Senior Production Controller, Fiction/HQ/Pavilion Team

HarperCollins Publishers

  • Team: Group Production
  • Salary: Permanent
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 25th Jan 2022 GMT

Perks and benefits

Healthcare
Retirement benefits
Wellness programs
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Professional development
Mentoring/coaching
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

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Job Description

Purpose of the Role

This is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic and talented Senior Production Controller to produce Books for one of the biggest Publishers in the UK for HarperFiction, HQ and the Pavilion teams.

Reporting to the Production Manager, the Senior Production Controller will be working within the Group Production team to produce front-list titles, reprints, co-editions and ebooks.  We’re looking for an experienced individual who will confidently produce the products within the agreed budget, quality and lead-time requirements. As well as strong organisation and communication skills, we’re looking for someone with a creative spark to make contributions to product development and new publishing concepts with a keen eye for detail.  You must be able to work to deadlines and be able to prioritise your workload.

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Control print and digital projects from conception to conclusion, including costing, setting schedules and progress chasing as well as giving input to project specifications. 

  • Maintain accurate records and data within the production system

  • Ensure quality standards are met through quality checking pre-press and printer proofs, final printing materials and finished copies.

  • Ensure products are produced within budget through estimating and maintaining costs (print, paper and bind costs as well as plant costs); negotiating with suppliers; presenting accurate final costs and processing invoices.

  • Maintain communication with the appropriate creative teams through the attendance of weekly progress meetings, where the Senior Production Controller will be expected to advise on schedules and budgets.

  • Manage relationships with internal colleagues and external suppliers, ensuring that information is disseminated throughout the business in a clear and visible manner.

  • Maintain systems such as the Digital Asset Management system and Purchase Order System, ensuring the upload of accurate files and information in a timely manner.

  • Deputise for the Production Manager as appropriate and support other members of the team

 

Skills / Competencies

  • Significant work experience within trade book production, including colour repro and print

  • Working knowledge of ebooks

  • Experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Sound knowledge of technical processes involved in the origination and manufacture of books

  • Very well organised with excellent attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal / relationship building skills

  • Strong IT skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Tools

  • Good numeracy skills and communication skills – both written and oral

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and assist others in team

  • Commercially aware

  • Calm, good-natured individual with the ability to work well under pressure and a flexible, positive approach to problem solving.

 If you wish to discuss anything regarding this position and/or your application to this role, please reach out directly to our Senior Recruitment Manager at Kally.simmonds@harpercollins.co.uk with subject heading ‘Vacancy Query’ plus the job title and we will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

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  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application