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Sr Production Editor

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Date: Sep 7, 2017

Location: Portsmouth, NH, US, 03801

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 7221

Title: Fountas & Pinnell Senior Production Editor

Division/Department: Heinemann/Production

Reports To: Senior Director Production

Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours: Fulltime


Role summary: The Senior Production Editor manages the production of complex projects with multiple components/multiple platforms on challenging schedules in a dedicated team environment, from manuscript through final file release, ensuring that projects meet author/editorial/marketing vision in addition to quality, budget, and schedule expectations. Creates/manages production schedules; manages production workflow with authors, editors, freelancers, marketing, and manufacturing; and reviews, routes, and prepares final releases to manufacturing. Archives final files as per protocol. Hires and oversees freelancers.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participates as part of the F&P team to identify and meet project, author, and market needs/accuracy/quality standards.
  • Creates and manages production schedules to meet publication dates; plans/implements/oversees the complete prepress and production workflow with authors, editors, freelancers, marketing, and manufacturing; reviews, routes, and prepares for final release text and cover files to manufacturing; and reviews and routes all stages of proof through to publication.
  • Communicates critical project information across team to ensure project adheres to goals/schedules/budgets and informs other stakeholders of interdependencies.
  • Schedules and manages status meetings for assigned projects.
  • Updates workflow tools as needed. Researches and develops time-saving and cost-effective initiatives, and recommends workflow alternatives as appropriate.
  • Develops professional and effective working relationships with authors and project editors; interprets all stages of production process for authors; evaluates, integrates, and communicates their feedback.
  • Prepares and solicits competitive composition and prepress project bids (designers, copyeditors, proofreaders, outside production management services, illustrators, photographers, translators); assigns and communicates project specifications to outside vendors and negotiates fees; originates and tracks vendor contracts and purchase orders.
  • Creates and refines project cost estimates based on budget goals; approves and routes supplier invoices; and provides accurate final costs within the month of publication.
  • Collaborates/coordinates with team technology developers as needed.
  • Updates databases; retrieves/archives assets according to protocol; and posts files to outside vendors as needed.
  • Provides weekly status reports.
  • Assists team as needed.


Requirements: Bachelor’s degree. Thorough knowledge of publication process, preferably in an educational environment. Stellar language, people, and project management skills. Ability to multitask; prioritize workload; and identify potential problems, creative alternatives and options; and effectively implement solutions. Must be detail oriented, but able to embrace big-picture vision and work independently while maintaining strong intra- and interdepartmental communication. Occasional travel to outside vendors and assistance at conferences.


Experience: Five+ years publishing experience.


Technology/Software Skills:

Mac fluency a must; cross-platform experience preferred. Experience with common desktop publishing (InDesign) and graphic (Photoshop, Illustrator) applications, as well as Excel and Microsoft Word. Must be experienced across a spectrum of file delivery formats and procedures (.tiff, .jpg, .pdf, FTP, markup language, etc.).



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.

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.

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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: Portsmouth
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

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