Design Director

  • Auckland - Ponsonby

Phantom is your imaginary friend. We believe magic happens when ambition, beautiful design and incredible technology join forces. We are an independent digital creative agency with headquarters in London but have expanded by opening a new office in the heart of Auckland.

With our new challenge in Auckland we are looking for a talented, enthusiastic, hard working individual who'll work closely with us to establish and grow our New Zealand presence as the team's Design Director. You'll be working super closely with the General Manager and Technical Lead as the core team in Auckland. You will have an awesome opportunity to help lay the foundations of the agency as a whole and build a creative team from scratch, while leading the agency's output from a creative point of view.

Your skills:

  • Unquestionable digital design skills
  • Flawless written and spoken English.
  • Strong mentorship and leadership skills.
  • Remarkable communication with clients as well as all team members.
  • Can present and explain both developed & new ideas in a clear, exciting and engaging way.
  • Expert knowledge of industry tools.
  • Solid business sense and knowledge of the NZ industry.
  • Ability to stay calm and prioritise in times of tight deadlines and conflicting demands.
  • Above all we really value the ability to find unique solutions to everyday problems. As we are a young company you will have the opportunity and freedom to shape the way we work.
  • Clued up in the latest web tech, best practices and emerging trends.

  • Your approach:
  • Collaborative.
  • Transparent & honest.
  • Endless initiative.
  • Excited about our projects (and life in general).
  • Fun to work with and be around.
  • Assertive where needed.
  • Motivated by achieving amazing results.

  • Your credentials:
  • Plenty of digital experience - this is essential.
  • A university degree in a related field. While this isn't everything, it at the very least shows your ability to commit and complete a challenge.
  • Vast experience across agency or in house marketing environments. Preferably both.
  • Have experience designing for digital campaigns and web builds with an excellent understanding of the technical possibilities and the outer limits of digital production.
  • At least 2 years experience in a senior design and/or leadership role.

  • Bonus points:
  • Basic knowledge of coding languages.
  • A keen interest in new business and helping expand the Phantom empire.
  • It never hurts to speak another language.
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics and other Google tools.
  • Interests outside of work that are fun to talk about.
  • Personal projects and experiments

  • We love being a young agency, excited everyday about what we do. Phantom is above all else a creative agency, but definitely not in the sense that we only care about making pretty things. Every single member of our team is an innovator, both creative and technical to the core. Together we truly have an incredible collection of experience, collaborating with people and brands that have inspired us to do amazing work.

    If you want to be a part of Phantom's Auckland chapter we'd love to hear from you so please get in touch.

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