Senior Studio Specialist

General Position Summary:
The Senior Studio Specialist works in conjunction with the Design & Print Producers, Creatives and Retouchers to add value to design deliverables in one or more of the following ways: project management on large scale projects, pre-press and printing knowledge, retouching images, generating custom fonts, digital photography or 3-D skills for comp work or final production.

Major Responsibilities/Primary Functions:
  • Have a production point of view on projects of all sizes and the ability to communicate that to Design Producers and team
  • Exhibit leadership for technical aspects of production on large ongoing projects. Maintain consistency and streamline production process by creating templates, libraries, and additional support materials
  • Develops and implements procedures to improve the Design Studio’s delivery workflow within the agency
  • Scanning, digital photography and image manipulation for comp work, new business pitches or for other needs
  • Hand skills: trimming and mounting, sketching and drawing
  • Experience in building detailed mechanicals for print, OOH and collateral to W+K quality standards
  • Organize sand archive files per W+K standards
  • Creates multiple solutions for a given brief
  • Aids Art Director to implement a visual concept through final production
  • Generates concepts for projects and designs extensions for a campaign when requested
  • Designs and executes print ads, brochures, booklets, outdoor, spectaculars, pop's, direct mail, leave behinds, ad kits, logos etc
  • Designs presentation materials for new business pitches
  • Follow directions and ability to listen and receive constructive feedback
  • Leads other Designers on large scale projects to achieve desired outcome
  • Uses experience, resources, and other departments within the agency to find solutions and solve problems
  • Accountable for staying within production budgets for time and materials as provided by Creative Manager
  • Prioritizes schedule of simultaneous projects for successful outcome
  • Maintains consistency in file folder naming conventions per W+K standards on Design Studio server

Qualifications, Distinguishing Characteristics and Special Requirements: 
  • BA, BFA or BS in Graphic Design is strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of production and design experience in an agency environment
  • Advanced computer knowledge/experience using Adobe Creative Suite programs on the Mac: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Advanced Typography skills - designing type layout, fitting body copy, and strong kerning skills.
  • Adobe Acrobat - creating and editing pdf files
  • Must be willing to learn prepress software (Full Press) to output final high-res digital files, asset management software (WebNative), and operation of Kodak proofer to output color proofs
  • Natural ability to think on your feet and perform the impossible.Manage stress and adversity in a positive, constructive manner
  • Ability to work independently to see projects through to final delivery with an emphasis on quality
  • Exhibits teamwork, initiative, dependability and promptness 
  • Ability to be patient and tenacious with crisis situations and tight deadlines
  • Some evening and weekend work required

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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