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Senior Production Designer

Date: Apr 15, 2021

Location: Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 16651

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HMH Books & Media is looking for a full-time Senior Production Designer. The Senior Production Designer will be responsible for interior design and typesetting of assigned titles, including many speed-to-market titles. Other responsibilities include designing photo inserts, designing spine dies, typesetting of additional titles, entering corrections, setting up paperback interiors, preflighting files, managing art packages for assigned titles, designing selling materials (covers and interiors), and hiring and managing freelancers. The ability to collaborate across departments, make compromises when needed, be flexible, and be willing to do what is best for each book is essential.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Interior design and typesetting (composition) of assigned front list titles.
  • Designing/layout of photo inserts
  • Typesetting and entering corrections
  • Setting up paperback interiors
  • Managing art packages
  • Designing selling materials
  • Preflighting interior and cover files
  • Working with freelancers


Experience and Skills Required

  • Minimum of three years’ work experience in book design or production
  • Exceptional knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat
  • Strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Strong ability to evaluate art files for print.
  • Knowledge of preflighting PDFs for print
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent judgment regarding schedules, priorities, and tradeoffs, and the ability to communicate about these matters.
  • Great time management and prioritizing skills


The ideal candidate would be located in or near Boston. 


Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls and online meetings.

For nearly two centuries, HMH Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to offer educational and entertaining content for all audiences. Its distinguished author list includes ten Nobel Prize winners, forty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, fifteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Tim O'Brien, Natasha Trethewey, Paul Theroux and Amos Oz, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Kwame Alexander, Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The Whole30®, Weber Grill, Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®,  and other leading lifestyle properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. HMH Productions, its newly launched division, develops and produces media and licensed products related to brands such as Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail.  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.  For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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