print production manager

Department: Production

Reports to: Production Director

Status: Exempt

the agency:

If you’re ready for the most invigorating ascent of a lifetime, Spawn Ideas is right for you. Our home base is in Anchorage, Alaska, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Chugach mountains. We’re a fully integrated advertising agency that’s independent and employee owned, which means our team of employees all have “skin in the game.” There are no sideliners here, just a bold and resourceful team with enough courage to summit any challenge for our clients.

We are perpetual adventurers who pursue the outdoors and bring a fresh perspective to our creative work. We live by the mantra “when the agency succeeds, we succeed.” Our ownership and determination to push further has led us to success for our clients and a series of accolades we’re quite proud of.

Our recent big wins include Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year, Northwest and a national award for Best Culture. We’ve also been voted one of Outside Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in America (seven years running), rising to number four in 2015. Inc. Magazine named us Fastest Growing Companies in America and we were also listed as one of the 75 Best Places to Work for Millennials (2015) in the country.

Want to be part of an energetic team that plays as hard as we work? We’re seeking a Print Production Manager to oversee the development and completion of all print media. This person will collaborate with core team members including external partners to execute projects from the initial quote through delivery.

about the role:

  • The Manager produces all forms of print collateral with minimal supervision and is expected to think expansively and creatively about problems and to identify effective solutions in accordance with Spawn Ideas policies and procedures.
  • Oversees all aspects of print production, from initial scheduling, estimating, QC, pre-press, printing, fulfillment and delivery.
  • Ensures that all jobs produced are of superior quality and on time to meet client and vendor deadlines.
  • Has an in-depth knowledge of current production technologies while working to become a subject-matter expert on emerging ones.
  • Oversees the performance of existing vendor partnerships and has the curiosity to seek out and introduce new partners.
  • Thrives on introducing new production ideas on an ongoing basis related to the client’s business.

about you:

  • You have 5-10 years of print production experience; advertising agency experience preferred.
  • You’re a proactive thinker and able to exercise good judgment and initiative.
  • You are comfortable with print production language and capable of entering production data into our project management software throughout the entire production process.
  • Thrives at working autonomously, but can also work simultaneously with other agency departments in a deadline driven/process orientated environment.
  • You have a lean-in, forward-thinking attitude that moves the business and agency to greatness.
  • You can clearly translate and communicate print production knowledge and/or requirements to both internal team members, as well as vendor partners.
  • You have strong computer skills to be able to learn multiple project management software platforms.
  • As employee owners, we consider our agency to be among the best in the business. The successful candidate for this position will bring that same drive for success.

the perks:

Outstanding benefits. Spawn Ideas pays a generous portion of each employee’s insurance premium for themselves and their families. Beyond the basics, employees can be reimbursed for participating in walk/run races, for park passes, etc. The office is located one block from the Coastal Trail (a popular ski/walk/run trail), and just blocks from salmon fishing right downtown.

In addition, Spawn benefits include being automatically enrolled in our ESOP (employee stock ownership program) plan, annual performance-based discretionary bonus, 401K, medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and sick days, company paid holidays and summer and holiday hours programs that allow more time with family and more time enjoying the outdoors.

Spawn Ideas is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We support diversity in the workforce. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for disabled individuals.


physical requirements


  • Seeing: Able to read reports and use computer
  • Hearing: Able to hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, vendors, and clients, in person and on phone
  • Other: Able to lift at least 10 pounds and mobile enough to change paper in computer printers, must have driver’s license and access to personal transportation