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Art Director jobs and careers

An Art Director is a conceptual role typically found within agencies. The Art Director will often be paired with a Creative Copywriter. Their job is to create concepts and then work closely with the rest of the creative team (especially Designers) to deliver those concepts into creative collateral. An Art Director could be above the line, below the line or fully integrated into delivery. The Art Director is a senior and often leadership position within the agency team. Art Directors are often good illustrators, handy with a pencil and pad - able to sketch and scamp ideas when needed. Some Art Directors prefer to focus on the conceptual aspect whereas others will be confident visualising their designs. 

Why consider a career as an Art Director?
Art Direction is a fast-paced and varied role where no two days will be the same. You’ll get the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis and enjoy defining the creative vision across a wide range of media. 

What a career or job as an Art Director may entail…
As part of a creative studio, your job will be conceptual in the main. Depending on team structure, you may work in partnership with a copywriter when crafting ideas but this varies from studio to studio. The Art Director will work closely with the Creative Director to deliver concepts across a variety of channels; these could be digital, DM (direct marketing) or digital. Once an overarching concept is defined, they will work collaboratively with the rest of the creative team (Designers, Artworkers, Copywriters etc.) to finalise the concepts into finished designs ready for launch.

Typical role titles include
Junior Art Director
Midweight Art Director
Senior Art Director
Senior Creative

Career progression example
Designer
Art Director
Senior Art Director
Head of Art Direction

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, Art Directors on average will be earning between £32k-£40k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £40k-48k and Seniors would be looking to earn £48k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
An overarching knowledge of design concepts is key, as while you don’t necessarily have to come from a design background, you should have sound knowledge of design to be able to effectively lead creative teams and direct design processes and projects.

What qualifications does it take?
You will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. For example, these could include graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, art, creative writing, marketing or branding.

 

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  • 20th May

    Creative Content Manager

    — Ambitious FinTech

    Location:
    Bristol/ hybrid, UK
    Type:
    Salary:
    £40-50k + bonus
    An exciting and growing employer  Managerial role with a route to further progression. This role can be mainly remote with at least one day being office based in central Bristol. A fantastic opportunity became available for an experienced Content Lead/ Content Manager to join a Bristol based fintech scale up with great ambitions.   What you’ll be doing The successful candidate will report into the Head of Marketing and they will manage a team of four (mix of Graphic Designers and Copywriters). The purpose of the role is to take ownership of all externally facing content with an emphasis on new products. The successful postholder will be in charge of the content strategy across copy, graphics, animation, video and more. Whilst the role will be mainly strategic, there will be moments where a “hands on” approach will be required predominantly when it comes to copywriting. It’ll be crucial to possess a natural creative flair and ability to story tell, putting ideas into concepts and translating them into engaging outputs.  Naturally it’ll be crucial to make sure that all pieces of content are matching the agreed brand guidelines and are in line with industry regulations.  What experience you’ll need to apply For this role we could consider candidates from broad marketing and communications background who are passionate about content, creative professionals, agency side studio managers or pure content specialists. Team management experience is essential, ideally of at least three team members. Experience in implementing a successful content strategy.  Natural creative flair and storytelling ability. Excellent copywriting skills. Willingness to work in a fast paced environment.  Sector specific experience is advantageous.  What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary of £40-50k + benefits. What next? Please apply now or get in touch with Ania for more info. 
  • 7th Jan

    Recruiter, Senior Recruiter & Principal Recruiter

    — Marketing, eCommerce & Digital, Design & UX

    Location:
    Bristol, Brighton or Remote, UK
    Type:
    Salary:
    Competitive salary + commission, share options, employee owned, quarterly / annual bonuses, remote working, flexibility & more
    Vacancies at Consultant, Senior Consultant and Principal Consultant level in our Marketing, eCommerce & Digital, UX & Design recruitment teams. These are all super-hot desks with a constant stream of inbound vacancies from some of the hottest start-ups, industry disruptors, agencies and best-known corporate brands.  Work for one of the UK’s founding B Corp certified Recruitment companies, 100% owned by their employees, who all receive share options in the company. It’s all grow here at ADLIB and with a clearly defined road map in place for 2022 and beyond, we’re looking to hire Recruiters of all levels across our Marketing, Digital & eCommerce, Design & UX teams. There are masses of opportunity for you regardless of experience level and an endless supply of new clients and vacancies to convert via our awesome Marketing team who work tirelessly to keep you loaded up with opportunity. Whether you’re a Delivery Consultant, 360 Recruitment Consultant, Account Manager, Senior Recruiter, Principal Consultant, we have a role for you here. The key is matching our ethics, ambition, and commitment to achieving the next stage of growth. What you’ll be doing As the ADLIB brand expands throughout the UK we’re engaging with an ever-increasing portfolio of clients. Our Marketing, Digital & eCommerce, and Design & UX teams partner with businesses of all kinds from start-ups to SME’s and large multi-nationals, so you’ll have the opportunity to work with a truly diverse client base.  Established for nearly 20 years we’re the regions go-to recruiter, with an ever-increasing reach and demand from businesses throughout the UK. You’ll become part of our ongoing B Corp mission with as much importance put on people and planet as making a profit. Right now, we are overwhelmed by opportunity, and you’ll be here to help us capitalise on that. You’ll quickly see we’re home to numerous go-to consultants who have spent years building their personal brand within their markets – They achieve this through building their knowledge, networking and sharing insight and expertise. We’re looking for experienced people who are in recruitment for the long game. An ambitious, committed and professional Recruiter that wants to take advantage of our brand, knowledge, platform and industry contacts and support our growth. We’re employee owned so not only will you play an important part in our journey, but you’ll be given share options meaning that in the medium term you’ll be able to earn an extremely nice pay-out and continue to have share options (we’re happy to have a confidential chat if you’d like to find out more) – something you’ll be hard pushed to find at any other recruitment business. You’ll make things happen, see everything as an opportunity, get a kick from knowing your market inside out, building effective, meaningful and trusted candidate relationships that last years will be as important as developing strong relationships through supporting our client base. Rest assured we’re hugely established with a team that cross-sells and supports each other at every opportunity. You’ll be supported by a team approach to winning together, in the quest to collectively strengthen our proposition and success rates. In short, you’ll have a team of 40 plus consultants behind you, ready to share their industry and client knowledge. What experience you’ll need A successful track record in recruitment with a genuine interest in Marketing, eCommerce & Digital or Design & UX. We want to hear from you whether you’re a Delivery Consultant, 360 Recruitment Consultant, Account Manager, Senior Recruiter, Principal Consultant – the fact is, we’ve got more clients and vacancies than you can shake a stick at, and we need amazing Recruiters that share our behaviours and bring a genuine interest for one of the sectors we operate in, to continue delivering the best service to our clients. Business Development skills are desirable, but we’re not talking about bashing the phones or KPI’s. It’s about acting on referrals, being a part of the communities we support, and collaborating with the wider team to open doors for eachother. Right now there’s so much opportunity here that most of the time it’s all hands-on decks to fill the steady stream of inbound vacancies but if you’re looking to carve out something specific there’s always opportunity. On a personal level, you’ll want to work for one of the UK’s only B Corp recruiters, truly committed to using business as a force for good. You’ll be well equipped to dig deep, source and build relationships with candidates and clients alike – the ability to immerse yourself in their worlds, network and build trust will be essential to your success, alongside maintaining ADLIB’s reputation within a very busy marketplace. You’ll have impeccable communication skills, attention to detail, enjoy nurturing clients and creating opportunities for the short and long term. You’ll also enjoy ditching the suit and work for a company where you can take the role wherever you want to. What you’ll get in return for your talents Expect an adult environment (remote or office-based!), a base salary in line with your experience and previous success, uncapped commission, additional quarterly and annual bonus structure, 27.5 days holiday (plus bank holidays), health scheme, share options after probationary period, seriously nice offices (when you choose to visit), employee council, very flexible working, company lunches and drinks/pizza Fridays (drinkers, non-drinkers, vegans, veggies, you'll be in good company), volunteering hours. Enjoy a truly engaging and collaborative team environment with the entire business supporting you every step of the way. You bring the attitude and ambition, and we’ll provide you with every possible tool you could wish for, a highly successful marketing programme and a personal development plan to ensure you earn well and achieve great things. What's next? Apply or call 01179 269 530 for a descreet conversation.
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Create Health

Establishing a creative department with the right mindset

  • Create Health is specialist healthcare marketing agency with a mission and fascination for new healthcare technologies, treatments and methods of care. 
  • In the search for a new Creative Director we were approached to match them with an individual that could take their creative to the next level, be part of the board and support the growth of the agency over the coming years.
  • We ran an end-to-end recruitment campaign in search for this pivotal hire, including advertising and an extensive head hunt within our diverse network.
  • Since 2014, we’ve helped the Creative Director establish a permanent creative team with the right mindset – consisting of an Art Director, Designers, a Copywriter and a freelance pool of trusted creatives that scale up the studio at short notice.

“Since joining Create Health, I’ve had a clear vision of what I want to build. ADLIB have invested the time to truly understand this, meaning the permanent and freelance candidates they send through are always spot on. This not only makes the process easier and more enjoyable, it saves a lot of time.”

Phil Blackmore, Creative Director at Create Health
 

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Rita Cervetto, Service Designer

  • Rita is a Service Designer, with a background of UX and visual design.While working full time in a design studio in Manchester (Lovedby), she had recently moved to Bristol and approached us to get an understanding of the local market, especially opportunities in product and UX and to line up projects in the South West.
  • We took the time to understand what really makes Rita tick, appreciating that contract was her focus at the time but also understanding that the right permanent job could be a great move for her.
  • We matched her with exactly that as one of our clients were looking for a UX Lead to work on a new digital service. An opportunity that really got her excited.
  • She started in this Lead role, as Senior UX Designer within Ovo Energy, looking after the experience of thousands of customers from day one.

"From the moment I got in touch with ADLIB I felt I was in safe hands. Sam’s understanding of the industry was instrumental in me making the decision to give up consulting and take this epic opportunity at Ovo. He helped me throughout the interview process, kept me informed and offered great advice at key times. I’d recommend them to any professional looking for knowledgeable support finding great career opportunities.”

Rita Cervetto, Service Designer

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