Senior Art Director

J. Walter Thompson Worldwide

(San Francisco, California)
Full Time
Job Posting Details
About J. Walter Thompson Worldwide
J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand, has been creating pioneering solutions that build enduring brands and business for more than 150 years.
* Frequently touches base with the creative and delivery leads to ensure deliverables are on time and map to the creative brief. * Proactively suggests and implements solutions to issues that may impact quality or timing of deliverables. * Actively participates in team meetings to discuss assignment parameters. * Ensures that creative resources’ deliverables meet deadlines and follow appropriate approval procedures. * Manages and prioritizes work effectively, for themselves and team as needed. * Develops tools and recommendations to improve current processes that impact client deliverables. **Community and Business Contribution** * Responsible for giving continuous feedback to peers, completing self-review, inputting time consistently, and being aware of personal utilization target. * Actively develops and leads community-building events. * Mentors employee(s) on account and is available to critique their work. * Contributes to the development of the creative team’s culture and quality standards in pursuit of elevating the creative product * Actively participates in a Center Of Excellence or special interest group.
Ideal Candidate
* Excellent eye for design, imaginative, well organized, good-natured, dedicated, flexible and passionate, you bring an expert understanding of visual and experience design, typography, composition and color theory. * You also bring a solid understanding of how to partner with content strategy, copywriting, technology and media. * Besides a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, Multi-Media Design (or a related field), you have the following: * Experience with Wine and/or Adult Beverage industry is an A+ * Stellar digital design portfolio that demonstrates conceptual thinking and an ability to define look and feel for integrated experiences * 5+ years design experience, preferably in an interactive agency * Expert command of standard design and layout applications (e.g. PhotoShop, Illustrator,InDesign). Competency with at least one of, as well as experience or exposure to the following: Flash ActionScripting, video editing (e.g. FinalCut Pro), or motion graphics (e.g. After Effects). * Demonstrated ability to utilize feedback/direction from creative lead to generate multiple design explorations and iterate designs to the satisfaction of lead (and ensure junior resources do the same). * Has managed and lead multiple assignments at the same time (including organizing and prioritizing others’ workload, and working efficiently under pressure in a deadline-driven environment). * Sophisticated understanding of the digital landscape, including online campaigns from ecommerce websites to microsites, social media and online advertising. * Creative problem solving skills that enable you to establish a look and feel for a program, evaluate a creative approach, brainstorm, think and respond quickly while delivering unexpected, original and innovative ideas; * Careful attention to detail and management of version control issues. * Expert knowledge of and the ability to lead the production process (e.g. optimizing graphics, compression settings and file size and image optimization) * Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to clearly articulate your creative process, thoughts, ideas and a point of view about your work. * Excellent interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, a sense of humor and the ability to thrive in a collaborative agency environment with multi-disciplinary teams. * Advanced understanding of technical and cross-platform implications (e.g. strengths and limitations of Flash, Ajax, Flex, and other emerging platforms). * Experience in directing and motivating project teams, guiding junior resources, inspiring teamwork and leading a team toward a great creative product. * Experience in planning and executing shoots for video and still photography * Solid knowledge of and the ability to communicate steps required in creative development process: provides guidance to achieve creative direction; gives timely and helpful coaching; and produces all work in a timely, cost-effective manner.


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