Senior Print Producer

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time

Who We Are

We are Mekanism.

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners with some of the world’s best brands, including Ben & Jerry’s, HBO, MillerCoors, Peloton, Facebook, Charles Schwab and Alaska Airlines. Our creative approach to brand building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: Communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

Mekanism has been named to Ad Age’s “Agency A List” and twice to their “Best Places to Work”. We have also been listed on Creativity’s “The Creative 50” and have been recognized by Effie as one of the “Most Effective Independent Agencies”. We have been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and ABC’s Nightline. Mekanism’s campaigns have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories.  Our patented blend of storytelling for emerging media takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off.  What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions.  We are smart, strange, wonderful folks that brave our contentious and often spirited brainstorming sessions to make advertising magic.

The Role

The Production Department at Mekanism is made up of creative, problem- solving ninjas. We know how to get stuff done with grace, professionalism and a sense of humor. We don’t crack under pressure, we have a can-do mindset, are able to multi-task and we play well with others. We can easily produce a large job with many moving pieces and a large budget, as well as find a way to make a production with a small budget look like it cost a million dollars.

 We are looking to add a Senior Print Producer to the team to oversee the development and completion of all print media. You will be handle al stages of the process from initial scheduling, estimating, reviewing projects with creative and brand management, sourcing photographers and managing photo shoots, quality control, prepress, printing, delivery and financial follow-through. Oh and we also produce digital and rich media banners. Experience in the digital arena is a definite plus, but we can get you up-to-speed if a newbie.

 Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Participate in the development of procedural guidelines to ensure compatibility, acceptance and standardization within & outside Mekanism.       
  • Work with brand management, creative team and vendors to translate creative challenges into technical solutions. 
  • Ensures all jobs produced are up to Mekanism’s high creative standards, at the best possible cost and on time to meet client or vendor needs. 
  • Represent Mekanism to clients when called upon to address production issues.
  • Negotiate and/or purchase services cost effectively to meet or exceed client or agency objectives to ensure high quality products and services. 
  • Provide competitive estimates from vendors for all aspects of production. Obtain team, client and/or agency approvals and monitor the actual costs.
  • Develop cost estimates and schedules for needed advertising.
  • Monitor developing trends within print and digital industry.
  • Keep a robust rolodex of local SF and national vendors.
  • Source photographers. 
  • Manage photo shoots, from minimal tabletop to complex, multi-layered, big productions.
  • Monitor vendor adherence to quality, expectations and to tight timelines.
  • Work with the Creative teams to encourage innovative solutions and creative ideas.
  • Partner closely with the Brand Management team to ensure work is produced on strategy and adheres to client's brand guidelines
  • Review and route proofs to assure complete approval before final printing and film distribution to publications.
  • Attend press checks as necessary, individually or with the creative team.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Production Designer, manage electronic transmission of production-stage of jobs to/from client and third-party vendors.
  • With the Senior Production Designer, organize job folders on the server and help manage the archival system. 

 Qualifications

  • You must be awesome and not take yourself too seriously.
  • Have 8+ years experience as a Print Producer with a creatively-driven advertising agency.
  • Experience producing print in all mediums: Newspaper and Magazine Ads, OOH, Point-of-Purchase, and Promotional Pieces.
  • Able to handle multiple projects under tight deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Know your way around a press-room (sheet, web, digital, form, in-line, promotional materials, dimensional)
  • Experience in broadcast, experiential and digital production is a big plus.
  • Have highly developed interpersonal, team building and relationship management skills.
  • Have a solid and resourceful Rolodex of vendors.
  • Be high energy and self motivated with a positive attitude

Apply for this opening at http://mekanism.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk01fvl?apply=true