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Design Production Manager - National Geographic

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 852249BR Location Washington, DC, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Aug. 30, 2021

Job Summary:

Oversees and coordinates all back-end production/design work for Nat Geo Books. Liaises with vendors, production managers, managing editor to coordinate assignments and release all files to ensure compliance with vendor requirements. Maintain library of approved covers and final printer archives of interiors. Reports to the Director, Creative.


  • Work with the Creative Director to direct, assign, coordinate, execute, and review all back-end production/design assignments for the division. Assignments may include preflighting of all release files; style chapter reviews and master template building; flowing of copyedited manuscripts; placing of linking low resolution images; readying of final release files; uploading files to the softproofing management systems; reviewing and correcting digital blue lines; reviewing files for quality and trouble-shooting issues; creating and maintaining style and design guides for the division, and dispensing these to the freelance designers as necessary.
  • Mentor, manage, and oversee the schedule of freelance designers/production artists to best achieve file delivery on time and to the highest level of quality. Hire, write contracts, and supervise freelance design production specialists as necessary on a project-by-project basis. Communicate Nat Geo Books prepress standards to freelance designers and art directors, transfer files, build style templates, preflight, correct, and release all files to various prepress vendors and printers.
  • Direct the liaising between Production Services and Art/Photo departments. Direct all SPM-related communication, including the downloading and uploading of release files, images, templates, the notification of in-house and freelance designers and photo editors of file transfers and availability, troubleshooting problems or missing items for vendors, etc.
  • Oversee the maintenance of a library of latest, approved covers on the server until final printer versions are available to the Marketing Group. Direct and oversee the various requests for cover or interior layouts for Marketing, Communications, Sales, etc.
  • Step in as back-up support to Nat Geo Books design team as needed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5-8 years working experience as a high-level production artist in a book-publishing environment; background in prepress or with a printer preferred.
  • Ability to work with printer templates in a variety of different measurements (metric, picas, inches, decimal inches) and convert back and forth; ability to extrapolate word counts and apply them to page castoffs.
  • Knowledge of digital file quality and specifications needed for publication. In-depth knowledge of color correction process, pre-press technology and 4-color printing knowledge required. Troubleshooting ability and managerial experience a plus.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Highly organized and schedule oriented.
  • Exceptional portfolio showing design capability and design program depth, focused on InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s preferably in Graphic Design

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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