Creative Director - Photography - Victoria's Secret Direct - New York, NY
Victoria's Secret - New York, NY

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The Director of Photography leads, manages and directs a staff of photo art directors/freelancers to ensure all photography is executed according to aligned concept, on time and on budget. Supports VP in managing huge volume of photo execution - approx 200 shoots per year. Coaches and develops art directors to edit to a one eye view supporting brand vision. Art directs and edits photography for specific VSD (Catalogue and web) projects.
Drives and creates pre season and in season photo concepting for all VSD categories/subbrands. Partners with design, copy and web creative directors to create an aligned seasonal presentation that drives business goals based on business/Brand blue chips. Presents photo direction to VSD business leaders at seasonal Strategy presentation and in season when appropriate.
Leads creative concepting for specific VSI/Brand projects and follows through with art direction and editing. Collaborates with merchant and marketing partners in partnership with design and copy on the build of the books to create a cohesive and branded look and feel.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Leads photo team and partners with copy, design and web creative directors to create an aligned seasonal presentation that drives business goals
Has ownership for the seasonal photo presentation and is expected to present to the VSD business and to the Brand when appropriate
Responsible to execute/art direct/edit photography for specific VSI/Brand projects assigned to VSD. Partners with Creative Services department to manage and be accountable for the above high profile shoots to allocated budget.
Responsible for working with web and PR partners and outside resources to manage behind the scenes video/photography needs to support social media when driven by VSD
Represent photo department and leads the photo decision making in executive creative meetings
Guides art directors in selection of talent and production for all photo shoots.
Assigns photo projects to art directors per season and partners with producer to establish shoot calendar under guidance of VP.
Attend meetings pertaining to photo shoots when appropriate - drives photo art decisions
Build external photo talent to get the business to next. Edit and review talent with VP and guide team in selection of talent and production of photo shoots.
Lead seasonal talent reviews and make decisions on which talent is to be used for the season
Pushes the reach, aspiration and look of the photography that supports VS core equities of Sexy, sophisticated and forever young.
Responsible to approve all photo edits and color guides by art turn in dates
Coaches and mentors new team members/freelancers to understand the business and brand
Keeps up to date on current trends, fashion, social media, magazines, stores, pop culture etc.
Presents new, current, brand appropriate ideas to the push the business to next
Has ownership for and leads photo team in all aspects of photo execution to ensure photography is on brand, supports the business initiatives and takes the business to next.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Conceptual thinker who has solid understanding of the creative process including catalogue, web and social media
Ability to develop photo strategies and direct the translation of these strategies in support of merchandising initiatives and business goals.
Strong leadership skills and leadership experience in a corporate environment
Outstanding portfolio with a strong commitment to produce effective, award winning work.
Ability to direct and manage broad range of world class photographers, models, stylists and photo support talent
Strong organizational and multi tasking skills
Ability to adapt to emerging priorities and unexpected challenges
Attuned to the fashion industry and aware of current trends
Strong collaboration skills with ability to motivate others
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Strong attention to both detail and -the big picture-
Ability to communicate and understand the brand
Ability to work in a high-pressure environment
Ability to make presentations to leaderships teams within VSD and Brand
Extremely high taste level and aesthetic required

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
B.A/B.S degree
Excellent art direction and concepting skills
12-15 years of catalogue/retail/fashion experience
proven experience in photo art direction at high talent level for 10 years or more
10 years of leadership experience; building, managing and developing a team

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Must be able to operate a MAC
Fluent in In-design and photoshop

REPORTS TO: VP photography
Victoria's Secret, a member of the Limited Brands family, is the most powerful, best-recognized and sexiest lingerie brand in the world. Victoria's Secret inspires confidence with fashion, glamour and a touch of fantasy through its assortment of intimate apparel, beauty products, sleepwear, hosiery, and more. The Victoria's Secret brand, from its one-of-a-kind broadcast fashion show and supermodel Angels to its iconic striped shopping bag are known and desired the world over.

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