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ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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Hiring Organization VMLY&R Commerce
Post Name ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Qualification Bachelor’s degree in advertising, design, or relevant field
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 32 To USD 38 Per Hour
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States 60607

ABOUT US: VMLY&R

VMLY&R COMMERCE is WPP’s newest end-to-end Creative Commerce Company.  Built on the commerce expertise of Geometry and scaled through VMLY&R’s connected brand promise, we help modern brands grow by unifying marketing strategies around commerce. We believe the space of commerce holds the most untapped creative potential to grow brands and people.  Living CommerceTM is our proprietary approach and platform that guides how we work.

By understanding how, when and why people buy, we deliver the most engaging and culturally-relevant creative commerce experiences across Retail, Experience, Design, and Innovation. We do this as part of a network of 13,000 specialists across 80 countries, everywhere life intersects with commerce – this is end-to-end.

We’re committed to building a united global network of creators and thinkers, regardless of their age, race, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. With over 12,000 employees across the globe, our influence is made stronger by applying our collective experiences to tell stories that not only sell products and experiences but also guarantee positive representations of all communities.

Our unique culture is rooted in a great deal of care for you and your success. Above all else, we are committed to strengthening your experience by ensuring your inner potential continues to be discovered.

We also offer about a dozen employee resource groups (ERGs) that allow you to tap into your personal identities, interests, and passions. Our ERGs celebrate ethnic diversity, life as a working parent or caregiver, neurodiversity, the LGBTQ+ community, well-being, and more. Regardless of your interests, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so tap into our global network and find where you can make your ideas come to life.

WHERE YOU SHINE

Develops and executes creative marketing ideas to solve client challenges.  Focuses on the visual side of the creative product, including design, layout, type, photography, color, and overall visual esthetics.

Collaborates with an ACD copy or senior/copywriter to generate ideas and create concepts and visual designs that are on strategy, on brand and achieve client objectives.  Acts as creative director on designated projects, leading art directors and copywriters and providing strategic direction and insightful feedback to improve the work.  Successfully sells creative ideas and concepts to clients.  Mentors and develops team members.

WHAT YOUR SUCCESS WILL LOOK LIKE

  • Evaluate assignments and help identify resources and expertise needed to complete projects
  • Collaborate with account and strategy leads to develop creative briefs
  • Lead creative kick-off meetings with account and strategy partners; provide direction to art directors and copywriters on roles, assignments/deliverables, and timing; answer questions
  • Drive creative brainstorms
  • Provide input on concepting ideas based on knowledge of current trends, pop culture, and current and past design themes
  • Bring your own ideas to meetings and share them with the team
  • Build upon other participants’ ideas
  • Constructively critique ideas discussed
  • Partner with an ACD copy or senior/copywriter to design and create agreed upon concept per brainstorming meeting
  • Throughout all stages of the creative development process, oversee art director/copywriter teams, evaluating their work, providing constructive feedback, making suggestions, and proposing alternate ways of thinking to elevate the work; ensure the overall quality and strategic accuracy of the creative product prior to internal reviews and client presentations
  • Create presentation boards and/or decks; effectively present/sell the creative concepts and thinking to the client
  • Work with production, directors, photographers, illustrators, and/or editors throughout the production process to achieve the desired creative product as a concept
  • Troubleshoots when needed, developing unique and actionable solutions to creative challenges
  • Lead development of direct reports through mentorship, coaching, and ongoing performance feedback and identification of learning opportunities
  • Enter time reports at minimum once a week and expense reports within 10 days of incurred expense
  • Approve time at minimum once a week and approves expenses within 2 days of receipt
  • Handle other duties as assigned by the supervisor

WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU BRING

  • Bachelor’s degree in advertising, design, or relevant field
  • 8+ years of experience as an art director, preferably in an agency or in-house creative department
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Solid understanding of advertising and marketing principles
  • Functional knowledge of typography, layout, and design principles
  • Knowledge of current trends, pop culture, current, and past design themes
  • Comprehensive knowledge of client category, business, and objectives, and a clear understanding of key strategic issues impacting the client’s business
  • Able to communicate clearly, thoroughly, and succinctly both verbally and in writing; responds to comments, suggestions, and criticisms in a constructive manner while maintaining the integrity of the creative idea; influences and/or persuades key stakeholders when necessary
  • Strong presentation skills; presents creative work, clearly explaining the assignment, creative strategy, creative idea, and how it accomplishes the client’s objectives
  • Current knowledge and understanding of where and how people interact with media, including at home, on the go, while shopping, mobile, broadcast, print, event, etc.
  • Collaborates well with others, demonstrated by partnering with an account, strategy, and creative teams to successfully deliver work to clients
  • Anticipates potential problems and obstacles to project success, communicates concerns, and develops solutions
  • Experience leading, managing, and mentoring teams and providing actionable constructive feedback

OUR BENEFITS

As the world leader in communications services, we rely on the creativity of our people to deliver the best work for our clients. In return, we invest in our employees by offering them a diverse suite of benefits from best-in-class carriers, with enough choice and flexibility to keep them and their families healthy and happy today and tomorrow.

  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ranked No. 1 in advertising for our adoption assistance program
  • Corporate discounts
  • VMLY&R Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.

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