Senior Artworker / Studio Manager

England, London
£45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
20 June 2017
18 July 2017
Dan Poole
Job Function
Designer, Artworker
Contract Type
Full Time

Our client is an independent direct comms agency with a long history of working with top clients and having a friendly culture. They are now looking for a senior artworker to manage all the artwork leaving the agency. You must be obsessed by artwork and be constantly thinking about how process can be bettered; a natural problem solver, good with people and communicating at all levels.
Job Description - Artworker/Studio Manager

The Remarkable role:
Any agency can have a studio manager. But we want a Remarkable one.

You might be an existing studio manager. Or you might be a senior artworker who's looking for the next step. Someone who is still brilliant at being a hands-on artworker but with an eye on the future too.
In this role, you'll report into the Executive Creative Director and you play a massive role in the agency - leading the studio in creating industry-leading artwork.
You'll work closely with creative, design, account handling and clients - and production houses - to do the best work we can.
It's not just about creating accurate artwork - that's a must. It's also about building and maintaining relationships with production partners for our biggest clients.
It's about working with everyone to get the best results. Having a real pride in what you do. Hating mistakes of any size. Sharing your knowledge. Keeping people in the proverbial loop. Knowing what's do-able, what's best practice and having the technical know-how to get things done - right and on time.
You'll contribute to a harmonious and productive working culture.
And you are the person people turn to in order to get things done.
Without you, things won't get done. Printers remain idle. Emails sit un-deployed.

How are the agency's values lived?

You'll act with integrity. If you say we can do something, we do it. You don't let people down, don't do the sucky teeth thing.
You'll love what you do. That means you'll show an interest over and above just getting it right. You'll really care.
You'll be modestly brilliant. It's a given that you'll be great at what you do - but you don't want to show off. You're confident. You're approachable and professional. You're collaborative. It gives people confidence that they can trust you to get the job done well, and on time.
You'll keep it simple. You'll know all sorts of stuff. Sometimes it's stuff no-one else will understand. You'll make it easy for your colleagues and clients to get what's going on.

How is the Remarkable Difference is delivered?
Key responsibilities

This is a real hands-on, sleeves rolled up role producing all deliverables - print and digital.
  • You'll manage the production of artwork, ensuring processes such as retouching and photography are kept to a high standard.
  • Producing final artwork that is on brief, implemented within proscribed budgets and timeframes, on brand to the highest production standards.
  • You'll also build and maintain relationships with production partners for our biggest clients, including writing, owning and updating production briefs, attending weekly status calls and working with them on any changes to format or spec. Our clients will be used to seeing you and come to rely on your knowledge and expertise.
  • You'll know formats in DM. You'll know everything there is to know about creating emails. The cans and cant's. You'll work with creative, designers and account handling to recommend formats that are completely do-able and work within budget. You'll also provide support for artworkers
  • You'll be a 'brand guardian'. You'll have a remarkable eye for detail - and know instinctively when something is on brand guidelines, on spec and in-keeping with the latest best practices.
  • You'll liaise with RedEye, Cergis and Altaire including writing digital briefs, attending weekly status calls and working with them on any digital specs required.
  • You'll work closely with traffic and be aware of key deadlines for all campaigns including asset supply to all agencies
  • You'll test all digital work to make sure everything is correct and matches the approved creative and assets supplied
  • You'll take an active role in leading and expanding the studio function, helping to identify objectives and opportunities for artworkers
  • Staff & suppliers - keeping on top of studio supplies ensuring that everything is always fully stocked. Sourcing external print shops for bespoke posters/boards that may be needed by the clients

  • Skills & Experience required to deliver the Remarkable Difference:

    You'll be totally skilled up and utterly competent across all Creative Suite applications, and keep abreast of all the latest software developments
  • You'll be full of a rigorous and thorough print and digital (predominantly email) production knowledge delivering final artwork to our production partners
  • To produce, wherever required, mock-ups of Direct Mail to incredibly high standards, that are presentable to Senior Executive level clients
  • Applying the rigour of the Production Design craft, checking and re-checking for accuracy in the faithful translation of the idea to production standards.

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