Job Openings

Print Production Manager

We are excited to invite an experienced print production manager to lead our purchasing team at Sounds True. Sounds True is a multimedia publisher producing 45–50 books/year and 20–30 audio programs per year. This person will act as the print production lead evaluating printing, binding, cost negotiations, vendor assessments, and quality control. The position is also responsible for cross-training internal teams on foundational print production skills and managing ongoing development. Sounds True is facing rapid growth and we need somebody that can dive in as we all push forward to thrive as a team.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Print Production Lead: Manage all print production needs for the company. Act as main liaison between the art team, print vendors, and the purchasing team in regards to print production logistics. Manage production of general trade hardcover/paperback and mass market books, including estimating length and costs through book printing and binding. Cross-train internal teams on foundational print production skills and manage ongoing development.
  • Purchasing Team Management: Act as the working manager of the purchasing team (two employees), meeting quarterly key objectives set by the VP of Operations. We are looking for a friendly, energetic, fun, and hard-working person to join our incredible team.
  • Quality: Inspect, approve, and route incoming audio/video samples, book wet proofs, book proofs, and pre-production samples from our vendors to enforce quality standards. Also, manage quality audits as needed with the warehouse, art team, and purchasing team.
  • Analysis and Cost Reduction: Assist with reducing costs across all physical good product lines (Books, Audio, Video, Kits, etc).
  • New Vendor Certification: Manage the sourcing of new vendor partners that meet our key requirements (FSC paper management, cost management, quality management, service, and on-time delivery).
  • Distribution Transition: Assist the VP of Operations with distribution transition projects (transitioning to Macmillan in May 2019).
  • Marketing Print Production: Assist the art team and project management team with marketing print production needs.
  • New Book Special Process Management: Act as lead in managing defining the book spec for all new Frontlist books that require special processes.
  • Special Process Research: Educate internal teams on trending processes or special effects in the publishing industry. Help Sounds True stay on top of creating beautiful, unique products while maintaining required costs.
  • Metrics: Pull the data and perform analytics for all purchasing metrics needed to help the department grow and meet key objectives set by the VP of Operations.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of pre-press, estimating, scheduling, paper, printing, and binding for trade and mass market book production
  • Must be highly-organized, detail-oriented, thorough, and accurate
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven culture; capable of effectively prioritizing work, multi-tasking, and following up to keep projects on track
  • Strong project management experience; effective at providing executive summary updates to the VP of Operations
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; Ability to verbalize and document in writing
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills with a high level of drive, humility, and people skills
  • Strong computer skills (MS Excel, ERP systems, Firebrand/Biblio Publishing software)

Desired Experience:

  • Minimum five years book production experience
  • Knowledge of publishing computer systems (Biblio, ERP systems, Firebrand, etc)
  • Minimum of two years of manager experience
  • A genuine connection to the mission of Sounds True a plus
  • Sounds True is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We offer an excellent working environment and great benefits.For more details you can visit SoundsTrue.com. To apply, please send a cover letter that expresses your interest along with your resume to HR@SoundsTrue.com.



    Joint Venture (JV) / Affiliate Manager

    Do you want to work with a group of people striving to create a wiser and kinder world? We value being of service, a commitment to growth and transformation, exceptional teamwork, authentic connection and being direct and kind. Sounds True, a multimedia publisher specializing in transformational learning, was founded in 1985. We are is seeking a Joint Venture/Affiliate Manager join our team.

    The Joint Venture (JV) / Affiliate Manager will manage all partnership outreach and maximize affiliate traffic to Sounds True marketing pages.

    The right candidate has excellent interpersonal skills, has an upbeat and positive attitude, and is an effective communicator. The JV/Affiliate Manager promotes Sounds True in the online world, continually seeks out new opportunities for partnering, and builds and nurtures relationships with both JV partners and affiliates.

    In this role, you are considered a dealmaker and will regularly reach out to new and existing affiliates, developing strong relationships, and providing value to Sounds True and our affiliate partners through exchanges. You will navigate affiliate requests with creativity, the spirit of cooperation, and mutual respect. Ultimately, your success will be measured not just by the success of our affiliate exchanges but by their ongoing management and the efficiency with which the deals are executed.

    Core Responsibilities

    Coordinate internal resources, JV partners, and affiliates for the flawless execution of affiliate promotions. This includes:
    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with JV partners and affiliates
    • Seeking out new JV partnerships
    • Recruiting new affiliates
    • Defining, maintaining, and executing affiliate partnership deals and agreements
    • Driving affiliate exchanges for our courses and summit launches
    • Ensuring that all JV relationships and affiliate promotions achieve desired outcomes
    • Staying alert to work done by the rest of the team and how it interacts with and effects affiliate promotions
    • Liaising with channel managers to execute affiliate commitments such as mailing schedules and targets
    • Reporting and sharing affiliate performance on a per-project basis
    • Managing affiliate tracking and payouts
    • Raising issues early, participating in problem solving, and proposing solutions when company objectives or deadlines are at risk or potentially at risk
    • Maintaining an efficient and transparent flow of information to and from the rest of the Sounds True team
    • Collaborating with Digital Promotions team on social media opportunities, both paid and organic
    • Managing content marketing opportunities
    • Assisting in affiliate software migration from HasOffers to Post Affiliate Pro by Summer 2019
    • Maintaining documentation and procedures describing the role and activities of the JV/Affiliate Manager
    • Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information

    Requirements

    • Ability to navigate multiple inputs from senior leaders within the organization
    • Ability to work and communicate effectively with C-level executives
    • Proficiency in affiliate management tools such as third-party software, program management, and tracking (HasOffers, Post Affiliate Pro, Mail Chimp, Bronto, Google Business apps)
    • Expert ability to organize and track multiple projects at the same time
    • Expert ability to manage expectations and maintain relationships with hundreds of affiliates
    • Extraordinary attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Exceptional writing skills
    • Highly outcome-focused and personally accountable
    • Organized and effective at personal time management
    • Articulate and effective communicator
    • Collaborative and inclusive information gatherer and decision maker, working closely with all company areas to drive projects to success
    • Habitually meets deadlines, including pro-actively revising active projects and agreements for any changes before missed deadlines
    • Reliable and consistent follow-through, forming express verbal and written agreements
    • Wise and discerning in vetting potential JV offerings; an eye for quality
    • The ideal candidate will have a connection to the mission of Sounds True

    Success Criteria / Outcomes:

    • Creates and meets goals for affiliate traffic in support of launches and other promotions
    • Recruits and maintains outstanding relationships with quality JV partners

    Sounds True is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We offer an excellent working environment and great benefits.For more details you can visit SoundsTrue.com. To apply, please send a cover letter that expresses your interest along with your resume to HR@SoundsTrue.com.



    Work Environment

    At Sounds True, we are experimenting with the creation of a unique business culture. Life is short, and we want to make the most of it—including the time we spend together in the workplace. To that end:

    • We encourage people to “be themselves”—to bring their whole person to the workplace, without facade. We value authenticity and truth-telling combined with respectful communication. We want to relate to each other as whole people, heartfully and honestly, because that’s how the most genuine and meaningful connections are generated.

    • The Sounds True work environment is simultaneously casual and active. We want Sounds True to be a place where we have a very good time, but where we also get a lot done! Concentrated and relaxed; open and focused—these are the koans of our workplace.

    • We value personal growth and the many opportunities that the work environment provides for learning about ourselves, our impact on others, and how we can communicate and collaborate more effectively. We recognize that the more we develop our relational skills, the more effective we will be as a force for positive change in the world.