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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. While we have offices worldwide, these positions will work at our headquarters which is based in Chicago, Illinois with convenient access to public transportation.

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Open Positions

Job Description:

The Editor produces content and manages workflow for each assigned project.  The Editor must be a fluent editor, writer and multitasker who can think visually, work collaboratively, and handle multiple revisions and deadlines.  You will edit and write manuscripts, team with freelance writers, art directors and sound designers; direct voice recording sessions, and test programmed electronic content. Experience with writing for children, writing verse, and copywriting is a plus. Respect for licensed children’s characters and a desire to understand them fully is required.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:                                 

  • Collaborates with a creative team (may include Art Director, Sound Designer, and freelance writer) to produce content for each assigned project.
  • Prepares for each assigned project by researching licensed property, book format, and competitive titles.
  • Assigns and edits, or writes, manuscripts.  Writes front and back cover copy and packaging copy.  With team, chooses songs, sounds, and art.
  • Works with Art Director to direct freelance artists and place text and art into templates.
  • Assigns and contracts freelance writers.
  • Incorporates in-house and licensor revisions at each development stage, making sure that all elements of the project (text, art, audio) are consistent and work together for the property and the format, meeting both brand standards and house standards.
  • Creates recording scripts, sound lists, and programming design documents.
  • Works with Sound Designer to direct recording sessions.
  • Tests programmed code.
  • Creates sales materials for each assigned project.
  • Manages the project flow for each assigned project.
  • Meets deadlines and production requirements as set by the Editorial Director, Director of Operations, and Publisher.
  • Learns and implements house style, copyedits/proofreads other Editors’ projects, makes/checks reprint revisions.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by the Editorial Director; these may include new product development.
  • Ability to complete complex tasks and projects quickly with minimal supervision and react with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships, collaborate, influence, negotiate, and persuade.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems, and work to prevent similar ones in the future.
  • Proactive approach
  • Positive, can-do attitude and strong work ethic.
  • Possess strong analytic skills.
  • Proficient in Excel, PPT, and G Suite

 

Publishing experience helpful, but not essential.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

4-year college degree in a related field

3+ years of editorial experience

Job Description:

Graphic designer creates visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, sales literature, business cards, magazines, merchandising, social media and corporate reports.  In addition, graphic designer will be able to:

 

– Cultivate a solid body of work

– Work on a variety of products, including website, books, product packaging, merchandising, exhibit graphics, catalog, corporate identity, brand guide, etc.

– Work with a wide range of media and use graphic design software

– Experience working with branded style guides

– Think creatively and develop new design concepts, graphics and layouts

– Prepare rough drafts and present ideas and execute to final design

– Work as part of a team with marketing, sales, editors, artists, executives, etc.

– Other duties as assigned.

Bonus: Photography, videography skills

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree
  • Proven graphic designing experience
  • Possession of creative flair, versatility, conceptual/visual ability and originality
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • Ability to interact, communicate and present ideas
  • Up to date with industry leading software and technologies ( Excel, Word, In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Highly proficient in all design aspects
  • Professionalism regarding time, costs and deadlines

Job Description:               

– Serves as daily contact between Phoenix International Publications, Inc. and domestic licensing partners such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Entertainment One

– Works closely with our licensing partners to secure approvals of all Domestic titles on time while developing positive and productive relationships

– Maintains excellent knowledge of licensor’s contractual requirements

– Assists with licensor forecasts, business reviews, and royalty reporting, as required

– Creates and maintains licensor visual line plans to ensure all new project formats are approved by the licensor in a timely manner

– Submits all domestic products for licensor approvals, liaising efficiently to secure approvals

– Regularly communicates with in-house team on project status, alerting senior staff to any delays and strategizing a resolution to any problems that arise

– Works closely with Creative Team to stay informed of all stages of product planning

– Attends meetings with licensing partners (virtual or physical) as required, generates recap notes (including action steps and follow-ups) and circulates to all internal attendees.

– Assists in creating materials for sales conference and trade show presentations

– Acts as the point of contact with accounting, sales, inventory and IT for brands

– Attends licensor and trade events as requested

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-4 years working in project management, account management, or licensing industry.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects/issues simultaneously, prioritize as needed, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to complete complex tasks and projects quickly with minimal supervision and react with appropriate urgency to situations that require a quick turnaround
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships, collaborate, influence, negotiate, and persuade.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems, and work to prevent similar ones in the future
  • Proactive approach
  • Positive, can-do attitude and strong work ethic
  • Possess strong analytic skills
  • Proficient in Excel, PPT, and G Suite.

Description:  Phoenix International Publications, Inc., is searching for a full-time Manufacturing Buyer.  Job duties include, but are not limited to:

 

– Supervise prototype development process from early development through end of life cycle, considering relevant printing methods such as paper stock and color.

– Negotiate and confer with printers and other vendors in resolving any issues during the development.

– Manage product specification and pricing information, derive project specification from approved prototypes and input into project management system, maintaining as changes occur throughout product life cycle.

– Perform pricing negotiation regularly on individual projects as well as routine formats; verify that quotation received matches specification and update regularly.

– Review product samples for print and construction quality and aesthetics, and coordinate with vendors and internal departments.

– Create correction actions for production failures and update design specification as needed.

– Ensure key due dates and turnaround times are met, assign projects, and approve final specifications before purchase orders are issued to vendors.

– Liaison with China office daily via telephone, email, and travel as needed.

 

Minimum Requirements: 

Bachelor’s Degree in Print Media required.

Description:  As the Marketing Manager, Public Relations and Social Media, you will partner with key internal stakeholders from all departments throughout the organization to ensure that all marketing literature, media, branding, research, public relations and products developed are aligned with the overall strategic direction of our fast paced and entrepreneurial environment.

 

Job duties include:

– Plan marketing and branding objectives

– Work closely with the Graphic Designer to ensure all literature and merchandising enriches our brand.

– Oversee, create and deliver press releases, advertisements, marketing materials and public relations materials.

– Oversee social media calendar

– Engage consumers on social media through website and newsletter

– Devising and implementing public relation plans and campaigns for products across all media platforms, including digital and social media.

– Work independently to coordinate publicity events and to establish and maintain relationships with licensors, illustrators, media, and event venues.

– Pitch and arrange interviews with national, regional and local broadcast, print, online media and bloggers, developing proper angles and pitches.

– Oversee press releases, print and electronic advertisements, and merchandising materials that will successfully achieve media objectives across global publishing markets

– Plan and execute company presence at trade shows including Book Expo New York and New York Toy Fair

– Overseeing awards submissions and reviews.

– Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • 5+ years of experience in publishing (preferably in a mid-level publicity or marketing role)
  • Exceptional and effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong relationships with top-line traditional print and broadcast media, as well as digital media and familiarity with local media in major tour markets across the country.
  • Proven ability to generate creative angles and pitches.
  • Fastidious attention to detail, highly organized, and able to keep to and/or work ahead of deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent skills in diplomacy, a strong sense of initiative and high level of professionalism.
    Proven ability to deliver timely, accurate work product and demonstrate good follow-up and follow-through.
  • Ability to think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Possess a strong working knowledge of what is fresh in the media landscape and apply this knowledge to assigned projects and campaigns.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, NPD Bookscan, Biblio, NetGalley, and Social Media technology.

Description:

The Sales and Inventory Analyst’s primary duties consist of understanding the company’s inventory situation and making recommendations to improve that situation.  And manage inventory items and day-to-day inventory operations as well as other duties outlined below:

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform inventory analysis and management to avoid low stock and overstock.

Develop inventory plan to ensure smooth product flow.

Report product issues to team for immediate resolution.

Maintain appropriate stock level according to seasonal promotions and ads.

Plan and complete the assigned tasks with the deadlines.

Work with Sales Forecasting Manager to maximize sales and reduce overstocks.

Manage inventory adjustments and transfers.

Analyze root causes of inventory issues and provide resolutions.

Communicate complex inventory problems to manager promptly.

Develop initiates to reduce slow moving inventories and to improve inventory turns.

Generate and maintain monthly reports on inventory levels

Review inventory actives and recommend improvements.

Assist in inventory risk assessment and mitigation activities.

Perform analysis on industry sales trends compared to PIP’s using national database and company database.

Analyze inventory statistics, including performing financial analytics to determine which products are selling the most and which are under performing.

Perform regular inventory counts and verify the numbers against shipping and receiving logs.

 

Skills:

Substantial experience in managing merchandising and retail operations.

Sound knowledge of inventory control practices.

Operational knowledge of materials management procedures.

Excellent organizational skills as well as time-management skills

Excellent communication skills

Possess a strong attention to detail

Familiarity with SAP ERP financial systems.

 

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Financing, Accounting, or a related field

3+ years’ experience