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Freelance Graphic Designer

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One of our valued Fortune 500 financial service investment firms is in need of a freelance Graphic Designer. This contract position, reporting to the Senior Design Lead within the San Francisco-based Creative Services group, will be responsible for the design, execution, and production work for sales and marketing materials, branded event signage and materials, custom work, and packaging. They will helping a fast-paced, dynamic, creative team and must have the ability to take art direction well. This is a temporary replacement for a full time/staff member until a new hire is identified.

Responsibilities:
• Design and execution of effective marketing communications materials for the company’s family of brands
• Ability to concept on-brand design solutions
• Contribute new ideas and innovative thinking
• Prepare/pre-flight artwork insuring all files are technically accurate and print ready
• Proficient in the creation of print and digital files, including files for promotional items, event staging, and environmental signage
• Communicate effectively with the internal creative services team and with vendors
• Work closely with internal team to ensure brand consistency through all materials
Requirements:
• Must be able to work in a corporate environment
• Undergraduate degree in graphic design or related work experience
• Minimum 5 years of experience as a designer
• Strong design sensibility and solid technical design skills
• Experience formatting long, text-heavy marketing collateral such as white papers and brochures
• Ability to work with templated designs and follow visual identity guidelines
• Ability to deliver technically accurate design files on a schedule
• Good understanding of Mac operations within a networked environment is a plus
• Able to work calmly under pressure with tight deadlines; must be fast, efficient and good with time management
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Experience designing, formatting and preparing print materials and large format event signage
• Extremely detail oriented with strong ability to identify and correct mistakes
• Must have a high degree of ownership and accountability
• Solid knowledge of pre-press and printing industry
• Power user of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat)

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