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Senior Motion Graphics Designer

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Our large financial service client located in Eagan, MN is looking for a Video Art Director for a long term contract assignment. This position is located in Eagan, MN and will require onsite meetings as needed.

Position Overview

Video and Photography are key marketing communication tools crucial in promoting our products and services both internally and externally to support marketing campaigns, essentially bringing to life the Thomson Reuters brand.

This role is within an in-house global creative services team, part of the Global Brand Marketing department of this multi-national corporate firm. Based in Eagan, MN, you’ll be part of an immediate team of 4 video specialists (a global team of 18), working across a range of productions/projects for internal clients from different business areas and geographies. As a talented Video Art director/designer it will be your responsibility to both concept, present and sometimes deliver video communications suitable for broadcast. You’ll create both internal & externally focused marketing and business video communications for Thomson Reuters.

In partnership with both local and global Production Managers, Directors, Producers, Editors & Animators you will be helping ensure our video productions are delivered to an excellent standard, on time, on brand and on budget.

As a Video Art Director, you'll be tasked with taking briefs and originating concepts for both live action and animated pieces suitable for our multiple delivery channels, including online, mobile, OOH large digital display, live events and broadcast.

You'll work closely with the Eagan Studio Lead & Multimedia Producer to achieve excellence in the delivery of our work to support the companies core communication programmes & initiatives at many levels and across different business areas including: Legal, Finance, Tax & Accounting, Reuters News and Intellectual Property & Science.

Essential day-to-day responsibilities

• Develop concepts for a wide variety of internal and external projects ranging from promotional online videos to animated product demos to broadcast & campaign pieces
• Work with the account and wider creative teams to understand and refine briefs, project scope and objectives
• Lead in the concept phase of live action and/or motion projects – originating, developing and presenting ideas both internally and to clients
• Design and create storyboards, narratives, pitch presentations
Work with producers, editors and other designers to resolve
• design and/or production challenges
• Play active role in the review/feedback process with clients
• Participate in brainstorming sessions to share new design perspectives and ideas
• Ensure compliance with brand guidelines, deadlines and design standards.
• Continuously research, discover, experiment with and implement new production, design & animation styles, techniques & technologies to maximise the efficiency of our workflow and elevate the quality of our work


Essential Skills

• 7 years+ experience of video creation and art direction
• A proven track record of excellence in live action and/or animation – demonstrated through a strong portfolio
• Creative flair/energy/mind – proven creative story-telling skills
• Solid experience with digital technology and animation software (specifically, Adobe CC suite of products, specifically After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop skills)
• Experience with digital workflow including the compression and delivery of projects in a digital medium
• Passionate about Design with a design/graphics background
• Ability to work independently and/or develop ideas within a team of directors, producers, production specialists and animators
• Good communication & presentation skills
• Collaborative demeanour for working with external suppliers and people across departments and at all levels.
• Ability to work to tight deadlines across multiple projects with excellent organisational skills
• Attention to detail
• Not essential, but desirable – familiarity with 3D and compositing – specifically C4D

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