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Careers at Solopress

Solopress are hiring! As one of the UK's fastest growing commercial printers, we're looking for great people to join our very friendly, hardworking team. The wellbeing of our employees is just as important to Solopress as ensuring the total satisfaction of every single customer who use our 24-hour turnaround printing and design services. So what are you waiting for? Apply now and grow with us!

All the jobs advertised below are full time only and based at the Solopress premises in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

To apply for any of these positions (unless instructed otherwise in the job listings below), please e-mail your CV and a cover letter to shannon.sheppard@solopress.com. Please don't phone or write to us regarding your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. No enquiries from recruitment agencies. Thank you.

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Administrator

Solopress are looking for an experienced Administrator to join our busy office team. You'll need to be well organised, excellent at prioritising and able to take direct orders from management and directors. 

Qualifications:

Must be numerate, literate and have strong IT skills

Skills:

  • Filing – organisation
  • IT abilities
  • Fully familiar with Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Well organised, detail-oriented and accurate
  • Friendly and helpful
  • Flexible and able to prioritise a changing to-do list
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Self-motivated worker
  • Articulate, with excellent communication skills
  • Able to work well on a team
  • Able to take direction

Experience:

Previous experience in an office environment is essential. Previous experience working closely with Directors is an asset

Duties:

  • General administrative and clerical tasks, including answering the telephone, filing, copying and taking payments
  • Taking direct orders from Managers and Directors, and providing assistance where needed
  • Organising a busy office
  • Prioritising an ever-changing to-do list

Bench Hand

Solopress are looking for an able Bench Hand to work in the Finishing Department of our busy facility. 

Qualifications:

Must be literate and numerate, but specific qualifications are not essential.

Skills:

  • Fast learner
  • Good work ethic
  • Flexible attitude
  • Packing skills
  • General warehouse abilities
  • Keenness to learn how to operate finishing machinery and increase knowledge of the print industry

Experience:

Previous warehouse/packing experience would be an asset for the role of Bench Hand, but is not essential.

Main Duties:

  • Packing orders to prepare for despatch
  • Preparing packaging for orders to despatch
  • Assisting Print Finishers when necessary

Salary:

National minimum wage with a view to increase

Hours:

Monday to Friday; 40 hours per week, shifts TBC.

Credit Controller

Solopress are looking for a Credit Controller to join the Accounting Department at our successful and thriving print company.

Qualifications:

  • Numeracy, GCSE-level or equivalent
  • Literacy, GCSE-level or equivalent

Skills:

  • Strong math skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Fully familiar with Microsoft Office suite – Excel in particular
  • Credit control skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Friendly and helpful attitude
  • Flexible and able to prioritise a changing to-do list
  • Detail-oriented and accurate
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Self-motivated team player
  • Articulate, with excellent communication skills

Experience:

  • Experience working with an Accounts department in essential
  • Previous Credit Controller experience is desirable

Duties:

  • Credit control for the company
  • Chasing payments
  • Processing payments and invoices
  • Assisting with general accounts duties as required

Digital Marketing Exec - SEO & PPC

Solopress are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing Exec - SEO & PPC to manage internal and external online marketing campaigns.

You’ll need to be a creative thinker, with a soft spot for data, complemented by experienced web skills. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with at least a year’s experience managing SEO, PPC & digital marketing campaigns.

Essential Skills:

  • Understanding of business & branding online
  • Good grasp of English language, able to proofread own work and the work of others
  • Able to write engaging, authoritative and correct content and blog posts with the aim of building inbound links
  • Setting up and managing social media campaigns
  • Knowledge of Pay Per Click campaigns & Adwords/Bing Ads
  • Good analytical skills, able to translate visitor and conversion data into succinct meaningful reports for clients and colleagues
  • Analytic tools such as Google Analytics, Bing Webmaster tools, Moz, Statcounter or others
  • Results driven and able to communicate all aspects of SEO, PPC and digital marketing with clients and colleagues
  • A passion for good user experience
  • Able to deal with 404s and redirections correctly
  • Always up to date with the latest SEO, PPC and digital marketing practices
  • Fresh, creative ideas with ROI

Highly Desirable Skills:

  • Able to implement schema structured data
  • Usage of CMS plugins to manage SEO on platforms such as WordPress
  • Able to audit the speed of a website and suggest/implement ways to improve load time
  • Knowledge of semantic HTML 5 markup, and some basic web design skills
  • eCommerce experience
  • If you have previous Photoshop or similar experience, this would be an advantage for creating your own graphics to go alongside any ads and blogs you create, but is not essential

Graphic Designer

Solopress are looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to join our in-house design team. You should be capable of quickly producing original and creative ideas in print and must have excellent skills in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Qualifications:

Not essential, but must be literate and numerate

Skills:

  •     Highly proficient in Adobe Creative Suite such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
  •     Excellent customer care – both verbally and written
  •     Good telephone manner
  •     Excellent communication skills
  •     Must work as part of a small team
  •     Good understanding of the print industry and reproduction of artwork

Experience:

  •     Experience in the print industry desirable but not essential
  •     Must be experienced in designing leaflets, stationery, logo design and brochures
  •     Experience of working from client design briefs
  •     Must be capable from seeing the job from initial brief through to print ready artwork
  •     Experienced in using Apple Mac (Adobe Creative Suite)
  •     Experienced in dealing with customers

Main Duties:

  •     Create designs from the information supplied from the sales team
  •     Work to clients’ design briefs to create artwork for print
  •     Liaise with the sales team and the pre press department
  •     Update the company’s system at each stage of the process
  •     Ensure the quality of job output for correctness and image quality

Heidelberg Lithographic Printer

We’re currently looking for an experienced Lithographic Printer Machine Minder on the Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 sheetfed offset litho printing press, to join our Lithographic Print department.

Qualifications:

  • Must be literate and numerate
  • No other qualifications essential but previous Speedmaster 74 experience is an asset

Skills:

  • Self motivated
  • Good communication skills
  • Good eye for detail
  • Willing to stay until job is completed
  • Hand finishing essential on some jobs

Experience:

Must have worked as a machine minder/ Lithographic Printer on a Speedmaster 74 5/6 colour.

Duties:

  • Print jobs using Speedmaster 74s
  • Ensure that the final printed product is finished in time for despatch
  • Monitor quality of job output for correctness and image quality
  • Update the system at each stage of the process
  • Work within the company’s Quality Management System
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems

Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday, 2:00am to 10:00am

Pre Press Operator: Digital and Lithographic

Solopress are looking for an experienced Pre Press Operator: Digital and Lithographic to join our Pre Press department. The Pre Press Operator will be responsible for formatting artwork, ensuring bleed is added, files are at the right size and ready for print. Pre flight checks will be run using Pitstop and the Pre Press Operator will also run plates for lithographic production.

Responsibilities to include:

  • Pre flight checking using Pitstop
  • Adding bleed, resizing files, checking artwork
  • Liaise with printers on work flow
  • Update the in-house data base system
  • Ensuring work is completed to meet deadlines

Skills and Experience:

  • Proficient in Adobe InDesign
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator
  • Proficient in Impositions (planning of booklets and brochures)
  • Knowledge of Kodak Prinergy preferred but not essential
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Experience in the pre press desired
  • Experience in printing desired

Print Finishers

Solopress are looking for Print Finishers to join our Print Finishing department. This is a fantastic opportunity for a hard-worker willing to learn in a thriving and successful online printing company.

Qualifications:

Must be literate and numerate, but qualifications not essential

Skills:

  • Fast learner, people skills, common sense
  • Good work ethic
  • Flexible attitude
  • Willing to learn and operate various machines

Experience:

Experience in the online print industry is not essential

Main Duties:

  • Various print finishing roles
  • Learn and operate finishing machinery
  • Pack boxes for shipping/delivery

SEO Assistant

Solopress are looking for an experienced SEO Assistant to join our digital marketing team.

We also welcome enquiries from talented college or university graduates looking for an ideal first job in SEO and digital marketing.

Essential Skills:

  • Knowledge of all the latest Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques and technologies
  • Capable of using analytic tools such as Google Analytics, Bing Webmaster tools, Moz or others
  • Able to deal with 404’s and redirections correctly
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Always up to date with the best SEO practices

Highly Desirable Skills:

  • Blogging or content writing
  • Photoshop or similar design experience to create your own graphics for blogs, infographics and banners
  • Able to implement schema structured data

Warehouse Cleaner

Solopress are seeking a dedicated Warehouse Cleaner for our busy and successful factory.

Qualifications:

No specific qualifications are required

Skills:

  • Manual handling skills are necessary
  • Forklift experience would be advantageous but is not required

Experience:

  • Experience in a factory/warehouse environment is desirable
  • Experience in the print industry would be a bonus
  • Flexible, positive attitude and willingness to work with the team to get jobs completed is an asset

Main Duties:

  • Using a forklift to unload deliveries (training can be provided)
  • Sweeping and cleaning to ensure the factory is kept tidy at all times
  • Emptying bins around the factory
  • Any other cleaning tasks as required

Salary:

National minimum wage

Hours:

Monday to Friday; 40 hours per week

Xerox iGen 4 Digital Print Operators

Solopress are looking for experienced Xerox iGen 4 Operators to join our Digital Print department.

Qualifications:

Not essential, but must be literate and numerate

Skills:

  • Self motivated
  • Good communicator
  • Good eye for detail
  • Willing to stay until job is completed
  • Hand finishing required on some jobs

Experience:

  • Worked in similar role before
  • Xerox iGen 4

Main Duties:

  • Ensure that the final printed product is finished in time for the dispatch team
  • Update the system at each stage of the process
  • Work within the company's Quality Management System
  • Monitor quality of job output for correctness and image quality
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems. Arrange for the engineers to attend if necessary