Department head of two national plants running centralised Origination and Prepress for commercial and book-work print manufacturer.

Responsibility Overview

  • Manage and co-ordinate all front-end electronic material input and proofing functions
  • Ensure optimal use of all available resources
  • Monitor and measure efficiency of output processes, staff and equipment
  • Implement and promote best practises in all functions to ensure accurate and efficient throughput of hardcopy and electronic material
  • Monitor and review financial performance based on profitability and income generating services
  • Motivate self-growth and cross-skill team members where applicable
  • Eliminate spoilage and waste throughout all origination areas
  • Maintain high standards in areas of client service, quality and innovation
  • Constantly undertake to reduce operational costs
  • Drive the correct use of MIS systems and associated tools
  • Monitor, review and update production procedures
  • Institute corrective action when required in accordance labour policy

Resources Management

Staff compliment 30-40

  • DTP Operators
  • Prepress Technicians
  • Design Studio
  • Typesetters
  • Proof Readers
  • Retail Build Team
  • Retail Photographers

Hardware and Software (includes managing supplier services)

  • Electronic / PDF Workflow and related file servers
  • Kodak Prinergy + Preps + Insite (Online Proofing)
  • Mac and Windows workstations - running Adobe Creative Suite
  • Computer to plate (Heidelberg Topsetter, Kodak Lotem and Trendsetter)
  • Formeproofers for imposed sheets (HP and Epson)
  • Epson Stylus running EFI colour managed proofing (ISO 12647-7) - on board X-Rite spectrophotometer
  • Heidelberg Topaz x 2 + Maxtec + Epson desktop A3 Scanners
  • Xerox High-speed document scanners

Special Projects

  • Variable Data Applications
  • Digital Library Systems
  • Retail Image Library Management
  • Outsourcing of specialised projects
  • Staff and client training - file preparation, health-checking, online proofs, client print academy sessions
  • Management (Manco) Annual Function Committee
  • Company Team-building Committee
  • Sales Executive briefing and account pitch support for front-end solutions - local and national client visits

Responsible for Origination Services