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Design Director

  • Design Director
  • Auckland
  • $130 - $140k
Following application, a talent agent will review your CV, cover note & portfolio against the role and will be in touch within 72 hours (it's the polite thing to do isn't it?).
  • Full Time
  • Closed
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Role is with:

Leighton Howl Talent Director - Creative & Design

Are you able to push creative boundaries? Confident in leading a team?

Our client, a medium sized Auckland Branding Agency is looking for an award winning Design Director with a great personal brand, a fresh portfolio, and an established career in the design industry to lead their creative studio.

The role would suit a senior design professional who enjoys working in a truly collaborative environment but at the same time is competitive with the quality of design work they produce. Someone who likes to stand out in the studio will suit this agency. The role is predominantly branding based and requires a sound working knowledge of identity, publication, typography, illustration, and general print and some digital design.

You will have excellent leadership and mentoring skills, have an opinion and like to see others 'do the design' as good as you can. You will also have excellent technical skills across the usual Adobe tools with the ability to work quickly and accurately. You must be able to work to tight deadlines remaining calm and focused.

The successful candidate will work alongside key Account Directors and lead the creative design process through demonstrating strategic design capability.

Required Experience:

  • Min 10 + years agency experience
  • Design team management 

Required Skills:

  • Pushing design boundaries
  • Strong conceptual ability
  • Big brand identity & development nous
  • Publication & layout design
  • Typography skills
  • Managing a diverse range of projects simultaneously
  • On the tools experience in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Desired Skills:

  • Developing and achieving strategic goals
  • Fast and deadline driven
  • Technically strong
  • Project budgeting
  • Supplier management 

Personality & Culture Fit:

  • A team player
  • A mentor
  • Enthusiastic
  • Strong and confident communicator

Required Qualifications:

  • Tertiary preferred

Salary Range

  • $130 – $140k + KiwiSaver

Key Benefits:

  • Central Auckland (near public transport)
  • First class studio & creative environment
  • Organised work environment
  • Award winning opportunities
  • Great clients

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