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Design Director



Design Director

Location: Shanghai, China
Reports to: Creative Director
Working with: 3D Design team, Account Management, Creatives, Production Management and internal specialist teams

About the role

This is a senior design position. You will have the drive, energy and passion to develop designs that are built on strong creative, integrated and strategic foundations with results that deliver and grow Imagination’s standard for quality while exceeding our client’s expectations. Your vision and design craft will be matched by the ability to communicate them effectively, inspiring the business through creative leadership.

Detailed responsibilities

  • Vision
    • A genuine passion and importantly, a strong opinion about the future of exhibition and retail design
    • Work alongside the Creative Director to develop strategically sound designs which grow the [Client] business
    • Inspire teams within the business with class-leading spatial design

  • Integration
    • Ability to think bigger than just spatial design, you will be able to integrate digital and integrated consumer journeys into your design
    • Demonstrate an enthusiasm and understanding of modern design techniques, materials and construction methods
    • Problem solve with design thinking that incorporates strategy, consumer experience, architectural best practices and cost effectiveness
  • Teamwork
    • Provide guidance and leadership to the 3D team, ensuring high standards are maintained
    • Educate and communicate best practice design techniques to the 3D and wider teams
    • Effectively communicate your designs internally
    • Be involved with project planning and reliably deliver work on-time
    • Support and work alongside Account and Production management to deliver commercially intelligent, insightful and innovative solutions

  • Leadership
    • Mentor and develop the skills and strengths within the 3D team
    • Take responsibility for the output of the 3D team, ensuring it meets our creative standard
    • Mentor and develop design and presentation skills within the team

  • Other
    • Fulfilling the role in compliance with company policies and procedures, for example (but not limited) ISO documentation, Information Security training
    • Be a true process champion and support best practices implementation proactively

Experience and skills required

  • A portfolio of built, completed examples of work
  • Experience delivering world class exhibition and retail design
  • Proven ability to develop creatively ambitious designs with realistic budgets
  • Exceptional design and craft skills
  • Must be able to sketch, visualise and communicate
  • Have experience in presenting to and working with clients to achieve the best solutions for their brands
  • Able to conduct yourself with the highest standard of behaviour and respect for colleagues
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Knowledge of relevant software packages in CAD and visualisation (Vectorworks and Cinema 4D a plus)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (English & Chinese)

Preferred Qualifications

  • A true understanding of integrated design, marrying spatial design with digital concepts

Application requirements

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates with the legal right to live and work in China.
All applicants should include their resume and a cover letter.

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