We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Designer to join us at Black Sun
The principal role of the Senior Designer is to create, develop and deliver award winning
creative solutions for our clients and prospects. You’ll be responsible for responding to
creative briefs, creating design solutions and maintaining the integrity of the work for our
We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating inspiring work and who has
a genuine interest in telling our clients stories in a compelling way. You’ll need the ability
to mix creative flair with commercial awareness, to effectively present and sell-in your work,
the ability to maintain your head when things get busy, and great personality to boot!
By joining us you will be working on a hybrid model and have a wonderful opportunity to explore our picturesque offices in Bishops park, Putney bridge.
Why this job?
If you want to create work that shares stories and moves people to action…. Then you should consider this job…
If you believe that design —not decoration— is a critical business tool that activates ideas… Then you should consider this job….
If you want to create work with clear narratives between strategic foundations, compelling concepts and crafted executions… Then you should consider this job….
If you listen with empathy, explain the “whys” behind your decisions and question assumptions…. Then you should consider this job….
Come join Black Sun
Across the globe, there is a powerful movement demanding that business focus on purpose, sustainability, and wider value creation. It has never been more important for business to build and maintain trust with their key audiences.
And that’s where we come in! We are a new company for this new world – a partner to some of the biggest brands and businesses worldwide – helping them to engage with these audiences, build enduring relationships and spark positive change through inspiring communications.
As our world rapidly changes, our focus remains constant. At heart we are storytellers, we define articulate and shape the value creation story, bringing it to life across different channels and communications formats. Our team is made up of over 130 talented specialists working across the UK, Europe, and Asia – analytical thinkers, renaissance creatives, digital mavericks and inspiring change makers!
We win many awards and recognition for our work – but great work doesn’t happen by magic – join Black Sun and you will become part of an amazing, diverse, and inclusive community – a team of passionate and skilful people who will expand your horizon, energise your talents and ignite that spark of magic within you.
Beyond what you would expect; a competitive salary, great benefits and hybrid working – we will support you in developing the skills and expertise to fast track your career. You will have the opportunity to make a difference every day, shaping the future of communications and creating positive change – and most importantly, to have fun along the way.
Your Key Responsibilities
Provide creative leadership
To provide overall design direction and leadership across assigned client work and new
business pitches. Proactively leading the thinking, the design process and the delivery. Combining highly creative and strategic thinking, to proactively push and challenge a brief,
and to interpret business and communications objectives into original and relevant propositions and creative solutions – being the ultimate custodian of all creative output, ensuring that the integrity, accuracy and quality of work is maintained.
Strengthen client relationships
To build strong client relationships with senior and day to day client contacts, instilling their
trust and confidence in your abilities to meet their needs. Successfully sell in creative solutions
to clients. To be proactive in all client dealings, managing account problems efficiently and providing exemplary client services at all times.
Take commercial responsibility
Manage project resources (time and budgets) to deliver jobs profitably, on time and to the desired quality. Source high quality, but cost effective, suppliers and collaborators and where required direct and manage them as necessary. Establish a network of resources to extend our capabilities (e.g. freelance creatives). Where required, make an active contribution to new business.
Support your team
To work closely with the Creative Director and wider Creative team as well as the Account Management and Publishing teams to understand the creative strategy and delivery framework. Act as a mentor for junior designers within the team, and be the champion of our internal work processes. Be proactive and helpful in assessing and giving advice to aid other designers improve their work and grow.
Your qualifications, experience & skills
The ideal candidate will have the following profile of skills and experience:
Degree level qualification from a reputable Art/Design college;
Ideally a minimum of five years’ experience in corporate communications, with proven annual report design experience;
Expert knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop;
Excellent knowledge of the print and production process;
Digital experience design knowledge would be preferable;
Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills necessary to present your solutions and to build trust and respect both with clients and the team; and
Excellent eye for detail, ambitious for the quality of your work, and a constant search for excellence.
Passionate about creating inspiring work;
Ambition to self-improve and excel;
Strong ‘can do’ attitude motivated by a desire to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem;
Ability to multitask and direct effectively under pressure, managing conflicting deadlines;
Ability to blend commercial awareness with passion and creative flair;
Energetic and keen to meet the challenges of contributing to a dynamic, highly entrepreneurial environment;
Ability to work closely with other departments and senior managers to achieve commercial and creative objectives; and
A great sense of humour and fun!!
Phone chat with talent acquisition manager
1st Interview with hiring manager
2nd interview with hiring director and hiring manager
In addition to a competitive salary based on skills and experience, as an employee at Black Sun, you will have access to a range of great benefits and perks, including:
25 days holiday per year with ‘bonus’ days for long service
Personal development opportunities
Group life assurance
Group personal pension plan
Employee assistance programme
Over the last 18 months, the way in which we work has changed. We surveyed and engaged with our staff to learn about what Black Sun’s future of work looks like, and thanks to everyone’s positive engagement and feedback, we developed a hybrid way of working, governed by three fundamental principles: Colleague, Client, and Culture. This means that however you decide to deliver work, you should protect all these 3 C’s. After a period of onboarding, employees can work from home, office and, where applicable, on-site with clients. The number of days is dependent on teams, role, time of year and deliverables.
Here at Black Sun we pride ourselves on being committed to offering equal opportunities to all potential employees and have zero tolerance for discrimination. We foster a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best work and be relevant in a rapidly changing world
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