CAREERS

Ideal Printers is an independent, family, and women-owned printing company located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We provide quality commercial printing and mailing services to a wide variety of local and national clients. Through an experienced and dedicated team, Ideal delivers a highly personal commitment to each and every customer and project by every employee in the process—resulting in satisfied clients and lasting relationships.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Position Summary: If you thrive in a fast-paced production environment, have good attention to detail and are familiar with printing, production mailing equipment (inkjets, inserters, tabbers and more), this position could be right for you.

DESCRIPTION

  • Experience with sorting mail to USPS standards.
  • Experience with Eagle inkjets, inserters, tabbers and meters.
  • Thorough knowledge of the set-up, operating requirements, procedures, capabilities, and limitations of one or more mail machines.
  • Ability to read and interpret written work orders and job specifications.
  • Identify possible errors or problems.
  • Monitor product for quality during job runs. Check preciseness of detail against specifications.
  • Proficient in performing regular scheduled maintenance checks on all equipment.
  • Vital attention to detail and safety.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be available to work overtime or weekends during peak periods.
  • Will be required to stand while performing repetitious work for long periods of time.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Great attitude, willingness to learn and be a hard worker.
  • Punctual, reliable, detail oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet varied deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Provide a high level of quality assurance.
  • Must be able to keep an organized and clean workspace.

BENEFITS

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

SCHEDULE

  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Full-time
  • Overtime

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

 

Ideal Printers is currently seeking a goal-oriented, energetic sales professional to join our team in Saint Paul.  This is a Business to Business outside sales position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sell Ideal Printers product offering and services by interacting with new clients and prospects
  • New business development
  • Develop business plans for accounts to meet or exceed sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction objectives
  • Anticipate a customer’s needs, expectations, and sell Ideal services and capabilities to meet them
  • Maintain long-term consultative relationships with clients for repeat business growth
  • Be resourceful & take responsibility for controlling own success in our business growth

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two plus years of successful outside sales experience in the printing and or mailing industry
  • Existing sales volume of $500,000 or more per year
  • Ability to build strong relationships, strong sales and negotiating skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills—written and verbal
  • Confident personality suitable for handling cold calls and account management
  • Excellent presentation and organization skills
  • Possess and subscribe to high work and business ethics
  • Be highly organized and detail oriented with professional presentation ability

The ideal candidate will also exemplify our core values:

  • Positive energy
  • Serve the customer
  • Assumes positive intent
  • Easy to work with
  • Good character

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB SUMMARY

Operate CTP equipment to expose metal plate from digital files to produce offset printing plates. Review images produced on plate for defects or errors. Maintain production documentation. Replenish chemical solutions in automatic plate processors and perform routine light maintenance on equipment. Maintain file system.

Operate Epson proofers with EFI Fiery software RIP to create contract proofs for customer sign off.

REQUIRED SKILLS

    • Reads press schedule, job ticket, look at VPS to determine what size plate is used.
    • Verifies all job information to ensure that correct plates are being used; checks plates for quality and repairs any flaws.
    • Must have basic skills in Kodak Preps.
    • Verifies all job information to ensure that correct proofs are being made, checks proofs for quality and report any problems.
    • Keeps supervisor informed of any problems, i.e. supplies, equipment, etc.
    • Orders, receives and stores platemaking materials.
    • Responsible for the overall cleanliness and housekeeping of the work area.
    • Cleans processor and inspects plates according to procedure.
    • Handles plates with care.
    • Adheres to and promotes all safety policies and procedures.
    • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.
    • Must be able to lift, pull and push up to 60 lbs. frequently.
    • Must be able to stoop, bend, twist and turn frequently.
    • Must have good hand-eye coordination.
    • Required to stand and move about the facility constantly.
    • Ability to communicate in English.
    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as work instructions, safety rules, instructions in the use and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, SOPs, time sheets, daily production reports, job tickets, etc.
    • Ability to perform basic arithmetic procedures in standard practice practical applications, read and use a ruler
    • Must be able to work independently or as part of a team
    • Must be able to work overtime as needed

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

    • Previous experience in a prepress, plating, proofing environment required
    • Computer experience required

NICE TO HAVE

    • Ability to create and correct electronic layouts in Kodak Preps.
    • Ability to fix and or troubleshoot desktop jobs.

For more information regarding this position, or to submit a resume, please contact Tim Preston at tim.preston@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1058.

SUMMARY

The role of the Purchasing Agent/Data Manager is to purchase and maintain the paper inventory needed for daily print production. In addition, this individual will also manage data captured from purchases/production to assist with accounting and billing.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Purchases paper, office and production materials
  • Maintains inventory levels, coordinates returns
  • Updates and maintains pricing in our estimating program
  • Research ways to save costs
  • Data management includes:
    • Creating monthly reports
    • Cross check invoices to purchase orders
    • Updating information in our MIS system
  • Facilitate our FSC certification

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Some post high school education
  • Communicates well via computer and phone
  • Detail oriented and organized,
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Excel
  • Able to work with a variety of personalities
  • Lives our core values which are: Serve the Customer, Assume Positive Intent, Easy to Work With, Good Character and Positive Energy

For more information, or to submit resumes, contact Francisco Cardona at franciscoc@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1057.

ABOUT
Do you enjoy the challenge of meeting deadlines and working in a team environment? Are you the type of person who would be bored by a sedentary office job? If you are a hard-working professional who loves to work with your hands and learn valuable skills, you could be the perfect fit in our dual role of Finishing Shipper. As the Finishing Shipper, you will play an integral role in getting products to our customers on time. You will love our fast-paced environment and will feel right at home with our team of friendly, motivated professionals. Find out how working with us allows you to strengthen core competencies in an environment that is centered around providing superior service to our customers.

SHIPPING RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Compute freight costs using FedEx Ship Manager software and UPS WorldShip software
  • Compare costs and schedule freight shipments with various LTL partner companies
  • Prepare invoices that reflect the contents, pricing and destination for application to each package that is shipped
  • Participate in preparing packages for delivery by prepping contents, attaching shipping labels and confirming that all invoices reflect the correct information
  • Collaborate with colleagues to find solutions to issues that may arise with delays, damaged product or backordered items
  • Maintain an inventory of FedEx packaging products including labels, boxes, and envelopes
  • Maintain a database of Addresses in FedEx WorldShip

FINISHING RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Move materials such as stock, freight and supplies between the finishing and shipping departments or loading docks manually or with the use of lifts
  • Follow oral instructions and written work orders with preciseness to make sure assignments are completed exactly as directed and on time
  • Mark boxes with identifying information, including labels and packing slips
  • Perform any necessary hand finishing tasks including but not limited to: collating, folding, drilling, shrink-wrapping and padding
  • Pull product and prepare orders for shipping

JOB SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent degree
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to meet pressing deadlines with attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Superior organizational and documentation skills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and handle heavy objects or boxes up to 40lbs without assistance

Preferred:

  • Experience using label-making software and packaging machinery
  • Familiarity with FedEx Ship Manager and UPS WorldShip
  • Bilingual – English and Spanish

For more information regarding this position, or to submit a resume, please contact Andy Olson at andyo@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1049.

SUMMARY

The CSE is responsible for estimating print and mail projects as well as planning the job and being responsible for tracking it through production.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Estimate print and mail projects using Avanti, MIS System
  • Determine correct paper, call for pricing on larger orders
  • Job planning includes converting the estimate to a job ticket, layouts and making sure all information is complete on the ticket
  • Prepare mail request forms and mail mock-ups
  • The conduit between sales and production
  • Attend daily production meetings and provide updates to production and sales as needed
  • Create change orders, track alterations ensure that we are invoicing for alts
  • Review proofs and give to sales or clients for final approval when possible
  • Follow jobs from start to finish to ensure the client’s needs are being met or exceeded
  • Prepare order acknowledgement for billing, making sure all alts, processes and shipping are being invoiced

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Option to participate on various company committees
  • Share ideas for process improvement

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

  • Good verbal and written communications
  • Good with computer skills and email etiquette
  • Must be able to adjust to changing priorities
  • Must be able to work calmly under pressure

For more information or to submit resumes, contact Lana Siewert-Olson at lana@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1043.

Ideal Printers is currently seeking a goal-oriented, energetic sales professional to join our team in Saint Paul.  This is a Business to Business outside sales position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sell Ideal Printers product offering and services by interacting with new clients and prospects
  • New business development
  • Develop business plans for accounts to meet or exceed sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction objectives
  • Anticipate a customer’s needs, expectations, and sell Ideal services and capabilities to meet them
  • Maintain long-term consultative relationships with clients for repeat business growth
  • Be resourceful & take responsibility for controlling own success in our business growth

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two plus years of successful outside sales experience in the printing and or mailing industry
  • Existing sales volume of $500,000 or more per year
  • Ability to build strong relationships, strong sales and negotiating skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills—written and verbal
  • Confident personality suitable for handling cold calls and account management
  • Excellent presentation and organization skills
  • Possess and subscribe to high work and business ethics
  • Be highly organized and detail oriented with professional presentation ability

The ideal candidate will also exemplify our core values:

  • Positive energy
  • Serve the customer
  • Assumes positive intent
  • Easy to work with
  • Good character

For more information please contact Lana Siewert-Olson (President) at:

Office: 651-855-1043
Email: lana@idealprint.com

SUMMARY

The Print Project Manager is responsible for estimating print and mail projects as well as planning the job and being responsible for tracking it through production.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Estimate print and mail projects using Avanti, MIS System
  • Determine correct paper, call for pricing on larger orders
  • Job planning includes converting the estimate to a job ticket, layouts and making sure all information is complete on the ticket
  • Prepare mail request forms and mail mock-ups
  • The conduit between sales and production
  • Attend daily production meetings and provide updates to production and sales as needed
  • Create change orders, track alterations ensure that we are invoicing for alts
  • Review proofs and give to sales or clients for final approval when possible
  • Follow jobs from start to finish to ensure the client’s needs are being met or exceeded
  • Prepare order acknowledgement for billing, making sure all alts, processes and shipping are being invoiced

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Option to participate on various company committees
  • Share ideas for process improvement

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

  • Good verbal and written communications
  • Good with computer skills and email etiquette
  • Must be able to adjust to changing priorities
  • Must be able to work calmly under pressure

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB TITLE: IT Systems Administrator
DEPARTMENT: Information Technology
REPORTS TO:  VP Information Systems

SUMMARY

This role is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and security of company computer network and systems.  The IT Systems Administrator will identify any problems in the system, anticipate potential issues and repair systems and software when necessary.  IT Systems Administrator is responsible for many and varied tasks and improving the company’s network systems.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Align IT infrastructure with current and future business requirements and goals
  • Install, upgrade and monitor software and hardware.
  • Desktop support company-wide
  • Set up new users and give them access to e-mails and company systems.
  • Manage and maintain all company servers, (file, e-mail, SQL, Web, etc)
  • Operating the firewall for the organization.
  • Employing the latest security protocols
  • Implementing security of the network, data, and its storage systems
  • Evaluating risk, developing network recovery and backup processes
  • Assessing and purchasing new and replacement hardware
  • Assist with building security system
  • Manage office printers and inventory of supplies.
  • Troubleshoot phone and door systems.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE, AND EDUCATION

  • Degree or certification in computer science, Microsoft Certification, information technology or equivalent in years of experience
  • 2-5 years of experience in IT environment
  • Understanding of IT best practices, policies, and regulations
  • A clear understanding of client/server technology and network architecture
  • Strong problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and high level of attention to detail
  • Self-motivated

For more information regarding this position, or to submit a resume, please contact Joan Siewert-Cardona at joan@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1046.

SUMMARY

The project management role will work closely with both franchisee owners and corporate employees for one of our largest accounts, to be the liaison between the customer and the production team. The project manager is responsible for managing customer projects and providing inside sales support to build & grow customer relationships.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Customer Service: respond professionally & promptly to customer inquiries received via phone & email–answering questions, placing orders & processing invoice payments
  • Artwork Requests: communicate print layout and advertising image requests to the graphic design team. Proofread thoroughly for errors & to ensure adherence to brand standards before sending off to customers for review
  • Job Planning: create print jobs in Avanti MIS and provide layouts, schedules & mail details to production teams
  • Job Management: track jobs through to completion; maintaining timelines & communicating with clients as necessary
  • Attend daily production meetings and communicate scheduling issues with Production Manager
  • Exemplify Ideal’s Core Values: Positive Energy, Easy to Work With, Serve the Customer, Good Character, Assume Positive Intent

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong verbal and written communication: prompt & clear responses to internal team & customers, active listening skills & comfortable communicating over the phone
  • Computer Skills: ability to learn & work in new programs
  • Flexible: multi-task with the ability to adjust as priorities & schedules change
  • Working under pressure: remain calm & confident when resources, time constraints, or materials affect job timelines or quick requests come in
  • Team Player: develop healthy working relationships with all departments

For more information regarding this position, or to submit a resume, please contact Emily Burkhart at emily.burkhart@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1073.

JOB TITLE: General Mailing Worker                 
DEPARTMENT: Mailing
REPORTS TO:  Mailing Supervisor 

JOB SUMMARY

This position will evolve to a machine operator position, depending on the individual’s ability to achieve the goals listed below within a 3 month period, pay rate and position might be eligible for an update.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Take direction from Mailing Department supervisor or department supervisor’s assistant
  • Read production tickets
  • Makes quality decisions based on instructions
  • Work over time when necessary
  • Learn basic postal regulations and mail piece design
  • Complete training on the following equipment:
    • Eagle high speed inkjetting machine
    • iJet Envelope Printer
    • Forklift Truck
    • Riding Pallet Jack
    • Wheel Melt Gluing Machine
    • Label Air – Labeling Machine
    • Ameritech Tabber
    • Zebra Label printer
    • Flow Master high speed inserter
  • Work on general machine maintenance, trouble shooting, and minor repairs on all equipment
  • Log in and out of Avanti to assist on costing and estimating

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Work and assist in other departments if workload in Mailing is not sufficient to keep this person busy, supervisor will determine steps to follow in the case this occurs
  • Practice the 5S theory
  • Keep department area clean

REQUIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Good verbal communication
  • General computer skills
  • Adjust to changing priorities
  • Able to work closely with other operators, customer service and sales
  • Must be reliable, on time, and good with time management

Working Conditions

  • Standing and walking for much of the day
  • Lifting and pushing up to 40 lbs
  • Reaching with hands and arms
  • Stooping, kneeling, and crouching throughout the day.

For more information regarding this position, or to submit a resume, please email payroll@idealprint.com

Position Title:  Manager – Accounting and Human Resources
Reports to:  VP – Finance
Department:  Accounting & HR

JOB PURPOSE AND REPORTING STRUCTURE:

Under the direction of the Vice President of Finance, the Manager of Accounting & HR is responsible for daily financial/accounting and human resource operations.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and maintain accounting systems, procedures, controls and reports necessary for recording financial transactions, control of assets and financial information.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements as well as the following reports: Sales-, cash-, receipts-, accounts payable and accounts receivable, fixed asset changes. Review statements and reports for accuracy and completeness.
  • Manage and reconcile General Ledger account and make necessary adjustments.
  • Assist with the responsibility for the preparation of the required federal and state tax returns and other governmental reports and review all financial plans with respect to tax implications.
  • Maintain and update Commercial Insurance.
  • Manage/supervise accounts payable, check preparation and disbursement.
  • Supervise record keeping regarding cash receipt journal, receipts against billing reconciliation and manage daily bank deposits.
  • Prepare monthly Sales and Use tax reports.
  • Review issuance of customer invoices. Maintain sales journals.
  • Manage/supervise accounts receivable and issue statements to past due accounts.
  • Control credit extension to customers, supervisor collection of past due accounts.
  • Payroll preparation and distribution.
  • Manage sales commission program.
  • Supervise non-exempt payroll record maintenance and maintain certain exempt payroll records. Review payroll tax deposits and reports.
  • Supervision and evaluation of accounting and administrative staff (2 individuals).
  • Research, develop and maintain employee benefits including:
    • 401K retirement plan
    • health, vision and dental benefits
    • life and disability insurance
    • Flex Plan
  • Assist employees with benefit concerns or questions.
  • Develop and maintain employee personnel files.
  • Manage on boarding and employee review process.
  • Perform related administrative work as required.

DESIRABLE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Accounting/Finance or 2-year Associates degree with minimum 5 years’ experience
  • Minimum of 3 years similar work experience in accounting/HR with supervisory experience

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email Joan Cardona at payroll@idealprint.com.

SUMMARY: Cutter sets up, adjusts and operates all cutting equipment to prepare product to be printed, collated or bound, ensuring the meeting of customer specifications, in accordance with company policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Review job tickets and plan work process to ensure meeting of customer specifications.
  • Set up assigned machine to specifications, obtain approval of set up and run product.
  • Monitor assigned machine during run to ensure adherence to specifications. Unload machine and stack materials on carts. Make adjustments as needed to maintain specifications and operating speed.
  • Ensure the completion of jobs meeting quality and quantity requirements.
  • Perform all required maintenance to machines according to departmental procedures.
  • Troubleshoot machine problems, resolving if possible, notifying Lead Cutter or Manager as needed.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.
  • Complete and maintain all required paperwork, records, documents, etc.
  • Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.

MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Assist with collating and finishing as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires four years of high school and one to three years related experience; or a combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend job tickets, customer specifications, and memos. Ability to effectively communicate with other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to walk; use foot/feet to operate machines, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB TITLE: Print Production Scheduler
REPORTS TO: Production Manager

SUMMARY

The Print Production Scheduler works closely with production management to establish and drive a schedule that maximizes efficiency, resources, and capacity to meet customer requirements and deadlines in a cost-effective manner.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

• Review, record and traffic all work orders submitted to production for offset and digital print jobs plus prepress, finishing, mailing and shipping
• Coordinate with suppliers and outside vendors and proactively update Sales and Production Management team on items that could delay delivery date
• Prepare daily WIP and production management reports, and distribute as needed
• Provide administrative support to the Production Management team as needed
• Attend project-specific and production management meetings as needed and provide guidance on potential scheduling issues
• Provide timely feedback to Sales and Service team concerning job problems or delays that may affect the delivery date
• Partner with Purchasing to monitor material delays to ensure availability of approved materials required to support the manufacturing requirements based on the schedule
• Monitor status of work in progress, material availability and any proactively address potential scheduling problems
• Support production team members in troubleshooting when issues or questions arise

REQUIREMENTS

• 3+ years within a print production environment, preferably with print scheduling, production management, planning or estimating experience
• Strong working knowledge of all aspects of offset and digital print, mailing and bindery
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• Outstanding planning and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated innovation, creativity and decision-making abilities
• Strong quantitative and analytical skills
• Strong sense of urgency and attention to detail

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB TITLE: Mailing Data Specialist
DEPTARTMENT: Digital 
SUPERVISOR: Digital Manager

SUMMARY

This individual will be responsible for processing and presorting mailing data used in a variety of customer mailings, and will be a liaison between Ideal Printers Mailing team and the United States Postal Service.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Program assigned data and layout work, using a variety of software tools.
  • Working with and navigating USPS postal regulations.
  • Navigate and troubleshoot various data processing projects.
  • Interface directly with sales, accounting, and productions managers.
  • Follow Standard Work instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proficient in mail processing software (BCC Mail Manager experience preferred), Microsoft Access/Excel, postal software, dBase, and other text editing software.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign and Adobe Illustrator
  • Extensive knowledge of the direct mail industry
  • Extensive experience in direct mail data processing, including data clean up/sanitization and variable document composition (HP Smart Stream Designer knowledge is preferred).
  • Extensive experience in variable data printing/mailing.
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly, efficiently, and accurately while multi-tasking, ideally in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to perform on multi-faceted mail/data projects in conjunction with strict deadlines.

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB TITLE: Receiving Clerk                  
DEPARTMENT: Shipping and Receiving 
REPORTS TO:  Shipping and Receiving Supervisor

SUMMARY

This role receives materials, verify materials, distribute and store materials, data entry of materials for invoicing, and job costing.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Monitors all material into the facility
  • Assists loading and unloading trucks
  • Verify material to packing slip and PO or work order
  • Stage paper in press room according to schedule
  • Coordinate cutting of press stock according to schedule
  • Notify other departments and employees when their supplies arrive
  • Operate within safety guidelines, promote safety, and report any safety concerns to supervisor
  • Assist in other areas of the department as requested by supervisor
  • Communicate with purchasing to resolve receiving issues
  • Marking materials by identifying information using appropriate methods

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Cleans and clears receiving area, dock, and shop floor of debris or safety hazard
  • Provide prompt, courteous service to managers and employees
  • Assist with facility maintenance as requested, including snow and ice removal
  • Assist with warehouse operations

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE, AND EDUCATION

  • Ability to read and interpret all documents and proceed as needed
  • Basic computer and data entry skills
  • Communications skills for both verbal and in writing via email
  • Good listening skills allowing for appropriate action based on the request
  • Self-motivated, well organized, multi-task oriented, and ability to prioritize deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Team player who cooperates and acts in a professional manner
  • Flexible by adjusting positively to change in directions or assignments including but not limited to new programs, methods, practices, and procedures.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Standing, walking, stoop, kneel, crouch, and reaching with arms and hands
  • Lifting and pushing up to 50lbs.
  • Operate forklift, pallet jack, and automatic pallet wrapper.

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB TITLE: Manager of Customer Relations
FLSA:
Exempt
REPORTS TO: VP – Production

SUMMARY

The Manager of Customer Relations will be responsible for managing and coordinating the daily activities of the Project Management team. This will include department planning, creating work schedules and managing work-loads to budget and company policies and processes, while ensuring the needs of clients are being met.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, prepare, and devise work schedules with work load and budget in mind.
  • Lead the Project Manager team. Oversee estimating, job planning, write up tickets, mock-ups and layouts, project tracking, change orders, proofing, meeting deadlines and invoicing.
  • Ensure clear and concise communications with and between staff, internal departments and clients. Work actively to break down communication barriers and resolve any concerns on the part of clients.
  • Lead and coach assigned team members. Ensure all team members are held accountable to the same standards, and follow all established internal operating procedures and deadlines.
  • Maintain and enhance Customer Relations department by organizing and evaluating service and delivery systems and procedures. Proactively evaluate processes to achieve Ideal Printing’s goals and the ultimate client experience. Streamline processes, reduce waste and implement quality focused standards. Keep management abreast of systems and process improvement initiatives.
  • Attend management and production meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • 5-10 year experience leading/managing a team along with printing industry experience.
  • Proficient in English, both written and spoken.
  • Knowledge of Avanti, MIS software desired.
  • Experienced in customer service management, ensuring the needs of clients are anticipated and met.
  • Ability to coach and train team members while holding accountable to meet operating standards and deadlines.

JOB TITLE: Production Manager
REPORTS TO: VP – Operations

SUMMARY

The Production Manager leads a talented group across various production areas to produce high quality work within established deadlines.

RESPONSIBILTIES

  • Acts as a liaison between Manufacturing and Customer Service to manage execution of projects, consistently monitoring daily activities in each department.
  • Tracks deliverables, ensures customer deadlines are met. Communicates with Operations and related teams.
  • Troubleshoots issues and determines solutions to problems.
  • Coordinates complex delivery requirements with Shipping team (containers, customer pickups, drop shipments, etc.)
  • Identify potential vendors, specify vendors for projects, and negotiate terms .
  • Department Supervisors report directly to this position. Oversees performance and development of Supervisors.
  • Leads daily Production Meetings with Department Leaders and Customer Service.
  • Manages direct staff levels, hours, and contract labor to meet workload demands.
  • Ensures policies and procedures are followed, acting as a role model
  • Coordinates safety procedures and training across all production related teams.
  • Maintains high standards in housekeeping.
  • Participates in periodic staff meetings, as well as training and development programs as required for the position.
  • Undertake special projects at request of supervisor.

QUALIFICATION & SKILLS

  • Prefer 5+ years print and mailing industry related experience along with knowledge of offset, digital, print, mailing functions.
  • Proficient in English, both written and spoken.
  • Experience supervising Production Department personnel.
  • Experience directing, coordinating, and tracking Production department work to ensure all deadlines are met or exceeded.
  • Solid knowledge of print management (MIS) software desired, including estimating, job tracking, invoicing, customer management, and job scheduling. Ability to train others.
  • Knowledge of EOS integration systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of quality management and processes. LEAN knowledge preferred

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

JOB TITLE: Assembly Helper                   
DEPARTMENT: Finishing
REPORTS TO:  Finishing Supervisor 

SUMMARY

Perform various hand operations to assemble products. Utilize small hand tools including glue guns, tapers, etc. to assist with product assembly. Operate various small machines. Inspect and package finished product produced off manufacturing equipment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Read instructions from job envelope to determine type of assembly needed and quantity
  • Inspect products (finished goods and in-process)
  • Assemble products using small hand tools (glue guns, rollers, tapers, etc.)
  • Insert or apply accessories if needed to finish product (corrugated, velcro, elastic loops, etc.)
  • Collate and pack-out products
  • Operate small hand finishing equipment such as hand riveter, tangs, eyelets, stitcher, collator, drill, shrink wrapper and foil stamper
  • Transport product/material using power hand trucks
  • Maintain a neat and orderly work area
  • All other duties as assigned by Finishing Supervisor

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Good eye hand coordination and manual dexterity
  • Ability to use small hand tools

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Standing and walking
  • Required to talk and hear
  • Sitting and reaching with hands and arms
  • Stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Lifting and pushing up to 20lbs
  • Reasonable accommodations available for essential functions

ENVIRONMENT

  • Normal Conditions: 100% of a day

PPE REQUIREMENTS (PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT)

  • None required

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

OVERVIEW

We are seeking a highly organized and experienced individual to take on the role of Receiving Associate in our shipping/receiving department. As the Receiving Associate, you will be responsible for assisting with the receiving and handling of both large shipments and small packages within our organization. Your primary focus will be on ensuring the efficient and accurate receipt of goods, managing inventory records, coordinating with suppliers and carriers, and collaborating with various departments to streamline the logistics process.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Receiving and Inspection:

  • Execute the shipping/receiving and inspection of large shipments, small packages, machinery, equipment, and oversized products.
  • Verify contents against shipping documents and promptly address any discrepancies.
  • Collaborate with the quality assurance team to inspect shipments for accuracy and condition.

Inventory Management:

  • Maintain accurate records of received goods, update inventory databases, and track stock levels.
  • Allocate appropriate storage space and optimize inventory utilization for both large and small items.

Safety and Compliance:

  • Ensure safety protocols for handling large and heavy items as well as small packages during the receiving process.
  • Ensure compliance with company safety regulations and industry standards.
  • Utilize a forklift to ensure proper transport and storage.

Supplier and Carrier Coordination:

  • Communicate effectively with suppliers and freight carriers to schedule deliveries, track shipments, and manage any delivery challenges.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with vendors and carriers to improve shipping efficiency.

Cross-Functional Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with various departments, including warehouse, purchasing to facilitate the smooth flow of items through the distribution process.

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Maintain accurate documentation of all received shipments, inspection reports, and related paperwork.

Process Improvement:

  • Identify opportunities for process optimization and efficiency gains within the receiving department.
  • Implement best practices to enhance productivity and reduce errors in both large and small package shipments.

Training, Leading and Development:

  • Work with shipping/receiving team members on proper handling techniques for both large and small items, safety guidelines, and quality standards.
  • Ensure the safe and proper operation of forklifts and material handling equipment during the loading and unloading of received goods.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION

  • 1 year of experience in dispatch and warehouse operations.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED).

BENEFITS

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

SCHEDULE

  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Full-time
  • 8:00AM – 4:30PM

SUMMARY: Cutter sets up, adjusts and operates all cutting equipment to prepare product to be printed, collated or bound, ensuring the meeting of customer specifications, in accordance with company policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Review job tickets and plan work process to ensure meeting of customer specifications.
  • Set up assigned machine to specifications, obtain approval of set up and run product.
  • Monitor assigned machine during run to ensure adherence to specifications. Unload machine and stack materials on carts. Make adjustments as needed to maintain specifications and operating speed.
  • Ensure the completion of jobs meeting quality and quantity requirements.
  • Perform all required maintenance to machines according to departmental procedures.
  • Troubleshoot machine problems, resolving if possible, notifying Lead Cutter or Manager as needed.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.
  • Complete and maintain all required paperwork, records, documents, etc.
  • Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.

MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Assist with collating and finishing as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires four years of high school and one to three years related experience; or a combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and comprehend job tickets, customer specifications, and memos. Ability to effectively communicate with other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to walk; use foot/feet to operate machines, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

Position Summary: The Bindery Operator will run and maintain machines that bind and cut printed pages to produce marketing collateral and direct mail.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE – 3 – 5 years bindery experience

Responsibilities:

  • Operates machinery to cut, fold, trim, bind, and finish the final printed product.
  • Reads work orders and sets the machine in accordance with job specifications.
  • Completes trial run and evaluates the quality and appearance of the product.
  • Adjusts machinery as needed prior to starting the project.
  • Ensures that company’s safety regulations and procedures are followed.
  • Ensures that binding machines are in proper working order.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent mechanical skills and ability to troubleshoot problems with machinery.
  • Ability to work with, trimming, folding, and binding machines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to read work orders and follow instructions.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day Shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

Position Summary:  The Bindery Helper will help run and maintain machines that bind and cut printed pages to produce marketing collateral and direct mail.

Required Experience:  Entry level, some bindery experience preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Help operate machinery to cut, fold, trim, bind, and finish the final printed product.
  • Reads and understands work orders and job specifications.
  • Ensures that the company’s safety regulations and procedures are followed.
  • Help ensure that binding machines are in proper working order.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent mechanical skills and ability to troubleshoot problems with machinery.
  • Ability to work with trimming, folding, and binding machines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to read work orders and follow instructions.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day Shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

SUMMARY

The printing Press Feeder/Operator is responsible for the setup, adjustment, operation, and maintenance of a multi-unit, sheet-fed printing press.  The essential tasks to the position include loading and feeding paper, monitoring ink and water levels, and maintaining high quality end products.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Examine job tickets to define quantity, stock specifications, colors, and any special printing instructions.
  • Make ready to proof and customer specs.
  • Properly inspect product throughout press run to ensure quality printing, print clarity, color accuracy, ticket specifications.
  • Perform preventative maintenance as scheduled.
  • Load, position, and adjust paper into equipment feeding mechanisms.
  • Troubleshooting equipment as needed.
  • Maintain proper ink and water levels of press.
  • Check, set, and change rollers as necessary.
  • Assist supervisors in documentation and improvement procedures through creative thinking.
  • Facilitate teamwork among team members and between shifts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Follow all safety and workplace policies.

COMPETENCY AND SKILLS

  • Attention to detail with high level of accuracy.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to distinguish colors accurately.
  • Good interpersonal skills to effectively interact and with team members.
  • Mechanical aptitude.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION

  • Associate or trade school degree is preferred.

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience is preferred; however, training is available for the right applicant.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Ability to lift/move 50+ pounds repeatedly.
  • Walking, sitting, bending, twisting, reaching, pushing, pulling, and lifting may be required throughout the workday.

For more information regarding this position or to submit a resume, please email careers@idealprint.com.

SUMMARY

The role of the Prepress Technician is to preflight, troubleshoot, and prepare files for output to conventional plates using Kodak’s Prinergy Workflow, prepare for imposition, and have a strong working knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Suite desktop publishing applications.

RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Use specialized publishing software to format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce files ready for printing production
    • Develop overall layout and design of newsletters, brochures, books, posters, and other documents
    • Troubleshoot and repair problematic files as needed
    • Review client files for adherence to the client’s graphic identity standard and the United States Postal Service mailing regulations
    • Provide technical support for Account Executives and Client Services Engineers regarding new and traditional graphic arts techniques and procedures
    • Maintain literacy with latest design and offset printing technology, and evaluate new publishing and prepress software.
    • Work with supervisor to develop, implement, and maintain imaging and prepress workflow procedures
    • Detail-oriented and able to accurately read and interpret company-based job tickets
    • Keep an organized workspace both on the server and in the office so that others may easily locate pertinent information

REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS

    • Comprehensive computer skills using Macintosh OSX software/hardware
    • Possess solid time management skills with abilities to prioritize as workload fluctuates
    • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills both in file management and use of server‑based hierarchy
    • Basic knowledge of conventional print technical terminology such as, but not limited to: gripper, identifying proper color bars, imposition, ink percentages, PANTONE technology, double hits, keepaways, trapping, etc.
    • Strong typographic abilities, including excellent grammar and spelling, and familiar with use of font management software
    • Intimate understanding of all desktop publishing applications including but not limited to Adobe CS (Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and MS Excel/Word
    • Capable of manipulating photos using Photoshop, which includes, but not limited to, minor retouching, clipping paths/masks and color correction
    • Understanding of dielines, embossing and varnishes, and the ability to create these from scratch or make modifications to existing file
    • Working knowledge of bindery and press specifications and mail specifications (drill allowance, margins, bleeds etc.).
    • Familiarity with color corrections.
    • Strong mathematical skills.

QUALIFICATIONS

    • Minimum of five (5) years of graphic arts experience, or minimum of three years experience with two or more years of higher education.
    • Work background in offset and/or digital prepress
    • Possess solid time management skills with abilities to prioritize as workload fluctuates
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Willingness to work with clients one-on-one in a professional manner
    • Demonstrate excellent attention to detail
    • Demonstrate good judgement regarding positioning requirements
    • Demonstrate effective troubleshooting and communication skills
    • Ability to learn quickly
If interested, please submit resumes to Andy Olson, at andyo@idealprint.com.
 

SUMMARY

Is responsible for quality of product produced on the press. Prints jobs in order of production schedule. Is responsible for meeting estimated time to produce the jobs. Reads job tickets then sets up press and runs to match specifications of the job. Works with the other shift on the 240 to perform preventative maintenance of the press. Recommends repairs that require an outside mechanic.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Take direction from Production Manager.
  • Makes decisions on proper inks.
  • Mixes ink with the mixing station.
  • Preforms press checks with sales staff and Ideal customers.
  • Works with customer service / sales on ink questions.
  • Contact ink vendor when necessary.
  • Practice the internal / external MR theory.
  • Log in and out on jobs with Avanti to assist on costing and estimating.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability review press sheets for perfection

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Practice the 5S theory.
  • Keep press area clean.
  • Help in other departments if necessary.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

  • Good verbal communications.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Must be able to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Must be able to work closely with other operators.
  • Must be able to work with customer service and sales.
  • Able to troubleshoot all areas of the press

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Standing and walking
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Stoop, kneel and crouch
  • Lifting and pushing up to 50lbs.
  • Operate pallet jacks.
  • Operate pile turner.

Hours

  • 1:30-11:30 M-T-W-T

If interested, please submit resumes to Jay Cook, at jayc@idealprint.com.

We are seeking a talented, motivated Freelance Graphic Designer to collaborate with our creative team when we have too much work for our in-house team. You will develop visual concepts, coordinate images and create visual assets to be used in printed materials and websites. This role requires a highly creative and imaginative individual who can produce original, provocative and engaging visual content. Our Ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

    • a strong portfolio of successful design work
    • a bachelor’s degree in graphic design
    • comprehensive, expert-level knowledge of Adobe Suite and related design software
    • excellent grammar, punctuation and spelling
    • excellent communication and problem-solving skills
    • experience preparing files for printed media
    • ability to follow brand guidelines when building on existing client work
    • ability to create original content and new logo design for original work

If interested, please send resume to lana@idealprint.com.

Ideal Printers Inc is currently seeking a goal-oriented, energetic sales professional to join our team in Saint Paul.  This is a Business to Business outside sales position.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sell Ideal Printers product offering and services by interacting with new clients and prospects
  • New business development
  • Develop business plans for accounts to meet or exceed sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction objectives
  • Anticipate a customer’s needs, expectations, and sell Ideal services and capabilities to meet them
  • Maintain long-term consultative relationships with clients for repeat business growth
  • Be resourceful & take responsibility for controlling own success in our business growth

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two plus years of successful outside sales experience in the printing and or mailing industry
  • Existing sales volume of $500,000 or more per year
  • Ability to build strong relationships, strong sales and negotiating skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills—written and verbal
  • Confident personality suitable for handling cold calls and account management
  • Excellent presentation and organization skills
  • Possess and subscribe to high work and business ethics
  • Be highly organized and detail oriented with professional presentation ability

The ideal candidate will also exemplify our core values:

  • Positive energy
  • Serve the customer
  • Assumes positive intent
  • Easy to work with
  • Good character

For more information please contact Lana Siewert-Olson (President) at:

Office: 651-855-1043
Email: lana@idealprint.com

DEPARTMENT: Shipping and Receiving
REPORTS TO: Shipping and Receiving Supervisor

SUMMARY

This role drives a company vehicle for pickups and deliveries and assists in loading and unloading shipment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Must meet all current requirements dictated by the state Department of Transportation including a valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to adjust to changing priorities and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to interact directly with customers
  • Conform to company rules and obey all safety regulations; must pass safety training
  • Implement and monitor safety devices & procedures
  • Palletizes outgoing products by moving and handling products either manually, by forklift, or by pallet jacks
  • Drives company vehicles including but not limited to Cargo Vans and Dock trucks to deliver company product to customer; average10-20 stops per day loading and unloading product
  • Must be quality- and service-oriented for representing the company on the road • Keeps vehicles clean and neat at all times
  • Fills out inspection sheets required by State regulations
  • Make minor repairs on the vehicles
  • Reports the need for scheduled services and major problems on vehicles to supervisor

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assist with internal general bindery work if no driving work available
  • Cross-train in additional shipping duties
  • Cross-train in the receiving area
  • Perform other incidental duties as assigned by supervisor

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE, AND EDUCATION

  • Must be literate and have good problem-solving and communication skills
  • Must have good computer skills to operate in: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, and the Ideal operating system; Fluid typing skills preferred
  • Ability to operate GPS devices
  • Ability to read road and street maps; Familiar with street and highway metro area
  • Knows and obeys all traffic laws and driver courtesy rules

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Sitting and driving a truck or van
  • Loud machinery inside plant
  • Ability to lift, carry, and/or move heavy boxes (50+ lbs.) manually or with specified equipment

ENVIRONMENT

  • Box truck; van; forklift; hand truck

For more information regarding this position, or to submit a resume, please contact Jay Cook at jayc@idealprint.com or (651) 855.1060.