Sr. Designer (Bible Layout)


SHR Talent is partnering with a client in its search for a full-time Sr. Designer (Bible Layout). This opportunity is onsite working in the office in Grand Rapids, MI. The successful candidate should have the technical ability to handle complex content that is heavily footnoted, indexed, and full of tables and images. The candidate should have project management skills in hiring and managing outside vendors. The individual in this role must be able to work in a fast-paced environment & manage a demanding schedule.

Essential Job Functions

Responsibilities: • Work simultaneously on 10-12 projects based on publishing cycle.
• Typeset high-quality Bible interiors in collaboration with editorial, art directors, marketing, and production.
• Take initiative in each project to problem-solve, trouble-shoot, and demonstrate consistent follow-through to meet deadlines.
• Properly manage projects and report progress.
• Translate text scenarios and requirements for composition into effective technical solutions
• Execute with a focus on file performance, scalability, and usability as well as content reuse and integrity
• Maintain quality control throughout the entire publishing workflow process.
• Responsible for pre-press operations to prepare print ready PDF for the printer.
• Collect all necessary files and documents pertaining to a project and archive following established procedures.
• The above list is not necessarily all-inclusive.


Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Design preferred or equivalent work experience in religious, academic, or professional publishing
• At least 5 years of experience in interior book composition and project management
• Professional publishing experience involving complex content required
• Portfolio required for consideration
• Expert Macintosh computer skills in Adobe CC Suites programs: mainly InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
• Strong knowledge of typography including paragraph, character, object, and GREP styles; setting up Master pages
• Knowledge of Bible structural elements and translations
• Understands printing and binding processes
• Strong knowledge of Academic, Reference, and Bible design and current trends Skills: • Comprehensive knowledge of long document typesetting in InDesign
• High level of skill working with Adobe CC InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator on MAC OS
• Knowledge of how to create and use GREP styles and scripts preferred
• Familiarity with XML (DITA) a plus
• Project Management
• Handle multiple tasks and set appropriate priorities
• Effective written and oral communication skills with extended team and vendors
• Able to work quickly, accurately, and efficiently

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