Robert Half The Creative Group Production Artist in North York, Ontario

POSITION SUMMARY The purpose or objective of the role. A Senior Production Designer is responsible for building accurate pre-press ready packaging artwork in an efficient and timely manner and to ensure all artwork adheres to client/brand standards and is delivered on time, on budget and to the highest quality standards. A Senior Production Designer must keep up-to-date with Canadian and USA government package labelling regulations and have a thorough knowledge of the various printing processes (ie: flexo, litho, gravure, dry offset, letterpress, etc.). Retouch images at an advanced level to customer/designer expectations. ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES The key responsibilities, accountabilities, and objectives of the position. Include the percentage of time dedicated to each and list in descending order. Include all working relationships. 35% creating production art files 35% Advanced retouching of images 10% internally circulating artwork and consulting directly with Designers, Account Manager and Creative Director 10% revising production files and maintaining paper and digital files 10% releasing final art files, checking pre-press proofs, checking supplied dielines Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Build accurate prepress ready packaging artwork in an efficient and timely manner.

  • Utilize thorough knowledge of all print processes (flexo, litho, gravure, dry offset, letterpress, etc.) and how specific print process affects execution of final artwork

  • Advanced retouching of high resolution images in Photoshop, as required for projects in the studio

  • Convert CMYK images to spot colour DCS files as required

  • Create digital 3D images of packages as required

  • Colour management of digital hi-res images with emphasis on how they will translate across various print processes

  • Review random/pre-press proofs of hi-res images/packaging artwork

  • Offer technical solutions to colour and composition issues as they arise

  • Manage and organize paper production file and electronic files within the company server

  • Adhere to Government Packaging Regulations, for both Canada and USA, for both food and non-food labelling

  • Follow client brand style guides and maintain consistent files

  • Ability to find creative solutions for complex layouts while adhering to client style guides.

  • Make logical and creative decisions when working on complex layouts

  • Take direction from the Production Manager, Account Manger and Creative Director and keep management team abreast of project status

  • Review artwork being released with Creative Director or Associate Creative Director and Account Manager Additional requirements as needed:

  • Check received dielines to ensure they are usable for production. Report any problems and suggested solutions to appropriate account personnel.

  • Liason with in-house personnel regarding production issues.

  • Liason with pre-press companies, printing companies and clients regarding production issues.

  • Releasing of final files to pre-press company or printer. Check and correct in order to ensure files being sent out are clean and technically correct.

  • Check department artwork for print production, brand standards and legal requirements when Production Manger is unable to do so.

  • Locate and print any reference artwork of previous files for required projects to ensure consistency across skus.

The Creative Group, a Robert Half company, specializes in placing highly skilled marketing, advertising, design, interactive and public relations professionals on a project and full-time basis with advertising and public relations agencies, Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-sized firms. We are faster at finding you work because of our strong network. We reach out to over 12,000 creative and marketing hiring managers each week. In addition to our free job search services, we provide our candidates with access to online skills training and a competitive benefits and compensation package.

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Req ID: 05090-0008924733

Functional Role: Production Artist

Country: Canada

State: ON

City: North York

Postal Code: M3B 2T5

Compensation: $75,000.00 to $95,000.00 per year

Requirements: Creative Suite, Photo Retouching