Bedford/St. Martin's is a leading publisher of college textbooks in the disciplines of English, History, Communication, Business and Technical Writing, Philosophy, Religion, and Music. Please visit us on the web at www.bedfordstmartins.com for additional information. Bedford/St. Martin's was originally two separate divisions of St. Martin's Press, Inc. consisting of the St. Martin ’s Press College Division and Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press. The two companies merged and became Bedford/St. Martin's in 1998. Bedford Books was founded in 1981 by Charles Christensen. The St. Martin ’s Press College Division was founded much earlier. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Position Description :
Oversees first-printing prepress and manufacturing activities of one-, two-, and some four-color college textbooks and their ancillaries (including digital derivatives and also media ancillaries).
Ensures final project files are uploaded to archive.
- Coordinates and oversees all phases of production and manufacturing for college textbooks, components, and ancillaries (such as access cards, DVDs, print manuals).
- Collaborates with Production Editor to create schedules. Monitors progress and makes schedule changes as needed.
- Collaborating with Production Editorial, traffics, and sometimes reviews, production materials (e.g., manuscript to composition, sample page material, design samples, art and photo proofs, page proofs).
- Negotiates with vendors. Communicates project details to vendors (compositors and printers), including: schedule, book specifications, budgets.
- Troubleshoots technical issues with editors and vendors; provides solutions to problems.
- Creates, reviews, and submits manufacturing purchase orders. Supervises submission of final files for printing. Coordinates details of print and bind schedules with printers and sends final files to the printer.
- Oversees distribution of project files through defined distribution channels (e.g., PDF e-books, ePub e-books, extensible e-books, accessible digital files, etc.)
Required Skills / Knowledge:
- Strong organizational and communication skills; attention to detail – accurate and thorough; work well under deadlines; ability to set priorities effectively; flexibility to adapt as new tasks develop in response to changes in technology or market.
Minimum four years of book production/manufacturing experience. Educational publishing background a plus. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel and Word. Knowledge of InDesign a plus. Good math skills. Graphic Arts background helpful.
Educational Background Required:
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