Excellent Career Opportunities in KU Press, Kenya

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Excellent Career Opportunities in KU Press, Kenya

Kenyatta University - Career Opportunities in a Fast Growing Institution
Kenyatta University seeks to recruit competent and dedicated applicants to fill up the following positions:
Kenyatta University Press (KUP)

1. Deputy Manager - Printing Services
Purpose: To be the principal assistant to the University Press Manager in the production of high quality printed materials for the University in an economical, cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner.

Qualifications / Skills:
  • Bachelors Degree / Higher National Diploma (HND) in Printing Technology / Printing & Packaging Technology or a closely related field from a recognized university
  • At least five (5) years relevant work experience gained within the printing industry, two (2) of which must as a Supervisor or head of section within the industry
  • Working knowledge of design, layout and imposition, plate making, offset printing press, digital printing, binding and print-finishing operations
  • Practical experience in offset lithographic and digital printing processes
  • Familiar with all pre-press, press and post-press printing operations
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills
2. Editor-In-Chief
Purpose: The Editor-In-Chief is responsible for the overall quality and content of Kenyatta University Press publications. 

S/he sets the editorial tone and standards and has overall responsibility for the editorial and legal aspects of all Kenyatta University Press publications.

The Editor-in-Chief will be expected to assist in the setting up of editorial services at Kenyatta University Press and take lead in the formulation of Kenyatta University Press editorial strategy, in line with the overall University Press strategy.

Qualifications / Skills:
  • Bachelors Degree in Media/ Communication/ Publishing or English language from a recognized institution
  • Masters Degree in the relevant area will be an added advantage
  • At least five (5) years relevant editorial experience in a busy modern publishing house
  • A thorough knowledge of the English language
  • Must be a current member in good standing of a relevant professional association
  • Past experience with editing of university level books / publications is essential
  • Active in research evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Has concentration, accuracy and great attention to detail, persistence and the ability to spend long hours staring at the same sentence
  • Has analytical judgment, or the ability to make quick decisions about something's significance, place in context, or truthfulness
  • Self-motivated, has the ability to multitask and the ability to work on tight deadlines
  • Innovative, creative, and able to think of different permutations on their feet
  • Has computer skills and is conversant with standard editorial and writing computer packages
  • Tactful and has skill for negotiating changes with authors
  • Has a methodical working style
3. Production Planner
Purpose: The Production Planner reviews layouts of book and journal manuscripts, forms, bound publications, pamphlets, handbooks, leaflets, and other material for printing; and estimates the production cost for printing of the desired quantity; evaluates the capabilities of the printing operations including design, press work and printing finishing with specifications to be used in the production of the printed material; and performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications / Skills:
  • KCE Division II/ KCSE mean Grade C+ and above
  • Diploma in Printing Technology / Printing & Packaging Technology from the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) or any other recognized institution
  • British Printing Industries (BPIF) Advanced Certificate in Estimating for printers or higher
  • British Printing Industries (BPIF) Certificate in Estimating for Printers will be an added advantage
  • At least five (5) years relevant working experience in a busy offset printing press, 3 (three) of which in costing / estimating
  • Experience in cost accounting will be an added advantage
  • Numerate and computer literate with thorough working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheets and database management computer packages
  • Able to analyze data and generate management Crystal Reports using standard workflow packages and modules
  • Thorough knowledge of computerized costing and estimating for both offset lithographic and digital production processes is essential
  • Experience with Printsum Costing–Estimating Management Information System will be a definite advantage
  • Good working knowledge of printing equipment and production inputs (raw materials) is essential
4. Pre-Press Graphic Technician
Purpose: The Pre-press Graphic Technician shall design and produce accurate and high quality files for print production. 

S/he shall coordinate workflow with production teams and customers to ensure exceptional customer service delivery within targets and goals set by management.

Qualifications / Skills:
  • KCE Division III / KCSE mean grade C (plain) and above
  • Diploma in Printing Technology (Print Origination or Offset Lithographic Printing and Plate-making Option) from the Technical University of Kenya or any other recognized institution
  • At least three (3) years pre-press working experience
  • At least 3 years solid Macintosh based experience working with all major software (including Indesign, Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Pitstop and others)
  • A documented background of problem solving and process improvement working on a digital network utilizing Macs, RIP’s, file servers, digital proofers, and CTP workflows
  • Experience with Printsum Workflow is a definite advantage
  • Experience working with computerized plate making (CTP) technology
  • Able to output digital files to various output devices
  • Able to work with various graphic design and layout software applications commonly used on Mac's and PC's
  • Thorough understanding of digital file formats (pdf, tiff, eps, jpeg, etc.) from different operating systems (Mac and PC) is required
  • Proficient in Adobe Suite CSS platform and PDF workflow
  • Experience with imposition software (Mac) and Adobe Creative Suite software (PC) is essential
  • Advanced color management skills and the ability to work with different digital file formats are required
  • Solid understanding of the offset printing process and how one color affects another
  • Mechanical skills and ability to use small hand tools in order to make minor repairs and perform maintenance on a flatbed scanner, image setter, and automated plate processing equipment is required
How to Apply

Applicants and Referees should write directly to:

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)
Kenyatta University
P. O. Box 43844 – 00100

Applications and letters from the referees should be received not later than, Monday, 15th February 2016

Kenyatta University is an equal opportunity employer and canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Women and persons with disability are encouraged to apply.

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