Prepress Specialist

· Remote Work (Home Office), Nevada
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Salary based on candidate's experience and qualifications. Minimum offer of $40,000 USD or $45,000 CAD, plus benefits

Application Deadline: October 29, 2021


At Panda, we care about the games we make and value the unique perspective each person brings to the table. We believe we are stronger when we incorporate a diverse set of voices from people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. Applicants from communities underrepresented in the tabletop games industry are encouraged to apply.


Company Background


Panda Game Manufacturing is a world renowned tabletop game manufacturer. With a focus on industry-leading component quality and service, we have produced thousands of tabletop games for clients around the world. Panda works with first-time game designers as well as industry titans to create products ranging from small card games to award-winning deluxe board games.  


Our head office is located in Vancouver, Canada. Our manufacturing base is in Shenzhen, China, and we have a team working remotely from their home offices in over 20 cities across North America and Europe. Our common bond is our passion to produce (and play) the best quality games in the business!


Job Description


Panda is currently seeking a full-time Prepress Specialist with a minimum of 2 years of work experience who will be responsible for working closely with our clients and their graphic designers to help get their project files ready for print. The position will also involve collaborating with our Shenzhen-based production team to standardize prepress processes. 


This is a fully remote position, with occasional work travel when it becomes safe to do so. While we expect travel to be part of the job requirements again in the future, the health and well-being of our team is a top priority, and our basic travel policy during the pandemic has been not to require travel for any employees who are uncomfortable doing so. If you are granted an interview for this position, we will discuss your comfort level with traveling for work at that time.


The Prepress Specialist position encompasses the following areas of responsibility:


1. Prepress File Management/Design Verification (Primary Focus)


  • Checking all incoming art files to ensure that they match our print criteria
  • Creating detailed prepress reports for publishers and their graphic designers/layout team about required revisions and inconsistencies between contract details and files provided
  • Educating clients on Panda’s file requirements so that final print results look sharp and professional
  • Interfacing with clients via online video calls to provide real-time support
  • Working with our overseas prepress team to create digital proofs and hard copy proofs for the clients to approve
  • Assisting Panda Project Managers to ensure that projects move quickly and smoothly through the pre-production phase of manufacturing
  • Assisting Panda Project Managers to provide an experienced print reference source for projects and quotes


2. Initiatives


  • Assist with Panda’s development of prepress systems and materials
  • Collaboration and input on new Panda prepress-related initiatives
  • Participate in or lead seminars at conventions related to the prepress process 


3. Other areas of contribution


After 1 year at Panda, most of our Prepress Specialists also take on secondary roles in other areas, such as Quoting, Project Management, Marketing, HR, Training, Technology, or Finance. If you feel you have skills and experience well-suited toward one or more of these areas, please let us know in your cover letter and resume. 


Attributes and Experience


Our team consists of a fun and dynamic group of gaming enthusiasts who care about delivering a great experience and product to customers. We are looking for a team player that shares our company vision to create beautiful games and make a positive impact in this fun and exciting industry!


Mandatory Requirements (please do not apply for this position unless you meet all of these requirements):


  • Expertise in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro
  • Minimum of 2 years full time work experience (self-employment counts)
  • Minimum of 2 years experience (does not need to be full time) working in print or digital graphics and layout
  • English Fluency.
  • Ability to travel internationally for at least 3 weeks per year, including to Canada, the USA, the EU, the UK, Hong Kong, and China.
  • Access to a private and professional home office setup for video conference calls
  • Deep and sincere passion for the tabletop games industry


An ideal candidate will also have many of the following attributes:


  • Tabletop industry experience (either paid or unpaid)
  • Additional language abilities beyond English
  • Highly effective communicator
  • Able to manage high work volume with quick response times
  • Natural relationship builder and energetic team player with high social intelligence
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, resourceful, and detail oriented
  • Technologically savvy and adept at remote work
  • University / College education
  • Flexible with work hours, as this role involves working with clients and team mates around the world
  • A love for Pandas


Benefits of Working at Panda


  • Fun and dynamic industry: If you are a tabletop gamer, you will definitely appreciate the excitement, friendliness and innovation of our industry
  • Remote Work: Flexible working hours and the ability to work from virtually anywhere
  • Two week in-person Training Camp in February 2022 to kick off your journey with Panda. Note: While we hope and expect this will be in-person, Covid may require this to be partially or fully online. If it is in person, all attendees (new hires and current employees) in attendance will be required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. 
  • Maternity and Paternity paid time off
  • Games Allowance: We provide a yearly allowance for game purchases. This can be used for any tabletop game, not just games made by Panda
  • Productivity Allowance: We provide a yearly allowance for new computer or mobile device purchases, home office upgrades, or even co-working space memberships
  • Travel Allowance: We provide a bonus for every day you spend traveling for business
  • Health and Wellness Allowance: We provide a yearly allowance for personal health and wellness, such as sporting equipment, yoga classes, massages, gym memberships, mental health care, and more
  • Investment Allowance: We encourage our employees to save money for retirement, and we provide a yearly allowance for retirement savings.
  • Individual and Team-based cash bonuses
  • Health Coverage Benefits for US and Canadian Employees
  • Flexible Vacation Benefits: 10 to 12 Flex Days off per year + 5 days off for Chinese New Year + 5 single days off (1 each quarter & Dec 26) + National statutory holidays honored


Position Details


Job Location: Work remotely (from home office), with occasional business travel. We prefer candidates located in North America, although we will consider candidates located anywhere in the world.  


Start date: February 2022.


Active Tabletop Publishers


Panda is happy to hire people with tabletop industry experience, including active game designers who license their designs to publishers. However, Panda does not hire people who own tabletop game publishing companies and who actively publish tabletop games. If you currently own a tabletop game publishing company and actively publish games, you would need to divest yourself of that business or cease publishing games prior to starting work with Panda. You can contact jobs@pandagm.com with any questions.


Application Procedure


Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume through our online application system.  Please also provide the URL for your Video Submission (instructions below) and answer the questions in the online application.


Video Submission Instructions


Please submit a 2-minute video of yourself in your remote work space addressing the following 3 points. We are not judging this video on your video editing skills. You do not need fancy equipment. It is fine to record it on your phone or webcam. Videos longer than 2 minutes will not be watched.


  1. Tell us about yourself and why you want to work at Panda
  2. Tell us what makes you a great fit for the role
  3. Show us the space that you'll be using for your home office


Please upload your video to a location where we can access it (such Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc), and provide the video URL in the last question of our questionnaire. You can optionally password-protect the video using “pandagm” as the password, or upload it without a password. Either way, make sure we can access it using the link you provide. 


We have a comprehensive selection process that involves four rounds. We believe in long-term partnerships, and our selection process is designed with the intention of ensuring a good fit both ways - so that we can determine if you would be a good fit for the role, and also to give you ample opportunity to learn about Panda, our team, and our culture to ensure that the role is a good fit for you.


We look forward to reviewing your application!


For more information on Panda Game Manufacturing, please visit www.pandagm.com


For questions about this job posting, please email jobs@pandagm.com

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  • Location
    Remote Work (Home Office), Nevada
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level
  • Compensation
    Salary based on candidate's experience and qualifications. Minimum offer of $40,000 USD or $45,000 CAD, plus benefits