Southern Graphics Systems

 is a global leader in integrated packaging and marketing production for some of the largest consumer brands, retailers, pharmaceutical companies and printing/converting industries in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

Production Artist Job Description

Essential Responsibilities, Accountabilities & Results

  • Ability to read, understand and follow work instructions, specifications, workflow diagrams and SOPs
  • Responsible for ensuring that all artworks are saved in designated file locations on the server with the appropriate document control file naming specifications
  • Participate in process improvement efforts and various production meetings to foster a positive creative impact on the business.
  • Provide direction, support and mentorship to production art team

Pre-flight and Organization of Incoming Jobs

  • Check customer supplied files when starting a new job, and compare it to the supplied hard copy for any differences and size conformity
  • Ensure that job instructions are aligned to artwork supplied and/or referenced
  • Verify colors used and check the resolution of any CTs

Production Art

  • Receive product definitions from sales, project managers or production managers
  • Manipulate files to match customer specs
  • Adjust art to meet minimum type and line thickness accordingly based on specifications for different types of printing and client requirements
  • Assign color builds and Pantone ink swatches to art elements
  • Apply art to printer supplied die drawing
  • Create line extension mechanical art from supplied brief or supplied elements
  • Create/manipulate artwork to conform with regulatory specifications
  • Files must be organized to follow defined job folder and server structure and properly prepared for achieving upon completion of project
  • Output proofs as needed for internal checks and as specified on the order for customer review and approval

Completed Job Quality Control Check

  • Check job to ensure accuracy of copy, content, color designations, and job data / labels if applicable
  • Ensuring the accuracy of the final data deliverable such as, but not limited to, PDF, AI, EPS, FTP upload and CD upload
  • Ensuring common elements are respected
  • Responsible for ensuring that all required checklist(s) are completed accordingly and in full, with any errors found subsequently corrected
  • Flag any errors or deviations from standard work procedures to the Production Manager/Supervisor

Competency Requirements

  • Must be able to work with various graphic design and layout software applications commonly used on Mac’s and PC’s
  • Good understanding of digital file formats (pdf, tiff, eps) from different operating systems (Mac and PC) is required
  • Basic color management skills and the ability to work with different digital formats are required
  • Must have the ability to output digital files to various output devices; must have the ability to continue to learn and use new graphics software on an ongoing basis
  • Must have an understanding of print processes and how one color affects another

Educational & Experience Minimum Requirements

This position requires the following knowledge and skills:

  • Bachelors Degree in Marketing or Graphic Design preferred
  • 3-5 years of work in a printing environment preferred
  • Full comprehension in reading work instructions and business memos.
  • Able to effectively communicate through writing of business letters, expositions, summaries, and reports, using prescribed form and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
  • Proofreading skills required.
  • Ability to work independently after initial training.