Head of Design & Brand

London (Central), London (Greater)
06 Dec 2021
16 Dec 2021
Contract Types
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Branding, Digital / Web, Graphics, Print, Product

About Us

Southbank Centre is a national flagship cultural institution. It is Europe’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying an 11-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.

Its impact and reach are significant and it is respected internationally as a convener of great artists and diverse audiences and for being entrepreneurial and innovative in response to a volatile and changing financial landscape. Southbank Centre is a charity that is determined to demonstrate its ambition to remain innovative, disruptive and experimental in what it does and to be highly relevant to the artists it wants to work with and to the audiences it wants to attract.

Southbank Centre believes that a commitment to diversity and inclusion helps it be a more relevant and effective organisation.

Our Artistic Mission

Southbank Centre exists to provide great artistic experiences for everyone. Through art, we invite our visitors to enjoy shared cultural encounters together. To gaze. To listen. To be moved. To discover a new idea or a new perspective. We are proud that for the last 70 years, the performances and exhibitions here have moved millions. We have provided a home for art and for artists. A community centred on art, where everyone, no matter their job, helps make the experience.

We create a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual, entertaining and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.​​​​​​​

Our values

Champion Greatness

We seek out great artists and give them the space to present their best work

Take the lead

We make sure we’re at the forefront of the arts – provoking and inspiring, not just following it

Open up the arts

Not everyone will love everything, but we make sure there’s something here for everyone

Have fun

We’re serious about the arts – but not stuffy. Culture here can be playful, provocative, exciting and entertaining. It is a joy not a duty

We’re looking for an exceptional Head of Design and creative thinker to lead Southbank Centre in-house design team and help develop a world class cultural brand. In this role you will be the creative lead for Southbank Centre, over-seeing our visual brand and its consistent delivery and development. 

We are looking for someone who

  • Significant experience of creative leadership within a large and complex organisation with multiple brand propositions. A proven track record of highly creative design work across print and digital platforms using leading design software ( Adobe Creative Suite InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects). Experience of establishing creative authority and leadership. Evidence of supporting and guiding a design team; offering creative direction, inspiration and support.  Experience of print and production processes. Experience of taking ownership for Brand implementation in a large organisation, and of ensuring design integrity in line with brand guidelines. Strong communication skills and time management skills; ability to juggle priorities and multiple projects across various time constraints and still meet deadlines.

As part of your application, please submit a link to your portfolio as part of your supporting statement.

For roles requiring a DBS check:
At Southbank Centre we aim to provide safe participatory and creative opportunities for all the children and young people who take part in our programme and visit our site. As this role will require you to work closely with children and/or vulnerable adults, you would be required to apply for a DBS check if you were offered the role. This is in line with our Safeguarding Policy and is a key requirement of this role.

We welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian or Ethnically Diverse background or those who are D/deaf or disabled. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments such as a BSL interpreter for your interview for this role please indicate this on your application form. Interviews are currently taking place via Zoom or Google Hangouts but if you require support to access these platforms someone from the HRteam will be happy to assist you. If you would like to speak to someone about any adjustments or concerns you can also email hrteam@southbankcentre.co.uk and we will be in touch with you to make the necessary arrangements. 

By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. SC is a warm and welcoming place to work, with great aspirations and ambitions to create great and accessible work for all.  We pride ourselves in building a supportive environment to enable the development of our staff. 

If you feel you have just some of the required skills and experience but meet the person specification, we would still encourage you to apply; we are very open to continuing the training and development of individuals who are self motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge relevant to the role.​​​​​​​

The Southbank Centre Way

The Southbank Centre Way is a framework that sets out how we want our people to work together. It describes the qualities that drive our ability to inspire, provoke and transform lives and illustrates behaviours that make Southbank Centre a warm and welcoming place to work, perform or visit. The language that forms the Southbank Centre Way comes from the people who work here. We have captured their words to help everyone we work with understand us. 

Click to find out more about the Southbank Centre Way.

We reserve the right to close the advert early if enough applications are received.

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