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To be considered for any position, qualified candidates must submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and Salary Requirements to: openjobs@pikidsmedia.com

As one of the leading licensed international children’s publishers in the world, we continue to create the highest quality of products for children, and are dedicated to bringing excellence to children’s publishing.

Open Positions

Graphic Designer

At Phoenix International Publications, Inc., we’re committed to crafting engaging, educational, and entertaining books for young readers to encourage a lifelong love of story time! Together with our licensing partners, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Baby Einstein, World of Eric Carle, and more, we create award-winning sound books, song books, picture books, board books, bath books, and Look and Find books, which provide a unique, interactive reading experience for children and their families.

Are you ready to join our fun and creative team? We’re looking for a full-time Graphic Designer to design children’s books and assist the art staff. This position is based in our Chicago office, and we offer a flexible work arrangement.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements.

Responsibilities include:

    •  Designing licensed and original children’s books – including page layouts, artwork selection and manipulation, typesetting, cover design, thumbnailing, and written direction for artwork – in accordance with licensor and in-house style guides and in collaboration with staff editors
    • Completing books by preparing files for prepress, confirming template and die-cut accuracy, and delivering the entire complement of project files for printing
    •  Meeting all project deadlines from startup to closing, and tracking all stages in Biblio as they are completed
    • Regularly downloading assets from our licensing partners’ media asset sites
    • Working closely with the Managing Art Director to organize and manage all licensor assets
    • Regularly organizing, maintaining, and syncing the Style Guide server and alerting the teams to new assets
    • Assisting the Managing Art Director with licensed-art orders
    • Communicating directly with out-of-house freelancers and illustrators
    • Assisting the Senior Art Director with reprint revisions – making licensor-requested revisions to reprint titles
    • Performing Art Server maintenance, clean-up, and organization
    • Color-correcting/manipulating photographs, illustrating, and paper engineering (pop-ups) as needed

Skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years’ design experience
  • Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Strong typography and layout skills
  • Strong sense of color
  • Ability to sketch and/or draw
  • Knowledge of licensed characters and properties
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate, take direction, and follow through
  • Ability to multitask
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of Biblio is a plus

Phoenix International Publications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

SALES ASSISTANT – SPECIAL ORDER PROJECTS

This is your opportunity to join a fast-paced, exciting, and growing consumer goods company located in Chicago. Phoenix International is a 40 plus year old company and has a strong presence in the largest markets world-wide. We publish, market, and sell a variety of children’s books working closely with strong brands such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Baby Einstein, Eric Carle, and Peppa Pig. This is your chance to quickly gain experience on how to reach consumers through well-executed plans to reach market at major retailers (Target, Walmart, Costco).

Phoenix International Publications, Inc. is looking for a full-time Sales Assistant for Special Order Projects. This position is based in our Chicago office, and we offer a flexible work arrangement. Are you ready to join our sales team?

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Custom Projects:

  • Assist the planning/communication for special import projects (ACOR-Asian Custom Order Request) with Manufacturing
  • Responsible for excellent customer service and management of files and records to ensure timely delivery of items and resolution of possible issues
  • Instruct Marketing/Manufacturing teams regarding retailer requirements for designing custom in store POP displays
  • Work closely with Sales to initiate Bill of Materials for BIBLIO scheduling system.
  • Provide parameters to Operations/Manufacturing departments so they can compute TOPS package design software

Customer Relationships:

  • Interpret customer requirements and assist Sales Directors with managing customer expectations
  • Assist in developing product planning and packaging ideas for customers
  • Assist Sales Directors with communication on custom projects with various departments
  • Facilitate the sales-manufacturing relationship in ensuring on time delivery

Internal Communication:

  • Work to develop relationships within the sales team as well as across departments
  • Prepare updates to communicate during regular sales team meetings

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2 years of college
  •  Proficient in WORD, EXCEL (VLOOKUP), and POWERPOINT
  • Highly motivated, organized and detail oriented
  • Dedication to outstanding customer service through excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Operate with minimum supervision
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to follow instructions and follow up on assigned tasks
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude
  • Skilled in analyzing data, a quick study with tenacity for follow-up and accuracy
  • Experience working in the consumer products industry and/or understanding of the current retail environment.