I. Position Summary
The senior APS role requires, despite of the artwork management end to end, some level of team leadership within a group. Also, Stakeholder management of the portfolio of work, including presenting artwork projects and data at leadership forums. Leading change management, improvement in ways of working, processes and efficiency within the portfolio of work/location/team and PMA’s (external agencies) is also part of this role.
The primary purpose of this position is to manage the creation and approval of packaging artwork from design lock, through to commercially reproducible mechanical artwork and separations which are handed over to the printer in a timely manner. This person will be responsible for initiating and managing projects using the artwork management system, and also working within a multifunctional and multinational project team to deliver projects on time, in full.
The position must interface with internal teams (such as Marketing, R&D, Supply Chain, Quality, e-Commerce) who provide master design files and pack content, and also external partners (print management agencies, design agencies, printers, etc) who deliver the work in the form of mechanical artwork, pack image albums and printed packaging.
As technical experts, they will provide expertise and input into the design, artwork and print phases of the project to ensure that the right levels of approval integrity, brand quality and consistency are maintained throughout the artwork process and supplier printing process. There is also a responsibility to manage the creation of digital pack images and hero images for various channels and touchpoints internally and externally in an ever more digital and connected world.
Il. Position Responsibilities (Expected Work)
Be the owner of the artwork process, roles and responsibilities and how to fit this into the innovation project management process to deliver projects on time and in full. Work with Process team to identify improvements to the artwork process
Be the Artwork Business Partner in the key and strategic brands / Category you are working on, understanding the Brand DNA & guidelines and plans, priorities and volume per year. Present artwork updates at senior meetings as and when required, taking actions from these meetings
Collaborate with marketing and design agencies at the design phase, providing expert guidance and technical inputs to ensure that the design is technically printable before the artwork is routed for internal approval.
Set-up and run pre-production meetings bringing together design agencies, print management agencies, printers and internal stakeholders to ensure that quality and consistency is maintained from artwork to print phase of the process. Ensure that master design files are created according to prescribed toolbox specifications and handed over to the print management agencies correctly, and that the printed artwork matches the design requirements,
Work with marketing to ensure visibility on artwork cost and spend, and that the printed packaging is optimized for cost e.g. print process, number of colours, etc
Take accountability for delivery of mechanical artwork and separation files to printers, proactively manage issues if/as they arise. Work with the agencies to drive improvements to quality and efficiency for their portfolios and locations.
Gatekeeper of project timelines and deadline
Create and manage projects for key / strategic brands in the internal artwork management system adhering to Unilever’s defined artwork process Manage the delivery of digital pack images following Artwork Excellence process, to the right quality and on time.
Manage internal and external stakeholder expectations for your tasks relating to status, timings and technical expertise.
Ensure that the print management agency follows the approved rate cards and service level agreements, and that responsible procurement and payment procedures are followed, in line with company policy.
Approve color reliable proofs on behalf of marketing to ensure that the proof meets marketing’s expectations.
Sourcing of printer specifications and align them to the defined processes and ways of working.
Approve color standards (1st press pass) if not covered by the print management agency and distribute to the relevant parties if required.
Work on global and regional continuous improvement programs for Artwork Excellence from Design to Pack Images.
Day-to-day guidance and mentoring of some Artwork team members (1H and 1K team members)
Lead and Manage Teams to implement innovations and rejuvenations
Key point of contact for Artwork on behalf of the Artwork manager, if required
Coordinating multiple projects simultaneously; working with various cross-functional team members as well as multiple external stakeholders at the same time
Work through multi-cultural environment and people / partners in many different countries.
Managing artwork in a continuously changing environment, where timelines are always tight and artwork is always on the critical path for delivery. Delivering this on time and efficiently.
Working with a process and online system that requires discipline from others
Managing the external vendor’s compliance within agreed lead time and quality of delivery, compliance to rate card and processes, particularly when they are not co-located in the same country
Influencing the improvement to artwork management efficiency through project management, process compliance, visibility of artwork KPI’s and ways of working within the team.
Functioning as a technical expert and business partner to Marketing and other functional teams from design to artwork to print phase of the process.
Manage and report on print management agencies performance based on Unilever evaluation criteria.
Drive improvements in processes, also coaching/mentoring colleagues in the team with less experience.
The scope of the role covers adaptive design, artwork, print management and digital image creation responsibilities.
This position can be responsible for several brands and categories at the same time. This may be across market clusters or countries.
There is no central time zone and therefore the position may have to work in several different environments.
The individual must also coordinate multiple external vendors, also possibly within other time zones.
This will require interaction with many departments to manage all projects as per the artwork process.
Supporting the Artwork Production Manager by providing leadership to artwork, team and business activities when the managers requests, or is not available to do so.
V. Skills (what) & Competencies (how)
Strong communication skills
Ability to build collaborative relationships
Hold people accountable
Good organizational awareness
Strong at influencing
Business Partner mindset (not Customer Service)
Ability to embrace and manage change
Key Professional Skills:
Three to five years’ experience in artwork management or a similar role, which may include: print production, print management, graphic design, packaging development and or supply management, etc.
Key General Skills:
Strong Project Management
Can-do mentality and an open mindset with an entrepreneurial spirit
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