Design Director / Auckland

  • Auckland

Proven your skills as a Design Director and looking to step up to the big league? Want to join an award-winning creative team passionate about creating powerful work that gets strategic and creative results for clients? Want more variety and the opportunity to work with large corporates, government agencies and boutique clients nationwide?

As our Auckland Design Director you will be a talented, strong conceptual thinker. You’re a clear, effective communicator and know what it takes to organise both projects and local design team. You’re passionate about all aspects of branding, campaign thinking and all forms of communications on and off line. You’re ambitious, showing initiative and leadership in creative thinking. You have proven strategic design capability and the ability to lead a team of in-house and freelance talent to deliver your creative vision.

· Minimum 10 years recognised design or advertising agency studio experience
· Valid New Zealand work visa

· Tertiary preferred

You're skilled in:
·Thinking beyond the obvious, aligning big ideas and concepts to the brief
· Problem solving and effectively collaborating in a team environment
· Structuring ideas and persuasive presentations that clients understand and grasp
· Effectively and clearly communicating with all members of the team
· Coaching and mentoring the design team
· Planning creative projects using good judgement, insights and forecasting systems
· Designing with confidence and seamlessly aligning excellence and fresh creative ideas
·Effectively using Creative Suite design tools

And you have an exceptionally strong strategic creative portfolio.

Personality and cultural fit:
· Hard working and diligent
· Reliable
· Enjoys a good laugh
· A mind set on understanding the bigger picture
· Inquisitive. Confident to ask insightful questions and apply reasoning to openly see different possibilities
· Good listener
· Positive, friendly attitude
· Prioritising and sequencing thinking with a focus on getting positive results
· Initiative

We provide you with:
· Opportunity to be part of a clear and strong vision
· Structured and encouraging personal development programme
· Great mix of clients and projects to work on
· A creative work environment in our Auckland office
· Central waterfront location, near public transport
· A catalogue of staff health and wellbeing benefits
· A great team of highly skilled, smart people that like to work and play hard
· Very competitive salary package

Reports to:
· Creative Director

We’re creating something awesome. If you want to join us, apply using the link below with your cover letter and a copy or link to your CV and portfolio.

Sound like you?
We would love to hear from you.

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Go to and upload your CV and portfolio, or email Brian Slade:

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