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Pre-Press Specialist

Washington, DC | Job #325833
Job Title: Pre-Press Specialist
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Type: Freelance / Contract
Our client is looking for a Pre-Press Specialist to join their team! In this role you will work in a team with other prepress staff to perform a range of duties involved in preparing diverse types of documents and other materials for black and white or color printing, both digital and offset. This candidate should be the most skilled level of prepress technician with advanced proficiency in operating and maintaining the most complex digital and manual prepress equipment and working with complex digital files. Incumbents at this level guide and mentor less experienced staff, as well as oversee and coordinate activities within the unit.

  • Organize and coordinate the work of the pre-press unit in order to meet required deadlines.
  • Set up, adjust and operate the most complex prepress equipment, digital and manual.
  • Handle the most difficult prepress jobs, including performing preflight work on complex digital files.
  • Create, manipulate and impose files going to JB3 for direct digital output.
  • Produce digital color separations and performs digital color correction and color retouching.
  • Diagnose, resolves and documents technical problems (e.g. problems relating to text, graphics and images, to PostScript system and software errors, RIP messages, and to production issues in Microsoft Word files, etc.).
  • Troubleshoot and resolve equipment problems and ensures completion of routine maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Maintain and retrieve back-up files of all electronic and proof documents.
  • Guide and train more junior staff.
  • Ensure that work area meets safety standards.
  • Significant technical education and experience in prepress, printing, graphics or equivalent.
  • Seasoned knowledge and experience in the application of photographic and lithographic principles,
    procedures and methods to accomplish complex prepress jobs, including color.
  • Advanced proficiency and recognized expertise in the operation and maintenance of the most complex digital and manual prepress equipment.
  • Fully proficient in the evaluation, processing and manipulation of digital files/images.
  • Complete working knowledge of both Macintosh and Windows production environments.
  • Proven ability to supervise and guide others.
  •  Sound organizational skills.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. 
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JOB ID: 325833EK1



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Cella is an award-winning leader in consulting, staffing and managed solutions for creative, marketing, digital and proposal development teams. We help people build meaningful careers and partner with companies to help them win. Our staffing solutions include freelance, contract, temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. Cella is the only creative staffing firm to win the Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards for 10 years running. And as a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we proudly help clients meet diversity objectives, too. Cella is an equal opportunity employer.