Design Director
Fitch - Columbus, OH

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Job Purpose
  • Proactively providing day to day creative leadership
  • Creative management of projects by leading design teams
  • Recruiting and retaining design team members with support of the senior management team
  • Managing and reporting on project status as required
  • Responsibility for allocated general management tasks/projects within the creative studio

Internal – Creative Leader

Main Duties

· Promoting and developing creative thinking

· Providing overall large project creative direction

· Mentoring and nurturing creatives

· Regularly reviewing creative work

· Creative lead on all pitch development

· Key client contact for all creative issues

· Fostering team approach to working with other skillsets – planning, insights and client services

· Working with creative directors in establishing future creative vision

· Pro-actively developing initiatives for the creative studio

· Liaising with studio director on resource/project issues

Key Responsibilities:
  • Leadership - creatively leading the studio alongside the other Design Directors, both formally and informally; representing the company as a positive ambassador at all times both within the studio and all external audiences
  • Mentoring – to motivate, inspire and nurture Associate Design Directors (ADD) and designers, both personally and professionally; reviewing and performing appraisals of team members; highlight training issues and requirements for individual designers
  • Best Practice – ensuring that ADD and designers are integrated and focused within the company; working in conjunction with the Studio Manager and Designer Directors to ensure the correct mix of skills and levels of experience for various projects
  • Communication – keeping the Creative Director and administrative staff informed of design related issues

External – Project Leader

Main Duties

· Creative direction

· Efficient and cost effective project direction

· Creative issues for the team

· Active involvement of generation of new business

Key Responsibilities
  • Leadership – undertaking all aspects of creative project leadership, i.e. setting up projects, identifying key project members and their roles, adhering to timescales, budgets and productivity
  • Creativity – ensuring creative direction and highest creative standards in accordance with the design brief
  • Client Management – assisting Client Managers and Directors with direct client liaison, when required
  • Business Development – helping consultants develop new and existing business opportunities
  • Delivery – liaising with nominated Client Managers and Creative to ensure proper work flow and timely execution of projects
  • Planning – working alongside the strategic planning team in the development of design briefs and their proper articulation to design teams
  • Communication – assisting in the presentation of completed design work to end client, where required
  • Commercial – managing financial resources with the proper approvals of senior management and the financial team

Professional and Technical Experience:

· Professional qualification(s) of a high standard

· Solid design experience in a similar creative environment for 8-12+ years

· Strong consumer brand experience

· Ability to communicate ideas, i.e. sketches, written, verbal

· Demonstrable experience of liaising and developing client relationships

· Proactive approach to technology, software and industry innovations

· Proven ability in offering a multi-skilled and challenging outlook to creative briefs

· Ability to perform consistently and reliably with a willingness to increase professional responsibilities, skills and understanding of broader market issues

· Comprehensive experience in creative software relative to design software

Key Success Factors:

· Strength of strategic and creative outlook

· Demonstrable success in leading, motivating and communicating

· Creative impact and ability to manage the complete delivery of projects

· Mentoring and development of new talent

· Understanding Bold Thinking and how it translates into design

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