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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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  • 13th Jan

    Creative Project Manager

    — International FMCG Clients (6 month FTC)

    Location:
    Bristol/ Remote
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £40k
    Marketing Project Manager opportunity to join one of the South West’s finest creative agencies. Fixed term contract starting immediately running for 6 months, potentially longer. Work with international FMCG brands.  This is a brand-new opportunity for an experienced integrated marketing and brand Project Manager to join an award-winning agency in Bristol where you’ll play a lead role in the delivering significant campaigns are delivered in line with their vision and objectives. What you’ll be doing  As Project Manager, you’ll work closely with the client services team cross-functionally across a variety of accounts, including multi-million-pound FMCG brands. We are talking high profile, strategic, brand led international campaigns for you to get your teeth into from day one. The projects will primarily be packaging design projects but also include branding.  You will maintain a clear and concise project brief, ensuring communications are delivered timely to ensure all projects meet the brief for the wider business, clients and stakeholders. As Creative Producer, you will naturally have the ability to foresee where risks may lie ahead and mitigate them where possible. You will manage the resource, budget targets, managing systems and working closely with internal teams from client services, digital producers and creatives to review the size and scope of projects. What experience you’ll need  Ideally you will have gained your experience in a creative, branding and packaging agency as a Project Manager or even a Studio Manager/ Traffic Manager with client facing responsibilities.  As this role is client facing it’s important that you possess strong communication skills and the ability to work with stakeholders at all levels.  Experience of managing projects throughout the full lifecycle from taking the brief, documentation, budget management, resource management, through to delivery.  You will have the ability to work in a cross functional fast paced environment Have a proven background of delivering creative led campaigns and assets – branding or packaging are highly desirable.  As this is a fixed term contract you will need to be available and able to commit for the full duration of the contract (initially 6 months). The role will initially be fully remote but will likely involve going into their Bristol s Studio 1-2 times per week, so you need to live within commutable distance. What you’ll get in return for your talents  As Project Manager you can expect a salary in the region of £30k - £40k along with the opportunity to work with a portfolio of globally recognised brands. This role is a 6-month fixed term contract but there is a real opportunity to get extended or even for this role to go permanent.  What's next? If this sounds of interest, please get in touch with Fran at ADLIB for further information. They are looking to interview ASAP, apply today and you could be in the role within the next few weeks!  
  • 6th Jan

    People / Talent Manager

    — Marketing Agency

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £35k - £40k
    Newly created People Manager role within a growing and well-established marketing agency. Fully remote working. Minimum 4 days per week or full-time role. Lovely opportunity for an experienced People Manager to join a well-respected marketing agency in this newly created position where you’ll play a lead role in the management of all people related activity, throughout the recruitment process, their onboarding and ongoing development.  What you’ll be doing  Working closely with the CEO and Heads of Department you’ll develop a clear understanding of the recruitment roadmap throughout the agency on a permanent and freelance basis. You’ll create and define job descriptions, work with external suppliers, and manage direct channels to ensure candidate attraction is effective and efficient whilst managing the interview process end to end. Employee experience will also form a key focus, from onboarding and induction through to the management of training, development, and HR related matters with the support of the HR Director.  Promoting a healthy working environment with wellbeing at the heart of the culture alongside reporting on people related matters to the board will be essential to your success.  What experience you’ll need  An experienced People or Talent Manager with the ability to take ownership of a newly created role and make it their own Given the nature of the business, it is essential that have worked within an SME environment, all the better if this has been gained within a creative, marketing or tech-led agency (or related) environment  Comfortable working remotely, although the majority of the team are based around Bristol and therefore the ability to meet will be required as and when post lockdown will be required Proven experience in managing recruitment processes end to end, from junior positions through to senior management, often within a fast-paced environment where needs will change A good understanding of HR policy and process with outstanding attention to detail and administration An approachable and considered manner confident in dealing with HR related matters effectively What you’ll get in return for your talents A salary of £35k - £40k (dependent on experience), the chance to work amongst a lovely team with great prospects to make the role your own, remote working, generous benefits, and more. What next Please send your CV to Nick at ADLIB now, we’re looking to hire for this role asap.
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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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