As our high-end real estate client continues its recent expansion spree, it’s seeking a creative services manager who’s equal parts organizational taskmaster and creative genius. If you think we may as well be searching for a somebody who is both tall and short, or old and young, stop reading. But if that combination of traits is what you see in the mirror, then you’re just what we’re looking for.
The Nitty Gritty
There’s a lot going on at this firm, including the creation of a goodly heap of written and graphic material, such as glossy listing brochures and reports. As the Creative Services Manager, you’ll run what amounts to an in-house agency to get this stuff produced. As you might imagine, that’ll entail working with a great variety of talent assets – photographers, writers, graphic designers, digital pros – some of whom will report to you on a regular basis, others of whom you’ll tap via external agencies. Pooling and managing those resources will be a big part of your job.
You’ll own these projects, so besides managing the people, you’ll develop a production calendar, create project roadmaps, and delineate budgets and deadlines, and you’ll establish and enforce quality standards across the board. It’ll be up to you to keep your internal clients and stakeholders engaged and satisfied, so bring your spirit of collaboration and those fine, fine communication skills.
Hired Gun Proﬁle
If you’re going to run a top-notch creative group, you’ll need some pretty stellar creative instincts yourslef. Lucky for you, you’ve spent more than a decade in a creative field, with an overstuffed, eye-popping portfolio to go around bragging about. Along the way, you’ve taken on increased managerial responsibility, for which you have a sure-enough knack; to your surprise, you’ve enjoyed managing people as much as you loved the pure creative work you did early in your career. Tech-wise, you’ve mastered Adobe’s Creative Suite and online collaboration tools like WorkFront and Google’s apps, and you stand at the ready to set up and maintain both a world-class project management application and an equally worthy asset management system.
The other thing that makes you special is your understanding that managing creative people is a whole different proposition than keeping non-creatives on task. You know just how firm, just how demanding, and just how supportive to be in order to bring out the very best in people while bringing in projects on time and on budget. Of course, that comes from your having come up through as just such a creative person yourself.
Agency experience is a must, and, if you’ve worked in the past for real estate and/or luxury brands, we surely want to know about it.
Somebody with the right combination of project management and creative/aesthetic strengths is going to be very happy heading up an internal agency at this big and successful brand. Will that somebody be you?