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Digital Print Associate

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Digital Print Manager
Employment Status: Full-time


The Digital Print Associate assists Independent Publishers Group’s (IPG) complete digital print capabilities across all printing partners and publishing platforms. The role of Digital Print Associate reflects the general template for all IPG’s digital services and is designed to support the needs of all distribution programs including Small Press United, Spanish, Trafalgar Square Publishing, Academic & Professional Publishing, Midpoint and Amphora.

A successful Digital Print Associate works closely with publishers to provide print-ready files to printers and ensures quality printing and timely distribution of those books around the world. The digital printing department collaborates with internal staff across all departments and is a high-volume, fast-paced environment that leads the edge in IPG distribution. This is an entry level role which requires the person to be able to adapt to a quickly changing industry while maintaining relationships and attention to detail.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Communicate closely with publishing partners on file production. Including information on book templates and spine width, file and data errors, minimum PPI, bleed and best common practices
  • Review and process print-ready PDF files and corresponding metadata submitted by publishers for accuracy, compatibility with printers and preferred program enrollment. These include print specifications such as trim size, cover finishes, number of 1 to 4-color pages, inserts, color quality (inkjet or toner), binding and paper stock
  • Work with publisher partners on viability of printing and best program enrollment for optimal performance per title.
  • Provide instructions to publisher partners for using online printing tools such as the per-unit pricing calculator and digital printing dashboard
  • Support the digital printing supply chain for all company divisions.
  • Support the printing process from when files are submitted to when it is printed and received. This includes processing the print-ready files, tracking soft proof approvals, adjusting title statuses in databases and ordering inventory. 
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Ability to adapt to changing workflows, track long-term projects and work independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite programs 
  • Candidate must be able to work remotely temporarily due to COVID-19. This includes a dedicated workspace and access to reliable internet. 
  • Physical Abilities: Must be able to sit for long periods of time in an office environment
  • Travel Requirements: None


About the Company

In June of 2021, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As the original North American distributor, IPG was founded specifically to represent titles from independent publishers to the book trade. Today IPG remains committed to reimagining distribution and has grown to provide its publishers with services ranging from pre-publication consultation, global sales, marketing & publicity, supply chain, print and digital distribution, data, and reporting, to print brokerage.

In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading US distributor of such international publishers, as Penguin Random House UK, Penguin Random House Australia, Pan Macmillan UK, Collins UK, and Head of Zeus. International Specialized Book Services (ISBS), a premier distributor of over sixty publishers of academic, scholarly, and professional publishers was acquired in April of 2018. Continuing its trajectory of growth in August of 2018, IPG acquired Midpoint Trade Books, a full-service book distribution company that was founded in 1996 and whose distribution clients were made up of independent book publishers from across the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada.

With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from giving publishers broader reach into more markets, including general trade, academic, children's, Spanish, and special markets.