Printing Supervisor

Printing Foreman

Minimum Degree/Diploma in Printing Technology

At least 4-7 years of experience

The tasks a Supervisor and Foreman, Printing and Related Work is expected to perform include:

Supervising composition, type-setting, printing, binding and related general tasks, other than photo-engraving and dark room operations, in printing press

Ensuring correct operations, in printing press and ensuring correct output

Examining manuscript for layout, technical aspects, etc., and planning work accordingly

Knowledge of arranging for machines, equipment and materials, and distributing work amongst Composers, Printers, Book Binders, etc., according to quantum of work and nature of printing required

Proficient in getting proof copies compared and corrected with manuscript, ensuring compliance with other special instructions, if any, and instructing Printers to print required number of copies

Adept at checking work frequently, directing necessary adjustments to be made and ensuring desired output

Well-versed in supervising stitching, binding, trimming, etc.

Proficient in ensuring production to required specifications

Knowledge of keeping machines and equipment in proper working order by getting repairs and overhauling done as required and maintaining prescribed records and registers

Knowledge of specialising in particular branch of work or type of printing

Follow instructions

Good observation skills


Ability to focus for long hours

Hardworking and persistent

Managerial skills

It needs one to be on their toes

May need to handle a team

Travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours are 10/12 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health hazards include exposure to printing inks, cutters, etc.

Occupational hazards include musculoskeletal disorders, repetitious motion of arms, cuts, etc.

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more - INR 25,000 to INR 30,000 per month

(*This figure are indicative and subject to change)

Current and Future Trends of the Printing Sector in India

The Indian Printing Industry, growing at a rate of 12% per annum, comprises more than 250,000 big, small and medium printers. The current annual turnover of the industry is more than 50,000 crores (USD 11 Billion).

The industry has undergone a revolutionary change in the last 15 years. In 1990, India initiated a process of reforms aimed at shedding protectionism and embracing liberalization of the economy. Privatization was initiated with the aim of integrating the Indian economy with the world economy. This change opened the doors for the Indian Print Industry to modernize, by investing in the latest of technology and machinery.

In recent years, the printing industry in India has seen record levels of growth, owing to liberalized regimes, globalization and progress in automation. The industry has grown leaps and bounds due to the latest technology and machinery, quality standards and production capacities.

The printing industry in India is slowly progressing from the heavy machinery using industry to a more software-centric business. The Indian printers are today equipped with the latest computer controlled printing machines and flow lines for binding, while state-of-the-art digital technologies are used in pre-press. UV digital printing and inkjet technology are also on the rise in India. The advent of global brands, rising consumerism and growth of the pharmaceutical industry have seen an increase in the scope for package printing. Giving an optimistic outlook of the industry, the package printing sector is growing at the annual rate of 17 percent, commercial printing at a rate of 10-12 percent and digital printing at robust 30 percent.

The digital printing industry is seeing significant transformations with new technologies & applications providing cost-effective and customized solutions. For the foreseeable future, offset and digital will not only co-exist, but will also complement each other- with offset taking the medium-to-longer jobs and digital performing on short-to-medium run lengths. The booming Indian economy, increasing consumerism, entry of global brands in the country and opening of the sector to foreign investors are bound to offer growth opportunities to the industry.

Printing press across India

Printing solution providers across India

Town and cities across India