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Sr. Graphics Technologist

Location: Hershey, PA
Summary:
With minimal supervision from the Sr. Manager of Packaging Graphics, the Sr. Graphics Technologist is responsible for initiating and executing graphics projects with significant complexity. This position is responsible for identifying and implementing efficient graphics processes, seamless integration of brand acquisitions and continuous improvement projects. In addition, the PM is responsible for managing strategic initiatives, promoting and implementing the best use of technology, and developing solutions to complex graphics problems to meet the company's current and/or future business needs. The successful candidate must be able to display sense of urgency while maintaining attention to detail. This position is responsible to model leadership and technical instruction to the graphics organization and cross functional teams. Responsible for all phases of large projects or programs, from project development through commercialization. This includes communication of project timelines, project progression, and elevation of roadblocks and implementation of resolutions.
Project Management:
Manage strategic graphics projects while simultaneously supporting graphics resources on technical support for commercialization.
Devise processes and procedures to ensure project commitments are delivered and communicate business critical project activities to all levels of management.
Develop project timelines including key milestones.
Engage graphics resources to assist in project progression and for tracking of completion of milestones and project progress.
Develop presentations with updates for key stakeholders on project progress and propose recommendations for path forward as required.
Collaborate with OBD, Marketing, Brand, and Customer teams, Finance, legal and regulatory and all functions within the process (procurement, manufacturing plants and printers) to deliver projects on time adhering to quality parameters.
Develop a seamless and integrated relationship with design partners (global design, agencies and pre-press).
Act as a lead on production related issues which includes identifying root cause and leading others to resolution.
Interacts with Commercial stakeholders to ensure alignment of objectives and deliverables
Identifies and evaluates risks and develops appropriate contingency plans.
Technical Graphics Technology/Innovation
Expert knowledge and demonstrated competency in graphics technology, packaging or printing trade disciplines. Leverage proficiency and knowledge of graphics industry to provide and guide graphics technologists on graphics solutions.
Serves as an organizational representative in external supplier negotiations.
Provides graphic technical recommendations on strategy for implementation of projects
Provides mentoring and coaching to graphics technologists, graphics contractors and project managers to provide opportunities for them to develop graphics technical skills.
Advises technical direction on separations, mechanical development, color management, print run management and supplier print capabilities as it impacts the intended printing deliverables.
Collaborates with global design and agency partners on the creative development of new and innovative graphics designs and guide the teams on how to attain quality printing that meets the design brief objectives.
Budgeting/Continuous Improvement:
Participate in Vendor business reviews and provide updates on status of vendor performance.
Provide costing for pre-press and plates for budget owners and key projects.
Provide graphics budgeting impact for RFP's and Continuous improvement projects as required.
Advise key stakeholders on additional cost drivers on projects including press checks, graphics testing material requirements, file transfer costs and additional technical graphics costs.
Esko webcenter/SAP4 Hana- SAP PLM:
Provide technical oversight to Esko system for contractor personnel
Participate in review of merchandising projects to determine appropriate contractor personnel to assign
Provide training to new contractor personnel on Esko webcenter
Standard Operating Procedures/Training
Create Hershey standard operating procedures for pre-press contractor personnel (e.g. Regulatory compliance)
Partner with regulatory and legal on the approval of documentation content
Train contractor personnel on Hershey procedures (e.g. SAP Graphics specifications)
Maintain RACI documentation as business needs change
Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities
Strong understanding of printing methods (flexography, rotogravure, offset) and an understanding of the variables that impact graphics delivery (substrates, methods and printing equipment).
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to multi task on multiple strategic projects and independently make decisions and drive project progress.
Demonstrated ability to coach team members on graphics technical requirements and project management.
manage multiple projects simultaneously while coaching contractor personnel as needed
Experience with Microsoft Project or Timeline tools preferred
Demonstrated idea generator with strong analytical, problem solving and innovative solution capabilities as evidenced by sound business decisions.
Proficiency in Adobe Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop and experience with X-Rite spectrophotometry and densitometry
SAP knowledge
Familiarity with Mac preferred but not required
Demonstrated presentation skills preferred (written and verbal)
Demonstrated ability to manage high workload, prioritize tasks appropriately adhering to deadlines
Strong organizational and analytical skills
Demonstrated attention to detail
Demonstrated problem solving skills
Autonomous decision-making skills
Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate cross functionally to achieve a common objective
Self-motivation and initiative
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Bachelors Graphics
Minimum 5-8 yrs. Technical printing experience, graphics commercialization and design experience preferred
The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans

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