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Packaging & Label Digital Graphics Management

Location:
St. Charles, Missouri, United States
Salary:
80-100k
Posted:
November 09, 2018

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Packaging & Label Digital Graphics Management: Over 25 years technical graphic production experience Flexo, Offset, Gravure, Digital printing. Managing production operations and educating teams of up to 30 personnel, achieving corporate level role with SA application. Extremely well-organized communicator and process oriented with a track record of achieving >50 new process improvement controls, DMAIC & A3, which include production art, prepress, color management and print that exceeded my employers and clients’ objectives to streamline productivity, decrease errors, build account relationships and preserve world-class brands.

+ Client Facing Account Management

+ CPG & FMCG Print Feasibility

+ SME Prepress Management – DMAIC & A3

+ Packaging & Label Ops Management

+ Onsite Color & Print Certification Specialist

+ SA Training Program Mngmt. – Process Improvement

EXPERIENCE:

SGS St Louis, MO Integrated Packaging, Labeling & Marketing Production

CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAM MANAGER (05/2017-09/2018)

(St. Louis MO, Minneapolis MN, Marietta GA, Elgin IL, Toronto CAN and Mexico)

SGS (sgsco) is a global packaging company providing CPG and FMCG category leadership through technical consultation regarding digital and print feasibility upstream for brand design agencies, production art and prepress teams. Over 4500 employees, in 30+ countries, and sub-brands include both services and tech platforms such as: SGS, Diadeis, Mark's, Armstrong White, Web De Vlamm, Traffik, THR3D, Kwikee, Dragon Fly and 5Crowd.

Worked in conjunction with executive leadership and operations director to educate and train North American staff with SA implementation of key equipment and processes such as graphic art development for Flexo, Gravure, Offset, and Digital print packaging.

Increased operations and retention by 75% with small-to-large scale complex weekly training projects.

Maintained training schedules to ensure training is delivered on time and within yearly budget.

Wrote, rendered, maintained, and analyzed all training framework and annual audit requirement records.

Increased productivity by 15% through realigning standard order entry tasks with endorsing and implementation of certified multi-leveled trainings.

Facilitated piloting of flex-staffing (leveraging the 5Crowd model) and optimize surges in work by reducing cost by $594k across a portfolio of brands through sourcing and vetting global freelance professionals.

Implemented job analysis with career paths, utilizing proprietary software and automations, which included executing SA practical tool and theory-based trainings.

PREPRESS MANAGER – ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT (02/2016-05/2017)

Directed, managed and led the production and service processes of 21 employees for St. Louis National Team accounts, including Treasury Wine Estates, Nestlé USA Confections, Nature’s Variety, Stonyfield Yogurt, Champion Automotive, Bimbo Bakeries, Purina and AB InBev Corrugated, Ronpak & Bagcraft image carrying.

Directed account transition of 4 accounts across 5 facilities by executing LEAN principles with strategic technology related to workflow objectives, color management, process improvement and print production, reducing 7M in waste.

Managed brand project redesign for 3 multi-plant consolidation of 1.1M major CPG complex digital assets, including; overwrap, shrink wrap, label, cup, squeezer tubes, lids (foil and LDPE), heat seal, carton, corrugated, 2 copackers, 18 requirements in gravure, offset and flexo print disciplines.

Developed TCQ IER (Internal Error Report) measures, identifying IER averages 14%-26%, improved trainings and production IER rate of <5%, an estimated >$108k total annual time savings.

Recruited 7 new hires, interviewing over 40 candidates, identifying 6 employees who were not fitting cultural direction or personal growth potential and then redirected for best outcome of future growth.

Implemented 8 new account process workflows diagrams in conjunction with operational changes and Business Unit Management to ensure proper development of new customers, pathways and connections.

Participated as a regular member of the management team, reported activities accomplishments and potential problems to Operations Manager during monthly meetings.

Attended press approvals and client meetings on the customer’s behalf (when required).

Distinct Packabilities Louisville, KY Prod Art, Prepress, Plating, Package & Label Printing

ART DIRECTOR - PRINT PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT (07/2013-07/2015)

Worked in conjunction with VP Operations and Print Operation Manager for management of all print feasible graphic packaging & label processes; art production, prepress and image carry for print production of small-large batch consumer usable project development, which included flexo, wide & narrow web, and converting.

Executed and attended qualification runs, fingerprinting, final press approvals, digital color contract proofing, outlined plate and printing aim points for multiple color process methods, including ECG utilizing Esko Suite.

Implemented and managed entire front-end graphic production operations including, department remodel, staff restructure, hiring & training, Mac/Adobe/Esko Suite, within <20% company improvements budget.

Account client facing POC for project production development of Hershey’s Ice Cream, Ice Cream Specialties, Mission Organics, Global Wine, Spirits & Craft Beer Labels, Berry Plastic, Haney Inc.

Wrote and directed WFM/SOP/SOS ops trainings for preflight, prod art, 3D, prepress, color retouch, color management, digital color contract proofing, quality control, and print process implementation.

Certified GMI requirements, validating ability to deliver consistent results 2015.

Achieved FIRST Certified Implementation Specialist – Level III

Developed department into an internal commercial asset, maintaining quality annual error waste rate < 6%.

Shared Accomplishments: 2012: $900,000 2013: $2,900,000 2014: $5,400,000 2015: $11,000,000 (closed and qualified incremental sales added for 2015) + $4,000,000 CAPEX 2013-14.

Achieved AIB certification in 2014 with SQF underway for 2015.

Won several FTA awards for outstanding flexo printing, including Best in Show.

Flexicon Group Erlanger, Ky Prod Art, Prepress & Plating for Packaging & Label Printing

REGIONAL CONSULTANT (07/2012-07/2013)

PREPRESS MANAGER, PRODUCTION ART & COLOR MANAGEMENT (07/2007-05/2010)

Directly managed 11 operators and five departments, including; PA, PP, CR, PROOF, QA, and proprietary INKPILOT marketing implementation. Provided internal organizational solutions to CEO.

Project Managed KAO Jergens® & Bioré PA, bilingual redesign, and color contract proofing. Coordinated, attended, and analyzed print supplier qualification press runs, final press approvals and flexo plate production.

Created SOS and introduced digital proof efficiencies saving $220 annually, digital print waste by 10%.

Managed and SPOC for project design, prod art, & prod development of print Nilpeter Self-Promo.

Facilitated and implemented trainings of press side process control software; ColorCert and Inkpilot.

SAMS Catalog Services Carmel, IN Prod Art, Prepress, Content Building & Printing

PRODUCTION MANAGER (10/2011-07/2012)

Worked directly with the President of SAMS. Responsibilities included; managing workflows for catalog content, design and art production (print and online). Clients include: Trane-Ingersoll Rand, Paxton Corp., Southern Refrigeration Corp.

Introduced alternative client contract changes permitting 100% control of catalog budget tribulations, savings of 8k – 32k per average project ($192k annually).

Increased efficiencies by creating guidelines for process improvements, quality control, project management and image corrections.

Managed three project manager’s daily performance, eight proof readers, and all outsourcing coordination of content building. Accountable for project budget operations, sales support, marketing and tradeshows.

The NextStep M3DIA Carmel, IN Graphics, 3D Rendering, Digital Print

GRAPHIC PRODUCTION FREELANCE (02/2011-08/2012)

Collaborate with clients and partners for translating production insights into advertising designs. Executed 3D design marketing concepts. Provided technical support to the marketing, management, and sales teams.

Brand recognition includes Coca Cola®, Sprint®, Verizon, Puma®, KitKat® and events for Indianapolis 500®. Organize marketing project demands effectively while completing within allotted timeframe.

Ensure client consistency requirements throughout all designs, and promotions.

Illustrate 3D media design concept art and produce graphic designs.

PRPFlexo Indianapolis, IN Prod Art, Prepress & Plating for Packaging & Label Printing

PRODUCTION SPECIALIST (05/2010-02/2011)

PA, PP & color retouching for global CPG clients Nestlé®, Anheuser-Busch©, P&G©, Jack Daniels®. Provided proficiencies for color management & specialization, quality, business development, and sales & marketing.

Exclusively created and implemented press data report formats. Reports assisted the digital marketing and presentation of fingerprints, verification runs, and print qualification performances. Reports succeeded in removing redundancy/errors of multiple or manual readings.

Executed new concepts to the digital proofing & color retouch departments. Improved quality of proofing substrates, profile alterations, calibration methods, and icc profile workflows.

Achieved broad understanding of corrugated prepress workflows for CPG clients.

SGS Florence, KY Integrated Packaging & Marketing Production

TECHNICAL PRINT SPECIALIST, P&G© BOUNTY TOWELS (11/2004-07/2007)

Accountable for product development, introduced innovative solutions to new market R&D demands and protected existing market share for global CPG client accounts.

Functions included managing and facilitating all internal color contract digital proofing, quality control of material color standards, implementation of system maintenance, and administering CPG design briefs.

Designed several winning art décor patterns for Bounty Towels. Designs were consumer tested as digital 3D virtual mocks and chosen over competing Hallmark© designs.

introduced 3D digital render technique with software automation reducing production 30 min to <1min.

Decreased digital print timing by 50% by applying integrated paper sim pattern software techniques.

Achievements influenced sales with increased annual customer base of approximately 1.3 million.

MacKay Inc. (Bemis) Florence, KY Prod Art, Prepress & Plating for Package & Label Printing

COLOR TECHNICIAN (01/2001-01/2004)

Accountable for major brand image color separations, retouching and enhancement (Adobe Photoshop), multi color reproduction, ICC profile management, (Epson, Kodak, Dupont) color target matching. Supervised color consistency for customer focus group team of eight.

Educated focus groups on color management procedures.

Introduced color tint history library for major brand clients, assuring consistency across multiple printing disciplines (Iams®, Nestlé®, Budweiser®, Huggies®, PepsiCo, Inc.©, Kimberly-Clark©).

Succeeded extensive image manipulation on Nestlé® Toll House avoiding thousands spent for professional outsourced photo retakes.

PREPRESS TECHNICIAN (01/2000-01/2001)

Produced major global CPG separations, trapping, marks, step and repeat, output films, and CTP files.

Adept in Esko Artwork PackEdge and BackStage prepress software.

Explored software tools and introduced applicable uses into production workflows.

PRODUCTION ART (06/1998-01/2000)

Responsible for preflight, creating and building art, bilingual typesetting, managing fonts, and major brand redesigns of Iams® and Kimberly-Clark©.

Proficient in Mac/PC software, Adobe Illustrator, Quark, and Freehand.

EDUCATION:

College of Art Advertising: DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, DIGITAL Bridgetown, OH – Graduate (1989-1992)

Diamond Oaks: COMMERCIAL ART Oak Hills, OH – Graduate (1987-1989)

TRAINING:

FIRST CERTIFIED IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST – LEVEL III (2014-2015)

GMI CERTIFIED QUALIFIER (2014-2015)

PROCESS CONTROL SOFTWARE INNOVATION, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (2007-2010)

FTA (FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION) MEMBER (2003-2010)

ISO 9000 CERTIFICATION AUDIT TEAM MEMBER (1999-2004)

FLEXO PROCESS PRINTING SYMPOSIUM, Clemson University, SC (2003)

COLORBLIND, COLOR MANAGEMENT/THEORY, San Diego, CA (2002)

EQUIPMENT:

Epson, Fuji Graphium Digital Inkjet Label and Packaging Press, FujiFilm Acuity F Series Double Flatbed Inkjet Printer, Mark Andy Performance Series P7, Windmoller & Holscher Miraflex II C Press, Catbridge Duplex Turret Slitter Rewinder, Solutions Graphique Flexo Printing Plate Processor, Mac, Esko CDI and Kongsberg, Cyrel, Flint, and Dupont Exposure Units, Flexo Wash Automated Washer

SOFTWARE:

ESKO & Adobe Suite, GMG, AE, DeskPack, PackEdge, Plato, ArtiosCAD and Studio, Equinox, Color Engine, PressSync, ColorCert Press Color Reporting www.xrite.com/colorcert-print-packaging OminGraffle, EFI Radius ERP, MySGS Order Entry, SGS dragonfly, PrepX Box, Microsoft Office, InkLab, X-Rite eXact and i1iO.

WEB LINKS:

Portfolio www.behance.net/jaclark

Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiealexanderclark

134 Wellspring Drive • Saint Charles, MO 63303

317-***-**** • ac7nf0@r.postjobfree.com

JAMES CLARK



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