Creative Director / Design Director

£50000 - £60000 per annum
05 Feb 2013
05 Mar 2013
Kristie Aked
Business Type
Design, Digital
Contract Type
Full Time
A full service branding & design agency in Berlin are looking to replace the Digital Creative Director in the agency who is leaving after 5 years. They require a strong focus on Digital products and services.

The agency creates and designs brand experiences, starting with a strategy, they then choose the appropriate media to deliver it and then design the complete experience. They are working with some huge clients including Bosch, Volkswagen, Red Bull, as well as some smaller clients such as theatres, healthcare and music applications.
The agency is 55 people large and won't grow a huge amount more. The founder believes you retain a sense of contact with the creative process and clients if an agency doesn't grow too big. Currently 55% of the team are digitally focused
Digital Product Services is almost ½ of their turnover now and they are driving really large projects in this direction

- All digital projects are run in SCRUM (agile PM process)
-They don't use PM's the scrum master coordinates the projects.
-The Creative Director works as a creative senior with the scrum master and will be working on 3-4 projects at any time and managing approx 6 direct reports.
-Currently there are 2 CDs - 1 is from more of a traditional branding perspective. The other is the person leaving.
-They have an ECD who is from a purely digital background and another from a Branding background.
-They have a strong bank of visual designers who are very good. - Understanding the aesthetic is really important to them.

1. Knowledge and skills
> Active in gaining knowledge and methods in the business and applies this to the projects
> Promotes the advancement of knowledge and skills to in the office
> Independently pursuing improvements in skill set
> Multidisciplinary: has a main focus but also seeing the whole (digital, service design, etc.)
> Solutions and design approaches are always of the highest quality and sets new standards in the industry
> Pushing the agency in a leadership position in Europe and beyond

2. Economy, projects and clients
> Bring projects independently and responsible for bring them forward
> Is active with clients and searching for new ways to position our agency with the client
> Speaks to the client about the whole business
> Active development of company with partners
> Takes responsibility for all projects in his team
> Juggling multiple projects in parallel
> Happy and active in new business development
> Expects quality and challenges his people to push themselves
> Thinks about the business success in terms of the company and the projects
> Involved in management tasks such as budgeting of projects etc.

3. Social skills
> Inspires his team
> A role model for the team and offers himself to others
> Cooperative - with a clear focus
> Able to give constructive criticism
> Know the value of team and how this brings success
> Can bring energy in the team and in the relationship with the client.
> Carries responsibility into his/hers work
> Improving active teamwork and ensures good working atmosphere
> Set a positive example for the agency, both internally and externally
> Making sure team members performs both in the projects and personal development

4. Personal skills
> Fast and efficient way of working
> Quick in comprehension of complex relationships
> Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
> Is flexible and willing to change
> Solution Oriented
> Curious and open to new things

The Digital Creative Director will be based in Berlin so this is a huge factor for them in terms of location. German is not necessary, they have a lot of people from different places so English is the language predominantly spoken in the office. This is a huge opportunity for someone who loves branding design and client liaison. It is possible they could consider someone at a Senior Art Director level who would want to move into this post over a short amount of time.If you have the experience and fit the bill please send me a link to a portfolio of your work along with your CV.

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