Prepress Manager

Job Description

Job Title: Prepress Manager
Department: Prepress
Reports To: General Manager
Shift: Full time Monday to Friday averaging 45 hours a week
Contact: Sheri Platt at 507-836-6540 or

Job Summary

Responsible for managing and supervising the Pre-Press department employees. Maintain smooth operation of procedures and workflow in a timely and accurate manner for the entire department. Perform reviews for department employees on a timely basis.

Knowledge understanding of printing theory, including impositions, trapping, overprinting, resolution DPI, dot/press gain, paper characteristics, pagination, shingling (creep), color space and color theory.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Drives a culture of safety and quality first.

Strong Color knowledge-specifically as applies to Curve creation and manipulation.

Execution of color management for offset printing and proofing systems.

Identifying and leading the development and implementation of Prepress workflow process improvements and automation.

Conduct weekly department meetings.

Responsible for devising tracking system of daily work orders in correlation with production schedule and on time delivery to both internal and external customers.

Interacts with other departments.

Read and accurately interpret production orders and printing specifications to process files.

Prepares layouts according to exact work ticket specifications using the proper systems, processes and software programs.

Review electronic files that are received from clients, impose as needed and send to computer to plate to output device. Looks over all the files before plating.

Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Quark X press, PDF workflow essential and Microsoft Office.

Pre-flight PDF files according to printing standards of files to prepare them for print and digital reproduction.

Interact with customer service, external customers and other business leaders regarding the status of jobs and problem-solving scenarios.

Answer phone calls when asked to help by others.

Maintain consistent communications of project details and scheduled job status with other managers and customer service.

Maintain an updated schedule of jobs for both the web and sheet fed presses

Navigate our digital network with different servers and workstations.

Communicate with customers regarding any problems, questions, concerns regarding electronic file issues. Communicate (verbal and written) with, customer service, customers vendors, and the technical personnel.

Maintains customer files. Properly names files and moves merged/old files to the correct account folders.

Observe peripheral equipment and error messages displayed on monitor of terminal to detect faulty output or machine stoppage.

Load peripheral equipment with selected materials.

Enters commands to correct error or stoppage and resume operations.

Notifies supervisor of errors or equipment stoppage and resume operations.

Clears equipment at end of operation run and reviews schedule to determine next assignment.

Records problems which occurred, such as down time, and actions taken.

Performs other duties as assigned by the General Manager.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and /or Experience: Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year College or Technical school; or six months to one year related experience and /or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills : To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Internet Explorer software, Mac software, Creative Cloud, ability to create and edit PDF’s. Preferred knowledge of Kodak Insite, Kodak Preps, Kodak Prinergy, Kodak Colorflow, EFI Monarch Productivity Suite and Printflow.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be net by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Manage and supervise all FTE’s and PTE’s performance within the department. Perform reviews for department employees on a timely basis.

Full job description available upon request.

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