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Production Designer

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • San Francisco

Weldon Owen, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA is seeking an original, enthusiastic and out-of-the-box thinking production designer to join our team. Reporting to the creative director of Weldon Owen, the production designer helps to produce high quality cookbooks and visually driven lifestyles titles in a variety of formats, ranging from impulse gift books to high-end, authoritative reference works. The working environment is fast-paced, always evolving, and highly collaborative, requiring a creative and flexible team player who is always willing to pitch in.

A role at Bonnier Publishing is an opportunity to be a part of a different story. There are no other major publishers like us. Everything we do is underpinned by our group values; we live and breathe them in everything we do.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Helping to guide the majority of our 100+ book titles per year through to completion.
  • Working with publishers, editors, designers and production team to maintain schedules, trouble-shooting and renegotiating deadlines as needed to ensure final product deliveries meet overall internal and external needs
  • Routing files through production cycles, trafficking files through approval rounds internally and externally and providing final assets for internal and external use.
  • Providing technical assistance to design team, reviewing final files and is responsible for making sure files are routed to printer.
  • Managing all pre-press checks and preparing ozalids, creating CTP pdfs and transferring files to printer.
  • Maintaining top standards for files, printed product, and archives.
  • Working with freelancers to make sure they properly set up and supply files, adjusting and correcting files in house as necessary.
  • Working with production department to ensures all specifications are being adhered to.
  • Organizing reprint corrections with production, design & editorial teams.
  • Ensuring that ISBN and pricing and logos used are correct and in line with our standards.
  • Providing design services and overall support for art directors and creative director.
  • Creating various marketing and promotional materials including print, online, signage for company and specific book titles as well as our marketing catalogs.
  • Reworking designs to accommodate unexpected shortfalls or overages in content.
  • Conducting photo research.
  • Helping Art Directors prepare mood boards to commission illustration and photography.
  • Reworking existing designs for co-editions.
  • Helping to manage design interns.
  • Managing external hard drives for the design teams.

Skills & Requirements

What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • Organization: the consistent ability to juggle multiple large and small design and administrative aspects of long-term projects, efficiently tracking progress, negotiating evolving deadlines, and maintaining up-to-date schedules.
  • Production-oriented focus: an eagle eye for consistency, understanding of print production processes, and ability to trouble-shoot files and mark up proofs for color correction. A strong knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is essential. A working understanding of Word, Excel, and other standard applications is also useful.
  • Adaptability: is equally comfortable working in files or delegating such work to interns and outside freelancers.
  • Collaboration: happy to work with a variety of personality types and can respond constructively to feedback from team members, authors, clients, and sales teams.
  • Resourcefulness: meeting creative challenges head on and finding innovative solutions to budget or time constraints.
  • Visual strength: a good sense of typography and layout, and an eye for beautiful imagery.
  • Editorial savvy: experience developing multi-page editorial content for magazines and/or books, and is curious and interested in food & drink trends and topics.
  • Confidence: enjoys the production involved in creating beautiful books, and is consistently able to improve and push projects forward despite challenging deadlines and client needs

What you didn’t know about the team:

Bonnier Publishing USA is the new kid on the Bonnier Publishing block, and we're growing fast! This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of one of the most exciting opportunities in publishing worldwide.

Applying to join our team:

Please apply via our website with your CV detailing your salary expectations. We’d love to know more about you than just what’s on your CV, so feel free to send a letter, video or comic monologue whatever showcases your passion for our company and the work you’d be doing and we’ll view it.

Great Place to Work

  • Competitive Salary

  • Working with a team of passionate, talented people

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Employer paid disability and life insurance

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Generous vacation allotment

About the company

Founded in 1984, Weldon Owen US is a high-quality, non-fiction, adult book publisher specializing in producing innovative, richly illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of food and drink, sports and fitness, popular science, craft and design, and popular culture for the global market, delivering approximately 70+ books a year. We illustrate great ideas, break down complex skills so anyone can learn them, and entertain and inspire along the way a wide range of readers' passions, be they practical, creative, adventurous, or all-out fun.







Laura Grillo | Hiring Manager

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Weldon Owen

San Francisco
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