Scholastic Book Fairs

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Production Manager

Scholastic Book Fairs - Soho, New York

Posted: 09/14/2018


The production Manager for Cross Channel licensing manages the cost estimating, scheduling and Production of the School Market publication lists. This includes the management of two assistant production coordinators, a reprints temp, and 2 freelance copyeditors. As such, job responsibilities are:


• Oversee the conversion of an outside Publisher’s work to a Scholastic branded version of the title (ie changes in trim, paper, page count, art, text, title, and special effects and adding Scholastic template information)
• Manage the schedules for different product types ensuring that target dates are met and deadlines are communicated to the Editorial, Manufacturing, Production and Design Teams
• Collaborate with the manufacturing group to set priorities and coordinate schedules, establish standards, institute and streamline internal and external workflows
• Liaise with outside vendors/publishers/authors as necessary to answer questions, traffic materials and resolve ad hoc issues

Cost Estimating/Spec Planning:
• Analyze each licensed original title to determine the most cost efficient specs for the Book Club printing (reviewing what specs can be downgraded or dropped to maximize revenue)
• Analyze each title in the Book Fair Fall and Spring list to ensure that their specs are as close to the trade version as can be but still working within our printer capabilities/pricing structures
• Review titles that are planned for both channels and identify those that can be printed as co editions which requires specs/pricing approval in cooperation with both finance departments
• Finalize Epic sheets for Book Fairs titles (entering contract/budget information, checking title compliance and linking to master isbns)
• Route specs/quantity/budget to planning via Epic for all club and fair licensed titles following up as needed
• Approve costs for all Book Club titles that meet margin
• Alert Book Club Finance to titles that exceed club margins (at which point, we raise qty, solicit more club uses, renegotiate specs or drop the title)
• Route book fair unit costs/specs to Category managers for cost approval
• Work with Trade channel lead to review the seasonal SSE list and provide club specs to trade editorial for approvals
• Review high margin backlist titles looking to downspec for better unit cost efficiency
• Approve any unforeseen production costs not initially budgeted (i.e. systems work to update or correct files, high file charges, photo rights charges, etc)
• Provide priorities for the Planning department during the busiest seasons
• Manage the creation of book fairs packs -getting costs for each of the components including collation, creating the price sticker and any new component, creating isbns and linking all components to the pack.

• Manage the scheduling of all club, fair and audio licensed titles (prepacks, novelty, audio, slipcases, reprints) from pre-acquisition to packet
• Provide Book Club and Book Fair managers with acquisitions schedules for all formats making sure deadlines are met; alerting production, manufacturing, club/and fair Supply to late titles/issues
• Run weekly acquisitions meetings to stress deadlines, get deal updates and coordinate the different club and fair deadlines
• Route status reports to Book Club Editorial asking for status of P&Ls, deals, and contract copies
• Review future agendas looking to identify long lead time titles and get them on everyone’s radars

• Liaise with outside publishers regarding specs, and approvals as well as communicating problems, which arise during production. Provide status to Production, Art, and manufacturing at the weekly meetings
• Work with publishers to get approvals on reductions, downgrading, color issues and any problems that arise when we are required to match specs.
• Work with Acqusitions on any scheduling and spec issues that arise during the deal process
• Train and provide guidance to junior staff particularly, in all areas of production, to deal with challenging schedules, staff and personnel


• 3-4 years production experience required
• BA required
• Effective proactive communicator (written and verbal)
• Job requires a High level of organizational skills and project management skills
• Collaborative team player
• Experience managing junior staff
• Ability to multitask, manage conflicts, and work on crash schedules
• Excellent copyediting skills


Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at

Some benefits that we offer:

• 100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment
• Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount

Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.


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