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Creative Director jobs and careers

A career in creative direction is typically an agency role, but you can also work directly for one business. A Creative Director is responsible for defining the creative direction across a range of channels as well as being a crucial part of the senior or exec team. A Creative Director could work across a wide variety including advertising campaigns, branding, digital (web, social, direct marketing, user interface, app). They could be above the line, below the line or fully integrated in delivery. As a managerial position, the Creative Director will usually head up a multi-disciplinary team of Artworkers, Copywriters, Designers and Art Directors. 

Why consider a career as a Creative Director?
Creative direction gives you the opportunity to lead, hire and manage creative teams, define concepts, pitch for new business and contribute to strategy. 

What a career or job as a Creative Director may entail…
The Creative Director will often be the most senior creative position within a studio. They will lead a varied team that may include Graphic Designers, Digital Designers, Copywriters, Art Directors, Artworkers, Motion Graphics Designers and film and video professionals.

Every Creative Director role is different, but will typically focus on concept creation, business development, management and leadership. They will be the mind behind the ‘big idea’ and use their team to implement their vision.

Typical role titles include
Creative Director
Associate Creative Director
Executive Creative Director

Career progression example
Senior Art Director
Associate Creative Director
Creative Director
Exec Creative Director

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level on average, you will be earning between £50k-£60k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £60k-£70k and seniors would be looking to earn £70k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
Conceptual ability is key, you should have a wide understanding and knowledge of design, marketing and writing to be able to effectively lead and direct the creative process. You will typically need to be client-facing and confident in business development. You’ll need to be comfortable managing others, handling budgets and contributing to a senior agency team.

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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  • 2nd Apr

    Integrated Project Manager (Junior, Mid-weight, Senior)

    — Global Innovator

    £On Experience
    Integrated Project Manager opportunities working for a global brand at a variety of levels from Junior, Mid-weight through to Senior. Work on projects and product launches to a global market. Offices commutable from Bristol, Bath, Swindon and M4 Corridor. This is a rare opportunity to work for iconic global brands that are on the lookout for various marketing project managers (junior, mid-weight and senior). You will play a lead role in the delivery of significant creative and digital campaigns, ensuring they are in line with their vision and objectives.What you’ll be doing Within a busy team you’ll work collectively to support a cross-functional team to develop a clear statement of work during the design phase of branding projects and ultimately deliver the goods. To achieve this you’ll maintain a clear and concise project brief, ensuring communications are clear and delivery is timely to ensure the roll out of brand, marketing and digital projects all of which meet the needs of the wider team and business. As Marketing Project Manager you’ll have the ability to foresee where risks may lie ahead and mitigate them where possible, managing internal creative and production resources and budget targets, managing systems and working closely with the programme manager to review the size and scope of projects. What experience you’ll need  Ideally you will have gained your experience in a marketing, creative or digital agency as an Account Executive, Account Manager or even Senior Account Manager or working in a Project Manager, Production Manager role delivering marketing campaigns. You’ll have the ability to work in a cross functional fast paced environment Have a proven background of delivering both creative, fully integrated and digital campaigns and assets. If you’ve worked alongside digital and tech teams and understand the UX process works and forecast challenges before they arise with a proactive mindset that’ll go a long way in this role. What you’ll get in return for your talents Your experience will be entirely dependant on experience and level you’ll be joining the business, they do offer competitive salaries along with stacks of onsite facilities and benefits including company bonus. In addition to this if you excel in the role there could be further opportunities in this fast growing business.What 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! 

Creative 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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