Creative Production Manager

JD Finish LineinIndianapolis, IN

As a lead member of the creative team, you will be the champion for establishing production solutions for both JD and Finish Line. As a Production Manager, you lead by example to guide the team of production artists and freelancers to execute established creative direction and brand standards across a multitude ofchannels.

You are meticulous and possess a superb design sensibility with an obsession for details. You are a master of the print and digital production process and quick learner that can understand and translate the technicalities required to lead the production of design for placements throughout our extensive fleet of stores and digitalproperties.

In this role, you lead an essential and integrated pillar of the creative team working directly with Creative Directors, Art Directors, Sr. Project Managers and Designers with deep focus on effectively producing design executions with efficiency and quality. As a leader you know how to provide clear concise direction, inspire your team, foster innovation, promote collaboration and manage performance. As a direct contributor, you know how to work alongside your team to meet the continued demand of the business. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Lead, inspire and mentor team of production artists and freelancers

  • Work alongside Creative Director, Art Directors and Coordinators to develop successful project plans.

  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date understanding of store formats, placement sizes and specifications across both Finish Line and JD Stores.

  • Be hands on with extending and executing established design direction for print and digital placement across channels including retail store, site, social, email, blog and app

  • Primary point of contact for external print production vendor to produce retail experiences for flagship and balance of chain stores.

  • Create layouts and placements with Brand Partner created assets and visual centers

  • Execute recurring and seasonal priority programs with previously established design / templates including sale, Affiliate, App, launch product notifications and corporate requests.

  • Manage and support the completion of cross channel executions for seasonal campaigns, key programs and initiatives based on size of scope for placements.

  • Responsible for upholding and quality assurance with print pre-production and production details, specifications and delivery including uploading final production files to partner sites / servers.

  • Oversee and complete store fulfillment and standard visual merchandising requests including prototyping, testing and implementing new or updated store/ print formats and materials.

  • Work with brand design teams to maintain brand standards with up to date guidelines, specifications and templates.

  • Work in collaboration with creative coordinators and external production partners to ensure projects are delivered on time and on spec.

  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise with both the creative team and print production partners.

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or a combination of the experience listed below. Internal JD Finish Line experience strongly preferred.

  • Experience leading a team of production artists

  • Mastery of the print production process including materials and substrates

  • Solid understanding of the digital production process and formats including mobile and app

  • 5+ years of print production experience

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Expert knowledge and proficiency of Adobe Creative Suite

  • Bonus points for basic knowledge of Adobe Premier and/or After Effects

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit for more than 6 hours per shift

  • Use hands to finger, handle and feel

  • Reach with hands and arms

  • Talk and/or hear

  • Walk or move from one location to another

  • Occasionally may need to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch

  • Lift and/or move up to 10 pounds regularly and up to 25 pounds occasionally

  • Punctuality and regular attendance consistent with the company's policies are required for this position.

  • Average work week is 40-45 hours, which can vary depending on business need.

  • The work environment for this position is a moderately noisy office setting.

The company reserves the right to modify this job description with or without notice. Employees may be asked to perform additional duties outside of normal job scope on a temporary basis per company policy.

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