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Ahead LLC Production Artist - Entry Level in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Ahead, is looking to add a Production Artist to our Creative Team. 

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday with a flexible shift option of either 8:00 am - 4:30 pm or 8:30am - 5:00pm. OT is mandatory and is based on the needs of the business.

We are a full-service headwear, apparel, and accessory business. If you have Adobe Illustrator knowledge or are a recent grads with a background in design you are encouraged to apply! 

The Production Artist prepares artwork for embroidery as well as other techniques (screen-print, metals, accessories, etc.) The Production Artist also prepares art approvals for customers. Accurate, timely completion of the duties of the Production Artist is an essential component in ensuring that companywide goals of quality and on-time delivery are attained.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use template design to create customer-requested logos.

  • Manipulate customer art files in Adobe Illustrator to follow our embroidery requirements.

  • Prepare artwork approvals following embroidery guidelines, color standards and account history to be presented to customers to show what they will receive.

  • Focus on reaching daily production goals by getting done at least 3-4 jobs per hour.

  • Work on orders in a timely manner to ensure they are going into production before the need-by date on the order.

  • Ensure all order notes and details are followed to prevent returned products.

  • Participate in cross-training within the team to maximize production and quality goals.

  • Provide feedback to management on processing.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Marginal Job Functions:

  • Redraw files using Adobe Illustrator to create Vector artworks.

  • Prepare artwork for screen-print designs, metal accessories, and other specialty products

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma required.

  • Vocational school graduate with study in graphic design a plus, with experience in Graphic Design required.

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience in Graphic Design required.


  • Extreme proficiency in Illustrator.

  • Knowledge of both MAC and PC OS Platforms

  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop Indesign preferred.

  • Knowledge of other relevant computer software and systems.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent electronic communication and functional ability.

  • Ability to multi-task under pressure in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.

  • Good problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to meet deadlines.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Must possess initiative, energy and drive.

  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with co-workers and management.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

     Physical Demands:

  • Use hands and fingers to handle, touch, and type. 

  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.

  • Regularly required to walk.

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision.

  • Color vision.

  • Ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

  • Office

  • Exposure to moderate noise level.

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