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Sr. Print Production Manager



Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Merge Storytelling and Technology

MERGE promotes health, wealth and happiness in the world by merging storytelling with technology and offers marketing and technology clients full-service capabilities including strategy, creative communications, experience engineering, performance marketing, media and digital platform development. MERGE has enduring client partnerships with American Express, T-Mobile, LG, Subway, Kate Spade NY, Coach, The North Face, Meta, Adobe, BlueCross BlueShield, Abbott, Astellas, Supernus, CSL, GE Healthcare, Broward Health, Indiana University Health, Nationwide and Morgan Stanley. With 800 employees across offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Montreal, New York City and Los Angeles, MERGE uses a talent-to-task process that enables clients to think higher and feel deeper about their customers. For more information, visit mergeworld.com.

Promote Health, Wealth & Happiness

We are committed to promoting health, wealth, and happiness in the world by partnering with purpose-driven clients in purpose-driven industries such as healthcare, financial services, and consumer products. Our deep vertical expertise and category insights stem from decade-long partnerships with our top clients.

Emerge to the Top of Your Career

At MERGE, we strive to create a superior work experience where talented and ambitious people grow. An experience that encourages people to think higher and feel deeper. An experience where people engage minds and hearts to do the best work of their careers.

As our Sr. Print Production Manager, you will…

Be our subject matter expert (SME) in print-related marketing material development and production.

Be Accountable and Responsible

  • Manages workflow of daily deliverables and ensures deadlines are met
  • Ensure communication flows through all departments (Project Management, Client Service, Creative, Media, and Studio) throughout the course of each campaign/project
  • Develop campaign/project timelines (collaborate with all departments as needed)
  • Facilitate team communication to ensure all project requirements, expectations, deliverables, etc. have been fully outlined and that any outstanding information or needs are addressed
  • Ideate and explore options within budget with Creative and Design teams
  • Estimate projects, including internal time and external resources, as applicable
  • Obtain vendor costs (i.e. OOH/transit production) and submit to the Project Manager for approval through Webvantage/Workfront
  • Obtain specs, material deadlines, examples, and any other pertinent/useful information from outside vendors/publications and share with the internal team
  • Communicate any Studio workload issues to Studio Leadership and Resourcing to determine project reassignment(s) and/or resource need(s)
  • Issue purchase orders to outside vendors as required for a campaign/project (i.e. OOH/transit production)
  • Submit final files to publications & vendors for printing/production/install; Approve proofs when applicable
  • Attend press checks and/or installations, when applicable
  • Route production layouts, vendor proofs, etc. through Project Manager via Webvantage/Workfront
  • Request proof of posting, proof of delivery, samples, etc. from outside vendors and share with the internal team through Webvantage/Workfront
  • Maintain/organize printed sample files during duration of our SOW with client
  • Share observations and continuous progress toward key initiatives during Print Management team meetings

Management Responsibilities

  • Mentors Print Manager (when applicable)

These are the qualifications we’re looking for

  • 8+ years of print production experience, preferably with varied experiences in the advertising agency environment with a breadth of print technologies experience preferred
  • 2 year degree, trade-school, or Bachelor degree in print management, graphic design or related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience with Workfront, WebVantage or other project management platforms are a plus
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong organizational, communication skills, and ability to manage deadlines across multiple assignments
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Can effectively communicate during video conference calls
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace, and Microsoft Office applications
  • When working from home, internet speeds must be 25mb/s UPLOAD minimum in order for our operational tools to perform efficiently



And here’s how we live our values at MERGE

  • Ability. Mastering our craft
  • Agility. Delivering with a growth mindset
  • Humility. Collaborating for shared success

MERGE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

MERGE welcomes and celebrates diversity regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or people with abilities. We believe that the more diverse we are, the more creative our work will be!