Ref: 1411

Associate Creative Director

Brief Overview

An amazing opportunity to join the in-house creative team of a superlative brand as Associate Creative Director. This company’s growth and success has been nothing short of phenomenal, and shows no sign of abating. They’re a Times Top 20 outfit, and are innovators and pioneers in their fields of expertise, covering property, lifestyle, and leisure. Most of all, they’ve developed a culture that truly empowers people to develop and prosper.

The role

Every piece of work you create will impact on the image, style, and ethos of this company and its respective brands – so you’ll be producing a high level of design across online and offline channels. The real uniqueness is that you will not only be directing creative on existing brands, but you will also be tasked with developing new ones from the ground up. You will work in tandem with the Senior Creative Director on key business and strategic objectives, but your main remit will be to oversee and guide a small creative team, and other creatives across a number of global offices, ensuring design is developed and executed peerlessly. You’ll be involved in key commercial decisions, taking a strategic lead on the company’s current and emerging brands, and bringing a sense of calm and cohesion to the team. Of key importance is setting the creative bar very high; you’ll be given ample room to do this because the creative element of this business is a critical and respected discipline. Above all else, you’ll ensure branding is consistent across all mediums, both online and offline, which will see you working with a range of media, from photography and print to interiors, web, and many other assets.

What we’re looking for

This role requires someone with a breadth of skills, who can set a trend or style rather than simply follow, who can see the brand experience and not just the collateral, and who has a history or is capable of going outside the lines of a tried and tested path. Above all else, you can demonstrate experience of setting the creative bar very high, and may have a couple of awards under your belt.

Given the creative work this company produces, a recent branding or integrated agency background is important. While a fair clump of experience is important, the depth and quality of your work, the brands on which you have worked, and your commercial savvy are more important considerations. You will be on the up in your career, able to work peerlessly across both offline and offline touchpoints, and capable of creating a worthy culture of engagement and openness.

You should be both brand and digitally savvy, with the ability to pull all parts of a campaign together, and to mentor and guide a design team. The quality of your work must be visually sublime, but it must also reach and resonate with the target audience. We would lean towards a candidate with first-rate creative knowledge, an innovative portfolio, and experience of working with lifestyle brands that has been gained in an agency setting.

What’s on offer

On top of a salary of up to £50,000 (although this is not set in stone), you’ll be joining a company that is one of the most forward-thinking and entrepreneurially led in the North West (with the record to prove it). The culture is second to none, and, with a staff retention record that is near perfect, they offer ample room for both career progression and personal growth. As one of the few in-house creative departments that consistently pushes the boundaries and produces an extremely high level of online and offline creative work, they function very much like an agency environment – it’s a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario for an innovative creative that wants to be part of an incredible business. Apply now, or contact Simon or Samantha at AF Selection for further information, quoting ref. 1411.

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