about egg press
Since 1999, Egg Press has been creating original, inspiring, handcrafted letterpress greeting cards and lifestyle products that connect and enrich people’s lives. As one of the few pioneers driving the resurgence of letterpress printing as an art form, we’ve established our leadership position within the industry as well as within the hand craft movement. Through this process we have cultivated an incredible fan base – who we adore. At Egg Press we are constantly exploring and experimenting – designing what we love to communicate with greater expression through color, pattern, form and wit.
WHO WE ARE
Tess Darrow started Egg Press in Portland, Oregon as an outlet to combine her passion for graphic design with her degree in textile design from the University of Washington, where she began letterpress printing. In 1999, she left her product and brand design career at Nike to devote herself fully to building Egg Press. Our name and reputation for innovative letterpress greeting card design quickly spread, drawing business, along with an enthusiastic clutch of similarly talented and passionate designers, printers, operations and business specialists who make Egg Press the fun and dynamic, creative force it is today.
In addition to our consumer products business, Egg Press works on specialized communications projects and custom printing for individuals and businesses -- from multi-national companies like Herman Miller, MoMA, Nike, Adidas, and Apple to local design-oriented companies like Ace Hotel and Schoolhouse Electric to boutique wedding designers. Egg Press' team is adept at maintaining our creative entrepreneurial spirit while understanding the product creation timelines of companies of all shapes and sizes.
WHERE TO BUY
Our products are sold at fine stationery boutiques, museum stores and design-oriented online retailers across the US and the four continents. We encourage you to visit these retailers and purchase our wares first and foremost from them – we realize there is no way to replace this tactile experience. Furthermore, we love our partners and have valued their support for all of our 15 years of design-making fun – they have been our backbone and their support is overwhelmingly appreciated.
In our manufacturing processes we consistently generate a minimal amount of waste, use as many locally resourced materials as possible and make sure that all our paper related products are responsibly chosen. It is personally important for everyone here at Egg Press that we make conscious efforts to participate in environmentally sound practices in our daily lives as well as at work. We continually strive to source eco-friendly materials and will continue to do so in hopes that they will eventually become the industry standard. The papers we use for our letterpress products are either entirely tree-free (100% cotton) or contain a minimum of 30% recycled content, as do our envelopes. We ship our cards in recycled content boxes, packed with 30% recycled content dunnage. We clean our presses with citrus-based cleaners and use rubber-based inks; slow drying inks that allow us to cut ink waste by well over 50% more than if we used soy based inks (far fewer press clean-ups, no wasted ink from the "drying out" process, etc.). Minimizing waste is as essential to our environmental care mission as is the kind of materials we choose for our products and their production. Furthermore, we donate scrap trim to local schools, have regular sample/"seconds" sales, make treats and recycle all unusable paper scrap.
At Egg Press, we try to source as many products and materials used in our operations from local Portland companies; likewise we focus most of our philanthropic donations to charities and groups that benefit the communities we live and work in. Our contributions are usually in the form of card donation packages for auctions and other fundraising activities, cards for event gift bags and pro-bono printing services. Our preferred focus of giving is towards educational and cultural organizations and causes, in addition to causes our staff have personal passions for. Local organizations we’ve given to in the past include Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Montessori schools, Art Institute of Portland Fashion Show, Operation Hope, Lents Farmers Market, and the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls. Some organizations we’ve given to outside our direct community are American Foundation for Equal Rights, Mercy Corps, GenArt and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Title: Sales and Marketing Director
Summary: We are looking for a highly motivated and self-directed addition to our dynamic team. The Sales and Marketing Director is responsible for driving sales programs, building distribution channels (reps, distributors and accounts), establishing strategic business relations, and nurturing relationships with current accounts. They are responsible for conceptualizing, implementing, driving and evaluating marketing programs.
- Strategic planning, researching, and securing new business opportunities
- Developing, managing and nurturing new business partnerships and accounts
- Negotiating reseller agreements, with accounts, distributors, and reps.
- Managing and promoting sales within current accounts (reps, retailers, and distributors)
- Developing annual sales plans and goals. Reports to owner quarterly.
- Driving marketing programs (print, web, etc.) works closely with PR to direct initiatives
- Communicating brand identity within the office and to the public
Key Areas of Responsibility for Sales:
- Navigates and negotiates new accounts (distributors, reps, large wholesale accounts)
- Principle contact for all large wholesale accounts, managing orders from start to finish (including: entering orders, confirming pricing, internal communication to determine lead time, follow up, invoicing etc.)
- Manages release calendar (works with designers)
- Uses Quick books and market information to set pricing
- Oversees trade shows (coordinates logistics of booth and travel, gives input on booth design, sales strategies, show preparation, seeks opportunities and sets meetings with prospective clients)
- Dictates design schedules, line plans, and deadlines
- Works with Custom Manager and PR to stimulate Custom sales.
- Accountable to goals set with owner.
- Key Areas of Responsibility for Marketing:
- Drives marketing programs (explores and brainstorms new ideas, advocates for promo money, and seeks out collaborations)
- Manages marketing programs (budgets, scheduling/calendar, photo shoots, copywriting, and printed materials). Works closely with Project Manager
- Develops promo ideas for new releases, holidays, sales, events and custom printing (working with customer manager)
- Works with PR to direct initiatives
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with press, local agencies, and organizations
- Attends events as the face of Egg Press
Education and Qualifications:
- 3 years Sales and Marketing experience
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- Experience with working in a team environment and collaborating with others
- Advanced computer skills (Word, Excel, QuickBooks or similar programs)
- Demonstrated success in sales and marketing for an organization to achieve recognition and tangible outcomes.
- Management skills including budgeting, goal setting, supervision and overall organization
- Ability to adapt to a wide range of tasks and environments with grace and flexibility – from getting your hands dirty to attending formal events.
- Generous benefits package. Including paid health care, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays.
- Hourly wage
- Please apply by sending a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org (no phone calls please)