Senior Art Director, Auckland

Last update 2024-07-23
Expires 2024-08-23
ID #2126595523
Senior Art Director, Auckland
New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland,
Modified April 22, 2024



VML is a global creative company - formed from the unification of Wunderman Thompson and VMLY&R - two of the most-awarded creative agencies in the world.

Our Commerce practice is VML's newest and fastest growing end-to-end Creative Commerce proposition. Built on the commerce expertise of Geometry and scaled through VML's connected brand promise, we help modern brands grow by unifying marketing strategies around commerce. We believe the space of commerce holds the most untapped creative potential to grow brands and people.

By understanding how, when and why people buy, we deliver the most engaging and culturally-relevant creative commerce experiences across Retail, Experience, Design and Innovation. We do this as part of a global network of over 30,000 people across 60+ markets. In Australia and New Zealand, VML has 350+ employees across 6 offices.

What we are looking for

A Commerce experienced Senior Art Director who is a thinker that can concept and develop integrated ideas, with a focus on design and executions that solve client problems across retail campaigns and experiential briefs.

You are as comfortable in the physical world as you are ideating in the digital space. You are able to present and speak to the design and ideas in front of clients. You have a good work ethic and demeanor and get along well with others. You will be highly proficient in the key Adobe Creative Suite software, and independent in getting things done.

The Senior Art Director is on the front line of the work being tasked to our Creative Team. They collaborate with Copywriters and other Creatives to brainstorm, design, and develop concepts and executions that solve client problems.

Key responsibilities

Develop concepts to solve unique client problems

Building upon other team members ideas

Designing creative executions in a variety of formats

Attending project briefings with creative team members, account service and strategy

Creating presentation material to help sell ideas

Further exploring and/or revising concepts per creative lead's direction

Actively participate in project, team, training, and research meetings

Prepare awards materials, occasional new business opportunities and other agency-related projects

Mentoring junior art directors and/or designers

Timely completion of timesheets on a weekly basis

Other responsibilities as needed.

Required experience/skills/behaviours

Experience in developing retail, experiential and integrated campaigns

10+ years of experience as an art director in a retail/ shopper specialist agency or retail/ shopper practice within an integrated agency

Originality - willingness to generate new ideas

Strong conceptual thinking with knowledge of the shopper and digital landscape

Collaboration - a willingness and ability to work with others and share your thoughts and ideas openly

Integrity - behave with integrity at all times

Accountability - you will take responsibility for your own projects and set an example to the broader team.


Advanced knowledge of Adobe Create Suite applications

Deep understanding of advertising and marketing principles

Strong skills in typography, layout and design principles and a keen eye for detail

Knowledge of current trends, pop culture, current and past design themes

Able to communicate clearly, thoroughly and succinctly both verbally and in writing; can clearly articulate an idea and the reason(s) behind a specific creative direction

Current knowledge and understanding of where and how people interact with media, including at home, on the go, while shopping, mobile, broadcast, print, event, etc.

VML highlights

There are many things that make VML an awesome place to work, but we think these are worth a special mention:

Birthday Leave - a paid day off to celebrate your Birthday each year

Summer Days - 5 paid half days off each year during daylight savings time

Loyalty Leave - a paid day off each year to celebrate your work anniversary

Employee Assistance Program access and 24/7 support


Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Monthly
Occupation: Senior art director

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