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Digital Services Distribution Associate

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Reports to: Digital Services Manager
Employment Status: Full-time

Overview

The individual in this role is responsible for the distribution of IPG’s digital content to retail partners, in addition to the maintenance of content on partner platforms. Daily sends of files and metadata consists of generating metadata (ONIX), managing/uploading files, meeting special vendor requirements, and delivering to the 50 + digital vendors that IPG partners with - using a variety of small and large-scale software applications designed to automate file ingestion and delivery. The Distribution Associate ensures that all content from our publishers reaches the intended vendors and that content is delivered completely and on-time. The distribution process includes regularly addressing delivery failures and file validation errors, as well as files and metadata missing from platforms. The person in this position will respond to requests from publishers and vendors about missing files and metadata updates, and ensures that titles are listed on vendor sites with correct rights, pricing, descriptions, titles, categories and all other associated data.

Professional and thoughtful written communication skills are required for working with vendors and publishers by email. Strong verbal communication and a team-attitude are needed for working with the rest of the Digital Services department to successfully collaborate on an integrated workflow - planning, file management and publisher/vendor communications are often shared.

Success in this position demands an interest in the publishing world and providing publishers, many of whom are small presses, with attentive customer service.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Deliver eBooks and metadata to vendor platforms using a variety of software and processes.
  • Maintain IPG content on partner platforms and ensure all titles are active and listed accurately.
  • Field content queries from vendors and attend to missing or corrupted files.
  • Field production queries form publishers by email and phone.
  • Regularly troubleshoots technical issues with software and platforms and finds alternative solutions and approaches.
  • Works frequently with spreadsheets, parsing delivery logs and collecting information.
  • Corrects eBook files containing errors, modifying HTML and images contained inside.
  • Assists with larger-scale department needs involved in onboarding new publishers.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualificiations:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly and work independently.
  • Prior experience in programming, digital file management, library systems and I.T. is useful.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook and basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop are required.
  • Basic understanding of HTML5 is useful, as is any experience with SQL.
  • Self-motivated, independent, multi-tasker, who is able to prioritize tasks and has an interest in learning new technical processes as well as adapting to changes in technology. This person should also enjoy working with an energetic team to accomplish shared goals.
  • No required physical abilities.
  • No travel requirements.

About the Company:

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, computer, and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, the senior management of Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and distributes for clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Summersdale; Pavilion Books; Allen & Unwin; The History Press; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake.

IPG is the second largest independent distributor of books and ebooks in the world, and one of the top 10 suppliers of book content to Barnes & Noble, Apple, Amazon.com, and Kobo, among thousands of other retailers globally. Want to know who’s behind that new book on your coffee table? Chances are good that your bookstore sourced it from IPG.