Head of Design

Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
10 September 2019
09 October 2019
Job Function
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client, an independent award winning agency are on the look-out for an experienced, ambitious and talented Head of Design who is looking to take the next step in their career in joining a friendly, exciting and creative team.

They are a creative experiences and brand activation agency, which are hugely successful, based in Greater London.

They are open to candidates who are already a Head of Design or a Senior Designer with enough experience under their belt and ready for the step up to Head of Design.

Our ideal candidate for the Head of Design position:
  • Someone who loves Design. Who can absorb all different styles from street to luxury.
  • They make the complicated simple. They turn heads and engage brains.
  • They're smart, they know about customers and clients and consumer journeys and how to link it all together.
  • They'll inspire and astound us with fresh designs and swerve the clichés.
  • Their work looks incredible in any dimension 2D, 3D, digital and virtual.
  • They love the details and can pore over kerning, but can equally smash something out when time is tight.
  • They'll treat every brief with gusto be it incontinence liners (not a current client) or a global Amazon campaign. They'll never settle for 'that will do'
  • They consume popular culture voraciously, shopping, food, fashion, box sets, movies...
  • They won't be over precious or pretentious but they'll fight their own corner. It's business not art
  • They are infinitely curious. They may not know it all, but they'll want to learn.
  • Enthusiasm will radiate from them. People will be drawn to them.
About us:

There are several networked offices around the world: Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Dubai, New York, Ireland and most recently Singapore. And it is a genuine network with sharing resources, people and process. London is the home of the network and the biggest number of staff. There's also a degree of movement between the offices. We've just taken on an GAD from our Dubai office for example and have and account handler in Sydney for a years secondment.

What are we looking for in the Head of Design? We believe a person's qualities are as important as their experience. The correct skills are key but we also recruit on DNA - having the right attitude, ambitions and outlook are crucial attributes. We have a strong team culture and look for our members to embody the same behaviours as the senior management team;
  • Straight talking, firm, fair and fun - we are a team that considers and respects those around us
  • Pro-active, self-starters who are flexible and calm in a fast paced, ever changing environment
  • Confident, challenging and curious, always looking to add value and do better (high expectations of oneself).
I envisage the ideal candidate would have worked agency side and worked through the ranks. Potentially this role being a chance to flex all they've learned and run a small team and build it.

Roles and responsibilities of the Head of Design:
  • Proficient with creative cloud
  • Great communication, negotiations, and presentations skills, both verbal and written
  • Passion for design platforms, i.e. interactive design, mobile, and touch-screen
  • Demonstrated ability to take projects from initial stage to delivery of final product
  • Extreme attention to details
  • Smart, self motivated, articulate, diplomatic, approachable, confident, passionate and fun
  • Ability to be current with the latest trends of visual influencers across the entertainment and tech industries
  • Come up with design concepts that fit the client's needs and objectives
  • Understand the environment that designs will be printed / placed and in order to best inform designs
  • Think creatively and be proactive in suggesting specialist treatments and materials to make design thinking best in class
  • Create final designs, working to a deadline and budget. Great attention to details
  • Craft pitch documents and sell / present creative ideas to clients
  • Meet with new and innovative suppliers of creative services and marketing media to inspire fresh thinking within the agency
  • Positively represent the creative team internally and externally. Be the lead 'go to' person for all creative services, continuously strive for exceptional creative output worthy of industry acclaim
  • Win design awards ( in time)
  • HR management of design & artwork team, including appraisals, training and development and team motivation
Company Benefits
  • 25 days holiday
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Life insurance (opt in)
  • Pension contribution
  • Weekly team drinks - thirsty Thursday
  • Employee of the month rewards

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