At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we recognise that our brand and visual identity contribute to our success at an international scale. We have recently completed a brand evolution programme, restructured our brand architecture by bringing together our numerous brands under one umbrella, as well as developing new brand positioning and visual identity.

As Creative Lead, you will provide strong design leadership to complement the ambitions of the Foundation and you will be the champion of the new brand approach to ensure consistency across all of our channels. You will directly manage a team of designers, providing mentorship and guidance as well as hands-on support where necessary, and help to support the workflow of projects through the team. As a strong collaborator and team player, you will work closely with the rest of the communications and digital teams in particular, as well a number of other programme teams across the Foundation. You are probably a senior designer looking for a step up or a creative director looking to apply your experience in a new, meaningful sector.

Role and Responsibilities

Reporting to our Executive lead-Marketing and Communications, your main areas of responsibility will be:

  • Team management, mentorship and guidance You will lead an in-house team currently consisting of a multimedia designer, junior multimedia designer, two graphic designers and a number of freelancers including senior designers/creative directors and a studio workflow manager. You will be responsible for overseeing and managing the entire team, providing strategic direction, and providing the key interface between project stakeholders and the design team to meet and manage deadlines
  • Art direction for the Foundation and campaigns - contributing to early conversations about new projects, guiding / influencing design decisions at concept stage and providing sign-off / direction for the in-house team, or external collaborators, throughout the phases of production.
  • Guardian of brand architecture and champion of our visual identity - working closely with the Executive Lead to align on strategic brand elements, as well as coordinating with the wider Branding and Legal Team to address risk / impact of branding decisions.
  • Agency and freelance management, including briefing documents, managing proposals, etc.
  • Support studio workflow and project timelines.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements and apply them.
  • Some budget management.
  • Internal relationship building with other programme teams.

Your profile

  • You will have a strong educational background together with 8+ years relevant experience client or agency side.
  • You are probably currently a senior designer, art director or creative director.
  • An understanding of the circular economy will be highly beneficial for this role.
  • Fluency with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite software together with advanced skills in graphic design, and preferably knowledge of document formatting/typesetting, animation and video software.
  • Proven skills in people management and team leadership; budget management experience.
  • Evidence of working in a highly collaborative environment.
  • You will draw inspiration from being kept up to date with the latest in art, design and creative thinking.

When you send in your application we would be pleased to see a link to your portfolio, together with examples of any brand-related development work.

Please apply with CV, covering letter and salary expectation by 19th May 2021.

Please check that the ad is still online before you submit your application as we interview on a rolling basis and we may withdraw the ad before the closing date.

Desired starting date: asap

Salary package: Competitive within the charity sector and with generous holiday allowance, gym membership and a flexible benefits package.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Interested in this role?

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