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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
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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  • 22nd Apr

    Creative Project Manager

    — International FMCG Clients

    Bristol/ Remote
    Up to £40k
    Marketing Project Manager opportunity to join one of the South West’s finest creative agencies. Permanent role paying up to £40k.  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.  The role will initially be fully remote but will likely involve going into their Bristol 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. 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!  
  • 22nd Apr

    Production Manager/ Studio Manager

    — Creative Agency

    Bath + Remote
    Up to £40k
    Production Manager opportunity to join a creative agency based on the outskirts of Bath. Brand new role to the business, reporting into the Managing Director. Boutique agency with a stunning portfolio of clients within the entertainment industry. One of our longest standing clients are growing and have expanded into new areas, the MD is looking for production support to take over and manage the studio. What you’ll be doing You’ll need to be able to juggle workflow allocation and deadlines across a busy studio team of permanent and freelance resources. This calls for somebody who is extremely organised with the ability to allocate, negotiate, and operate in an agile and commercial manner.  As you’ll be joining an agency that is growing rapidly, your role will change constantly, and no two days will be the same. You’ll jump between managing the studio, helping out the production team, scheduling resource and helping out the client service team and essentially making sure the agency runs like clockwork. You’ll be happy to get stuck in wherever and whenever you’re needed.  What experience you’ll need  Previous experience working as a Studio Manager, Traffic Manager or Production Manager is essential. Experience of working in cross-functional teams, you’ll work closely with client services, project management, creative and the development team. Workflow management. Agency experience is also essential, whether that’s a creative, design or integrated agency. Naturally you’ll be organised, be able to remain calm under pressure and have a solutions orientated approach to problems. Comfortable working for a small agency and getting involved in other areas of the business wherever the demand is! What you’ll get in return for your talents? A salary of up to £40k is on offer, in addition to this you will be joining an agency that have a list of global brands, working with the finest creative talent in the industry and the MD is keen for this person to progress in to a more senior role within the agency – may even lead to taking over their role in the future! What’s next? If this piques your interest then please click apply for immediate consideration.
  • 21st Apr

    Studio/Traffic Manager

    — Top Gloucestershire Agency

    Up to £45k
    The chance to join a leading marketing agency based in Gloucestershire. Be the driving force in managing resource and ensuring delivery of exciting projects.  Thrive in a fast paced and innovative environment where you will have the opportunity to really make your mark. Were on the lookout for a Resource & Traffic Manager to join an ambitious marketing agency in their Gloucestershire office.  If you are fast thinking, work well under pressure and enjoy managing a busy schedule then this could just be the perfect role for you.   What youll be doing This will be a busy and varied role where you will closely with the creative and client services team to efficiently manage workflow.  With projects changing and conflicting deadlines you will be able to juggle workflow and use your own initiative to prioritise resource.  You will be proactive in looking at ways in which to reduce cost and improve efficiency, working with Directors to experiment new ideas and approaches.   What experience youll need Experience in workflow management is going to be vital in this role, ideally gained from either a marketing, integrated, creative or direct marketing agency. You will be working as a Traffic Manager, Studio Manager or Resource Manager at the moment. Great written, verbal and interpersonal skills as youll be working closely with cross-functional teams including client services, creative and tech, forging strong internal relationships. High level of administrative and organisation skills. Ability to think on your feet, make quick decisions and enjoy the buzz of agency life. Confidence in creating quotes and estimates with your strong numerical skills. Love what you do and be a dedicated team member. What youll get in return for your talents A competitive salary is on offer here along with the opportunity to in a truly collaborative and supportive environment for a leading marketing agency. You can also expect generous benefits including fun staff socials, cycle to work scheme, free car parking, they also throw in breakfast now and then!   Whats next? Were moving quickly on this one so please get in touch with Sam Shields at ADLIB today.
  • 21st Apr

    Production Manager

    — Digital Agency

    Bristol + Remote
    Up to £50k
    Production Manager opportunity to join a Bristol based agency. Varied role covering everything from scheduling, production and implementing processes - no two days will be the same. Established agency, with many awards and a portfolio of well-known brands as clients. This is a lovely opportunity to for an experienced Studio / Traffic Manager to join an award-winning digital agency based in Bristol and London. We are looking for somebody that loves managing a studio day in and day out, supporting the teams and sharing ideas.  What you’ll be doing It goes without saying that you’ll be able to juggle workflow allocation and deadlines across a busy studio team of permanent and freelance resources. You will take ownership of the day to day team resourcing, scheduling and operations within this busy digital agency, but also thinking about ways in which processes can be more efficient and experiment with implementing new ways of working. It will suit you if you love working with and talking to people and can have a firm but also diplomatic hand if a situation demands it. You'll need to creatively find solutions when juggling projects and resources as sometimes clashes will occur. What experience you’ll need You might be a Traffic Manager, Studio Manager or Operations Manager currently. You could be a Digital Project Manager that is looking to transition in to a more internal/ operational focused role.  Your experience will be gained in digital agency and you will have an understanding of website development.  You will have experience introducing processes and methodologies. Have the ability to keep a calm head under pressure with a solutions approached attitude. Proven experience managing internal and external resource. Experience in producing quotes and costs. What you’ll get in return for your talents.  In return for your talents, a salary in the region of £30k - £50k is on offer depending on experience plus the opportunity to join a hugely successful agency that have had a strong year despite everything and are on track for an even busier year ahead. What’s next? Like the sound of this one?  Send in your CV now to Francesca for immediate consideration.  

Design case studies

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

Candidate Experience

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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