The Design Lead is responsible for strategically important projects and driving the brand vision and execution. You will bring the Slack brand to life and will work in partnership with marketing to ensure the brand is communicated thoughtfully and impactfully across mediums. You will coordinate resources and be a key point of contact for high-level stakeholders, external agencies, and contractors. You will meet with internal departments to discuss and establish project objectives, and lead design from the initial planning stages through completion with little oversight.
To succeed, you should be a creative multitasker with the ability to lead by example and consistently inspire the team to create captivating and compelling design solutions. You are collaborative and flexible, willing to dive into any challenge and help the entire team level up their work. You should be inspirational, perceptive, and detail-oriented with a great mind for conceptual thinking and realizing the vision of the project at hand.
Slack has a positive, diverse, and supportive culture—we look for people who are curious, inventive, and work to be a little better every single day. In our work together we aim to be smart, humble, hardworking and, above all, collaborative. If this sounds like a good fit for you, why not say hello?
What you will be doing
- Drive the design vision and strategy for high-visibility projects such as continuing to build and define the Slack brand across marketing materials, internal and external company initiatives, and the next phase of our brand campaign.
- Thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
- Be a thoughtful and articulate advocate for the brand within Slack and an ambassador for Slack in the creative community (e.g. by spearheading design events at Slack and/or cultivating our online presence).
- Collaborate and ideate with designers and cross-functional partners to maintain and build upon visual brand standards for a wide range of design needs.
- Art direct and mentor designers on the team, creating a strong sense of purpose and community, and promoting a culture of design excellence.
- Set goals, provide updates and solicit feedback on your projects from your team and your stakeholders.
- Present to cross-functional partners both inside and outside of marketing, including to all levels of leadership through to C level.
- Stay on top of the competitive design landscape to better understand brand objectives, target markets, and industry trends and share these insights with the team.
- Troubleshoot project or process problems as they arise and initiate improvements to design, collaboration, and efficiency processes as needed.
What you should have
- 8+ years of visual design experience, with previous leadership experience.
- An outstanding portfolio, showcasing strong typography, visual design and brand system implementation. Illustration skills are a plus.
- Strong conceptual, creative and strategic thinking, with a knack for visual storytelling.
- High level of accountability and motivation.
- Strong interpersonal skills, time and project management, presentation, leadership, and communication skills.
- Ability to delegate and collaborate with team members, contractors, agencies, or other external vendors.
- Prioritization of business needs and an understanding of how to manage internal priorities/constraints.
- Receptiveness to receiving feedback and thoughtfulness and clear articulation around delivering feedback.
- Adaptability and quick thinking for times when projects change, timelines shift, or scopes vary. Knowledge around how to navigate these situations and the ability to mitigate issues as they arise.
- Maintain a high-bar for creative quality for yourself and others while pushing to find the best solution to meet company goals.
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