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
Associate Creative Director
Executive Creative Director
Career progression example
Senior Art Director
Associate Creative Director
Exec Creative Director
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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— Retail Start-upLocation:GloucestershireType:Salary:DOERapidly-scaling retail start-up. Brand new offices. Significant investment and strong leadership. This is an extremely rare opportunity to join a rapidly-scaling start-up at the beginning of their journey. With big investment and highly experienced founders, they have the potential to become a large, global retailer in a very short space of time. Based in Gloucestershire, you’d be working in brand new offices alongside a driven, dynamic team of high-calibre digital specialists. What you’ll be doing Reporting in to the Studio Content Manager, you’ll be supporting in the smooth running of this busy eCommerce studio. You’ll be stepping in to role with a foot on the pedal, as this start-up prepares for their exciting brand launch in August. No two days will be the same, as you’ll be involved in all areas of production for shoots including booking models, maintaining samples, organising schedules, managing budgets, and anything that relates to operations for this busy studio. You’ll come from a studio or agency environment, and in an ideal world you’ll be familiar with the fashion and retail industry. You’ll play a key part in the business in its initial stages, with huge opportunity to develop and streamline processes, as well as progress future business plans with higher management. What experience you’ll need to apply At least a years’ experience in studio or production management. Proven track record of managing projects at pace, collaboratively and solo. Meticulous eye for detail and organisation. Chameleon attributes; ability to adapt well to change. Interest in the fashion industry a must, experience a plus. What you’ll get in return for your experience A competitive salary for the area, 25 days’ holiday and local restaurant discounts. What next? Please send through your CV and get in touch with Lauren to hear more!
Creative case studies
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
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