Production Artist / Graphic Designer PORTLAND

Job Title

Production Artist/Graphic Designer

Job Description

Summary

Kobalt Design Group is a full-service design group that provides comprehensive design services to a wide variety of clients. From identity, advertising, and corporate brochures, to direct mail, catalogs and the web, talented project managers and designers craft strategic and well-executed ideas to achieve clients' objectives. With offices in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, Kobalt services many clients in the Pacific Northwest.

POSITION PURPOSE

The Production Artist/Graphic Designer produces weekly color pages for ad group inserts, coupon books, and other advertising materials.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

Works from client-provided layouts or advertising bulletins to create page design compositions for output via print (web & sheet-fed) and as needed digital optimizations of page layout works
Procure artwork through variable digital asset management systems, and as require color correction and image optimization on client-supplied artwork
Creates and/or utilizes licensed 3rd party vendors' image databases for artwork (headings, etc. for thematic work) for output via process color printing
Typesets each page and places artwork following established styles of kerning, leading and placement
Proofs each page and double checks corrections
Maintains current art libraries
Maintains clean template files and SOP documentation

Shift: Day shift, with some overtime needed to support clients and unanticipated events.

Compensation: Non-exempt (hourly) wage

Benefits: Medical, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account (FSA), paid time off (PTO), 401(k) plan

Basic Qualifications

Associate's degree (A. A.) in graphic design or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; or 3+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
3+ years of computer graphics/design or typesetting production experience using Macintosh in a heavy production-oriented environment.
Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator
Extremely detail oriented
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook are required
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to speak effectively through email/phone/in-person correspondence with clients (both directly and indirectly) and with organizational employees
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

Other Duties

Other duties as assigned
Manual dexterity
Use of keyboard and mouse for extended periods
Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
Color vision
Sitting for long periods of time
Staring at a screen for long periods of time