Pre-press/Graphics Specialist

Department:  Design

Reports To:  Design Lead
Employment Status:  Full Time
Core Hours:  7:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday. Hours are subject to change based on customer demands
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Position Summary:
The purpose of this position is to produce innovative and high-quality package designs.  Attention to detail and ability to prepare AI/PDF files for samples, proofs, and production with little or no notice on time are a key requirement for this position.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for review of images and designs in Creative Suite software with an emphasis on prepress requirements
  • Responsible for entering and maintaining QPI spec database and prepress spreadsheet
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to ensure your part of overall design is completed on time
  • Responsible for using FTP website to send/receive large files
  • Responsible for preapproval of art files
  • Responsible for producing art proofs for jobs produced at QPI, and sending hard copy or electronic PDF proofs to customers for approval
  • Responsible for preparing files for print using internal ripping software
  • Responsible to assist in prototype packages that require artwork
  • Ability to maintain an “open mind” when discussing various portions of the overall design project
  • Ability to modify work schedule based on customer demand
  • Assist in maintenance and updates to design center project list
  • Responsible for following and enforcing QPI safety policy and procedures
  • Responsible for proper placement of native art files onto QPI internal printing layout
  • Must be an effective communicator when discussing or reviewing customer native art files
  • Photograph samples for image database (Photoshop)


  • Must have high skill level using Adobe Creative Suite software: Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat PRO, Photoshop, InDesign (listed in order of importance)
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • The ability to perform math with an emphasis on layout.
  • Must be a self starter and be able to prioritize with little direction
  • Must exhibit the following competencies:
  1. Job Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills. Keeps abreast of current developments.  Requires minimal supervision. Displays understanding of how job relates to others.  Uses resources effectively.
  2. Quantity of Work: Meets productivity standards. Completes work in a timely manner. Strives to increase productivity. Achieves established goals.
  3. Quality of Work: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Displays commitment to excellence. Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.  Applies feedback to improve performance. Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  4. Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to use sound judgment, utilizing QPI procedures and policies, when making decisions.
  5. Communication: Expresses ideas and thoughts clearly, both verbally and in written form. Exhibits good listening and comprehension. Keeps team adequately informed. Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  6. Dependability: Responds to request from supervisor and team. Follows instructions, responds to senior management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions. Commits to doing the best job possible. Keeps commitments. Meets attendance and punctuality guidelines.
  7. Teamwork: Establishes and maintains effective relations. Exhibits tact, consideration, and openness to others’ views. Balances team and individual responsibility. Gives and welcomes feedback. Contributes to building a positive team spirit and puts success of team above own interests.
  8. Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity. Meets challenges with resourcefulness. Generates suggestions for improving work. Develops innovation approaches and ideas.
  9. Initiative: Volunteers readily, undertakes self-development activities and seeks increased responsibilities. Takes independent actions and calculated risks. Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
  10. Planning and Organization: Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently. Sets goals and objectives.
  11. Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands. Accepts criticism and feedback. Changes approach on method to best fit situation.
  12. Project Management: Develops project plans, coordinates projects, communicates changes and progress.  Completes projects on time and budget.
  13. Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate people in decision-making process. Makes timely decisions.
  14. Cost Consciousness: Works within approved budget, conserves organizational resources. Develops and implements cost saving measures. Contributes to profits and revenue.


  • Must have 1-2 years’ work experience specializing in Adobe Creative Suite, Production Art, and Pre-press graphics
  • Associates degree in Graphic Design or Pre-Press

Work Environment: 
This position is routinely required to work in an environment that is moderately noisy.

Physical Demands:
This position is required to stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. This position is required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or touch more than 2/3 of the time. This position does require the individual to lift up to 10 lbs. Close and color vision, as well as the ability to adjust focus are required to perform this position.
The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Share This

Enjoy the article so far? Recommend it to your friends and peers.