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Associate Creative Director

We are currently looking for an Associate Creative Director to join our Creative and Digital Services group. Our in-house creative and digital services team provides robust print and digital offerings, aligned with industry standards. Our experts lead the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of multimedia and multichannel content to address specific clients' needs and drive growth.
Become a part of Award winning team! Our Creative and Digital Services group has been recognized for their excellent work. Most recent awards:
- Health & Wellness Design Award from Graphic Design USA for Best Integrated Campaign for its work on a Disease Awareness campaign.
- 2017 MarCom Awards - ICON's Creative and Digital team (formerly MediMedia) won gold in the Digital Media Mobile App category for their work on a Patient Support Program at the 2017 MarCom Awards.
- 2017 Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M) Healthcare Awards ICON's Creative and Digital team (formerly MediMedia Managed Markets) is awarded gold for the Best Use of Data Analytics at the 2017 Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M) Healthcare Awards.
(For more information, visit: https://www.iconplc.com/news-events/awards/ )
The Associate Creative Director will be responsible for managing a team within the Creative Services (CS) Department and relevant workloads. Reports will be both local and remote serving the purpose of processing all in-house creative, design and production needs within a timely manner and meeting department quality standards. Responsible for design, production, and pre-press of creative materials executed for print collateral, interactive/digital tools, and presentations leading to high levels of client satisfaction and achievement of department and Company objectives.
Location: Yardley, office based
Main Responsibilities:
Associate Creative Director is accountable for balancing multiple deliverables while overseeing several design projects at one time, creating timelines, guiding design direction of assigned brands/projects, ensuring all deadlines are met, confirming clients are satisfied with the results and troubleshooting any issues that may arise.
Development of layouts, mockups and prototypes to illustrate design idea to other members of the team, management and/or direct to client.
Demonstrated in user-centered experience design and digital design (mobile desktop apps; content and landing pages)
Clinical Trial brand development experience, with ability to produce relevant concepts with self-driven research of a condition or illness a clinical trial is aiming to treat/observe.
Meet with internal or external clients to understand needs, determine specifications, and coordinate planning. Attends kick-offs, discoveries, and regularly scheduled status meetings.
Assist department leads with development of internal growth strategies, identification of new business opportunities and actively participate in new business pitches when possible
Development of video storyboards and native graphic keyframes
Develop slide templates and graphic solutions for educational slide kits (PowerPoint); formats slide decks with precision and consistency.
Partner with client services to establish timelines, schedules, scopes and budgets, encourage adherence
Reviews illustrative material and confers with managing editor, strategic content, client or individual responsible for presentation regarding budget, background information, objectives, presentation approaches, styles, techniques, and related production factors.
Reviews, approves, and presents final layouts to client or department head for approval.
Proven experience in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, creative environment fully developing a variety of creative projects from conception to production, including:
Print Materials: Development of a wide assortment of standard and custom print collateral, including brochures, housing units, folders, flashcards, postcards, booklets, various conference support materials.
Dynamic Interactive PDFs: Design, layout and insert hyperlinks within an Interactive PDF while utilizing various style sheets including character and paragraph styles.
Pre-Press procedures and Dieline development: Strong and demonstrable knowledge of InDesign, pre-press file preparation, typesetting, style sheets, and ability to develop unique functional dielines for a variety of tools.
PowerPoint Template: Create slide templates and graphic solutions for informative/educational slide kits; format slide decks with precision and consistency.
Website / Digital: Design digital projects and tools, with guidance from Creative Director and Digital Team (developers) for a variety of executions, including: responsive website design, emails, banner ads.
Data visualization: Identifying medical content and opportunities for transforming information into relevant and accurate infographics, charts or figures.
Creative Brief: Review details of provided Creative Brief to ensure creative developed is aligned to the vision of the client and Account team.
Creative consistency: Maintain client brand consistency throughout all complementing projects while aligning to established brand guidelines. Adherence and accountability for internal quality control checks to minimize design-initiated alterations.
Supports Creative Services Managers, as well as assists Production Team, for high-volume of assigned projects.
Ability to multi-task and work effectively in cross-functional teams, utilizing strong communication and problem-solving in order to meet tight schedules.
Assess all graphics/photos etc. (client and/or division supplied) for quality and optimal reproduction on press; while also communicating your assessments to the team or client.
Design follow-through: Participate in design critiques; stay abreast of creative, pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing trends.
Utilization and timely completion for administrative items: such as our Project Management Platform, time reporting system, training sessions, and annual reviews
Recognize, exemplify and adhere to ICON's values which center around our commitment to Partnership, Collaboration, Accountability & Delivery, and Integrity.
Some evening and weekend work required.
Education, Experience & Skills
Proven work experience as an Associate Creative Director or similar role
7 years industry experience
5 years of experience in an agency setting
Portfolio of completed design projects showcasing initial conceptualization through finished product
Computer Skills
Expert working knowledge with industry standard programs like Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat
Ability to use or learn any other software or system necessary for fulfilling the requirements of this position.
Common working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word applications.
What's Next?
Complete online application on https://careers.iconplc.com/ , submit your resume and Portfolio together with your application. Portfolios should be showcasing a variety of different design solutions and components, suggested items that would be helpful to include are: Print communications and campaign materials, logos and branding executions, digital or interactive projects (i.e. websites, emails, apps), your design and thought process (early concept stages through to the final execution), infographics/data visualization, video or multimedia executions.
Following your application, you will be contacted by one of our dedicated recruiters and if successful we will be able to provide you with more details about this opportunity.
ICON is an equal opportunity employer - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans and committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment. #LI-AA1

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