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Traffic Manager/Design and Production Assistant

Gunderson Direct Inc. Hayward, CA
  • Expired: 6 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Traffic Manager, Production Artist, Production Assistant

This position is a hybrid role that involves working with our creative team and account executives to coordinate, plan and execute a variety of projects from conception to print. The right candidate will have the skills necessary to help prepare printer files and gather project specifications for direct mail. This role will be right for you if you thrive on process, pride yourself on organization, and can effortlessly shift from one task to the next, juggling project details, deadlines, and next steps. Ideally you’re a team player who appreciates having a variety of responsibilities.

Traffic Manager ~40%

  • Act as centralized project coordination contact between the account executive and creative team
  • Meet with account executives to learn more about new project details and give progress updates on existing projects, communicating any issues
  • Create detailed schedules and set deadlines for various stages of a project
  • Manage internal progress on jobs and troubleshoot issues that may arise
  • Prioritize and distribute assignments to the creative team, based on their availability
  • Monitor projects and workloads, adjusting assignments and deadlines accordingly

Production Artist ~30%

  • Collaborate closely with art directors, designers and account executives
  • Make various formats of supplied artwork production-ready
  • Provide image retouching, clipping paths and additional image manipulation as needed
  • Manage art revisions and copy corrections
  • Package and preflight files for release to printers or media partners
  • Create PDFs for print and client review
  • Follow a development timeline to ensure tasks are being completed on time

Production Assistant ~30%

  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise with both the creative team and the printer
  • Review hard-copy and pdf proofs for accuracy and color
  • Conduct press checks
  • Provide art instructions to the printer when art is released
  • Distribute proofs to the project group for review and approval
  • Track progress on project milestones against the timeline
  • Send out estimate requests for production projects with appropriate specs and quantities

Skills & Requirements

  • Ability to make reliable judgments when handling work problems, and to use common sense, logic
    and critical thinking to solve complex problems
  • Eager to learn — our team prides itself on always learning and sharing new ideas.
  • Cooperative and responsive to change and constructive feedback, new ideas, and company initiatives
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to react quickly to changing priorities
  • College degree preferred, 2+ years of graphic arts education or experience preferred
  • 2–3 years of experience in workflow process, scheduling, trafficking project management and/or production design experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator)
  • Experience with mac, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite
  • Experience with Asana a plus
  • Solid understanding of commercial print production
  • Press check and color proofing experience a plus
  • Agency or brand experience a plus

Gunderson Direct Inc.

Why Work Here?

Awesome team, tons of work perks, great leadership

LET'S BE DIRECT Over sixteen years and a billion of pieces of mail later, we are still focused solely on direct marketing. It's what we do, and we dig it. As a result, we're one of the Bay Area's most experienced and trusted direct marketing agencies. Time and time again, we have developed direct mail packages that surpass our clients' current control and exceed their KPIs.


Hayward, CA