Senior Art Director - 6 Month FTC

United Kingdom
20 Apr 2021
02 Aug 2021
Reporting the Head of Creative Production, the Senior Art Director, sits within our in-house visual team and is responsible for concept idea generation, developing strategic and visual solutions, and seeing the design process through from conception to execution. The Senior Art Director is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all creative assets for the campaigns that they will be working on, and where necessary collaborating with our licensing partners as well as our other internal teams. They will be expected to liaise and build relationships with key stakeholders at senior and director level. They will report to the Visual Director for final sign off at key project stages but will be expected to run projects autonomously. They will collaborate, oversee and direct one or more Senior-Mid-Weight designers. The remit includes: campaign development and roll out across all communication touchpoints (digital platforms, print, POS, experiential).

Your Mission

    • Conceives ideas, concepts, develops final designs, produces, works with others and coordinates in the creation of multifaceted communication materials in print, packaging, digital and other mediums.
    • Manages projects from pre through to post production, finished art and delivery working with producer and project manager to ensure brief is effectively communicated within budget ad deadline across all platforms.
    • Works with project managers and team members to provide professional recommendations for concept, design, art direction, production, print buying, and monitors quality control.
    • Work strategically to drive brand awareness and deliver strong engagement through creative.
    • Defines design criteria; develops concept and direction; proposes, directs and creates art signed off by Visual Director.
    • A variety of graphic design activities, including layout, production, illustration, and prepress file preparation.
    • Creates and develops media using digital art and photographic techniques.
    • Oversees approvals and quality control, along with Project Management team.
    • Supervises, trains, and directs the work of senior - mid weight designer.
    • Liaise directly with licensee partners and builds strong relationships with internal and external contacts.

Your Talent

    • Proven experience in a senior creative role
    • Bachelors or masters design in art, design, communication or a related field
    • Must have experience working on fashion, beauty and luxury brands
    • Strong creative and strategic awareness: creative flair, originality and a strong visual sense, understanding of the commercial objectives
    • Digital-mobile-first mindset and innovative approach
    • Adobe creative suite
    • Confidence, to present and explain ideas to senior department heads and colleagues
    • Excellent eye for detail
    • Strong communication and organizational skills
    • Pro-active and motivated
    • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects/tasks of varying complexities, meet deadlines and work well under pressure
    • Awareness of the competitive business environment in which they work
    • Global mindset and multicultural understanding
    • A matter-of-fact approach when ideas or designs are rejected
    • A strong interest in various cultural and art forms
    • Prior experience of managing senior – mid weight designers

Systems and Essentials

    • Strong graphic design skills: understanding of and experience in branding, layout, colour theory and typography in both print and digital media
    • Strong knowledge of who we can creatively partner with to produce outstanding visuals (photographers, directors, stylists, models, artists, illustrators etc.)
    • The ability to grasp marketing, licensee and PR needs and consider practical solutions

At Stella McCartney, we are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment in which all of our voices are heard. Where people can work to their maximum potential by offering equal opportunities for growth and fair pay. For us, it is about appreciating what is different in others and also what we have in common. We hire people who want to change things, disrupt the norm, who are naturally confident with a positive attitude. Our decisions respect all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age, social or political belief, or world view.

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