Design Director

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Position Title: Design Director

Location: Southwark, SE1

Reports to: Executive Creative Director

Date: March 2018

Primary Focus:

The Design Director will lead the design offering for GPJ across all of our clients. This role sits in the heart of the creative department and will ensure the agency has the best output across all of its creative offerings. You will be in charge of building and managing a design team ensuring we have the best talent in the industry and always striving for the best in everything we do.

• Taking the Design lead across our varied clients and being key decision maker for all visual output

• Managing and building a team of designers working across all our clients including Nike, McLaren and Google alongside other projects and clients to ensure consistency across the department while working with other head of departments

• Develop processes in the department and champion across the business

• Ability to work across multiple large-scale events at any given time alongside smaller experiential activations

• Work alongside our international offices to ensure smooth ways of working

• Work with the ECD and the CSD to build a strong team who become a lynch pin in the department

• Working with the global creative directors to ensure consistency across the global network

• Looking at how the agency works and always strive for better ways of working in a calm and approachable manner

• Working with the Creative Leads and Creative Directors to ensure creative is at the heart of what we do and the clients KPI’s are being met through smooth processes and ensuring efficiency across the department

Key Responsibilities:

• Building a team of talented and inspiring people who can drive the business forward and champion great work

• Working with other department heads to ensure smooth running of the department

• Strong management and communication skills with an ability to work in a demanding and changing environment

• Can perform comfortably in pitches including presenting with authority and flair

• Managing workflow, briefing and managing designers

• Presenting work to the business and clients

• Building lines of communication with the production department to ensure smooth running of the project

• Signing off of all design/action briefs with and informing timings based on judgement

• Ensuring consistency of work and making sure all work is to a standard expected of GPJ

• Building a relationship with other departments in the business

• Assigning briefs to members of the team ensuring skill set and experience is taken into account

• Liaise with 3rd party suppliers to ensure we are collaboratively working


• Able to establish strong relationships across the business, with clients and external suppliers, both face-to-face, verbally and in writing

• There will be a requirement to travel to event locations

• Working hours are 9am – 5.30pm with an hour for lunch, Monday – Friday

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