Sr. Art Director

Location
New York, New York, USA
Posted
17 Jul 2021
Closes
18 Aug 2021
Ref
86866
Job Title: Senior Art Director, Concept
Summary: The Stuart Weitzman team is seeking an outstanding Senior Art Director to join its creative team, reporting to the Senior Director, Brand Creative. The Senior Art Director will be a true creative at heart who can help lead in building a strong, cohesive, powerful brand identity at every touchpoint, from marketing and business needs to brand-building initiatives. They will be able to work quickly in a fast-moving environment with aggressive deadlines and across many platforms with a passion for precision that does not sacrifice quality or brand vision. The ideal candidate must have a distinct point of view to create compelling concepts, as well as be a skilled and open collaborator, creative and original thinker, and most of all, possess a disruptive and digital-first mindset.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Concept key campaigns that will build the brand values and identity globally by considering the nuances in our position across all markets
- Leverage customer data and consumer insights to inform creative approach.
- Incorporate the Stuart Weitzman values and brand DNA to embed storytelling for key product launches
- Conduct ongoing and in-depth image research from past through present, with keen eye for evolving fashion and cultural trends.
- Leverage cultural and market insights to inform concept and ideation
- Participate and collaborate on photo shoots with casting, stylists and photographers
- Have a disruptive and digital first mind set
Skills and Abilities Required:
- Bachelor's Degree
- Vast knowledge in digital content creation- a must
- Minimum 7 years of experience in a related field
- Extensive knowledge in culture including Music, Art, fashion and film
- Exceptional concept art direction skills for stills and motion
- Experience working for a retail/fashion brand or ad agency is a plus
An outstanding professional will have...
- The cultural reference points and creative instinct and ability to carry out in-depth image research
- In depth knowledge of new and old/archival fashion campaigns
- A proven instinct for spotting and discovering up-and-coming content creators
- Knowledge of creative digital trends
- Proficient in: Photoshop, Illustrator, Keynote Indesign and Acrobat. Video and 3d programs a plus
- A strong and instinctive 'eye', with expert design and typography skills
- Experience with photography direction and styling
- Ability to concept design solutions with limited direction
- Ability to think outside the box and innovate
- Extremely detail oriented, well-organized, strong problem solving skills
- Team player with positive "can-do" attitude
- An inclusive and authentic working style
- Ability to take direction from creative director and other brand leaders and provide multiple solutions
- Strong verbal and written communication
- Ability to prioritize (quickly and efficiently) with tight deadlines and follow through
- An understanding of customer priorities and ability to strive to exceed expectations

Our Competencies for All Employees
- Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
- Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
- Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
- Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
- Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
- Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
- Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn't upset when things are up in the air; doesn't have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Our Competencies for All People Managers
- Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
- Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong moraleand spirit in theirteam; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
- Managerial Courage: Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Stuart Weitzman is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Stuart Weitzman at www.stuartweitzman.com.

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