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Art Director

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Our large financial service client is looking for a Senior Graphic Designer/Art Director for a 4-month contract opportunity. This person will develop design recommendations for all literature and publications from concept to completion. He/she is responsible for development and design of a variety of corporate communications, across multiple forms of media, all while ensuring brand consistency and meeting deadlines. The role requires a thorough knowledge of design applications and the ability to work in an extremely fast-paced environment. This position is also responsible for managing the brand guidelines, reviewing and providing feedback on creative executions by external agencies. Individual will maintain a thorough understanding of the business from a design standpoint. He/she should be experienced in partnering with art buyers, copywriters and project managers for art direction and style.


Skills and Competencies:

• 10+ years experience as a graphic designer with desktop publishing experience.
• Evidence of leadership skills.
• Adobe CS3 Photoshop and Illustrator.
• Expertise in Microsoft PowerPoint.
• Excellent proofreading and production management skills.
• Web design experience – Preferred: Dreamweaver, Flash and HTML Java Script, Intermediate Acrobat, Basic Action Script and Advanced Cascade Styling Sheets - CSS - Preferred.

Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Manages the development of creative materials from conception through production.
• Participates in creative brainstorming sessions.
• Contributes to creative marketing briefs or strategies.
• Develops new ideas from scratch and work to evolve each initiative strategically.
• Provides guidance and oversight on print and production needs working directly with printers and third party vendors; make recommendations to best manage print costs and vendor relationships.
• Works within tight deadlines and competing schedules to accomplish priorities of multiple levels.
• Oversees quality control of the defined company branding guidelines. Utilizes best practices, and metrics where possible, to provide internal clients with insight and recommendations on graphic design deliverables.
• Creates compelling communications using company graphic standards that fit within the overall corporate branding from concept to completion.
• Capable of and flexible enough to handle small print production jobs, as well as larger, creative concepts within given timeframes and at an optimal budget.
• Reviews and approves printers' proofs, researches photography and illustration, and works with Production to supervise printing.
• Maintains knowledge of typography, design, electronic pre-press, print production and electronic publishing hardware and software (charting, scanning, image retouching, illustration, page layout, etc.).
• Maintains on-line job code/filing system.
• A versatile, team player.

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