HarperCollins Publishers

Assistant Manager, Children's Production

US-NJ-Monmouth Junction


Do you have experience with the production of Children's books? 


HarperCollins has an exciting opportunity for a seasoned production professional with previous 4-color children’s book publishing experience. The professional in this role will produce frontlist children’s titles in all formats including board books, picture books and YA novels. This position will be responsible for working with two publishing teams, one in Nashville and the other in Grand Rapids, MI. Must thrive in a team environment where quality, communication, budget and schedules are paramount.


Note: This position is located in our Princeton, NJ facility. Opportunity for travel to Nashville, TN and Grand Rapids, MI.


  • Manages the production of children’s titles for HarperCollins Christian Publishing division
  • Develops new processes and procedures with other departments to improve day-to-day operations
  • Supervises all phases of production between internal departments and outside vendors
  • Works with vendors to maintain schedules, quality and pricing targets
  • Issue Purchase Orders for first prints inclusive but not limited to printing, binding, components, separations, sales material and ebooks
  • Research and Develops and prices special effects used on components for maximum effect in the most fiscally responsible manner
  • Estimates titles for acquisition, spec approval and final pricing.
  • Triages technical, procedural and quality issues with staff
  • Reviews proof and printed materials for color correctness
  • Maintains and oversees compliance to safety testing program
  • Handles special projects as needed



  • 3-5 years book production and offset printing experience
  • Proven success in the production field
  • Expert-level understanding of printing, binding, finishing, and prepress/premedia services for offset printing
  • Experience producing color critical, high-end materials with supervised on-press experience
  • Ability to interpret color and provide color correction markups
  • Understanding of industry vendors and their capabilities, including both domestic and overseas vendors in China
  • Sourcing experience and vendor contacts essential in both US and overseas.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Experience in digital asset management
  • Thorough, accurate and articulate verbal and written communication skills
  • Capacity to think and react gracefully in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Candidate must be willing to travel occasionally to Nashville, TN and Grand Rapids, MI.



About the Company:HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

HarperCollins Publishers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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