Senior Art Director for Home Décor and Paint

Location: Fort Wayne

As a senior art director at Britton Marketing & Design Group, you will work with a creative director to concept, design, develop, photo-art direct, and execute creative for client and agency projects. The successful candidate must have at least six-plus years’ on-the-job experience with an advertising agency or in a retail corporate marketing department, with a strong focus on lifestyle, home décor, and fashion areas of consumer marketing. The senior art director will deliver work that is innovative and on brand, within budget, and that exceeds expectations. As an agency, we have capabilities in print design, photo direction and styling, digital design, copywriting, product development, package design, video production, and interactive design. In order to be considered, please submit a portfolio (by emailing lori@brittonmdg.com).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish creative campaigns and creatively direct, concept, and design marketing materials for clients of BMDG, maintaining client brand standards
  • Present all campaigns, concepts, and final layouts for all projects to the creative director prior to presentation to clients
  • Photo-art direction:
    • Creatively direct and photo-direct all marketing and sales support materials for clients as requested by BMDG
    • Assist the creative director and shoot producer with photo-shoot logistics, such as location scouting, stylist setup, props, ordering products to be photographed, etc.
    • Select photographers, designers, and stylists for seasonal design projects
    • Establish a photo process and schedule based on approved creative that meets the client’s schedule and budgets
  • Communicate design goals to the design team, ensuring integration of design requirements into all phases of production
  • Direct the graphic-design and production staff to project deadlines based upon the project calendar
  • Develop out-of-the-box ideas and help identify the ideas with the best solutions
  • Oversee and guide the activities of design-team members
  • Work with the copy team to coordinate the writing for all marketing materials, obtaining input from clients as necessary
  • Interface with both internal and external customers to build strong working relationships
  • Participate in new-product development and all phases of the design process to ensure a high level of creativity
  • Create and maintain a consistent and appropriate look for projects and collateral pieces
  • Follow archiving best-practices standards
  • Track hours daily for each project for billing accuracy
  • Attend press checks, troubleshoot, and confirm document accuracy and integrity as needed
  • Research and analyze industry trends and maintains knowledge of emerging technologies and creative techniques
  • Travel as required (may be frequent)
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing or fine arts with a graphic-design emphasis
  • 6+ years on-the-job experience with an advertising agency or a retail corporate marketing department
  • Experience working with home décor, paint, and fashion clients
  • Extensive lifestyle-photo-art-direction experience required. 
  • Proven ability to shoot to concept, coordinate shoot logistics, and work with photographers, stylists, models, etc.
  • Experience working with both traditional and digital-content needs

Certificates and Licenses

N/A

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements

  • Technical knowledge of graphic-design software, such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Strong Macintosh computer skills
  • Technical knowledge of publishing and the photographic and electronic design industries
  • Strong analytical and creative-thinking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Detail and multitask oriented
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills
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