Published Job Title: Production Editor
Published Division/Department: Heinemann
Requisition #: 5533
State/Province/County: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Percentage of Travel: 0 - 10%
Position Type: Full Time - Regular
Shift: 1st Shift
Interest Category: Production
Heinemann is a publisher of professional development resources and a provider of educational services for teachers, kindergarten through college. Our authors are exemplary educators eager to support the practice of other teachers through books, videos, workshops, online courses, and most recently through explicit teaching materials. Our commitment to our work and customers' enthusiastic response to our offerings has made us the leading publisher in this area. Our passion for publishing works by professionals for professionals also informs our trade publishing, which includes books for theatre professionals, general books on education, and quality works of world literature. The Production Editor is responsible for implementing and monitoring the complete editorial production of assigned print and electronic products, from manuscript to final publication, ensuring that all projects meet quality standards; author, content, and editorial/marketing vision and expectations; budgeted costs; and agreed schedules. Responsibilities include: • Plans, implements, and monitors the complete prepress and production for assigned titles (6–14 per year). Works closely with Editorial, Marketing, and Manufacturing, and other functional areas across the business to identify and meet project, author, and market needs; accuracy; and quality standards. Develops and communicates effectively with, and maintains strong professional relationships with authors, interpreting all stages of production process to authors; evaluating, integrating, and communicating their feedback. • Creates and monitors production schedules to meet required publication dates, overseeing production workflow with authors, editors, freelancers, marketing, and manufacturing; reviews, routes, and prepares for final release text and cover files to manufacturing; and reviews and routes all stages of proof through publication. • Prepares and solicits competitive composition and prepress (designers, copyeditors, proofreaders, outside production management services, illustrators, photographers, translators) project bids; assigns and communicates project specifications to outside vendors and negotiates fees; originates and tracks vendor contracts and purchase orders. • Schedules and facilitates cross-functional cover and interior design concept meetings, assigns and liaisons with appropriate freelance and inhouse designers, presents design sketches to in-house book team and authors, and communicates revisions as needed to designer. Works closely with Design Director to ensure fullest content support through design development, planning, and implementation. • Works with manufacturing print buyers to create, develop, and refine project cost estimates, based on budget goals developed with and communicated to book teams and managers; approves and routes supplier invoices; provides accurate final costs within the month of publication; distributes complimentary copies to approved list. • Coordinates with video and technology developers and producers, managing schedules; design; accompanying print product; and overall project development, coordination, and vision; across all participating functional areas. • Ensures accurate, timely, and full data and design/content cross-purposing access across companying, updating databases and content/graphic-design files, as well as posting required material to external sales channels (eg, Amazon.com). Provides monthly status reports. • Provides production support including copyediting, proofreading, and layout/design consultation: to marketing group for biannual catalogs and ongoing promotional material, for assigned titles; and across the company for a variety of miscellaneous projects as needed. • Stays current with market and industry trends, developments, and technologies by participating in workshops and seminars and by reading professional literature. • Assists Production Manager as needed.
Requirements Bachelor’s degree required. Excellent language, people, and project management skills. Ability to multitask; prioritize workload; and identify potential problems, creative alternatives and options; and effectively implement solutions. Must be detail oriented, but able to embrace big-picture vision and work independently while maintaining strong intra- and interdepartmental communication. Occasional travel to outside vendors and assistance at conferences. Minimum Knowledge Required: Thorough knowledge of book publication process. Experience with electronic production. Experience (years): Three to five years experience in editorial production of books, preferably in the educational market. Technology/Software Skills: Fluency with Excel, Microsoft Word required (cross-platform a plus). Experience with common desktop publishing (InDesign, Quark) and graphic (Photoshop, Illustrator) applications, and with a spectrum of file delivery formats and procedures (.tiff, .jpg, .pdf, FTP, markup language, etc.) strongly preferred.
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