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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER
START DATE: ASAP
CONTRACT: ON-GOING
LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO

** A FORTUNE 500 FASHION COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGNER **

SUMMARY:
Under the guidance of the Art Director, the Graphic Designer creates best in class designs that address strategic business objectives for the global brand marketing efforts. They support the design process through execution – understanding the business objectives and strategy. They are able to utilize that knowledge to create designs that ensure the objectives have been met with the proper tone, messaging and visual applications. The Graphic Designer is an expert in layout, production and delivery and manage their work to the highest possible standards for all assets across all mediums, with specific attention to print production expertise and brand and campaign identity development.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Contributes to the development of brand standards and production guidelines which will exist as internal marketing communication tools for a variety of content producer audiences
• Design content, version layouts and run quality control checks on all assets prepared for hand-off, ensuring that assets are compatible with corporate standards related to visual style / branding guidelines
• Collaborate with creative partners to develop concepts, and strategic ideas that can be effectively executed within a variety of consumer channels, and a range of mediums (including but not limited to print, video/film, web, photography, packaging development, 3D, corporate guidelines, fully integrated campaigns)
• Receive direction and present proposed design/advertising solutions while meeting deadlines on a variety of projects simultaneously
• Present work to a range of internal audiences in a clear, professional manner and where appropriate, include research that will support chosen strategies
• Operate as a brand advocate and shepherd the creative standards with all partners (internal and external vendors), providing creative feedback when required and communicate brand updates as needed
• Demonstrate global cultural awareness with regard to content crossing global borders and leverages consultant resources, as required
• Maintain an up to date and organized set of files for project archive and utilizes the departments digital assets management systems and file servers

TECHNICAL
• Keep up to date with design, photography and print production techniques, proposing new technologies and sharing this knowledge with the team
• Ensure all design layouts are optimized for end-use and delivered according to specifications, production standards, color quality standards and preflight requirements
• Design of 2D/3D concepts, working with production and implementation teams as needed
• Complete retouching on files required for internal presentation and work with vendors for final post-production delivery

PROJECT & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:
• Adhere to project timelines and partner with project management to mitigate and escalate work issues and impacting parameters for project deadlines
• Attend department, status, direction, presentation and feedback meetings to offer creative input and ensure that all assigned work is communicated and informed back to relevant partner

REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design or related field
• Minimum 5 years of experience in graphic design / art direction to include retail/fashion/apparel brand experience, ideally working within an internal consumer brand environment or advertising agency
• Experience presenting work in a meeting environment to peers and seniors
• Creative thinker who can provide a solid portfolio of creative ideas
• Understanding of marketing campaign development and the various mediums to execute a fully integrated campaign (ie. Print, Video/film, photographic; variety of media outlets)
• Advanced proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud environment applications
• Print design, prototyping, and preflight/production, including detailed management of high volume of design files, and print vendors, to see print creative lifecycle through to completion / on-floor / in-market
• Typography knowledge
• Use visual and creative sensibilities to translate creative concepts into materials for the internal and external consumer
• Basic retouching skills
• Ability to work under creative direction and respond well to feedback and critique
• Proven ability to work effectively and efficiently under multiple, occasionally competing deadlines
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Detail oriented, can manage multiple projects
• Comfortable with working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
• Compelling presenter

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