Senior Art Director

Location
Surrey
Salary
Up to 42K
Posted
27 Mar 2017
Closes
24 Apr 2017
Ref
JM051
Contract Types
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Other
Job Functions
Design Management

Are you an experienced Art Director on the hunt for your next venture? This may be what you've been looking for! Our Surrey based client is on the hunt for some real talent!

The Role
A key senior role, you will be someone who is comfortable leading a team on campaign work, as well as getting your hands dirty to make sure ideas turn into paid projects. Running a talented team within the Studio, you will ensure the creative integrity of the work (quality, relevance, on brand, attention to detail). You’ll also be required to encourage, suggest and implement new ideas emerging in our industry, pushing your team and the teams around you to embrace innovation. Producing work that sets a high standard, you will ideally have a background in executing great digital as well as traditional campaigns. You will be expected to line-manage direct reports and maintain the smooth running of your team (scheduling, morale and development). And of course, you will manage and nurture good working relationships with senior members of staff, both in Account Management and the Studio.
 
Day-to-Day Responsibilities

  • Oversee the work produced by the Creative team, ensuring the quality is of the highest standard
  • Take responsibility for creative pitches and concept work
  • Present your work to the client and relevant agency contacts
  • Attend ‘work in progress’ and ‘first thoughts’ meetings and be a brand guardian when required
  • To lead, support and manage all members of the team, with specific responsibility for the day-to-day workload and priorities, including resource management
  • Work closely with senior members of Account Management and the Studio to ensure best practice is met on the planning, implementation and management of projects
  • Constantly review the way we work to benefit the client and agency – looking for smarter and more efficient ways of working, keeping up to speed with industry innovations and trends
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure deadlines are met and the best possible solutions for creative executions are chosen and are on budget
  • To develop and lead your team, holding regular appraisals
  • To pro-actively work with all levels of seniority within the client’s team
  • Display best-in-class creative thinking and knowledge
  • Have a keen eye for detail and great communication skills

 
Skills and Expertise

  • 6+ years experience working at top integrated and/or digital agencies
  • Ideally from an Art Direction and design background
  • An ideas person used to creating integrated campaigns
  • A good understanding of storytelling and how this transfers across different media
  • The ability to create storyboards and scamp out ideas on projects
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • A solid understanding of design principles and how they apply across print and digital
  • Can work independently and also with a copywriter/art director
  • Experience in nurturing and leading a team
  • Exceptional eye for detail and strong Adobe Creative Suite skills

 
Personal Skills

  • You will be motivated, bright and willing to take on new challenges
  • With a positive approach and the ability to adapt to changes, you will work well within a dynamic team, meeting deadlines and exceeding customer expectations
  • Be solution focussed with a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • A motivated, self-starter with a strong work ethic who can proactively see projects through from start to finish
  • Have the ability to prioritise your own workload and multi-task in a busy, pressurised environment whilst maintaining the highest level of attention to detail

 
Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree preferred

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