Art Director

Location

Vancouver, Canada

Term

Full Time

Date Posted

Nov 19, 2020

SAXX Underwear Co. is looking for an Art Director join the team based at our Vancouver office location.

This is your opportunity to be part of a globally growing brand in a dynamic work environment.

THE ART DIRECTOR WILL BE…

Responsible for executing visual marketing programs and campaigns that live in both physical and digital channels. You will be a key contributor in concepting seasonal brand stories, and fully own the visual execution through photography and final designed assets. You will lead, develop and inspire a team of in-house designers and photographers to achieve their full potential.

Responsibilities Include:

Brand Visual Management:

  • Lead creative brainstorming sessions based on insights; take ownership of creative choices, and design positioning
  • Collaborate with the brand team to develop campaign concepts from briefs and insights, pitch ideas to senior leadership
  • Identify and articulate creative systems that deliver consistent visual assets and experiences across owned channels
  • Present work and build alignment around visual direction and execution with key stakeholders and leadership
  • Interpret creative feedback and data into visual expressions and iterative design process
  • Collaborate with the Brand Operations Manager, Marketing Project Coordinator, and other cross-departmental leaders to align with production schedule

Design:

  • Concept and create design systems for seasonal campaigns that support print and digital applications, including logos, typography, color pallet, graphic elements, and visual solution
  • Ideate, create and develop creative campaign concepts alongside brand manager to fulfill seasonal business requirements
  • Oversee and execute the Art Direction, graphic/digital design and output of visual representations
  • Proactively bring forward innovative, modern and creative design thinking
  • Work cross functionally with copy and content team to ensure consistency in all customer touch points
  • Collaborate with external vendors or agencies in the conceptualization of photo shoots, designs and/or illustrations
  • Stay abreast of industry and cultural trends, pulling these references into proactive pitches for creative initiatives and/or projects

Photography:

  • Set and manage creative standards for both on-form and on-body photography
  • Develop and implement art direction for model interaction including posing and expression
  • Develop and innovate art direction for locations, lighting, casting, styling, hair/make up and props that elevates visual brand
  • Work alongside photographer in photo selection process to ensure cross channel asset needs are met
  • Stay abreast of industry and cultural photography trends, pulling these references into proactive pitches for creative initiatives and/or projects

People Management:

  • Provide direction and feedback to your team that drives a clear creative concept, delivers on the brief, and elevates the visual direction of the brand
  • Manage a team of designers, photographers and producers leading and inspiring them to deliver best in class visual assets
  • Promote continual creative improvement and actively contribute to a culture of innovation, excellence and accountability.
  • Identify and brief other creative resources (both internal and external) necessary to deliver a project – including but not limited to Agencies, Designers, Illustrators, Copy Writers, Videographers and Developers
  • Partner with the Marketing Project Coordinator to assign and allocate internal creative resources to incoming briefs
  • Be a strategic leader by identifying problems, seeking solutions and outlining key objectives
  • Mentor, develop and inspire creative team members
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts or related field
  • Minimum 7 years of progressive experience as a Graphic Designer, Digital Designer or Photographer
  • Minimum 5 year’s experience in a leadership role
  • Highly creative and collaborative individual, with knowledge of multiple design disciplines.
  • Experience and passion for conceptualizing and creating impactful campaigns
  • Ability to source external suppliers that meet project timelines and established budget.
  • Ability to communicate concepts and design ideas into various mediums
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and juggle multiple projects concurrently
  • Self-motivated, excellent communicator, ability to work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Sense of humor, positive attitude and natural ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Strong understanding of communications systems, brand development, interactive commerce, and the overall creative process
  • Expert in the creative process, marketing, graphic design and brand development
  • Able to work in both print and web design for integrated campaigns
  • Advanced knowledge with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Excellent with user interface design and the creative industry’s best practices
  • Results-oriented and process driven, with high expectations of self and team
  • Experience in a high growth organization preferred
WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE WORKING WITH US
  • We offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and an Employee and Family Assistance Program to support your wellbeing
  • Get additional health care support through a virtual health care platform and a health spending account
  • Have your birthday off to celebrate in style
  • Be part of a team of incredibly talented, passionate, and driven people focused on building and innovating
  • Make an impact with your work—each person has an equal opportunity to contribute to our goals
  • Join one of the fastest-growing companies in Vancouver and find opportunities to grow in your own career—offering advancement opportunities for our team members is important to us!
  • Stay fueled with our in-house chef, healthy snacks, coffee, and tea
  • Hang out with the cute and cuddly dogs at our headquarters
  • Stay fit with our in-office gym
To Apply…

Please forward your resume and quote Art Director in the subject line. No phone calls please. We appreciate your interest in the role, however; only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Thank you for your interest in a career with SAXX.

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