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We are working with FKQ Advertising in their search for an Advertising Traffic Manager / Production Specialist based in Clearwater, Florida, shown here:


As one of our top clients, FKQ is a full-service ad agency that has been in business for 50 years. As true partners with their clients, FKQ goes beyond just providing strategy and purchasing media. They’re a seamless extension of their clients and provide any service that helps grow the client’s business. This kind of partnership leads to longstanding relationships that go back further than 25 years.

At FKQ, “Whatever It Takes” (WIT) is more than a philosophy. It’s in their DNA. It is the guiding principle they put into practice every single day. They explore. They discover new ideas. They bring strategic insight to life with a passion for great work and generating results.


Reporting to the Production Director, this position requires a strong background in ad agency traffic management. Sound production knowledge is also essential. Superior verbal, written and computer skills is a plus — as is some experience using advertising traffic software such as Advantage, seen here:

You’ll need to be very organized, exhibit a strong attention to detail and be a team player. This role requires print production experience in traditional ads, digital ads, email production, signage, POP, collateral and direct mail. An understanding of pre-press electronics, printing processes and finishing is a plus. Preparation of estimates and workflow schedules, in additional to coordinating production, both in-house and with suppliers, is necessary.


  1. The primary objective of this position is to daily maintain the agency traffic system.
  2. Track and communicate status of jobs internally.
  3. To maintain the agency’s high standard of creative excellence in the concept and execution of all collateral materials.
  4. To ensure all projects are produced within established budgets and schedules.

Key Traffic Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Open incoming job orders and provide creative and production with all necessary information
  • Work directly with Creative, Production teams to track all open requests
  • Prepare weekly traffic reports
  • Conduct weekly traffic meetings
  • Gain Account Team approvals and process communications back through internal systems
  • Issue Closed Job orders and check billing folders and present to AE for approval
  • Monitor and maintain traffic system daily
  • Coordinate with all departments in developing job schedules
  • Prepare and update daily traffic tasks and alerts
  • Monitor job progress so that all assignments are completed on time
  • Ensure all materials are shipped out and received by media on time

Client communications

  • As requested, contact Client for updates and to gain approvals
  • Vendor communications
  • Prepare materials and transmit to vendors
  • Confirm deliveries
  • Maintain vendor contact and specification files
  • Maintain accuracy of budgets and supporting data
  • Alert Account Team when changes are made that effect the budget
  • Maintain accurate time records of time spent on assigned work

Key Production Responsibilities:

  • Prepare estimates for print production jobs
  • Prepare detailed job specification after consulting with account service, copywriters, and art directors
  • See that all jobs are produced to be the best possible quality at the best possible cost, on time to meet client and publication needs
  • Be fully acquainted with budget requirements on each job
  • Maintain accuracy of budgets and supporting data.
  • Develop accurate and detailed job schedules
  • Alert Account Manager and Creative Director when changes are made that effect the budget
  • Maintain accurate time records of time spent on assigned work
  • Supervise job production
  • Attend press checks as required to ensure the best quality product for the client
  • Coordinate job progress in all manufacturing stages to ensure on-time and quality delivery
  • Maintain accurate time records of time spent on assigned work

Vendor relations (as needed)

  • Negotiate best price/value and issue purchase orders for all outside work
  • Gain respect of suppliers by dealing with them honestly, fairly and firmly.
  • Expand vendor pool to allow for a professionally competitive environment.
  • Require vendors’ participation in the planning stages to ensure specs are within allowable tolerances.
  • Maintain vendor contact and specification files

The folks at FKQ are incredible, and their agency is growing like a weed. You’re gonna love working there. You’ll do a lot, and you’ll learn a lot. Plus, you’ll make a bunch of talented new friends. Applications for this position are being coordinated by Carleigh Joiner. To apply, CLICK HERE and Carleigh will follow up with you directly.

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