Job Postings: Vanguard Companies

PRE-PRESS GRAPHIC MANAGER

Company Profile

Vanguard Companies specializes in the creation of high-quality products using sustainable business practices and has become recognized as the most sustainable packaging company in North America. Vanguard’s product line includes high graphic corrugated displays and retail ready packaging, industrial and e-commerce packaging products, and related assembly, logistics and fulfillment services. Vanguard Companies is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, with sales and design offices in the St. Louis, Missouri area and Bentonville, Arkansas. EOE.

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Vanguard provides medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, 401k, vacation and bonus eligibility based upon performance.

Job Summary

The Pre-Press Graphic Manager will bring to this role advanced graphics experience and be an expert in Photoshop, illustrator, InDesign, with a strong knowledge and understanding of print and color theory. The Graphic Manager will manage operations within the Pre-press department in addition to supervising department employees. Maintain smooth operation of procedures and workflow in a timely and accurate manner while providing world class pre-press operations and high-quality digital printing.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Contribute to manufacturing objectives for quality, productivity and service through appropriate incremental process improvements or re-engineering techniques as appropriate.
  • Oversee and develop graphics for internal and external customers to meet requirements as needed.
  • Identify where training is needed to develop the people in areas of responsibility and line up the necessary resources to ensure that training is completed on a timely basis.
  • Manage a world class Pre-press operation that will provide high quality digital printing.
  • Oversee and accept responsibility for all assigned personnel as they perform production-related tasks.
  • Strong color knowledge – specifically that applies to color management.
  • Identifying and leading the development and implementation of Prepress workflow, process improvements and automation.
  • Develop and implement training programs to upgrade the skills of department associates, particularly those in entry-level positions.
  • Maintain servers and DFE integrations as needed.
  • Work with the Production Management team and the Quality Assurance Personnel to ensure that quality products are produced on a consistent basis.
  • Determine staffing requirements weekly and re-deploy resources during the week as needed to address any needs or changes in priorities and scheduling.
  • Manage a small team of people, assign individual goals and objectives, and complete annual performance reviews.
  • Team-oriented management style with demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Good planning and problem-solving skills with proven track record in achieving results through or with other team members.
  • Capable of communicating and working with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated innovation, creativity, and decision-making abilities.
  • Flexible in relations with others and in the management of continuous change.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced work environment and meet strict deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED and minimum of five years management experience required.
  • 5 years graphics experience
  • Pre-press management
  • Corrugated industry required
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Expert at using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Advanced knowledge of Esko Automation Engine and Esko Desk Pack tools, as well as having a working knowledge of Esko WebCenter and/or Esko ArtPro.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Printing or Graphic Arts preferred.
  • Seven years Pre-press hands on experience preferred.

Production Planner Scheduler

Company Profile

Vanguard Companies is recognized as one of the most sustainable packaging companies in North America. A leading designer and manufacturer of value-added corrugated paper packaging products and related services focused on helping customers sell more product and drive a strong brand image connection. Vanguard’s product line includes high graphic corrugated displays and retail ready packaging, industrial and e-commerce packaging products, and related assembly, logistics and fulfillment services. Founded in 1975, Vanguard Companies serves the consumer-packaged goods, social expression, apparel, toy, electronics, retail, e-commerce and industrial markets selling its products through big box, home improvement, dollar store, online and pharmacy retailers. Vanguard Companies is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, with sales and design offices in the St. Louis, Missouri area and Bentonville, Arkansas. EOE.

APPLY via: Job Listings – Vanguard Packaging (applicantpro.com)

Vanguard provides medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, 401k, vacation and bonus eligibility based upon performance.

Job Summary

As a Production Scheduler/Planner you will play a key role within the organization. Responsible for coordinating and developing production schedules daily to meet goals. Taking stock of inventory levels and facilitating the supply of materials.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Schedule production machines in the most effective and efficient ways possible
  • Liaisons with production to determine adjusted schedules
  • Coordinate all production activity with sales, sales service and shipping to ensure customers’ orders are being handled properly
  • Conduct scheduling meetings with various staff members to explain shipping deadlines, existing and/or new orders, and any outstanding issues or problems
  • Maintain and manage schedule through an ERP system
  • Scheduling and distributing daily work orders
  • Raw material inventory ordering
  • Assist procurement in issuing purchase orders and receiving process
  • Daily compliance reporting such as tracking labor, cost per MSF, production efficiencies, etc.
  • Comply with company policies and procedures
  • Additional duties as assigned by management

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED; or combined years of education and work experience
  • 3 years scheduling experience
  • Previous experience in a Corrugated/Box Plant operation
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using HRMS, CorrPlan Scheduling Software