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Contract Art Director (Remote)

Apply Job ID 23317 Date posted Nov. 01, 2022 Location Remote Full Time / Part Time Full time (FT)

Quad/Graphics

Employees at Quad thrive at the intersection of thinking, making and marketing. As we continue to take the bold steps necessary to transform our offering, our goal is to provide our clients with the most powerful integrated marketing platform. We’re all partners in our company, committed to do the right thing, trusting the process, innovating for the future, growing the business, believing in each other, and having a little fun along the way.

The Art Director is expected to possess an aptitude for creating and ideating strong graphic design concepts. Working directly with the client and support staff, the Art Director must bring to life ideas that support client initiatives and goals. The Art Director must understand and be aware of the Quad production/design capabilities/processes, and a knowledge of industry standards and practices related to Graphic Arts in retail. The Art Director must have the ability to multi-task and work with the client to coordinate project flow and deadlines. Additionally, the Art Director must have the experience/ability/maturity to read, understand, and work with client data to fulfill his/her role.

The Art Director works closely with the Associate Creative Director and the internal creative team to develop on-brand, creative solutions for a variety of channels.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead creative designs within business groups and development of final visual images that communicate the organization’s marketing objectives to the consumer
  • Develop well-designed, cohesive, dynamic visual elements
  • Present concepts cohesively, persuasively, and in a form that generates long-term trust with member stores and ultimately positive revenue
  • Study, use and fully understand creative briefs
  • Proactively guide members towards enhanced brand execution through effective communication and conceptual development.
  • Develop creative elements in accordance with the client’s creative standards and expectations. This includes planning and directing work as well as troubleshooting client concerns and bringing to resolution.
  • Create roughs of conceptual/exploratory ideas
  • Must possess and understand principles of print for retail advertising (Circular, Direct Mail, ROP, etc.)
  • Propose creative concept elements for redesign of current and new projects
  • Prepare digital assets using scanners and or digital cameras
  • Prepare client digital or print proofs for approval
  • Make corrections and modifications to client proof as requested
  • Use experience and knowledge to help clients generate timely and cost-effective solutions within budget
  • Oversees the artistic development of marketing and promotional materials, in concert with Quad Creative/Production teams
  • Attend Client turnover meeting to gather critical information to communicate all parties for the successful completion of the project
  • Attend client meetings and present creative materials and ideas
  • Create rough concept/layouts, to help communicate the wants and needs for the project. This includes sketches or making a rough digital comp
  • Ability to supervise illustrators, graphic designers, copywriters, photographers and production artists on projects as needed
  • Annotate corrections and modifications to client proofs as requested
  • Assist in project and/or client customer service needs
  • Assist in finding efficiencies for the department and processes
  • Must have strong project management skills, ability to think strategically and manage multiple priorities, anticipate demands, coordinate stringent deadlines and properly estimate time for work
  • Work closely with the Creative Director (FM) on print advertising, packaging concepts and other projects as assigned
  • Supervises illustrators, graphic designers, copywriters, photographers and production artist on project
  • Electronically build, create and assemble various print projects in accordance with agency and client specifications which included, but no limited to data entry and copy fitting, image manipulation, art creation or modification
  • Assure timely communication with all parties of project directions and design of the projects with rough concept/layouts, to help communicate the wants and needs for the project. This includes sketches or making a rough digital composition along with detailed notes and insights to the campaigns and direction of the program
  • Prepare inspiration for concept using digital assets including scanners and/or digital cameras
  • Possessing an understanding of magazine production and editorial direction processes is essential
  • Have excellent typographic and graphic design skill, superlative production design skills with a great attention to detail
  • Artistic development of all phases of the publication- editorial and any advertisements as requested by the client
  • Ensure the overall quality of deliverables, ensuring accurate and timely completion on multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines within established budgets
  • Research products/services to inform design ideas
  • Assemble layouts for final production and presentations
  • Enter and track professional records/ detailed housekeeping (email, timekeeping, expenses) in proprietary database
  • Present professionally to internal and external teams
  • Perform other responsibilities, as they are developed/defined

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on an equivalent basis

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or equivalent
  • 5-10 years of experience designing for retail inserts, catalogs, direct mail and in-store signage

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • 5-7 plus years of experience as a Mac Operator and Graphic Designer with knowledge of industry-standard software programs including, but not limited to, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Must have strong project management skills, ability to think strategically and manage multiple priorities, anticipate demands, coordinate stringent deadlines and properly estimate time for work
  • Ability to demonstrate competency in layout sketching and typography in a portfolio
  • Knowledge of printing, prepress, digital output. Preflight and packaging of files necessary. Familiarity with Odystar or prepress troubleshooting software
  • General advertising, marketing, media, TV and radio terminology and processes
  • Knowledge of the web, internet, and ftp technology
  • Knowledge of POS and store signage
  • Experience interacting with marketing and branding divisions in large companies
  • Familiarity with digital proofing systems (Network and Online)
  • Must have formal online advertising experience creating web graphics, animations, user interfaces, icons, style sheets, color schemes, and templates and layouts.
  • Kean understanding of digital applications, internet, and social media applications
  • Knowledge of all steps required for the print process and an understanding of production methods to ensure designs can be produced for print delivery
  • Deep understanding of branding, marketing, advertising, and strategies within those disciplines
  • High-level expertise in constructing clean, layered files, and knowledge of creating and working with templates and style sheets
  • Adapts as needed to clients’ needs, feedback and critiques
  • Can adjust and streamline priorities within multiple assignments to ensure all goals and objects are met or exceeded

Additional Company Information 

Quad is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to creating a place of belonging — a space where employees do not need to sacrifice who they are to exist and grow in our workplace. Quad does not discriminate on any unlawful basis including race, religion, color, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  Quad also prohibits harassment of applicants and employees based on any of these protected categories.

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