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Graphic Designer III

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We are hiring a Graphic Designer for a leading Apparel Retail Brand. The Graphic Designer III is under the direction / supervision of the Global Brand Design Manager or Global Brand Design Director. The expectation of this role is to concept, design, and project manage marketing and communication materials for internal and external  Marketing clients including presenting to internal executives. 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: 

The Graphic Designer III is responsible for but not limited to the following: 

• Responsible for crafting highly conceptual ideas that align with brand guidelines. 

• Ability to present concepts to executive level management. 

• Apply exceptional design skills for two dimensional, three dimensional, and 
digital applications. 

• Communicate and present design concepts for client approval to internal 
and external departments. 

• Ability to craft brand relevant copy. 

• Assist in direction of photoshoots 

• Must be able to prioritize, multi-task, and handle pressure in a fast-paced 
team environment. 

• Must be able to adhere to a high standard of quality while meeting deadlines. 

• Mentor Junior level Designers. 

Secondary Functions: 
Provide direct support for team members as needed and back-up support to Graphic Design Manager, Creative Director, Creative Services Manager. 

Job Scope: 
The Graphic Designer III provides innovative ideas and design solutions for 2d and 3d design projects including graphics and/or environments. You'll communicate and present design concepts as a team leader to clients and executive level management. You'll develop multiple ideas/solutions on a per project basis, mostly self-managed. You'll also be responsible for the creation of presentation materials that effectively communicate design concepts that support or enhance brand guidelines. Help mentor / guide Design II and Junior level talent. Work includes, but not limited to, design of the following: Catalogs, PowerPoint Presentations, Hangtags, Packaging, POP, Retail Signage, Advertising, Promotional Events, Environmental Signage, Tradeshows. 

Interpersonal Contacts: 
Contacts are made with others both inside and outside the company and concern the exchange of information and problem solving. Internal contacts include members from various departments such as Product Design and Development, Footwear, Sales, Retail, Planning, International, Information Systems and Marketing. Contacts always include confidential or sensitive information, with about 10% being by phone and the remainder via email or face-to-face interaction. 

Supervisory Responsibility: 
A Design III will mentor and provide Design direction/inspiration to the Design team. Over see work of Junior level / freelance Designers to ensure quality; brand relevance, budgets and timelines are met. It is also this supervisor’s role to make sure that all creative work aligns with current business needs/strategy. 

Specific Job Skills: 
Possess thorough knowledge of the Graphic Design process and the procedures associated with completing the process. Demonstrate a solid understanding of industry and market requirements; design appropriate graphics for target consumers and retailers that result in sales growth for the company. Must have excellent Macintosh computer skills including expert level knowledge in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, SketchUP, Keynote and PowerPoint. Must have proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. Must have excellent understanding of print production and the printing process. 

Must have excellent organizational skills, the ability to prioritize projects, and superior attention to detail. Possess basic hands-on graphic skills such as drawing, cutting, measuring, along with excellent page layout and typography skills and ability to demonstrate skill in drawing and illustrating concepts. 

Demonstrate high levels of creativity, problem solving, job knowledge, and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines with the ability to lead by example and inspire team members. Interact with co-workers in a professional manner that supports the department and promotes a positive work environment. Communicate clearly with staff, executive level management, vendors, customer, and clients this includes adapting to be effective with a multitude of personalities and circumstances. Act as a resource for established procedures and take a proactive approach in meeting deadlines and in understanding job requirements. 

Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, related field OR experience equivalent to a degree. 

Five to eight years of experience as a Graphics Designer working with Macintosh based Adobe Creative Suite in progressively responsible roles. History of high level Design project ownership. High level project presentation skills. Exposure to the outdoor and or fashion industry or related work preferred.

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