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Project Manager

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Project Manager

About the Company

Direct Edge Media is a fast paced and quickly growing printing company specializing in digital, offset and large format printing for enterprise, agency and trade printers. If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an environment that values your professional skills, Direct Edge Media has a career path for you. We are currently seeking experienced and professional full-time candidates to join our team.

Job Summary

We are seeking a detail oriented Project Manager with a wide range of print production experience. This includes prepress, small, large and web lithography, large and small format digital, finishing, bindery and fabrication.

Job Responsibilities

  • Planning
    • Create the production specifications, hardware needs and a production plan including researching the best methods of production, materials, and outsource partners  
    • Create any packaging needs/requirements
    • Create an accurate job estimate based on the specifications
    • Create job schedule and get schedule approval from participating stakeholders
  • Communication
    • Write clear, complete and well-organized jobs tickets to communicate requirements from prepress to job completion and delivery
    • Set up and conduct kick off meetings as well as production check in meetings on large or complicated jobs
    • Write and send complete pack-out instructions for jobs that require pack-out
    • Write and send Change-Orders as needed 
    • Obtain and forward tracking information on jobs as needed
    • Provide general updates and check-ins via email, phone calls, and/or in person
  • Vendor Liaison
    • Create job specifications for vendor quotes
    • Create Purchase Order requests for approved vendor estimates 
    • Ensure vendors receive clear and complete information and are set up for on time, successful delivery of their goods and services 
  • Quality Management
    • Request and review prototypes, proofs, press checks, bindery checks, finishing checks, fabrication checks, site surveys and installs
    • Constantly monitoring quality, schedule, and cost 
  • Cost Management
    • Update estimates as needed based on client revisions to specifications
    • Update job estimates as needed during production based on updates/changes during the production of a job 
    • Create purchase order requests for vendor purchases and manage vendor costs updating purchase orders and estimates as needed based on cost changes
    • Reconcile billing on job completion and submit to Sales or Accounting for final billing 
  • Become proficient with the current and future internal estimating and production software to create estimates 
  • Basic file management; download files; set up proper job folder files on the server and provide updates files as needed 
  • Continue to learn/expand print production knowledge; different methods of print production provided by Direct Edge as well as outsourcing any goods or services to the benefit of an assigned project or Direct Edge Media

Key Skills

  • Print production methods, materials, finishing, bindery, fabrication, and installation knowledge
  • Professional and collaborative problem-solver 
  • Highly organized, conscientious and detail oriented
  • Excellent communication skills – verbally and written
  • Ability to work easily as part of a team and/or work independently. 

Experience

  • Basic computer skills – email, PDFs, Excel, Word. 
  • Experience with programs such as Illustrator, InDesign and/or Photoshop
  • Experience working in an advertising agency print production, design firm or printing company