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Desktop Publishing Specialist

EF Education First

EF Education First

Zürich, Switzerland
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

We're seeking a Desktop Publishing Specialist to join our in-house creative team at our Zürich office. In this role, you will lead the print production for one of our four products – localise brochures into 35+ languages, prepare print files and do pre-press checks. You will also be creating and formatting diverse print materials adhering to specific design requirements, as well as evaluating and improving our print production processes overall. We are currently implementing a new brand strategy across all marketing touch points, and it is a very exciting time to join the team and help optimise our marketing materials. The ideal candidate should excel in Adobe Creative Suite, possess editorial industry experience, and be passionate about editorial and print design.


Document Design: Work from, and apply, design templates on various print marketing materials such as brochures, flyers and posters, using Adobe InDesign. Align all materials with brand guidelines.

Project Management: Lead print production processes and coordinate with in-house art directors, copywriters, stakeholders and sales markets to drive print projects and have them delivered on time and with the highest quality.

Printing and Publishing: Communicate with external printers to clarify print specification needs, prepare print files and give final approvals for print. Use your expertise to evaluate and improve our print processes.

Content Layout and Graphics: Format text, images, and visuals for readability and aesthetics. Incorporate and optimise graphics and images.

Font and Image Handling: Ensure that all fonts are embedded, and images are high-resolution. Troubleshoot and address font and image issues that may affect print quality.

Quality Control: Conduct thorough pre-press checks, ensuring that images, text, and layout elements are correctly positioned, sized, and oriented. Verify that resolution and file formats are suitable for printing.

Software Proficiency: Stay updated and use software for layout, typography, and image editing.  


  •         A degree in Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design, with a minimum of 2 years of experience in the print industry, preferably in newspaper or magazine publishing.
  •         Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Apple Software.
  •         Strong design, layout, and proofreading skills.
  •         Knowledge of typography, graphic design principles, colour management, and printing techniques.
  •         Extremely detail-oriented, organised, and deadline-driven.
  •         Excellent communication skills, teamwork, and creativity.
  •         Have a Swiss/EU passport or Swiss ‘B’ work permit.
  •         Fluency in written and spoken English.


Join us if you're ready to apply your skills, maintain design standards, and meet deadlines in a dynamic international setting.

The reason(s) you’ll want to work here

  •         Join an amazing team of passionate individuals from across the globe
  •         Work on global scale projects with high impact
  •         In house gym, coffee stations, game rooms and more!
  •         Sponsored sports events, including triathlons and running events
  •         EF product discounts
  •         Guidance for relocating to Switzerland
  •         Easy access to some of the best chocolate and cheese in the world (ok, we’re biased)

How to apply

EF is an equal opportunities employer. If an international career with a dynamic and forward thinking company floats your boat, then we want to hear from you.

 Selected candidates will commence a permanent, full-time on-site contract at the earliest opportunity.

 **Kindly submit a PDF of your CV, Cover Letter and Design portfolio in English.

About EF Education First 

At EF we believe that the world is better when people try to understand one another. Since 1965, we have helped millions of people see new places, experience new cultures, and learn new things about the world and about themselves. Our culturally immersive education programs—focused on language, travel, cultural exchange, and academics—turn dreams into international opportunities.

When you join EF, you join a multicultural and diverse community working across more than 600 schools and offices in 50 countries, all with one shared mission of opening the world through education. Whoever you are, whatever you are passionate about—we welcome you and want you to bring that to work every day. EF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to inclusion and belonging across race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, caste, parental status, identity, experience and everything else that makes you unique. 

Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF has schools and offices around the world, including hubs in Boston, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Shanghai, Stockholm, Zürich, and more. Learn more at https://www.ef.com.