Artwork Production Specialist Location: London, 100ve
Travel: At least once per week to the Leatherhead Head Office Salary: Up to £36,000 + Excellent benefits package, Competitive pensions scheme, bonus scheme, Bupa Healthcare, on site gym, onsite Unilever shop and flexible working arrangements.
The primary purpose of this position is to run the creation and approval of packaging artwork from design lock, through to commercially reproducible mechanical artwork and separations which are handed over to the printer in a timely manner. This person will be responsible for initiating and managing projects using the artwork management system, and also working within a multifunctional and sometimes multinational project team to deliver projects on time, in full.
The position will collaborate with internal teams (such as Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain, Quality, e-Commerce) who provide master design files and pack content, and also external partners (print management agencies, design agencies, printers, etc) who deliver the work in the form of mechanical artwork, pack image albums and printed packaging. As technical experts, they will provide expertise and input into the design, artwork and print phases of the project to ensure that the right levels of approval integrity, brand quality and consistency are maintained throughout the artwork process and supplier printing process. There is also a responsibility to manage the creation of digital pack images and hero images for various channels and touchpoints internally and externally in an ever more digital and connected world.
Il. Position Responsibilities (Expected Work)
Understand the artwork process, roles and responsibilities and how to fit this into the innovation project management process to deliver projects on time and in full.
Understand the Category and Brands you are working on, Brand DNA & guidelines and plans, priorities and volume per year.
Collaborate with marketing and design agencies at the design phase, providing expert guidance and technical inputs to ensure that the design is technically printable before the artwork is routed for internal approval.
Set-up and run pre-production meetings bringing together design agencies, print management agencies, printers and internal stakeholders to ensure that quality and consistency is maintained from artwork to print phase of the process
Ensure that master design files are created according to prescribed toolbox specifications and handed over to the print management agencies correctly, and that the printed artwork matches the design requirements,
Work with marketing to ensure visibility on artwork cost and spend, and that the printed packaging is optimized for cost e.g. print process, number of colours etc
Take accountability for delivery of mechanical artwork and separation files to printers, actively handle issues if/as they arise.
Create and manage projects in the internal artwork management system adhering to Unilever’s defined artwork process.
Lead the delivery of digital pack images following Artwork Excellence process, to the right quality and on time.
Manage internal and external stakeholder expectations for your tasks relating to status, timings and technical expertise.
Ensure that the print management agency follows the approved rate cards and service level agreements, and that responsible procurement and payment procedures are followed, in line with company policy.
Approve color reliable proofs on behalf of marketing to ensure that the proof meets marketing’s expectations.
Sourcing of printer specifications and align them to the defined processes and ways of working.
Approve color standards (1st press pass) if not covered by the print management agency and distribute to the relevant parties if required.
Coordinating multiple projects simultaneously; working with various cross-functional team members as well as multiple external partners.
Work through multi-cultural environment and people / partners in many different countries.
Managing artwork in a continuously changing environment, where timelines are always tight and artwork is always on the critical path for delivery.
Working with a process and online system that requires discipline from others
Managing the external vendor’s compliance within agreed lead time and quality of delivery, compliance to rate card and processes, particularly when they are not co-located in the same country
Influencing the improvement to artwork management efficiency through project management, process compliance, transparency of artwork KPI’s and setting best practice within the team.
Functioning as a technical authority and business partner to Marketing and other functional teams from design to artwork to print phase of the process.
Manage and report on print management agencies performance based on Unilever evaluation criteria.
The scope of the role covers adaptive design, artwork, print management and digital image creation responsibilities.
This position can be responsible for several brands and categories at the same time. This may be across market clusters or countries.
There is no central time zone and therefore the position may have to work in several different environments.
The individual must also coordinate multiple external vendors, also possibly within other time zones.