Harry's is hiring a

Production Artist

New York, United States
Intro
At Harry’s, we have one simple belief: everyone deserves a great shave at a fair price. As such, we provide our own brand of exceptional grooming products, direct to our customers online, at a fraction of the price of our competitors. Since launching in March 2013, we have been blown away by the customer response. We’re now looking to bring amazing people, like you, to continue expanding on this belief, all while redefining the way people interact with brands online. 
 
About the Team
The Global R&D team at Harry's works cross-functionally to develop innovative and performance driven products in the men’s grooming market. The team is focused on advancing both the Harry’s direct-to-consumer business as well as strategic private label and store brand businesses in Europe and North America.
 
The Production Team is responsible for elevating the physical quality of all Harry's packaging, while simultaneously improving the efficiency of our workflow. We continually push the boundaries of what's possible, while maintaining an understated simple and clean polish. We explore the world of consumer packaging, source manufacturers from across the globe, and innovate with the use of materials and inks. By keeping the customer at the forefront of all creative initiatives, we work closely with the Creative, Research & Development, and Supply Chain teams to execute unique thoughtful finished products. As our brand continues to grow, we’re adding key members to the team who will help us continue to improve current products and launch amazing new ones.
 
About the Role
The Packaging Production Artist at Harry's will be responsible for the conversion of design files into press-ready mechanicals. While honoring the Designer’s intent in all ways possible, you will refine the design into a perfect mechanical artwork file sufficient for manufacture and public distribution. Accompanying this artwork file will be a hand-made prototype, confirming the efficacy of the design in physical form. You will also be responsible for the iteration of existing designs, per cross-functional markup or other explicit direction. 
 
You will: 
  • Honor the original Designer’s intent while converting designs into effective mechanical artwork files for manufacturing. 
  • Bring designs up to brand standards, adjusting typography and layout as needed to ensure typographic consistency.
  • Implement markup changes without error when fully actionable. When in-actionable, raise flags and pursue clarification that will enable action.  
  • Understand the manufacturing processes by which a given design/mechanical will be made/distributed (as communicated by the Production Manager) and be able to create files that facilitate that manufacturing/distribution without error. 
  • Compare incoming samples against specifications to evaluate adherence to critical product elements (color, finish, texture)
  • Write print specifications, source suppliers and material samples, release artwork, improve version control, review supplier proofs and archive finished product standards. 
  • Work independently and efficiently, with superb attention to detail, while under pressure, within aggressive deadlines.
  • Photograph preproduction supplier samples for directive notes, and production samples for design award submissions
 
 
The following should describe you: 
  • 3+ years as Production Artist within a product company, design studio, creative agency, or print publication. OR, from the other side! (from a product manufacturer, printing company, packaging supplier, etc.)
  • BFA/BA in Graphic Design or Media preferred. BA required. 
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite 
  • Intimate knowledge of formal typographic and graphic design convention; ability to supply artwork in various file formats according to manufacturing process
  • Expert ability to create original manufacturing die-lines, iterate, and impose artwork onto die-lines supplied by suppliers
  • Professional understanding of conventional and digital printing processes as well as the concept of plate separation
  • Familiarity with 4-color process, Pantone matching systems, studio color management, color profiles, proofing
  • Strong hands-on studio skills for comp-ing packaging designs, as well as light-duty installation skills for retail merchandising 
 
Who you’ll work with:
  • Research & Development, Creative, Supply Chain, Wholesale, and CX. 

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