Team Leader, Graphic Production
BUSINESS IMPACT STATEMENT Supports the Graphics and Packaging programs through development, purchasing, producing, logistics and execution creating a consistent and inspiring brand experience. Oversees developing the related print budgets, contract negotiation, R&D and specifications. Facilitates and recommends the strategic partnership Kohl’s undertakes in order to execute these programs.
Oversee development of specialty graphics that require research and development, ensuring that concept, strategy, budget, execution and deadlines are met
Leads communication with internal teams including overseeing and prioritizing jobs, follow up with cross functional partners managing timing, ensuring deadlines are met and supporting stores in ongoing execution
Leads communication with external vendors including new development, assigning jobs, overseeing and prioritizing, following up with vendors regarding project specifications, deadlines, shipping requirements
Oversees systems and processes.
Thorough understanding of all graphics and packaging programs in order to successfully research needs for new suppliers and capabilities, R&D and systems.
NEGOTIATION AND BUDGET
Negotiates multi-year, single year and short term contracts and rates
Main POC of budget for finance, GP and ISM
Communicates budget opportunities to ISM and SED Leaders
Researches and builds accurate yearly, monthly and & quarterly budgets to support new initiatives and maintained graphic programs
Maintains accurate financial reporting for all spend
PRODUCTION AND PROCESSES
Manages workload of assignments including development, RFQ's/bids/production, vendor evaluation; awards jobs, writes purchase orders, logistics and approves invoices.
Manage the procurement, purchasing, contract negotiation, strategies, communication and execution details of all printed materials for the graphics program.
Oversee the communication and management of schedules, pricing, database, specification, information, project plans and budgets related to these programs.
Oversee graphic fulfillment program.
Manages vendor relations for onboarding, vendor meetings, training, reviews and compliance.
Challenge and communicate with internal and external partners on new formats or specifications to achieve strategic marketing objectives.
Identify, research, recommend and implement ways to increase efficiency, improve production procedures, and streamline duties to reflect cost and time savings.
Meets regularly cross functional partners to improve process and workflow
LEADERSHIP AND COACHING
Partners with the manager to empower the team to deliver on company and departmental goals.
Attends and participates in Sr Leadership meetings and store walks.
Leads by example while assisting the manager on coaching and counseling of the team.
Supports and represents the manager as needed.
Manages direct reports, systems and projects to achieve strategy goals in accordance with Company policies and practices
Provides leadership by exhibiting influence and expertise, thus affecting the results of the operating area
Creates an effective work environment by developing a common vision, setting clear objectives, expecting teamwork, recognizing outstanding performance and maintaining open communications
Develops staff through coaching, providing performance feedback, providing effective performance assessments and establishing performance and development plans
Evaluates and prioritizes team workload and make adjustments as needed to ensure deadlines are met.
Develops staff’s functional skills by managing day-to-day work assignments and by providing coaching, performance feedback, and effective performance assessments.
Interviews, trains, and supervises direct reports and workflow activity.
4+ years of production or operations experience
Experience negotiating and managing an annual budget
Advanced verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Strong attention to detail and accuracy
Proven ability to problem solve
Outstanding and proven project management skill set
Ability to prioritize multiple projects and programs at varying stages of development
Strong organizational skills and technical savvy
Extensive knowledge of production processes
Advanced negotiation and purchasing skill
Strong ability to conceptualize, communicate and present creative ideas
Experienced with RFI/RFP, estimating, purchase order and invoicing procedures
Knowledge of the basic tenants of In-Design, Photoshop, Illustrator (Macintosh)
Experience managing a team
Ability to motivate associates at various levels
Experience in a production management position
Strong analytical skills, ability to analyze ROI
Travel to printing facilities as required
Ability to lift 50 pounds on an occasional to frequent basis. Greater than 50 pounds = one associate per 50 pounds
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