JOB: Associate Creative Director - frog design inc. - Stuttgart

26 Sep 2007 - 4:33pm
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Associate Creative Director – Stuttgart
If you're smart-working, hard-playing and dedicated, we'll free you to do the best work of your career.
About frog design
frog design is one of the world’s leading strategic-creative consulting firms. By identifying emerging market opportunities and transforming ideas into compelling product and service experiences, frog helps Fortune 500 clients to evolve, expand, and envision their businesses. Founded in Germany in 1969, the company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with studios in Stuttgart, Milan, Austin, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Shanghai. With a cross-disciplinary team of more than 350 employees, frog offers a broad range of industry expertise, in fields such as consumer electronics, software, entertainment, finance, medical, retail, and fashion. Clients include Alltel, Disney, GE, HP, Intentia/Lawson, Logitech, Microsoft, MTV, SAP, Seagate, Sky, Yahoo! and others.

Associate Creative Directors oversee the daily activities of a team of designers assigned to multiple projects and cultivate an environment of sustained creativity and professional growth. Associate Creative Directors will assist the Creative Directors on design direction, team effectiveness, and client relationships. They are also expected to play an active, hands-on role in key projects.
• Provide daily management of the quality and tenor of the office and the digital team’s creative work.
• Assist the CDs in the definition and guide the team in the direction, style, and methodology.
• Collect feedback and best-case examples from the team and collaborate with the CDs to drive the potential creative futures of both your team and the broader frog design consultancy.
• Make yourself a ‘timely expert’ towards the creative needs of our key clients in order to provide necessary creative insights and project oversight.
• Work with project leaders to ensure they are reading, interpreting, and reacting appropriately to the strategic, logistic, and creative needs of the client.
• Participate in the creative role of new business pitches, proposal development, and project initiation.
• Take a creative leadership role in at least one top-tier client.
• Oversee the creative output of your team.
• Monitor and drive an ideal balance in the available skills and personality of the team towards the needs of our customers.
• Monitor and drive the team to utilize the best and latest methods and tools to be competitive.
• Help develop the culture and mindset of the team to ensure they are healthy, happy, inventive, curious, and open.
• Mentor the careers of your direct reports.
• Manage day-to-day operations of the digital design team, including setting priorities, assigning resources, and ensuring project goals are achieved
• Oversee simultaneous projects from inception to completion, reviewing project plans, designs, and deliverables
• Identify and implement process improvements to meet project and team needs
• Mentor digital designers and help them set and achieve satisfying career goals
• Establish performance objectives, write performance reviews, and make compensation recommendations
• Participate in recruiting and hiring digital designers
• Promote a culture of innovation and teamwork
• Establish and nurture good client working relationships
• Participate in new business development activities
• At least two years experience managing a digital design team
• At least seven years professional digital design experience
• Strong leadership and people management skills
• Proven ability to mentor and develop skills in junior digital designers
• Strong knowledge of design process and project management
• Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in small and large groups at all levels of a client organization.
• Ability to negotiate and coordinate with multiple groups and disciplines
• Bachelors degree in a design-related discipline
• Language skills in German and English a must
Please submit your resume to us at /jobs/ including your earliest possible date of entry, your circa salary requirements and attach your detailed CV, letters of recommendation and photo.
Frog Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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