Senior Brand Designer

By Nick Riley

We're looking for a talented Senior Brand Designer to join our growing creative team.

You'll be a motivated, creative powerhouse and highly skilled conceptual thinker. As the creative lead of your team, you are naturally collaborative and have a clear understanding of strategy. You are confident articulating your ideas and thinking to clients, and able to effectively critique and guide the work of junior members of the creative team.

Key role: Lead the team & drive quality.

We're growing quickly. This role would suit a candidate with ambition and energy who would like be part of a highly collaborative and creative team - someone with a true passion for design who wants to grow with us.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Be involved with the strategy team to clearly understand the key information that frames the key issues
  • Work in close collaboration with the strategy team to develop clear creative briefs and compelling creative strategies
  • Develop superior creative ideas that meet the objectives of the brief and deliver on the creative strategy
  • Exploration of multiple concepts, quickly and skillfully to illustrate creative ideas
  • Execution of creative ideas from initial creative concepts right through to design application and final supplied artwork
  • Consistent delivery of the highest quality level of design from concept through to final craft
  • Confident presentation and articulation of creative concepts and thinking to clients (when required)
  • Lead multiple creative projects from concept through to completion to agreed deadlines and budgets
  • Successfully collaborate with and art direct external creative suppliers such as copywriters, illustrators, photographers and retouchers (when required)
  • Assist the Creative Director to help develop the design quality and output of designers in their respective team including critical feedback over other designers concepts and projects as required
  • Take responsibility for the quality of their own creative design output by consulting and collaborating within their team as necessary and persevering and problem solving
  • Stay up to date with design trends, software and tools to continuously improve the quality of outputs

Skills, Experience & Education

Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience working in a brand/design/strategic or similar agency
  • Experience working with Strategists and Account Managers
  • Experience directing Junior or Intermediate Designers

Formal Education and Training:

  • A degree in Design and/or Visual Communication (or similar) is required

Skills:

  • Highly developed conceptual thinking skills, with the ability to translate this thinking into design ideas that work seamlessly across multiple channels
  • Strong understanding of branding, packaging, layout, colour theory and typography in both print and digital media
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Highly skilled in Adobe Creative Suite – specificially Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects
  • Will be trained in operational systems if not already familiar (e.g. Workflow Max)
  • A thorough understanding of industry best practices

Personal competencies required for this role:

  • Displays strong leadership qualities with the ability to guide and coach junior members of the creative team
  • A passion for design, creative thinking and culture
  • Adaptable and flexible to changing priorities and deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced agency environment
  • A quick learner - quickly assimilating information and learning from past experiences
  • A keen hands-on attitude to work, enjoys being part of a team and flexibility towards different tasks as they arise
  • A curiosity and willingness to try different things

PLEASE SEND ALL CV'S AND PORTFOLIOS TO: careers@cultureandtheory.co.nz

Please include in the subject header: SENIOR BRAND DESIGNER