Job Vacancy Associate Creative Director (Brand Design) Sgsco

Job title: Associate Creative Director (Brand Design)

Company: Sgsco

Job description: Description :

Agency Overview

Marks is a brand design and experience agency constructed to meet the unique and dynamic conditions of today’s market. As a full-service agency, our expertise extends across all facets of the branding spectrum.

Born of five separate agencies within the sgsco umbrella, we are building on the expertise in brand design and design adaptation of our agency namesake and combining that with Webb deVlam’s strategic muscle and upstream capabilities, 3D contextual art creation born of Armstrong White, Traffik’s integrated experiential marketing expertise, and the delivery strength of 5Crowd. Together, we are 600 people across 12 studios and 8 countries. A super-charged brand design and experience powerhouse — ready to take on the biggest opportunities that lay ahead for our clients.

Dynamically structured, we deliver the dual perspectives of both Insider and Outsider– fluid, day-to-day brand guardianship and design leadership coupled with the game-changing provocation and fresh thinking that enables brands to uncover and calculate their next move, big or small. Combining divergent perspectives and experiences into a single seamless methodology fuels their clients to move fast, move forward, and move confidently.

Position Overview

As an Associate Creative Director, you will foster creative excellence within the team across the full spectrum of design. You’ll manage projects and client relationships, ensuring that the creative vision solves a business problem successfully, on budget, and on time. You will uphold the agency’s position as a strategic and collaborative subject matter expert for our clients. Associate Creative Directors are responsible for leading, presenting and defending designs and strategic solutions to clients. And yes – you will still need to find time to design.

Critical Skills & Behaviors

Strategic Design Solutions

  • Takes client direction, consumer insights, trends, competitive landscape and strategic foundations and translates them into design solutions
  • Partners with and leverages Strategy, Graphic/Communication Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, and Adaptive Design teams to develop holistic design solutions
  • Oversees strategic and thoughtful design solutions from inception through adaptive program rollouts
  • Challenges project expectations, reframes problems and scrutinizes project assumptions while showing sensitivity to the client’s needs
  • Demonstrates expertise in branding and packaging design
  • Experience across other channels and disciplines is an asset
  • Strives to elevate the creative quality of the studio


  • Confidently and compellingly conveys ideas and design concepts to clients, articulating and defending rationale behind designs
  • Leads internal review meetings with strategic insights that keep work focused and on track for successful project delivery
  • Provides constructive feedback and design critiques that are honest, direct and actionable
  • Maintains consistent oversight and brand guardianship through adaptive program rollouts


With Clients

  • Presents yourself and the agency as a trusted expert, collaborative partner and a seamless extension of the client’s team
  • Demonstrates empathy and prioritizes the client’s specific business objectives

With the Larger Agency Collective

  • Collaborates with and supports sister agencies on key client accounts and internal initiatives
  • Supports the development of new business and brand tools which elevate our position and drive our business forward

With the Design and Adaptive Design Teams

  • Leads a core team of designers & adaptive artists with agility, resilience, and compassion, ensuring they are set up for success from end-to-end
  • Mentors the team to foster best practices and improve design processes
  • Engages design team to keep them inspired, motivated and challenged
  • Responsible for staff performance, growth and development

Project Management

  • Develops organizational strategies with adjacent teams to maintain timelines for multiple projects simultaneously
  • Works closely with Client Services to provide insight into project timing as it affects proposals and estimates
  • Aids in managing priorities and resourcing to ensure the team has a balanced workload, and that creative quality is upheld

Growth & Development

  • Works in conjunction with a Creative Director to create compelling pitches that pair the firm’s unique design approach to the client’s specific business challenges
  • Demonstrates design thought leadership that presents the company as an expert in brand-led design and consumer experience
  • Demonstrates deep understanding of clients’ needs and how the firm and larger collective can deliver results against them
  • Identifies organic growth opportunities to grow revenue for the company and the rest of the collective

Target Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design, Graphic, Packaging or related field. Minimum 8 years of experience in packaging or product design, preferably at a Director or Senior level
  • Well-rounded portfolio showcasing deep understanding of Mac OS, Adobe Creative Suite (Expert knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign), Microsoft Word, Excel, and Keynote.
  • Deep understanding of printing processes to guide creative solutions that are both beautiful and smart

Education : Bachelors

Experience : 8 years: Packaging or Product Design Experience

Expected salary:

Location: Chicago, IL

Job date: Sun, 19 Jun 2022 03:11:03 GMT

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