Artwork Production Specialist - (Project Management)

City of London, London
£30400 per annum + bonus and holidays
17 Nov 2016
15 Dec 2016
Manpower UK
Job Type
An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our client Unilever are currently recruiting for an experienced Artwork Production Specialist. This is a temporary role to start November 2016 and expected to run for 6 months. The role is based at Unilever's global HQ in Blackfriars, London. The salary for this position is paying £30,400 per annum.

Position Summary
The primary purpose of this position is coordinating packaging artwork projects from design lock through to commercially reproducible mechanical artwork and separations in a timely manner.

This position will be responsible for several brands and categories at the same time. This may be across market clusters or countries. The individual must also coordinate multiple external vendors, with vendors in most cases being outside of their country/region/time zones.

This person will be responsible for initiating and managing projects within the Artwork Management System, and also working within a multifunctional project team to deliver projects on time. They will also provide technical advice and input in the design, artwork and print phase of the project to ensure that brand quality and consistency is maintained through the artwork process.

Manage and be accountable for the timely delivery of Mechanical artwork and separation files to printers/suppliers in order to deliver packaging on a timely basis (OTIF).
Create all projects in the Artwork Management System and manage delivery through this system. Consult with Marketing and cross functional project team on timeline development, manage production process issues and act as first point of contact for external production vendors.
Provide transparency back to Marketing and project leaders regarding progress and timeline compliance of their projects to enable them to follow up with other functional team members for task completion.
Set-up and run pre-production meetings
Approve colour reliable proofs on behalf of Marketing. Approve colour standards
Provide expert guidance and input to Marketing regarding technical requirements for print production and potential challenges; make recommendations.
Check work confirmation in regards to accuracy of content for work performed.
Ensure approved Rate card for costing, and that the PMA (Print Management Agency) receives an order number for work that is being completed following the procure to pay process.

Key Challenges
*Coordinating various projects simultaneously; working with multiple cross-functional team members as well as multiple external vendors.
*Managing the external vendor's compliance within agreed lead time and quality of delivery.
*Ensuring that all PMAs are in compliance with UL standards and guidelines for mechanical artwork creation. (e.g naming convention, software, etc.)
*Manage and report on PMA performance based on UL evaluation criteria
*Functioning as a technical expert / consultant and business partner to Marketing teams from design to artwork to print phase of the process.
*Influencing the improvement to artwork management efficiency through project management, process compliance, visibility of artwork KPI's and ways of working within the team.

Key Skills:
*Significant experience in the area of packaging, print production & management.
*Agency Account Management background highly desirable
*Ideally experience in graphic design, package development
*Strong Project/Process Management experience bringing projects in on time
*Highly computer-literate
*Enjoy working within complex projects
*Competently manage multiple artwork projects at the same