Production Manager/Creative Director

SPEEDHORSE Magazine, a 53-year news publication covering the American Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry, is accepting resumes for an immediate full time Production Manager/Creative Director position.  Our present Production Manager has been with SPEEDHORSE for 22 years.  We are looking for a professional who is seeking a permanent career.  Salary is negotiable.

Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Please send all resumes to: john@speedhorse.com and cc: susan@speedhorse.com

 

Production Manager/Creative Director

Seeking a highly motivated and skilled Production Manager/Creative Director for a fast-paced deadline-oriented publication company. Speedhorse Magazine is a multifaceted publication company with several publications in the Quarter Horse racing industry. Must be a team player with the ability to manage multiple projects under strict deadlines.  

Responsibilities include:

Traffic Coordinator & Project Management

      • Manage a detailed production schedule to ensure multiple publication deadlines are met on a monthly basis
      • Supervise daily workflow, assign project workload and monitor deadlines and budgets while prioritizing competing demands with a keen eye for detail
      • Set goals, support team members, monitor overall progress while managing changes to any given project

Production Management

      • Communication with multiple printers assuring each publication is scheduled appropriately
      • Ensure mail deadlines and destinations are met accordingly with events happening in the industry
      • Work with plant operations to ensure efficiencies and correct pagination
      • Check that all files are set up correctly in house, fill out proper paperwork and send files to the printer
      • Keep close communication with the Editor and content going into each publication
      • Stay updated on pricing in the industry, paper hikes, postage costs, making sure we are getting the best price for printing
      • Provide quotes on specialized projects requested by clients/sales reps
      • Understanding of saddle stitch and perfect bind print production and pagination
      • Expert knowledge of print requirements as well as digital and website guidelines

Creative Director & Designer

      • Expert level of graphic design and creative thinking skills
      • Proof ads for content, proper design flow and branding
      • Direct and motivate team to help use their skills effectively
      • Read all edit/ad copy to ensure an understanding of content and the industry as a whole
      • Proof all editorial layouts for fluidity and design to help properly illustrate the story
      • Knowledge of graphic design mechanics and keeping a cutting edge on design fads and software programs
      • Expert understanding of differences between print and digital design requirements
      • Assist clients in resolving issues by responding to questions in a timely and professional manner when needed
      • Ability to respectfully brainstorm ideas and receive/provide constructive feedback from team members

 Website Management

      • Must have working knowledge of CMS software programs (preferably Javelin)
      • Ability to troubleshoot website and communicate with Web Developers when needed
      • Overseeing that the website is maintained and updated

Requirements:

  • A degree in graphic design and minimum 5 years of graphic design experience particularly with an emphasis in print
  • Experience in magazine production management or similar field
  • Expert knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Products and Mac Environment a must
  • Working knowledge of FileMaker Pro, Magazine Manager (or other CRM’s), InSite, FlippingBook Pro and CMS Programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must have the ability to communicate effectively with multiple departments in a fast-paced environment
  • Quick decision making and problem-solving skills with an eye for detail
  • Interest and knowledge in the horse racing industry a plus

Publications:

  • Speedhorse Magazine – 12 issues/monthly
  • Speedhorse Stallion Register/annual
  • Speedhorse Barrel Stallion Register/annual
  • Speedhorse Canada Online Edition/annual
  • New Mexico Horse Breeders Magazine/quarterly
  • OQHRA Directory/annual
  • Random posters/flyers/brochures/digital banners/etc. all throughout the year

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