Creative Director - U.S. Army

Creative Chicago, Illinois


Description

In 1949, three enterprising gentlemen, Bill Bernbach, Ned Doyle and Maxwell Dane gave the advertising industry a wake-up call. They introduced a new approach to marketing that relied on insight into human nature, respect for the consumer, and the power of creativity. In short, they said: Let's stop talking at people and let's start conversations that lead to action. This heritage is a unique strength that continually tells us who we are, what we believe and how we should behave. It inspires us to continually challenge standard convention. Today, DDB Chicago has over 250 full-time employees and a robust client roster including State Farm, Capital One, Miller Lite, Jeep, Skittles, Starburst and more. As an award-winning agency, we continue to push the boundaries of advertising.

 

Our creative department is seeking a Creative Directors (individuals or teams can apply) to join us on a full-time basis. These individuals will work on the U.S. Army account.

 

Responsibilities:

Creativity

  • Oversees all creative development from concept to final delivery for all agency clients
  • Provides proactive contributions to the client’s business, demonstrating best-in-class product (innovation and quality)
  • Drives collaboration with mainline and marketing objectives to ensure an integrated, synergistic creative approach
  • Fosters innovation and quality to ensure delivery of the best creative product in the industry

Productivity

  • Creates optimum structure to provide effective, efficient development of creative
  • Allocates appropriate personnel for all creative assignments
  • Monitors all project milestones, deliverables, and risks to account leaders and senior management, communicating progress, issues, and accomplishments
  • Works with Account Directors to secure and drive new initiatives for clients
  • Oversees flawless delivery of creative deliverables in progress and the final product
  • Ensures that the effort of the creative team are aligned and focused
  • Provides clear direction to teams on their creative work, ensuring that it meets client’s goals and strategies
  • Monitors overall quality of agency creative output providing direction and leadership

Knowledge and Skills

  • Prepares and delivers presentations representing the creative with in-depth knowledge of why choices are being made
  • Contributes to and fosters a growing library of knowledge around creative work and options
  • Provides insight and analysis of trends and projections in all communications channels
  • Has developed and shares a high level of visual literacy / understanding of typography, illustration, color theory, and photo manipulation
  • Exhibits exceptional verbal communication skills, including ability to speak effectively before to senior management internally and externally

 

Relationships / Communications

  • Constantly works to improve communications and processes necessary for optimum creative output
  • Supervises, supports, and inspires creative leadership throughout the agency
  • Accurately communicates team’s efforts internally / externally and reward success within team
  • Has primary responsibility for creating, building and maintaining company creative reputation
  • Fosters strong collaborative relationship with account management and other departments to ensure innovative and seamless delivery
  • Is responsible for awareness and communication of creative successes both internally and externally

Leadership

  • Is responsible for attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining top creative talent
  • Builds positive environment for the development of the highest quality creative product
  • Provides evaluation, mentorship, and counsel to direct reports
  • Demonstrates ability to lead cross-disciplinary team members
  • Stewards career management and mentorship
  • Ensures strong morale through open and constant communication and team leadership
  • Has developed a reputation that commands respect among all stakeholders

 

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in an associated field
  • Must have 8+ years in a creative role in an advertising agency including 2 years in a management position
  • Strong management experience including major and multiple client relationship and campaign
  • Experience across all communications channels and business categories

 

DDB reaffirms its commitment to the policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and to carrying out this policy at all of its offices. It shall be the policy of DDB to (1) recruit, select, hire, train, promote, pay, discipline and terminate employees in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, creed, national origin, citizenship status, alienage, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other basis upon which discrimination against or harassment of employees or applicants for employment is prohibited under any applicable federal, state or local equal opportunity employment laws and (2) ensure that all personnel actions are administered without discrimination in violation of applicable law.