Design Director

Director, Senior
Full Time
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Job Description

We’re on the lookout for a Design Director to join our growing team!

As a Design Director at Whippet, you’ll have bags of creative freedom and the opportunity lead, inspire and mentor teams throughout the creative process on projects with the top retail clients in the UK – from big campaigns, POS, branding and identity, print, to digital and more!

You’ll play a central, strategic role directing creative across various stages of the projects, whilst also being hands-on in the design process. Ideally, we’re looking for someone who has experience managing a small team of designers, has exceptional ideation and creative skills, experience running multiple projects for retail clients, not to mention impressive juggling skills, too.

As a Design Director, you’ll be an ambassador for Whippet – representing the team and our values from client boardrooms to award shows. This includes knowledge sharing with the internal team and being a custodian for our own internal branding. It’s a great opportunity for an experienced Senior Designer to move up or an existing Design Director who wants a new, rewarding challenge.

Who are we?

Whippet is an award-winning creative agency transforming brands. We’ve been around for over 20 years, which means we know how to deliver results that count. We get brands, we get design, we get communications, and between our amazing team of 30 people comprising of Creative, Strategy and Client Services, we deliver powerful marketing designs.

We work predominantly in retail, so it’s fast, but we love the variety and the pace! You’ll be working with some pretty amazing brands, alongside some pretty amazing people, so if you’re creative, passionate, motivated, and collaborative, you’ll fit right in.

What to expect?

Day-to-day as a Design Director at Whippet you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Lead a team in translating client briefs into exceptionally creative design concepts
  • Produce creative solutions that reflect and instil distinctive brand personality
  • Be hands on in curating design work and the design process
  • Present and pitch work to new and existing clients
  • Generate concepts and ideas for retail campaigns
  • Work closely with the design team to produce creative concepts for new brand identities, seasonal campaigns, print, digital, in-store POS and much more
  • Present to some of the biggest retail clients in the UK, including M&S Food, M&S Bank, Holland & Barrett, Bensons for Beds, Frankie & Benny’s, Iceland, Tesco Mobile and many more
  • Work closely and collaboratively with our Client Services, Copywriting, and Creative teams throughout projects
  • Champion conceptual thinking and creative for our mid-weight and junior designers
  • Mentor and lead creatives
  • Be an ambassador for all things Whippet and our values

What’s on offer?

Our team are our biggest asset, without a doubt. From managing the flow of projects through the studio, motivating and celebrating achievements, to producing outstanding creative work - we have developed a truly special culture, which is dedicated, collaborative, friendly and fun!

We offer a hybrid working model with 2 days remote and 3 in the Whippet studio. Our studio in London Bridge is a place where we come together as a team and make creative magic.

Check out our Instagram page @whippetagency for a flavour of who we are and what we’re doing!

There’s more too…

  • A competitive salary
  • Private medical insurance with Vitality
  • Company pension plan with Royal London
  • Enhanced annual leave for length of service
  • Early Friday finishes for all and flexible start times
  • A paid day off and contribution toward doing something that satisfies your curiosity
  • Regular team outings, plus a big summer and Christmas party!
  • Perkbox
  • Cyclescheme
  • All the up-to-date tech you’ll need
  • Inspiring guest speakers

How to apply

Like the sound of the role? Let’s chat…

If you’ve got a portfolio full of strong ideas executed to the highest standard, a passion for branding and all things beautiful, and obsessive attention to detail, then get in touch.

Send us your CV, portfolio and a cover letter including your salary expectations to

No agencies please.

Job ID #1856605924