Production Manager – Trade, Reference & Kids

New York, United States Full-time

At Lonely Planet we live to travel. Everything we do is designed to inspire and enable travelers to get out there, connect with the world and have great experiences. Across all areas of Lonely Planet, we look for talented people who share our passion.


Position Overview:

The Production Manager – Trade, Reference and Kids is primarily responsible for the successful production and delivery of Lonely Planet’s growing illustrated non-fiction and kids lists. The books include illustrated non-fiction, novelty and sticker books for publication globally in both English and coedition. It excludes Lonely Planet’s guidebook and phrasebook lists, which are produced in Australia.


The role is responsible for scheduling titles created by the Trade & Reference and LP Kids  teams, including the creation of effective and timely sales materials, blads and dummies. The role will assist Editors with accurate budgeting, ensure the best and most cost-effective production resources are secured for each book, and book and deliver files to repro houses and printers in the Far East, Europe and North America. Printed stock will then be delivered to our central warehouse in Singapore, where Lonely Planet’s Supply Chain team will organise fulfillment.


The role will be able to advise commissioning editors and designers on the best print options and format solutions for their ideas, securing print quotes, paper stocks and safety tests, working closely with the Supply Chain team in Melbourne.


It will also be the central point of contact for all biblio information, ensuring that printers, supply chain, sales and marketing teams globally, and company databases are kept up-to-date with accurate product information. It will also handle coedition and special sales printing and production.


The ideal candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of colour publishing and production processes, as well as experience of producing more complex novelty and gift products for sale in bookstores and coedition.

Key Result Areas:


Production delivery

  • Ensuring all Illustrated Non-fiction books are created on time, to budget and meeting the quality expectations of the brand.
  • Creation of title schedules, including creation of sales materials and budgets
  • Quality control on all products, including sales materials produced by the editorial teams
  • Assist Lonely Planet in its goal to become a bigger gift publisher by setting up scalable, effective processes and systems
  • Management of all bibliographic data and book-specific master data, and being the central point of contact for pricing, schedules, spec and format for all Trade & Reference and LP Kids titles
  • Communicating all product specs clearly to S&M teams, Supply Chain and external suppliers, including printers and repro houses.
  • Oversee appropriate product testing as appropriate


Print production

  • Responsible for scheduling and order placement of print jobs across both new editions and reprints (based on pricing grids) to Lonely Planet’s preferred print partners
  • Prepare the print & purchase requisitions forecasts to support the timely communications with the printers and reserve print capacities
  • Jointly responsible for ensuring that Lonely Planet’s overall Print spend and the Print, Paper and Bind Price Per Unit are delivered within the assigned budgets
  • Maintain product print & packing specifications data to ensure the latest specifications are used in the print production process
  • Ensure the prompt receipt of printed books through timely checking and processing of print invoices
  • Ensure that print runs are entered in FSC system, and documentation is kept in accordance with FSC audits
  • Ensure purchase orders are maintained and include the correct completion date in real time
  • Creation and supply of files to repro houses, printers and coedition publishers
  • Communicate with repro houses, printers and sourcing agencies to to obtain accurate repro, print and packaging quotes and timing options
  • Liaise with Supply Chain team for paper, freight & warehousing, plus suppliers and agents for print solutions



  • Responsible for providing coedition print prices, specs and schedules, working closely with Supply Chain team in Melbourne
  • Creation and maintenance of production schedule for co-editions
  • Managing and booking co-edition printing to ensure that co-editions are delivered on time, in accordance with customer and FSC specifications
  • Responsible for checking print-suitability of files supplied by coedition publishers


Teamwork & Communication

  • Work as part of the LP community to create a positive, tolerant and harmonious work environment
  • Be honest, approachable and responsive to the resolution of work-related matters
  • Deal with all staff in a helpful, courteous and respectful manner
  • Communicate ideas which may improve the efficiency, performance or standards of your department and be open to the consideration of new ideas
  • Actively participate in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback to ensure understanding and open team relationships


Policies & Procedures

  • Actively ensure that the workplace is kept free from harassment, bullying behaviour and discrimination through thoughtful behaviour and leading by example
  • Work in accordance with Lonely Planet policy and procedural guidelines
  • Comply with all Occupational Health and Safety guidelines, reporting any potential risks or hazards
  • Follow safe work practices for self and others.

Key Skills / Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications / Attributes:



  • Experience in a production role on a colour trade list
  • In-depth knowledge of book production processes from concept to publication
  • Knowledge of colour reproduction and Far East printers
  • Experience of trade publishing to a global market, including coedition publishing
  • Highly organised with a keen eye for detail and good time-management skills
  • A flexible attitude and thorough approach to work
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, on schedule, to budget with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible and consultative, yet deadline oriented, with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure
  • Expert with Adobe production software, particularly flight-checking file,s pdf creation and editing
  • Knowledge of Enfocus Pitstop would be useful



  • Passion for travel
  • Tertiary qualifications
  • A demonstrated understanding and application of project management skills
  • Strong editing and proofing skills
  • Experience of gift sourcing

What’s in it for you? 

This is an exceptional opportunity to work for a growing team in a globally loved brand in a truly global company, with offices in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, China & India. You will also receive 3 weeks of vacation, a competitive salary based on your experience and region, 401K and great medical coverage.

I’m In!

Please ensure you submit a cover letter detailing your salary expectations along with your CV telling us why you’d like to join our team.

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