The Hired Guns are seeking a Brand Design Manager to join the team at one of the world’s leading firms in family office management for high net worth individuals. And the concept of “family office” extends to their corporate culture as everyone cares deeply about not only client experience but also employee experience.
If you miss the days of strategic and thoughtful client communications and collateral, you’ve come to the right place. This High Net Worth (HNW) advisor believes strongly in top notch design — from smart graphic design to just the right paper stock to send the message: they care enough to send the very best.
In this role you’ll be leading an internal team of designers and working with outside creative agencies to manage all the brand marketing materials (mostly print). As the brand champion and center for all creative requests, you (with the support of a project manager), will triage, prioritize and manage a range of marketing communications projects for internal and external audiences. Every aspect the firm’s brand will come under your purview–and you’ll serve as the creative expert for the executive team (inclusive of the CEO).
As brand steward you might have held titles ranging from Creative Services Manager to Studio Manager, but the meaning is the same: 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
You have considerable experience overseeing, art directing and packaging high-end creative initiatives for a highly discerning high net worth audience. Something like this might include everything from the save the date and the invite, to the materials distributed at the event and down to a nice note card from their advisor which might be left in the clients’ hotel room. The whole point is that everything is connected and on-brand. You need to be the kind of creative who thinks about every little touch point that this luxury-minded audience will appreciate.
You’re a creative services veteran, with a rock-solid understanding of how to steward a brand’s visual identity across multiple channels and effectively convey the firm’s message to a variety of target audiences. Like all first-rate creative services pros, you were born with the knack of multi-tasking, and are adept at balancing the firm’s priorities, your team’s workload and your deadlines to keep the entire process moving forward, friction-free. With at least ten years (preferably 15) working at an agency or in-house at a financial firm, you’ve worked frequently with C-Suite stakeholders. You have the polish to present in front of the brass, the organizational skills to keep everything on track (and on budget), and the talent to consistently produce work of the first caliber.
Working on B2C products in a highly regulated field like finance or pharma has its own limitations, but you’re able to embrace the design challenge wholeheartedly. Another thing that makes you special is your understanding that managing creative people is a whole different proposition than keeping non-creatives on task — particularly in a financial services firm. You know just how firm, just how insistent, and just how supportive to be in order to bring out the very best in people while bringing in your projects on time and on budget.
This firm’s clients literally stick around for generations, so here integrity is as important as innovation and decency as important as design.
Candidates with a combination of branding agency experience as well as brand side experience within financial services or other luxury brands will move to the front of the line. And by this we mean: Private Wealth Management Financial Services, Luxury Real Estate, Automotive, Hospitality and beyond. Why? All those verticals reach the same HNW customer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.