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Midweight Designer / Art Director

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Job Description


Ideas are the beating heart of all work at Stereo. As a Midweight Designer/Art Director, you’ll be a key team member generating bold, inspiring concepts with innovative, expressive craft. You’ll be as interested in the ‘why’ as with the ‘how’ and will be comfortable speaking about both. A marriage of both conceptual understanding with strong design capabilities is essential for this role.

You’ll be expected to have a holistic knowledge of the creative process, a relentless curiosity for great concepts and a hands-on pursuit of stunning, experimental visuals. You’ll be a naturally curious person and have your finger on the pulse of global creative culture. We work across a number of different sectors and project types at Stereo, so you’ll need to demonstrate creative flexibility and confidence with a variety of clients and audiences.

You’ll be part of a wider team on longer projects supporting Seniors and Leads, but will also need to show initiative and self-motivation to work independently when required. You’ll guide more junior members of the studio and inspire the whole team with your work. You’ll be comfortable maintaining an ego-free environment and approach all feedback positively and collaboratively.

This role suits an ideas-focused Designer looking to grow within a studio by demonstrating more conceptual abilities, or an Art Director wishing to transition to a more hybrid role and get hands-on crafting their own ideas to take them to the next level.

Motion skills or the ability to work with storyboards are not required but are a bonus.

Typical Activities

- Support Senior Designers/Art Directors across all teams with effective, on-brief work

- Working in Adobe CC suite to design stunning visuals

- Thinking conceptually to develop innovative ideas alongside the wider team

- Be able to confidently discuss your deeper thinking

- Guide Junior Designers and mentor their progression in the agency

- Have a flexible approach to briefs and remain team-focused

- Treat each project as an opportunity and push briefs as far as they can go

- Have the drive and desire to grow within Stereo

Skills Required

- Mid-Weight Designer or Art Director with design degree (or equivalent)

- A love of campaigns, identities and digital design

- Confident using Adobe CC suite (PS, AI, InDesign) and some digital design knowledge

- Not required (but beneficial): After Effects, Figma, Cinema4D, coding abilities

- Excellent communication skills to interpret and negotiate briefs with internal teams

- Team player

- Passionate, self-motivated and extremely creative

- Good presentation skills and the confidence to explain and sell ideas to colleagues

- Taking responsibility

- Art Direction, voice your ideas and present ideas and creative concepts to your peers.

- A passion and enthusiasm for design, with a creative flair.

- Being open to feedback and willing to make changes to your designs.

- Accuracy and attention to detail when producing designs.

- Strong typography, layout & technical skills

- Time management skills and the ability to cope with several projects at a time

Stereo Benefits


- 23 Days Holiday (basic)

- Extra Holiday Day per year of service (up to 5 years service)

- Day off on your birthday

- Summer Hours July & August (Half Day Friday)

- Closed over the entire Christmas period

Learning & Culture

- Flexible Hybrid working model (x2 Mandatory days in the studio)

- Monthly Stereo Sessions (Learning Opportunities with Guest Speakers)

- Annual Summer & Christmas Parties

- Quarterly Team lunch/breakfast

Wellbeing & Health

- BUPA Employee Assistance (free, 24-hour confidential helpline service)

- x1 Paid Volunteer Day


- New business bonus based on a % of the profit on the project for up to one year

- Intro recruitment bonus for successfully bringing friends / peers into the business £1,000 (Upon successful 3 month probation meeting).