Production Manager

Job description

Job Title:

Production Manager

Requisition Number:


Working Title:

Production Director

Department Name:

89004:University Press

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Grade Level:


Salary Range:


Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Required Education:


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Required Related Experience:

4 yrs

Required License/Registration/Certification:


Physical Requirements:

Sitting for long periods, looking at a screen for long periods, lifting books and boxes weighing up to 30 lbs.


Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Job Summary:

The University Press of Kentucky seeks a Production Director to oversee the design, composition, creative vision, and production of all books from visual concept to print and electronic publication for 55-60 titles per year. Production Director supervises two FTE staff plus interns and temporary positions. Manage publication schedules, contract designers and compositors, printing, binding, and shipping suppliers, and archiving and distribution of electronic print and ebook files. Administer work to both in-house and freelance designers and compositors and have thorough knowledge of book design. Supervise all aspects of printing, binding, and shipping from various suppliers. Manage short-run digital printing and ebook conversion programs. Manage production budget and operations, providing or facilitating production expense estimates for individual titles and negotiating with vendors for the best pricing and schedules. Make adjustments in print management plans and strategies as needed in order to control costs, monitoring equipment, pricing, and capacity with vendors.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

Excel, Windows, and database and project management software experience (Filemaker).

Successful candidates will have the ability to manage multiple and overlapping projects and to be an effective manager of resources. The position calls for strong project and schedule management skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others. Candidates should be conversant with printer technologies, have a working knowledge of typography and book design.

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Preferred Education/Experience:

BA degree and four years experience
Driver’s License preferred

Deadline to Apply:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/21/2021
Application Due: 8/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time