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Sr. Graphic Designer / Art Director

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In-house advertising agency for a Fortune 500 financial services company seeks Art Director/Sr. Graphic Designer with extensive experience and documented success in print ads, collateral, and exhibit design deliverables for large brands (familiarity with banking/financial industry advertising required). Works in a highly collaborative environment with copywriters, account executives and production managers. Manages and executes creative design from initial concept to final release to communicate the organization's business-to-business marketing objectives.

Requires a bachelor's degree with at least 5 years of experience in the field. Experience in financial services and consumer banking is a definite advantage. Strong concepting ability and skillful client interaction are critical. Broad creative and problem-solving skills are expected.

This is a 12-18 month contract role, on site, in Wilmington, DE, 40 hours per week.

Responsibilities:
• Develop strategies and design communication materials in all media. (preference for print and direct mail deliverables)
• Maintain job folders and documentation.
• Review and approve jobs at all stages.
• Coordinate creative strategy, production specs and budget.
• Define needs for photos and other art and research images.
• Help set direction for client meetings.
• Conduct all phases of project execution.
• Present creative concepts and sell direction to senior management.
• Establish job specifications to conform to budget parameters.
• Collaborate with other disciplines to provide comprehensive project management.
• Art direct internal and external photo shoots and manage budget, props, location, etc.
• Provide direction to and supervise junior art directors.

Job Requirements:
• 5+ years advertising/graphic arts-related work experience in a Sr. Graphic Designer and/or Art Director role.
• Documented portfolio of work, for large corporate brands (preferably some financial industry work)
• Proficient in QuarkXPress, Creative Suite 4 products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) Filemaker, and Excel.
• Knowledge and understanding of financial/banking advertising.
• Understanding of printing process and pre-press proofing and specifications.
• Working knowledge of Direct Mail and/or Direct Marketing communications.
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment.
• Strong strategic skills
• Highly creative out-of-the-box thinker.
• Comfortable working in a collaborative manner in a matrix environment.
• Excellent verbal and written communication.

Software Requirements:
• Need strong working knowledge of: CS4, including Indesign, Photoshop & Illustrator
• Optional skills: Flash, HTML

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