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Design Director - Shanghai


We are seeking a motivated, talented and strategic Design Director. Are you a creative genius? Passionate about all things branding and FMCG packaging design?

Cowan Shanghai is looking for an experienced design director to help creatively lead and inspire our team, working with some of the most well known global brands.

You will be based in Shanghai and will be a part of a bigger global team with interaction with our international studios, opportunities for short-term office exchanges, and plenty of exciting work! The working environment is both interesting and challenging, yet also very rewarding.

Ideally, you will have:

  • 10+ years of experience at equivalent packaging area and experienced leading and managing the designer team.
  • Good negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Good English communication is a must.
  • A high level of proven creativity.
  • Be strategic and understand the 'world of business'; structuring brand hierachy.
  • Proven strategic, creative identity creation on-route to application and roll-out.

Key task areas:

  1. Understand and deliver the brand values of Cowan Design.
  2. Briefing / strategic understanding.
  3. Ideas generation.
  4. Design.
  5. Art direction.
  6. Communication – internal and client facing.
  7. Company profiling – corporate identity and image.
  8. Professional development.

Job Description:

  1. Leading design and finished art team.
  2. Together with account service, understanding the opportunity, the brand and assessing ideas against this opportunity, then selecting ideas that best fit.
  3. Providing clear direction to designers, illustrators, finished artists, photographers and printers to maximize outcome and ensure deadlines are achieved.
  4. Anticipating client objections, reactions and questions, and preparing responses together with account service.
  5. When required, supporting the Creative Director in representing design in strategic client presentations, meetings and de-briefs.
  6. Undertake and assure full responsibility for the development and on-going management of the Cowan Design brand's corporate identity and image.
  7. Take action to keep abreast of changes within the fast moving consumer goods sector and innovations in packaging.
  8. Project tasks may also include management of work to go on our company website, new business presentation materaials, and external literature.

If interested and you meet all the above-mentioned requirements, please email a PDF of your resume and relevant work examples that demonstrate your strategic and creative abilities to Teru Yamabuchi (tyamabuchi@cowan.com). Any applicants who do not fulfill the above criteria will be disregarded. 

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