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Design Director (Food and drink)



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Start Date:

04 Dec, 2023

Role: Design Director

Location: Surrey (Hybrid)

Salary: Up to £80k (+ 10% bonus)


Are you ready to make your mark as a Design Director? My client is looking for an exceptionally talented individual who is passionate about design and ready to dive into a world of creativity. If you’re an expert in your craft, always keeping an eye on the latest trends in branding, digital art, advertising, and marketing, we want you on board.


Your Role:

As a Design Director, you’ll be the creative visionary responsible for managing multiple exciting projects across various design platforms and media. Your mission is to meet the unique needs of their clients with innovative and captivating design solutions.


What You’ll Do:

  • Strategic Impact: Your decisions will drive business growth, and you’ll be at the forefront of shaping the creative direction.
  • Client Collaboration: You’ll be the face of the company, working closely with clients to define project briefs, strategies, and approaches for campaigns and rebrands.
  • Budget Savvy: You’ll have a keen sense of project timelines versus budgets, ensuring we deliver outstanding results while staying cost-effective.
  • Team Player: Collaboration is key; you’ll work closely with various teams and managers to bring our projects to life.
  • Creative Presentation: You’ll wow our clients with your presentations, both internally and externally.
  • Quality Assurance: Before anything leaves our creative hub, you’ll give the final green light to all high-value design or conceptual work.
  • Team Mentorship: You’ll provide valuable hands-on feedback to our talented team members, setting creative and strategic goals.
  • Feedback-Driven: Using team-building feedback, you’ll guide creative decisions and ensure best practices are followed.
  • Deadline Enforcer: Meeting deadlines is a priority, even if it means putting in extra hours when needed.


Your Key Traits:

  • Inspirational Leader: You lead with positivity, inspiring your team with a solutions-oriented mindset.
  • Decisive: You make critical decisions with authority and confidence.
  • Empowerer: You encourage your team to challenge the status quo and be the best they can be.
  • Relationship Builder: Building strong relationships internally and externally comes naturally to you.
  • Honest Communicator: You openly communicate with clients and colleagues, offering your honest perspective.
  • Passion for Design: Your love for design shines through, and you’re dedicated to mentoring and bringing out the best in others.


Your Skills:

  • Effective Communicator: Your communication skills are top-notch, and you’re a great listener.
  • Creative Problem Solver: You excel at solving conceptual problems.
  • Campaign Expert: You have a wealth of knowledge in integrated campaign development.
  • Tech-Savvy: You’re an expert in creative software, including Adobe CC.
  • Team Leader: You lead teams effectively, fostering a culture of high performance and ensuring both team and client satisfaction.
  • Motivated: You’re highly motivated and driven to succeed.
  • Adaptable: You thrive in changing circumstances and can respond to evolving client requirements and demands.


Your Experience:


  • Team Leadership: You’ve successfully led and developed high-performing teams.
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 15+ years of experience in a Design Director/Art Director role, either in an agency or in-house.
  • Stakeholder Management: You’re experienced in managing senior stakeholders within a business.
  • Design Expertise: You possess solid working knowledge of design and UX principles.


  • Industry Knowledge: An in-depth understanding of the food service industry would be a bonus.
  • Moving Image: Experience with moving image projects would also be highly desirable.


If you’re ready to embark on a creative journey, bring your expertise to and help shape the future of design, we can’t wait to hear from you! Join our team and let your creativity soar.

Client Description


Specialist creative food and drink marketing agency, working with global brands across the B2C and B2B spectrums.