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Print Graphic Designer - Luxury Retail

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Aquent's luxury mass retail client is looking for Print Graphic Designer to work a contract to hire role in downtown Dallas. This role reports to the Creative Marketing Director and is a foot in the door at a major luxury and fashion retailer!

OVERVIEW
A Graphic Designer is responsible for developing and executing distinctive and compelling concepts and design strategies for the collateral pieces that support the client's brand.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Seasonal Creative Development
- Seasonal & Annual Design Strategies: Works closely with Senior Designer, Marketing Director/Creative and creative team to develop concepts and designs for each season as well as establish an annual direction. From initial brainstorming sessions through presentation decks.
- Concept 360 marketing initiatives: develop design and typography strategies that can roll out across all media.
- Style Guides: Develops style guides to communicate to design team across all channels.

Design Execution
- Project Creative Developments: Partner with Art Directors, Copywriters and Production on developing out-of- the-box ideas for direct mail pieces, signage, invitations and the like, that support the seasonal creative direction, the brand and meet the project marketing and budget objectives.
- Execution: manage the creative execution to ensure it effectively supports the direction.
- Visual: works with visual team to ensure in store messaging clearly communicates the desired marketing objective.
- Print Production: Manage communication with print production to ensure all retouching and color correction are accurate and project specifications are on target.
- Interface with Art Directors, Copy Editors, Account Managers, Print Managers and Pre-Media Managers

Management
- Project Management: Effectively manage workflow and team assignments, from initial direction to team members through execution, to ensure all schedules are met and on time.
- Staff: Oversee and manage performance and development of direct reports.
- Communication: Effectively communicates with design, photo art direction, copywriting and editing teams – written and verbal – to ensure all stay informed.


REQUIREMENTS:

- 5+ years prior graphic design experience with a luxury fashion company or magazine is a must.
- Outstanding online portfolio of collateral pieces or magazine spreads.
- Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite CS5 print, digital, rich media, specifically InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Keynote
- Strong typographical design skills
- Strong communication and presentation skills – both written and verbal
- Solid knowledge of print production processes and needs, papers, inks and finishes
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong time management skills with ability to work in a fast paced dynamic environment
- Strong leader who loves leading a team. Can-do attitude a must.
- Professional. Trustworthy and committed to total quality.

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