Design Director (Sports / CPG)

Location Chicago, IL (Hybrid)
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Duration Full-Time
Status Full-Time
Rate 170-180k + bonus
Our client, a the design agency of a global CPG brand, is looking for a Design Director to lead a team for a variety of well-known, sports and fitness-centric brands.

***In order to be considered for this role, you must be local to Chicago and willing to work onsite with the team a few days per week and as needed. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID19.***

In this role, the Design Director will be responsible for the identification, creation, management, and execution of comprehensive brand design strategies that will have a major impact on the innovation and growth of multibillion dollar CPG brands in the sports and fitness division of the company.
- The role is 80% design strategy and leadership and 20% hands-on design.
- You will develop design strategies for specific brands in the business units portfolio and work in partnership with Marketing, R+D, Sales, Design teams, etc. and external agencies to translate the brands' positioning into a compelling design language which is focused enough to be ownable and distinctive, yet flexible enough to work across all of the brands' multiple touch points with consumers from advertising and digital interactions to out of home and in-store displays.
- You'll also build a strong network of design talent, leading and mentoring staff and manage performance.

Additional responsibilities include:
- lead a team of up to 15+ designers, brand / design managers, PMs, etc.
- build and manage multi-million dollar budgets
- create high quality design solutions and systems by overseeing internal teams and leveraging external partners
- oversee all design aspects, from highly strategic brand initiatives and innovation to extending through brand building initiatives
- ensure design alignment to evolving brand standards with emphasis on brand consistency
- present design strategy/concepts to marketing partners, teams and customers; excellent presentation skills are required
- consistently meet project deadlines and maintain a high level of work while managing multiple projects

Requirements for the Design Director include:
- minimum 13-15+ years of design and leadership experience
- excellent leadership and management ability
- passion for sports and fitness brands
- extraordinary design taste and skill with an excellent sense of sports culture, retail, tech, music, and design trends
- excellent communication skills; works well with all levels and stakeholders of an organization and can easily navigate a matrixed organization
- deep knowledge of art production and graphic design principles with expert understanding of project timelines/scheduling
- ability to guide junior team members through a design process, milestones and production
- willingness to travel 15% of the time

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