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Operations Manager (Full Time, 40hrs/week)

Department:
Production

Reports to:
Publisher

The Role:
Sweet Cherry Publishing is an independent children’s publisher based in Leicester. We are now looking for a full-time Operations Manager to join our team. This role would suit someone with 2+ years experience working in an operations role or similar.

This role comprises two key parts:

  • scheduling and maintaining internal processes
  • managing Sweet Cherry’s relationship with its distributors and direct deliveries for the UK & export customers.

You will be responsible for managing all aspects of the supply chain & coordination of customer compliance requirements. As an operations manager, you are the glue that holds all of the departments together, making sure everything runs smoothly and on time!
This role would suit someone with previous management experience as you will be managing one direct report.
The successful applicant will need to be a strong communicator as they will be working with all departments – editorial, production, rights, marketing, sales and IT.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven track record of implementing and managing change in business processes
  • A good understanding of Adobe including Indesign and scheduling software
  • Strong communication, organisational and time management skills
  • The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of logistics, supply chain or stock control, or have a background in inventory or sales
  • Proficiency in all G Suite programs

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the Managing Editor, Art Director, Sales Director and Publisher to make sure that all internal schedules are uploaded to the schedule management software and adhered to
  • Running weekly production meetings – ensuring that all delays are communicated to relevant teams and reschedule the delays which have been agreed by Art Director/Managing Editor
  • Managing Sweet Cherry’s relationship with its distributors and direct deliveries for the UK & export customers.
  • Line manage the sales order processor to ensure that all administrative support tasks for the sales team are complete to a sufficient standard.
  • Managing & checking stock levels and ensuring reprints are ordered with the production controller
  • Ensuring all new titles are added to Stison & Inflow with correct schedules, information and images
  • Communicating printer deliveries with the warehouse & operations manager

Working Hours:
40hrs/week (flexible); Monday – Friday
Plus a 30 or 60 minute lunch break (unpaid) Core office hours: 08:00 – 16:30

Location:
Leicester – Head office
Work from home/remote working during COVID-19 only.
You will be required to work from our Leicester office once the government guidelines allow.

Salary:
£22,000-£26,000 (Based on experience)

Deadline for applications:
3rd November 2020

To apply:
E-mail your CV and cover letter to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com with the subject line ‘OPERATIONS MANAGER’.

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Production Controller/Buyer (Part Time, 20hrs/week)

Department:
Production

Reports to:
Publisher

The Role:
Sweet Cherry Publishing is an independent children’s publisher based in Leicester. We are now looking for a Production Controller/Buyer to join our team.

In this role you will be responsible for negotiating with existing suppliers, finding new suppliers and managing supplier timescales. You will also be responsible for managing supplier compliance and ensuring that books are delivered on time.

The role is based on 20 hours a week. You will need to be available to work in the mornings starting at 8.00am as you will mainly be dealing with suppliers based in Asia.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven experience of book production experience in fiction titles, 4 colour (highly illustrated books) or proven experience in a procurement/buying capacity
  • Experience of liaising with overseas suppliers
  • Good level of numeracy and an eye for detail
  • Problem-solving attitude with an ability to prioritise, work to deadlines and the ability to multitask and work well in a busy environment
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Familiarity with Adobe including Indesign and Biblio/Stison (or similar software) is essential
  • Experience of managing and negotiating print, ebook and audio prices to ensure products are produced to budget
  • Experience ensuring that the books comply with current legislation and safety standards, and that products have the correct safety information/logos and complete risk assessments for all products
  • The ability to effectively select suppliers based on price, quality and timescale
  • A good knowledge of different printed and digital publishing formats and a high level of understanding when writing specifications
  • Strong understanding of both trade and co-edition printing

Working Hours:
20hrs/week (flexible); Monday – Friday
08:00 – 12:00

Location:
Leicester – Head office
Work from home/remote working during COVID-19 only.
You will be required to work from our Leicester office once the government guidelines allow.

Salary:
Negotiable (Based on experience)

Deadline for applications:
3rd November 2020

To apply:
E-mail your CV and cover letter to recruitment@sweetcherrypublishing.com with the subject line ‘PRODUCTION CONTROLLER’.

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Work Experience

Unfortunately, we are not accepting any work experience applications at the moment.