Sr Production Designer

ONSITE in Mettawa, IL (near Lake Forest)
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Robert Ustruck

Job Description:

Our pharmaceutical client is hiring for a Production Graphic Designer. As a Production Graphic Designer on a long-term contract, you’ll join a culturally diverse group of 90+ strategic and creative explorers at an in-house advertising agency for a biopharmaceutical company with 29,000+ employees. You’ll be part of a close-knit team—senior designers, web developers, motion artists, writers, editors, and account managers—that partners with cross-functional stakeholders to support 30+ leading brands. Together, you’ll develop multichannel materials for affiliates in 80+ countries. You’ll love working in the modern, eco-friendly building with bright, open interior spaces. Time for a break? Grab a coffee or snack in the on-site Starbucks, enjoy a full meal in the tricked-out cafeteria (sushi Mondays and make-your-own-omelet Thursdays!), work up a sweat in the spacious gym, or take a stroll along the nature path on campus. 

And you’ll find it all in Mettawa, with a free shuttle to and from Metra + convenient access to I94. 

• Prepare artwork for production: scale images, adjust resolution, create packaging schematics and die lines 
• Retouch images in Photoshop and apply special effects to a wide range of photography 
• Add interactive functionality to PDFs 
• Edit existing creative materials: make type and art edits, including complex data-based charts and tables 
• Assist in providing project and printing specifications 
• Identify issues regarding high-risk designs that could potentially delay final deliverables 
• Perform artwork searches on stock photo websites and internal databases 
• Work with creative managers and writers to prepare presentations for creative meetings 
• Prioritize multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
• Communicate with creative and account teams to ensure projects stay on track 
• Work overtime when needed to complete time-sensitive projects 

Must Have: 
• Education + experience: Bachelor’s degree in design or related discipline; 5+ years of experience working in a creative agency environment; strong portfolio demonstrating creativity and related expertise 
• Technical skills: Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite software: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Die lines, Design (will be in the end process working with print vendors, sizing, etc). 
• Soft skills: High degree of initiative to drive projects to completion in a fast-paced environment; ability to absorb and respond to constructive feedback and turn projects around quickly when off course 
• Portfolio: Must provide samples of work to be considered, including before-and-after retouched photos 
• Creative exercise: Must complete a creative exercise on-site to be considered