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Sr. Graphic Designer / Art Director (Consumer Banking)

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Full service, in-house advertising agency for a large financial institution seeks experienced Sr. Graphic Designer / Art Director for a long term role supporting its consumer banking line of business. *This is a 12-18 month contract role, on site, normal business hours.

The ideal candidate can show extensive experience and documented success in print ads, collateral, and exhibit design. 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. If this sounds like you, let’s talk!!

Responsibilities
• Develop strategies and design communication materials in all media.
• 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
• Minimum of 5 years advertising/graphic arts-related work experience.
• Proficient in QuarkXPress, Creative Suite 4 products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) Filemaker, and Excel.
• Basic knowledge of financial/banking advertising.
• Basic 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

TO APPLY: If this sounds like you, please submit a current resume, online portfolio link... and we'd love to chat!
All resumes must:
• Outline the minimum requirements
• Be clear, easy to read and formatted properly
• Include month/year of all employers
• Explain employment gaps >3 months

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