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Candidate of the week: Experienced Print Minder/Print Production Manager

Tuesday, 18 November 2008
By Print 21 Online Article

OVERVIEW
I arrived in Perth in early November 2008 having been granted permanent residency in Australia, with my skills verified by Trades Recognition Australia.  With over 21 years’ print experience I am seeking a print position that either will enable me to provide me with the opportunity to practise my craft or further develop my production management skills.

I have extensive machine minding experience and knowledge of overseeing die-stamping, gilt-edging, book-binding, thermographic process, embossing (deboss and emboss), letterpress printing, and aiding customers and their designers to provide print-ready artwork.

 

MACHINE EXPERIENCE

Print Machines

  • Heidelberg MOPZ Five Colour    Heidelberg MO Single Colour
  • Heidelberg GTO46 Four Colour    Heidelberg MOFP Two Colour
  • Heidelberg GTO52 Two Colour    Heidelberg SORM-Z Two Colour
  • Heidelberg GTO46 Single Colour    Akira Seisakusho 18-EF Mk III Four Colour
  • Akira Seisakusho 18-EF Three Colour    The Osaka Printing Ink Mfg Co Model 144
  • Conserver Diddie    Heidelberg Platen
  • Thompson Platen    Hamada H234A
  • AB Dick 9920 with T51    Xerox iGen3 Digital Press (Xerox certified)

Pre-Press
HighWater Platinum 2218 CTP    PTE Lithoflow metal plate processor

Finishing

  • Caslon Thermographic Machine    Duplo DC6 Mini 6 Station Collator
  • Kasfold 2000 Booklet maker    MultiGraf Eurofolder
  • Morgana Foldnak 40 + Nagel Trimmer    Morgana Autocreaser 33
  • Morgana Docufold MK2   


PERSONAL INFORMATION

I take pride in my work and like to work methodically and efficiently.  I have a creative streak and enjoy problem solving.  I consider myself polite and courteous and fully understand the importance of these qualities.  I am able to communicate well with people at all levels, from different social and economic backgrounds.  I have greatly developed organisational skills and can prioritise workloads and successfully meet deadlines.

I am reliable and trustworthy, have a good sense of humour and possess the ability to develop and motivate myself and others.  I am a capable worker with effective time management skills.  I have developed into a strong team member, happy to contribute ideas and energy, as well as being able to work on my own initiative.

I am fully computer literate with knowledge of all the major modern operating systems.  The technical aspect of building computers also interests me.  I have undertaken several computing courses in my free time, including C/C++ Programming and A+ Certification among others.

I enjoy playing team sports including cricket and rugby.  I also enjoy pool and snooker.  I love travelling and the underwater world and snorkel whenever possible.  I enjoy socialising locally with friends and take a keen interest in local activities.  I am married with no children.

 
WORK EXPERIENCE

Barnard & Westwood Ltd, 9 Railway Street, London, N1 9EE
7 January 2008 to 31 October 2008
Production Manager

Duties   
As the Production Manager I was responsible the smooth running of all litho/digital print and book-binding production work using the Optimus/Printcost management information system.  I reported to the managing director and had line-managerial responsibility for eleven staff in the factory consisting of two lithographic printers, one digital printer, a guillotine operator, a print finisher, two finishing hands, three book-binders and one book-binding manager.  I followed the job from estimating to artwork, printing, delivery and invoicing.  I was able to bring my extensive hands-on print experience to the role, ensuring all work is carried out to the highest standard and often very tight deadlines to guarantee complete customer satisfaction in a very competitive print market.  Confidentiality is also key given that our customers included Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Lloyds of London.

Call Print Services Ltd
108-110 Westferry Studios, Milligan Street, London, E14 8AS
22 November 2004 – 4 January 2008
Litho/Digital Print Production Manager

Prontaprint St Paul’s & The City Ltd
1 Creed Lane, London, EC4V 5BR
5 November 2002 – 19 November 2004
Print Machinist

Cantate Communications (previously A G Bishops & Sons Ltd)
Cray Valley Road, St Marys Cray, Orpington, Kent, BR5 2HB
20 March 2000 – 2 November 2002
Print Machinist

 

Besley & Copp Ltd
1 Otter Court, Manaton Close, Exeter, Devon. EX2 8PF
17 November 1997 – 17 March 2000
Print Machinist

Sprint Quality Printers
8b Okehampton Place, St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, EX4 1AY
15 March 1996 – 14 November 1997
Print Machinist

Besley & Copp Ltd
1 Otter Court, Manaton Close, Exeter, Devon. EX2 8PF
5 June 1987 – 12 March 1996
Print Machinist

EDUCATION

The Open University, UK, 2006 – Present  
Y159 Understanding Management (June 2008)
S196 Planets: An Introduction (June 2007)
Y153 Breakthrough to Mathematics, Science and Technology (October 2006)

Exeter College, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, January 1999 – August 1999
City and Guilds 4242 Basic Computer Skills
City and Guilds Level 1 Microsoft Access
City and Guilds Level 2 Programming and Coding in C++

Scheidegger, (Home Study), May 1998 – May 1999
Association of Computer Programmers Level 1 Programming in C/C++

St Thomas High School, Exeter, Devon, 1983 – July 1987
‘O’ Level Geography; CSE Biology, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, History, English & Technical Drawing

References available upon request.

kevin.higgins@ymail.com

 

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