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Senior Design Manager

1 Position Available

Leisure Arts has an opening to work with a trusted brand, leveraging your design skills to take them to the next level, as we see innovation being a key proponent of future growth. The Senior Design Manager will support the publication design and packaging growth vision for an industry leader in Craft publishing. The role will be responsible for directing and defining key publication design and packaging activities for the category to win with our key retailers. Position requires creative project management experience and ability to effectively collaborate with key internal teams including; Marketing, Product Development, Editorial Production, Sourcing, and Sales, as well as in-house design, creative and production staff.

Benefits

Competitive salary with exceptional benefit package offered.

Requirements

  • 7+ years in illustrated book publishing, candidates with experience in product/package design strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional knowledge of current trends in design, typography and illustrated book layout
  • At least 5 years design management experience within a design and packaging team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Art, Graphic Design, Advertising or relevant field, such as Visual Communication
  • Demonstrated skills using Adobe CC programs (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Strong knowledge of the retail environment and consumer engagement strategies
  • Industrial design and product development experience, a plus
  • Knowledge of both on and offline communications, what works, what doesn’t and what is leading edge, a plus

Responsibilities

A successful candidate:

  • He/she will contribute to driving the vision of the publication and packaging design reporting to Creative Director/Production Director. To include: packaging, publications, promotions, web site, and private label development ensuring a consistent level of quality
  • Collaborate and/or guide the work of (internal/external) designers in the development of primary and secondary packaging to establish winning retail shelf presence for the category and responsible brands
  • Source, hire, and direct freelance photographers and designers — negotiate rates and access incoming work. Art direct photo shoots as needed.
  • Leads packaging creative reviews and develop recommendations based on agreed upon creative strategy and design brief
  • Utilizes brand strategy guidelines and help create and extend the brand standards
  • Develops creative solutions turning ideas into products that resonate and attract customers
  • Internal liaison with key departments ensuring messaging is consistent and effectively represents the brand
  • Demonstrates an ability to strategically connect consumer insights, cultural and market trends and business needs to deliver breakthrough design strategies for the business
  • Observes design, aesthetic and color trends in the marketplace among competition on a regular basis and outlines implications for the business
  • Manage schedules and budgets to ensure that projects are delivered on time and according to p/l.
  • Identifies cost-saving and waste-elimination opportunities with an eye towards continual improvement and value creation

Contact

Send resume and cover letter:

Postal Mail

Human Resources
104 Champs Blvd., STE 100
Maumelle, AR 72113

Phone

No phone calls please.

Leisure Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Purchasing Agent

1 Position Available

The role of the Purchasing Agent is to negotiate with vendors to purchase imported and domestically manufactured product/books to meet customer demand. The Agent will manage multiple projects with a large volume of SKUs, while driving continuous cost reduction and risk mitigation. The Agent will work closely with the Sales team to ensure vendor compliance on all products, as well as compliance on supplier standards.

Benefits

Competitive salary with exceptional benefit package offered.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related field
  • Must have exceptional skills in negotiation to meet cost and lead time targets
  • Excellent knowledge of paper, finishes, and add-ons (print)
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in the publishing industry or purchasing for a big box retailer a plus
  • Candidate must be detail oriented and ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Access
  • Knowledge of IBM iSeries a plus
  • Experience in print buying preferred

Core Competencies:

  • Ethical Conduct
  • Effective Communicator
  • Collaboration
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Decision Making

Responsibilities

A successful candidate:

  1. Purchasing agent for proprietary products and books.
    1. Maintain fill rates at 100% in accordance with Management team guidance
      1. Review critical reports to ensure that we meet customer demand
    2. Manage activities involved with procuring our products including but not limited to:
      1. Prepare purchase orders
      2. Work closely with suppliers to determine product availability, lead times, and delivery schedules.
      3. Maintain item maintenance in AS400
      4. Review invoices for accuracy & submit to A/P in a timely manner
      5. Monitor customer ship/cancel dates
      6. Monitor fill rate metrics
      7. Ensure all compliance and testing requirements are met according to the vendor compliance guide.
  2. Continuous cost reduction
    1. Create a systematic RFP process for the Leisure Arts print business
    2. Negotiate prices with printer & suppliers to meet buyer suggested retails for publications and products.
    3. Identify & request pricing scales for new printing sources.
    4. Work closely with Finance and Sales to ensure P&L results are acceptable.
    5. Continue to identify & drive cost reduction on products throughout the product life cycle.
  3. Maintain strong relationships across departments
    1. Must work closely with the operations team to coordinate delivery of products and books.
    2. Clearly communicate priority shipments to operations team.
    3. Work in tandem with Customer Service to understand the forecast for critical items, and communicate any issues in advance.
    4. Work closely with Editorial team to ensure complete understanding of product specification when sending out RFQs, as well as ensuring delivery dates/production schedules are aligned.
    5. Work closely with the Finance team to identify potential excess inventory and recommend items to be closed out.

Contact

Send resume and cover letter:

Postal Mail

Human Resources
104 Champs Blvd., STE 100
Maumelle, AR 72113

Phone

No phone calls please.

Leisure Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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