Susquehanna Printing Company- Lead Pre-Press Production Specialist
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Susquehanna Printing Company is looking for a Lead Pre-Press Production Specialist to join our team! The Lead Pre-Press Production Specialist will be primary responsibility for fully understanding and supporting the Pre-Press department and company goals, policies and procedures. Lead, support and direct the Pre-Press staff and fill in for the Prepress Supervisor as needed. In addition to leading, they will maximize the efficiency of production in the Pre-Press department, systematically paginating all classified sessions accurately and Building display ads using InDesign in Xpance. The Lead Pre-Press Production Specialist will be responsible for typing accurate ad copy, processing and editing supplied digital files to meet press specs, and accurately proofreading to assure that final advertising copy, photos, and graphics match customer supplied material. Also responsible for efficiently editing existing ads to specs sent by sales staff.

Why work with us?

We know that employees are a business’s greatest asset and the primary driver of success. We are committed to attracting and retaining people who are bright, curious, flexible, and energetic, to ensure our progress for the next 225 years.

As a team member at Susquehanna Printing Company, you’ll enjoy:

  • 4 weeks PTO to start (pro-rated for first year)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Benefits: medical, prescription, dental, vision, short-term disability, basic life insurance
  • 401(k) with Company Match
  • Wellness program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental leave program

About Us:

Susquehanna Printing is part of a long tradition of printing in Lancaster County, beginning in the mid-1860s. Our long-standing expertise in printing continues to this day, as Susquehanna Printing produces the daily LNP newspaper and four local weekly newspapers, plus tabloids, books, and periodicals for businesses throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Susquehanna Printing is part of Steinman Communications.

Susquehanna Printing has expanded its business to include state-of-the-art solutions for scheduling, layout, digital printing, inserting, binding, direct mail, and quality control.

Susquehanna Printing is conveniently located right off the Greenfield exit on Route 30. There is access to countless shops and restaurants within minutes and easy access to major cities in the Central PA area such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Susquehanna Printing Essential Job Functions (Full Description):

  • Perform all leadership responsibilities and functions associated within the Pre-Press department. Responsibilities include motivating and coaching the staff to be Great Every Day. Addressing complaints and resolving issues.
  • Ability to direct staff in proper “work flow” procedures.
  • Assist Manager and Supervisor in employee performance evaluations, including Performance Improvement Plans as needed.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Performs tasks in a safe and efficient manner, immediately addressing any safety issues or deficiencies that may arise.
  • Understand and meet all deadlines in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Stays abreast of trends, industry changes, technological and operational updates that impact pre-press functions.
  • Projects a professional, positive and enthusiastic image while performing daily duties.
  • Look outside the box for creative solutions to everyday problems, using good judgment and making logical decisions, using troubleshooting skills.
  • Work closely with IT department to implement new procedures or update current ones.
  • Create compelling, clean, accurate, error-free ads in a timely manner. Reading and following supplied layouts with detailed instructions or sometimes with minimal or incomplete information while being creative.
  • Set/type advertising copy
  • Proofread files understanding proofreader marks, checking spelling and grammar for accuracy
  • Process electronic data (PDF, JPG, TIF, EPS, etc.) provided by customers via email, FTP sites, websites or supplied disks
  • Proficiently tone electronic color and B&W photos including quality cut outs as needed
  • Work with customer supplied files so they reproduce properly in the paper
  • Ability to edit customer supplied PDFs in Acrobat and or Pitstop
  • Identify potential print problems and or errors, prior to the files being published
  • Operate scanners on both Mac & PC platform
  • Make suggestions to improve policies/procedures
  • Type Mailbox Markets into web forms and Auction Registers using classified data entry
  • Run reports to assist in classified pagination
  • Work with e-mail, websites or FTP sites, such as but not limited to, downloading artwork for ads or comics/puzzles for editorial
  • Assist the Pre-Press department in other responsibilities to assure that all publications are produced in accordance with established production timelines
  • Report to work on-time, work full shift and work overtime as needed
  • Able to work a varied schedule, days and times based on anticipated departmental workloads
  • Handle multiple responsibilities in a deadline driven, team environment

Customer Service

  • Communicate effectively both in oral and written form with Management, Pre-Press staff, LNP, Lancaster Farming and LCW Sales Staffs on a daily basis to assure that the daily and weekly responsibilities are completed accurately and on time.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Strive to be great every day while possessing the highest standards of integrity.

What are we looking for?

  • Degree in graphic arts or significant related experience
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Minimum of three years Graphic Arts experience required
  • Understanding of both Mac and PC operating systems
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Quark and Acrobat with Pitstop
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office Software preferred
  • Ability to learn proprietary production/pagination software
  • Strong interpersonal, multi task oriented, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to successfully lead a team in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Wishes to work in a business environment in which every employee seeks to be great every day
  • Good working knowledge of color theory and be able to convert that theory into practice
  • Good color vision as demonstrated by successful passing of color acuity test
  • Hard copy proofreading experience preferred with proficiency in English language
  • Typing ability for ad copy

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