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Lead Graphic Designer

University of Hertfordshire - Marketing and Communications

Location: Hatfield
Salary: £37,099 to £40,521 pa with potential to progress to £44,263 pa by annual increments on achieving designated skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 31st January 2024
Closes: 1st March 2024
Job Ref: 057537

FTE: 1FTE (37 hours per week)

Salary: UH7 £37,099 pa to £40,521 pa with potential to progress to £44,263 pa by annual increments on achieving designated skills and experience

Annual Leave: 30 days plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our office between Christmas and New Year

Location: Flexible, with minimum two days a week on campus in Hatfield, Hertfordshire  

This is your opportunity to be part of one of the UK’s most diverse and exciting universities. We’re looking for an experienced Lead Graphic Designer to join our dynamic Digital and Creative Experience team, working across a range of channels to deliver sector-leading creative that cuts through the noise in a highly competitive sector.

Main duties and responsibilities

As our Lead Graphic Designer, you will lead the creative strategy and execution in collaboration with key internal stakeholders and external partners to bring the University brand to life across initiatives, channels and products. Your role will require you to oversee brainstorming, creative concepting and development in collaboration with internal stakeholders, ensuring creative meets requirements from business objectives, operational and brand perspectives.

You will be required to manage the relationship and workflow of external creative suppliers to deliver concepts and outputs, providing guidance and feedback throughout projects and manage stakeholder expectations, ensuring work is delivered on time and on budget, handling competing priorities across a complex organization. Your role will involve leading the evolution and future development of the University’s visual identity, informed by sector trends, customer insight and changing audience behaviour, and be accountable for the successful 360° roll-out of branded content on internal and external channels.

Skills and experience required

Our ideal candidate will have proven experience of producing high quality design in line with organisational corporate visual identity and experience of designing for high quality outputs and both print and digital collateral. It is essential that you are able to work to and achieve tight deadlines as well as experience informing the development of brand guidelines based on customer insight and sector trends.

You will have the ability to deliver projects successfully on time and on budget, confidently manage expectations of stakeholders at all levels and be able to manage a team of creatives or experience managing projects from start to finish. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills and have specialist knowledge of industry-standard graphics and multimedia software packages including Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Animate).

Qualifications required

You’ll be educated with a minimum of a degree in Graphic Design / Visual Communication (or a related field of study), a qualification to an equivalent standard or have proven professional work experience in the field.

Please view the job description and person specification for a full list of the duties and essential criteria. Please attach a personal statement showing clearly how your skills and experience match the Person Specification.

We regret that we are unable to offer UKVI sponsorship for this post; applicants will either hold UK Right to Work, or demonstrate access to UK Right to Work, before an offer is made.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Jak Kimsey, Head of Digital and Creative Experience: j.kimsey1@herts.ac.uk

Closing Date: 01 March 2024

Interview Date: TBD

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