GroupM: Art Director

Advertising & Creative Services Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Position at GroupM

Art Director 
GroupM- Dubai 
Organisation Profile 
GroupM is WPP’s media investment group and the world’s leading media investment company with a mission to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for people. The company is responsible for more than $60 billion in annual media investment, as measured by the independent research bureau COMvergence. Through its global agencies Mindshare, Wavemaker, and EssenceMediacom and cross-channel performance (GroupM Nexus), GroupM leverages a unique combination of global scale, expertise, and innovation to generate sustained value for clients wherever they do business. The agencies that comprise GroupM are all global operations with leading market positions. 
The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of physical and intellectual scale to benefit trading, innovation, and new communication services, to bring competitive advantage to our clients and our companies. 
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The Mission & Objectives of the Role 
We are in search of a highly skilled and organized Art Director to drive creative excellence across the region. This role is pivotal in leading our creative team, ensuring brand consistency, understanding the ever-emerging social trends, and delivering innovative design solutions on time. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong ability to manage and execute complex projects across diverse markets, maintain brand integrity, and foster a culture of creativity and precision. 
Reporting to: Creative Director 
3 best things about the job: 
1. Great exposure to the media and advertising industry and working with a team that is constantly striving for innovation and achieving creative excellence. 
2. You’ll work alongside talent from across GroupM's reputable agencies, like Mindshare, Wavemaker, and EssenceMediacom. This is a chance to merge a diverse set of ideas and practices into compelling content, offering a rich tapestry of perspectives, and learning opportunities. 
3. This role puts you at the creative core of GroupM, a major player in the media industry. You’ll lead a team to drive brand consistency and respond to social trends with innovative designs. This means your creative vision will directly influence campaigns and projects that have a broad regional reach. 
Key responsibilities of the role: 
  • Lead, inspire and support the creative team in the development and execution of projects, ensuring creative output is consistent and high-quality across the region.
  • Oversee and help in the execution of social media & digital content creation while ensuring social best practices and platform specific features are followed across.
  • Conceptualization and execution of campaigns, ensuring alignment with regional market trends and consumer insights.
  • Collaborate with the Creative Director to refine creative strategies, with a focus on regional market dynamics and opportunities for innovation.
  • Manage timelines, resources, and deliverables for projects spanning multiple markets, maintaining strict adherence to deadlines and brand standards.
  • Implement efficient workflow processes to enhance team productivity and facilitate seamless collaboration across regional projects.
  • Conduct reviews of creative outputs, offering guidance and feedback to ensure work is culturally relevant and aligned with market-specific brand guidelines.
  • Cultivate a positive and collaborative team environment, promoting professional growth and cross-market understanding.
Experience Required: 
  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, or related field is preferred.
  • At least 6 years of experience in a creative leadership role, with a proven track record of managing projects across multiple markets in an advertising agency environment.
  • Expertise in design principles, brand strategy, and creative conceptualization with a deep understanding of the region.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Primarily Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects) and other design tools.
  • Deep understanding of Gen-AI and emerging tech and tools.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills, capable of handling multiple projects across different markets simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, with experience in guiding and motivating a diverse creative team.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, adept at working with cross-functional teams to achieve common goals.
  • A compelling portfolio showcasing a variety of creative projects, with emphasis on work that spans across different cultures and markets.