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Manage the design studio and ensure the smooth running of the production teams’ workflow and administrative processes.
Oversee the pipeline of work across programme titles, Red, Blue, Yellow and Green, allocating resource and budget according to priority. Maintain production schedules, tracking peak periods and resourcing accordingly.
Manage project budgets, conducting timely reconciliations with Director of Operations and finance teams. Conduct quarterly and annual reforecasts with manager. Track budgets as assigned and be fluent in software such as SAP.
Maintain accurate records of materials produced for Trade Shows, making recommendations for efficiencies and ensuring that all design related material is produced on time and to budget.
Ensure that the scheduling tool is used accurately, that all bookings are kept up to date, any potential issues are highlighted and that there is accurate electronic representation and documentation reflecting the department’s activity.
Maintain a black book of freelance contacts including specialists across creative, design, production, operations, digital & social, trade & experiential, planning and post production.
Oversee all print buying for the department ensuring that best prices are obtained and bulk ordering is employed to keep costs down. Work with the design and creative teams to ensure the best print solutions are sought to complement the design strategy per project.
Oversee the production and fulfilment of assets for digital clients ensuring they are serviced with the required contractual materials in order to facilitate and encourage promotional activity.
Maintain an overview within the business of all digital deals both in the pipeline and current.
Oversee the production and fulfilment of assets to support Sales.
Duties include managing artwork timings in relation to manufacturing scheduling, managing the relationship with Production, Printing specialists as well as art work production.
Providing design resource and management for all campaigns, work closely to forward plan production, sourcing the appropriate design resource and delivering the work on time and to budget.
Be a guardian of the brand. Work with brand teams and brand managers to ensure that all artwork produced follows brand guidelines and making changes where necessary.
Excellent Design Management experience of workflows, kit, capabilities and specialisms.
Experience in putting together complex timelines in Excel, live tracking and communicating consequences of changes to a variety of relevant parties. The ability to put contingency planning in place and mitigate risk.
Proactive, always looking to streamline production, make efficiencies, avoid duplication. Not afraid to put a case together for better and more focussed workflows.
Run budgets with transparency, managing risks and escalating concerns.
Able to balance the creative goals with the principle of efficient and well planned production.
Client facing, articulate, able to reference service level agreements and business requirements.
Experience of working with external Design and Creative agencies including procuring favourable rates and ensuring transparency of budgets and timelines.
Be an excellent stakeholder manager with project management tools at your disposal. Be an excellent communicator, positive but realistic with the ability to judge the appropriate way to communicate problems according to the audience.
Experience of managing teams and providing motivational leadership. Experience of running 1-1s,development reviews, disciplinary reviews and measures and identifying training programmes.
Calm under pressure and skilled in managing peak periods in the lead up to markets.
Expert knowledge of the print industry with print-buying experience.
Experience in using Traffic management software for global campaigns desirable.
Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
Mac literate, with Quark, Illustrator, InDesign, Freehand, Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Word Skills.
Substantial experience operating at a senior level in a media environment or creative agency.
Free Job description Studio Manager
This role is responsible for planning, managing, tracking and delivering all work that comes into the Design Studio. Working closely with the Executive Creative Director, the Studio Manager will have a clear understanding of the requirements of the business in order to plan multiple work-streams, balancing the creative vision and objectives with running an efficient, lean and effective team.
They will be part of the vision for creating outstanding experiential events that promote key shows and bring new audiences.
This person will take a pivotal role in the production of printed and online sales materials, allocating budget according to priority and ensuring that all design collateral is delivered to the keys events on time and on budget.
This role will oversee all central branding campaign design projects, sourcing talent, overseeing pipeline and meticulously planning the productions to ensure a successful delivery.
In addition, the Studio Manager will manage the pipeline and delivery of existing and new Digital Platforms and Consumer Products DVD Artwork.