CAREERS AT GLS / NEXT

As an employee you will be part of a dynamic group of people, guiding our company on the leading edge of marketing technology. You will be encouraged to reach your highest potential and develop new skills — leading us into new territory and a strong future.   Check out the job listings below. If you don’t see anything that meets your job search criteria, send your resume our way — perhaps you have a talent we may need in the near future. We accept resumes via fax: 763.592.0583, or email: openjobs@glsmn.com or click Apply.

Minnetonka

Art Director

 

Description:

 

We are looking for an art director that will be responsible for tackling the artistic challenges of developing marketing and promotional pieces for a wide range of B2B and B2C clients. This position inspires, leads and drives the design process, setting the creative vision for a variety of projects. These might include but are not limited to print, digital advertising, websites, radio advertising, trade show environments, logos, branding, and collateral materials.

 

Do you see challenges as opportunities? If you’re the kind of person who gets excited to work on a design project for an industrial manufacturing client the same as you would for a major retailer like Nike, you’re what we’re looking for. We want you to take the reins on creative projects all the way from initial conception to final production files.

 

Strong communication skills to leverage with both client presentations and internal teams are essential. We have a small team of senior-level people who lead from every chair.

 

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 5+ years of art direction/design experience. Agency experience preferred.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote/PowerPoint and Word.
  • Proficiency in Adobe XD or Sketch is preferred.
  • Proven design skills with the ability to work on a wide range of projects.
  • B2B and B2C experience preferred.
  • Proven ability to effectively present ideas to internal teams and clients.
  • Understanding of design’s value within a business context.
  • Illustration skills preferred by not required.

 

About NEXT:

  • Minnetonka-based marketing agency
  • B2B-focused, with some B2C
  • Connected to 1 of the top 100 commercial printers in the country
  • Words that best describe: Collaboration, Integrated, Experienced, Forward-Thinking, Authentic

Brooklyn Park

Systems Engineer

 

GLS Companies is looking to hire a Systems Engineer with senior level experiences within a wide range of infrastructure technologies.

 

This individual must have high flexibility to work on a small team of six individuals that covers a wide range of responsibilities including:

  • Multi-location private Wide Area Network (all locations within Twin Cities)
  • VMware clustered infrastructure supporting 125+ virtual systems
  • Security framework and policy management
  • Vulnerability and remediation administration
  • Performance tuning and monitoring
  • Commercial application support including ERP and industry-specific software
  • Technology solution visualization and creativity (Lifecycle management)
  • Helpdesk ticketing
  • Change Management oriented with strong documentation skills
  • Cultural integration

 

This environment utilizes enterprise-level technologies within a small company environment. Examples include:

  • Commvault backup software
  • VMware server virtualization with connection to ISCSI SAN’s
  • Nimble storage area networks (SANs)
  • Cisco UCS and Dell server farms
  • Aruba Wi-Fi
  • Cisco NextGen ASA firewalls
  • Cisco Catalyst and edge switches
  • Mitel phone systems
  • AlienVault Security Information & Event Management
  • Sophos Intercept X enterprise-level malware protection
  • Jamf centralized Mac management
  • Microsoft WSUS Windows patch management
  • QualysGuard scanning systems
  • Local server rooms plus datacenter familiarity

 

The individual must be capable of taking full ownership of complex projects including:

  • Project planning
  • Deep technical dives
  • Continuous communications with vendors and fellow employees
  • Detailed documentation of accomplishments and problems
  • Consistent communications via shared documents which is also used by fellow employees
  • Ongoing demonstration of senior level technical skills

 

This individual must be self-driven, team-oriented and a strong communicator.

 

This individual must be a team player interested in working in a positive culture where “everyone is in the helpdesk” and all team members work on some helpdesk tickets.

 

This is a senior non-management level role. This individual will primarily focus on systems technologies including servers, SANs, log management, backup systems, etc. To a lesser extent, this individual will also focus on network technologies including switches, firewalls, etc.

Variable Data & Print Programmer

 

GLS Companies is seeking a Variable Data & Print Programmer to fill a key position in our high quality, full service marketing & printing company. Primary responsibilities include: data manipulations, address cleansing, postal presorting, inkjet file creation & variable print processing for both our monochrome laser printers and our state of the art full color Indigo presses.

 

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, a quick learner, highly motivated and proficient on a computer. Experience in MS office, BCC Mail Manager FS (or equivalent), GMC Inspire (or equivalent) & Window’s PC platform. Familiar with MAC OS, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Visual Basic or C# Programming a plus.

Collection Accounting Specialist

 

GLS Companies has an opening for a Collection Accounting Specialist on our accounting team. As a Collection Accounting Specialist, you will play a vital role in the overall success of our team and company. Our ideal candidate will have strong collections experience, great customer service skills, be collaborative, inquisitive, a problem solver, and be a positive teammate. Supervisory experience a plus.

 

As our Collections Accounting Specialist, you will:

  • Perform day-to-day collections activities.
  • Communicating frequently with Sales, customers and accounting manager.
  • Direct the collection function to optimize days sales outstanding (DSO) while minimizing bad debts and risk.
  • Build and maintain relationships with customers and sales.
  • Exercise considerable independent judgment and discretion in handling process and administrative duties, including making decisions that will have significant impact on internal and external customers.
  • Evaluate new customer credit and setting appropriate customer credit limits.
  • Complete Customer credit references.
  • Manage daily banking receipt reports, daily credit card payments and daily cash receipts.
  • Provide professional interaction and response to all levels of customers and employees.
  • Contribute ideas for improving the efficiency of accounting processes.
  • Perform other general accounting duties and/or special projects as needed.
  • Be flexible and willing to allocate additional time during peak times (audit, month end, etc.).

 

Skills and Experience needed:

  • 2+ years of accounting experience showing progression of accounting responsibilities
  • Collection experience including account reconciliation
  • Understanding of the principles of accounting, along with common accounting standards and office procedures
  • Excellent Customer Service skills through both written and verbal formats
  • Self-starter who is willing to accept responsibility and ownership for their function on the team
  • Sufficient reasoning ability to collect data, define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (i.e., make reasonable decisions) in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail with excellent organizational skills along with exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and workload effectively and utilize excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including MS Word, and Excel
  • Willingness to advance is preferred, as we look to increase employee skill levels for possible moves to more advanced positions

St. Paul

Electronic PreMedia Operator

 

GLS Companies is currently accepting resumes for an Electronic PreMedia Operator at our St. Paul facility on 2nd shift.

 

SUMMARY:

 

Manages electronic files as they pass through PreMedia and into production by doing some or all of the following processes listed below:

  • Preflight files to ensure electronic file(s) represent what was estimated, ensure process capability of the file(s) and manage access to the file(s).
  • Plan job, creating layout for press based on job ticket specifications, estimating standards and production equipment capabilities.
  • Electronically assemble and prep file(s) for output.
  • Output and mock-up proof(s), based on ticket instructions, using a variety of proofing systems, for customer approval.
  • Plate jobs for press once customer approval has been received.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Reports time and material consumption accurately.
  • Preserves and passes along customer artwork in clean and undamaged condition.
  • Keeps work area neat and clean.
  • Obeys company rules and observes all safety regulations.
  • Maintains company quality standards.
  • Improves skills by learning from others and studying written procedures and instructions.
  • Limits waste of materials and supplies.
  • Takes care of equipment by following work procedures and performing required tests and maintenance.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Preflight – when preflighting files it is the Electronic PreMedia Operator’s responsibility to do the following:

  • Receive/intake preflight form, including any instructions for file retrieval, supplied proofs or lasers and electronic media supplied by the customer from the Account Executive and/or Customer Service Project Manager (CSR).
  • Create a job folder and place customer supplied files on the job server.
  • Open supplied customer file and conduct a preflight. Check for number of pages, colors, page size, and font issues. Update any artwork links and save updated final document to the output folder on the jobs server.
  • Notify Account Executive and/or Customer Service Project Manager (CSR) of any file issues and record them on preflight form.
  • Print a set of low-res lasers of supplied documents, unless supplied by customer and stamp “GLS Proof” on lasers to identify them from any client supplied lasers.
  • Route completed package to Planning for layouts once ready.
  • Understand your role in the companies’ Quality Management System regarding ISO.

 

Planning – when planning a job it is the Electronic PreMedia Operator’s responsibility to do the following:

  • Review the job ticket. For any necessary changes refer to Ticket Change procedure.
  • Review or create layout.
  • Inspect customer supplied components.
  • Check press counts.
  • Review concerns with Managers of applicable departments.
  • Make Account Executive and/or Customer Service Project Manager (CSR) aware of any potential issues.
  • Initiate dies, foils, emboss, etc. when needed.

 

Assembly – when assembling a job it is the Electronic PreMedia Operator’s responsibility to do the following:

  • Assemble client’s electronic files, checking for trap, bleed, font issues with Prinergy ripped files.
  • Image retouching and/or color correction when indicated.
  • Guarantees correct size.
  • Output proofs as required.

 

Plating – when plating a job it is the Electronic PreMedia Operator’s responsibility to do the following:

  • Check jobs into plating area by filling out envelope label, checking for postal approval and adding approved proofs, and ticket information to job envelope.
  • Operates and maintains plate processor.
  • Produces required plates for each job.
  • Replenishes chemicals in plate processor.
  • Delivers plates to press.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of a 2 year vocational certificate or equivalent work experience.
  • On-the-job training for one year under the direction of an experienced electronic prepress operator and/or the department supervisor using a prepress training matrix.
  • Able to read and understand procedures and work instructions.
  • Excellent computer skills. Experience with print based MIS systems, Adobe Creative Suite, Quark, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Prinergy, Kodak InSite.