Variable Data Programmer (VDP)

Job Summary: 

Variable Data Programmer (VDP) processes mailing data and programs for output on digital presses or electronic channel delivery using the latest software technologies. Individuals must be self-motivated and be capable of finding and correcting problems as necessary, be very detailed and quality-oriented, and able to work well with team members to achieve customer demands. This position will play an integral role in designing, modifying, developing, and implementing digital output to ensure that we are optimizing all workflows for efficient production to meet our customer and internal needs. 

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Analyze, develop, test, and implement complex variable programs and scripts along with workflow solutions based on customer-specific rules and requirements 

  • Collaborate with other Sales, Client Service, Production, and IT members to design and optimize all programs and workflows to ensure all implementations are set up for optimized production 

  • Responsible for the creation and upkeep of all related documentation  

  • Create flowcharts and user guides for new and existing programs in a user-friendly fashion, including the training of these items 

  • Document all programming tasks and procedures and update any Standard Operating Procedures as required 

  • Review and implement changes for current programs and perform testing with proper signoffs and approvals following company policies and standard operating procedures 

  • Ensure that all programs created/modified are efficient 

  • Ensure that all work performed follow quality control protocols to ensure meeting established company and department standards. 

  • Keeping themselves updated with the latest information and training on key software and file manipulation tools 

  • Ability to manipulate and generate print-ready file streams in AFP, PDF, Postscript, XML, from different files types received from customers 

  • Work independently with minimal supervision and ensuring that deadlines are met 

  • Work closely with key personnel that include but not limited to, Project Managers, Customer Service Reps, Finance and Accounting, Qualified Third Party Vendors 

Desired & Required Skills: 
  • 5+ years of experience in data processing, document composition for digital output 

  • Print, Mail and Workflow experience 

  • Knowledge and experience using document composition tools (GMC, Exstream, Crawford, etc.) 

  • Ability to handle and keep track of multitude of projects at any one time 

  • Attention to detail, excellent organization skills with a sense of urgency 

  • Solid analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills 

  • Excellent verbal and communication skills 

  • Knowledge of programming/scripting languages but limited to, VB Script, Perl, SQL, Java, JavaScript, PowerShell, Perl. 

  • Knowledge of output formats including AFP, PDF, Postscript, XML 

  • Proficient in Canada Post regulations and guidelines  

  • Knowledge of transactional data processing, industry best practices an asset 

  • Understanding of AODA and related best practices and design standards 

  • Knowledge of design software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Quark, Pitstop would be a plus 

  • USPS Postal Regulations and Guidelines desired 

  • Excellent communication and time management skills 

  • Printing/Direct Marketing, Mail, or Manufacturing experience plus years of experience in a high production printing environment 

Education / Additional Software Knowledge: 
  • Post Secondary Degree/Diploma or minimal 5-year industry work experience 

  • BS degree in programming or related field or minimal 3 years of industry work experience 

  • Office 365 – Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook 

  • UlurouCompose 

  • Composition - GMC, Exstream 

  • PB Streetsweeper – Postal Software 

  • PB FlexStream Document Processing Solution 

  • Adobe Acrobat PDF 

  • CrawfordProDesigner, Document Accessibility

  • Barcoding (OMR, 2D, 3of9, etc.)

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