Senior Designer

The Senior Designer works in conjunction with the Creative Manager, Retoucher and Creative department to produce accurate comps and mechanicals for printed work that adheres to the high quality standards of Wieden+Kennedy. 

Major Responsibilities/Primary Functions:
  • Works closely with creative team to develop and execute visual solutions that work with an overarching concept
  • Takes a leadership role when working or presenting work to creative teams or clients
  • Stands in on photo shoots for Art Director, when needed
  • Shares work with studio team and mentors junior team members to build their design skills
  • Creates multiple design solutions for a given brief; provides a design point of view and communicates it to creative team
  • Works closely with Art Director to bring creative team’s visual concept to life on comps and mechanicals using design and advanced typography skills
  • Works closely with Design Producers to stay within allotted production budget
  • Uses various techniques including image scans, digital photography, image manipulation, hand trimming, mounting, sketching and drawing for comp work, new business pitches and various other projects
  • Designs and executes branding and identity systems that can translate into environments, collateral, leave behinds, ad kits, logos, creates design extensions for campaigns as requested
  • Designs presentation materials for new business pitches
  • Builds detailed mechanicals for print, OOH and collateral to W+K quality standards
  • Prepares final digital files and proofs to be sent to printer and publications (links hi-res files to mechanical, outputs, proofs, collects files for output, rips mechanical files per publication specification, quality controls digital files, burns and labels CDs)
  • Organizes and archives files on studio server per studio guidelines
  • Prioritizes workflow effectively; accurately fills out timesheet by appropriate client job number

Qualifications, Distinguishing Characteristics and Special Requirements:
  • BA, BFA or BS in Graphic Design is preferred
  • 6+ years design experience, with branding, design firm or ad agency strongly preferred
  • Advanced Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat)
  • Working knowledge of HTML, Flash, After Effects, WebNative, MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel is a plus
  • Must be able to use appropriate terminologies and language to accurately convey changes or direction in concept or design
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently to see projects through
  • Ability to use experience, resources, and partner with other departments within the agency to solve problems
  • A demonstrated track record of gaining trust and respect by consistently demonstrating sound creative, strategic, and analytical thinking skills, while maintaining composure in stressful situations
  • Exceptional attention to detail, multi-tasking, initiative and follow through skills
  • Effectively communicates and works well in a team environment
  • Some evening and weekend work required for crunch time and key presentations

Wieden+Kennedy believes that each team member makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities outlined in a job description. Therefore, this job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the employee or the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each team member will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors and to pursue individual career growth.

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