Production Controller (Books) (Maternity Cover FTC)

To be involved in all aspects of the production process for books and standards, turning accepted typescripts into published books ready for sale and distribution, in both print and digital formats, ensuring all products are produced to the required quality, within budget and on schedule.

Reports to: Editorial & Production Manager, Publishing

Accountable to: Editorial & Production Manager, Publishing

Hours: 35 hours per week, exclusive of meal breaks, plus as many as required to fulfil the needs of the post

Salary/Band: Band B

Location: Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage

Job Summary

To be involved in all aspects of the production process for books and standards, turning accepted typescripts into published books ready for sale and distribution, in both print and digital formats, ensuring all products are produced to the required quality, within budget and on schedule.

To support the development of new products and associated material for all formats of book delivery, and support the Editorial & Production Manager of the publishing department and aid the other Production Controllers as required.

Main Duties and Responsibilities (Not necessarily in priority order)

  • To control the day-to-day production activities relating to IET Standards and books, ensuring timely publication of all titles. Maintain quality through quality control checking. Record all costs relating to production and report on these costs as necessary;
  • Obtain production estimates where necessary for bespoke publications, checking all production components and ensuring specifications are met;
  • Source and select suppliers for all aspects of the book production process, including some responsibility for print buying - operating within agreed purchasing policy, negotiating prices for production, evaluating estimates from suppliers in relation to signed off budget/specification and ordering the necessary services and materials;
  • Maintain excellent working relations with all relevant production suppliers. To source new suppliers when appropriate, conducting meetings and attending site visits as required;
  • Be involved with the administrative procedures of the books programme as required, including re-prints;
  • Attend Academic and Practitioner publishing commissioning meetings to give production input as required;
  • Support the development of new print and digital products and be involved in projects relating to book production or that require production input;
  • Ensure all metadata is captured as required for the various digital outputs and be involved as required in developing and delivering current and future digital outputs;
  • Other production and editorial work as required and any other duties and projects at the request of the Line Manager;
  • Comply with data protection legislation and act responsibly on matters of data disclosure both internally and to third parties;
  • Keep up to date on Health and Safety and Fire policies for the organisation and attend mandatory updates where required.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Good knowledge of the whole print and publishing production process (within a books environment), and at least 2 years' in-house production experience working on a range of mono and colour titles;
  • Prior use of industry-standard techniques and conventions;
  • Ability to understand technical material and to produce clear and accurate English to the highest editorial standards with high attention to detail;
  • Competent to deal with problems of varying complexity with minimum guidance and supervision;
  • Good communication skills (sizeable degree of contact with authors and suppliers);
  • Good problem-solving and communication skills;
  • Organisational skills to ensure that production tasks are brought to fruition in time to meet the publication schedule.Must be flexible and responsive to late changes in distribution and printing requirements;
  • Required to make non-routine decisions in absence of the Editorial & Production Manager where time is crucial.

Desirable

  • Knowledge and experience of xml in an online Publishing environment;
  • Experience of DTP packages and graphics formats;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Project.

 

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