artist and Freelance Studio Developer. *

  • Maintains and develops a stable of talented and competitive professional Freelance Production Artists with minimal turnover. *

  • Liases with Procurement Manager and Trafficking Manager. *

  • Consults with Design, Visual Merchandising, Digital Media and our client departments in regard to manufacturing methods and materials, budget and timing feasibility, and any other logistic/operational concerns. *

  • Consults with Digital Media in regard to digital photography, digital media workflow, content management and storage.
    General *

  • Reviews of all incoming creative requests, in partnership with the Creative Vice President and Brand Services, in regard to budget, schedule, and Production bandwidth feasibility. *

  • In partnership with Brand Services, develops and refines internal processes and workflows between all departments. *

  • Oversees the studio workflow on a real-time basis, leveraging Program Watch (now including Digital Media requests and asset needs). *

  • Prioritizes workload and efficiently delegates to freelance Production Artists with specific instruction, taking into account each artist’s aptitudes, capacity, and schedule. *

  • Researches and sources, in partnership with the Production Manager and Procurement, alternative and/or innovative manufacturing methods and materials as our workload demands. *

  • Writes, refines and finalizes, the manufacturing specification for many jobs, in partnership with Production Manager and the given Designer. *

  • Keeps abreast of innovation in commercial printing, digital imaging, digital photography, color management, product packaging, product decoration, desktop/mobile application and digital document development, and general manufacturing. Alsosustainability initiatives within the commercial printing and manufacturing industries, particularly FSC certification. *

  • Ensures the reliability of day-to-day studio functions such as management of supply inventory, management of photographic inventory, printing and shipping. *

  • Oversees all color management (adherence to a GRACoL/ECI-standardized workflow) and color approval within the studio. Attends on-site press approvals for all color/quality-sensitive deliverables. *

  • Schedules and oversees our Color Management Consultant, and maintains our color-accurate proofing capability (Print Factory RIP and calibrated Canon Proofers) and display calibration (ECI RGB for Art, NTSC for Digital Media). *

  • Serves as the Creative Department’s chief liaison to Packaging Development and Operations, in regard to packaging development, decoration specification, packaging and decoration innovation, supplier management, review and approval of QA Standards, etc. *

  • Evaluates product quality submissions from all packaging suppliers for both linemaintenance and new launches, approving or directing quality as necessary via a Product Quality Evaluation (PQE). *

  • Evaluates all suspicious product samples on behalf of Operations and Legal, confirming inauthentic product and providing necessary evidence.

Budgeting and Metrics *
  • Manages the budget of the greater Creative Department (Copy, Design, Visual Merchandising, Production and Digital Media) in regard to both expenditure andanalysis, in partnership with the Creative Vice President. *

  • Maintains ongoing personhour and freelance expenditure metrics and forecasts for all creative workgroups (Copy, Design, Visual Merchandising, Production and Digital Media)

Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS:

Expert attention to detail

Excellent verbal, written and scientific communication skills

Excellent organizational and project management skills

Excellent problem solving and crisis management skills

Expert knowledge of color management and discrimination

Expert use of Mac OS X

Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

Database management experience, preferably FileMaker Pro

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office or comparable

Education and Experience

8 years of print production experience, preferably in the role of Production Director, Creative Services Director, Studio Director or comparable

BFA/BA in Graphic Design or Liberal Arts BA required

Experience on an in-house creative team ideal

Hands-on experience working for a print manufacturer ideal

Expert knowledge of a studio/trafficking workflow, proper pre-press procedure, both fine art and commercial printing materials and methods, and color management principles required

EEO
We are an equal opportunity employer.
Brand: Bumble and bumble

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