It is the responsibility of a Production Manager (also called Print Production Managers, Producers or Print Specialists) to make sure all the print work that comes out of the studio is to a consistently high technical standard and delivered on schedule.
To do this they deal directly with printers, paper manufacturers, film houses or the media.
In a smaller studio or agency, this person may work alone. In a larger studio, they will head up a team of production staff.
A Production Manager must have a broad knowledge of the print production process. They have to be able to explain technical print processes to the design and production teams, create and manage print production schedules, track and control costs, review the project at internal and printer proof stages and communicate Designer’s requirements to vendors. They will lead press checks in collaboration with the Designer and Client and examine finished samples and approve quality before delivery to client.
A Production Manager must be able to recommend efficient, time saving project production flows, create detailed print specifications, recommend the best printers for specific jobs and negotiate with vendors to agree on best price, quality and due date.They will also review, negotiate and approve invoices for payment.