CA_ Supervising Associate_Design (Art Director)
Kochi, Kerala
Job Description

Title Art Direction Specialist. Rank Supervising Associate

Grade 1/2/3 Type of Employment Permanent

Overall Years of Experience 12+ Relevant Years of Experience 10+

Requisition Date 02-Mar-2016 Resource On-board Date 01-Apr-2016

Required Qualification Essential Graduation Graduate / Post Graduate preferably in Fine/Commercial Arts/Mass communication

Certification Diploma or Certification in MS Office and Adobe Creative Suites

Desirable Adobe Digital Publishing Suites

Position Summary:
The Art Direction Specialist acts as a key contributor in operationalizing design strategies for Print, Document and Multimedia work streams within the CSG function. With his/her advanced knowledge as an Art Director on both Indian and global scenario, he/she would spearhead design and implementation of new and cutting-edge on-brand campaigns, both digital and print.

Conceptualize and formulate creative themes, layout designs and presentation approach, and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video and sound The designer maintains a high level of knowledge on tools and resources used by the firm and constantly evaluates new technologies and tools for adaptation into the team’s work stream
Guide the team with resect to conceptualization of creative infographics, mind maps and frameworks in PowerPoint and Print The designer manages routine MS Office design projects from concept through production, effectively prioritizes work, and balances multiple priorities simultaneously to meet client commitments and deadlines
Interact with customer and get involved at the project inception stage to deliver customized solutions
Confer with creative, art, copy-writing, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts, and to coordinate creative activities.
Present final layouts to clients for approval.
Confer with clients to determine objectives, budget, background information, and presentation approaches, styles, and techniques.
Train and direct staff members who develop design concepts into art layouts or who prepare layouts for printing.
Work with other creative directors to develop design solutions.
Review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to firm standards and specifications.
Provide direction on photo shoots and imagery whenever required.
Work with illustrators / team members to Create custom illustrations or other graphic elements.
Prepare detailed storyboards showing sequence and timing of story development for video production.
Stays abreast of industry developments on latest devices and the associated digital media needs
Analyses competitor strategies in the domain
Participates in the development and vision of the services strategy and their communication and acceptance
Defines standards and best practices and ensures that leading practices are shared across the Firm in relation to “state-of-the-art” practices in the design community

Job Description

Technical Skills/Tools Requirement Essential MS Office – PowerPoint/Word/Excel and Adobe Creative Suites
Desirable Adobe Digital Publishing Suites
Other Requirements Essential Excellent presentation and communications skills (comprehend, verbal and written) in English language; ; ability to clearly communicate complex messages to a variety of audiences including senior management
Experience in similar role with strong customer focus
Strong interpersonal skills
Experience in business development and business relations
Experience in managing multiple concurrent initiatives
A strong track record of successful delivery and benefits realization
Proven influencer and communicator with stakeholders at all levels
Possess high standard of integrity and confidentiality
Flexible to work in shifts and mirror time zones based on customer requirements and deliverables
Roles and Responsibilities

Essential Guide and develop a team of design/creative professionals
Develops and designs innovative storyboards and layouts for client deliverables under all work streams
Leverages global exposure and experience to develop ‘top of line’ and cutting-edge contemporary designs
Proficient and remains up-to-date with presentation, graphics and digital software tools and equipment required of the position including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Captivate, Acrobat and Adobe Digital Publishing suites
Maintains awareness of “state-of-the-art” techniques, best practices and developments within the design community
Relates design work to the client’s business needs and manages customer relationships
Influences clients to choose an effective solution within firm guidelines
Self-starter with the ability to understand and transform sketches and verbal ideas into PPT
Understanding of current and future visual trends and proactive approach
Understanding of western cultural development and modern influences
Understanding of firm brand, supports, implements especially consistency and strictly adheres to the quality standards and procedures established by Ernst & Young, including VI and branding guidelines
Negotiates project deadlines to create timelines, determines project scope to define cost estimates, and schedule changes for client approval
May be required to travel to work at an actual client site as part of a project team providing design, conceptualization and solutions pertaining to deliverables
Demonstrates the value of team’s work by keeping the client up-to-date, and explaining issues, approaches and solutions (i.e. managing expectations)
Assemble the right team to achieve business goals in the work stream by creating the right mix of skills and the right conditions
Help in recruiting, training and developing teams of highly skilled people to craft innovative, value-added deliverables and services to support decision making
Enable and foster the culture of knowledge sharing among team members
Responsible for determining project scope to define cost estimates, and schedule changes for client approval
Excellent team working, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate, and persuade
Interacts effectively and positively in a fast-paced environment with a diverse staff, customers, colleagues and vendors, demonstrating tact and diplomacy
May be cross-trained in additional CSG disciplines to provide flexibility during peak times
Helps team members understand the broader picture of technical, ethical and financial needs
Assists the business development teams and acts as a pursuit team member for major projects
Analytical/Decision Making Responsibilities

Ability to analyse data including budgets, performance numbers etc. essential for running projects independently
Drive the decision to choose an effective design and deliverable solution within budget requirements
Analyses customer needs beyond own responsibilities to understand the context of the work in progress
Supervision Responsibilities Lead creative projects and will have associated people management / performance management responsibilities. May or may not be responsible for people outside the scope of a project
Acts as a counselor / mentor for designers and responsible for team’s skills development
Acts as change agent for new business processes and procedures in the domain