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Creative Director

Brand:  Equator
Company:  Equator GJ Limited
Line of Business:  Schawk

Manchester, ENG, GB, M4 4HD Nottingham, ENG, GB, NG1 1QE


We are an award winning agency specialising in packaging and branding design. With extensive experience in all areas of brand and retail communication we offer a global service.

Are you Creative Director looking to work on some fantastic retail/FMCG clients?

Do want want a lead role in which you will confidently mentor and develop a team?


Are you a strategist?

Do you have a portfolio that will impress?

We are looking for someone, ideally, with strong food and retail experience in particular food art direction, an ability to present well to the client, communicate well with teams across the globe and execute the creative brief, creative strategy and creative solution for numerous projects. 


This role can be based at either our Nottingham or Manchester studios.



  • Promotes, monitors, and champions the Equator process for best practice
  • Create timelines, oversee creative and design direction, ensures deadlines are achievable and met, liaising directly with clients to ensure they are satisfied with the results and troubleshooting any issues that arise during the duration of the project
  • Main client contact with support form the wider team
  • Client facing on all accounts if needed
  • Ensuring the high creative standard is maintained across all projects.
  • Oversees projects from strategic direction, reviewing concepts through to completion to ensure the project stays on track
  • Supports and regularly communicates with Creative Directors of other sites
  • Visits other sites to share learnings and align on common global goals
  • Mentoring the senior team to ensure they have the necessary support to work efficiently and effectively
  • Strong presentation skills, confident in presenting at boardroom level relaying the unique qualities of the project and Equators unique way of working to deliver
  • Strong strategic and conceptual thinker
  • Approaches and sets foundations for project with a strategic focus with the upmost creativity
  • Professional skill set in promoting Equator and it’s goals
  • Mentors and inspires Creative, Client Services and Production team members
  • Full knowledge of print and technical production
  • Takes accountability for staff and freelance budgets
  • Act as quality control for their projects by reviewing and editing the team’s final products before presentation
  • Working together with the Sales and PR teams to deliver on new business pitches and promoting the Equator brand
  • Facilitating working business practices to ensure efficiency and effectiveness
  • Introducing innovative solutions to working practices and championing existing processes
  • Leads, develops and increases the skill base through appraisals and career development
  • Helps facilitate the global company strategy and goals
  • Drives efficiencies and best practices through design team - tracks and reports to Global Creative Director
  • Ensuring there is a clear line of communication between departments and sites
  • Working with directors and senior managers in Client Services, Sales, Production throughout the company to ensure company objectives are achieved
  • Helps facilitate working practices to ensure projects can easily move between departments and sites.
  • Recruitment and team structure building
  • Managing staff to integrating teams to work as global teams
  • Oversees traffic
  • Oversees photography studio
  • Oversees multiple sites design resource


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Design, Marketing or related field
•    Creative design experience
•    Experience in a leadership role
•    Or equivalent combination of education and experience
•    Periodic travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required.
•    High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook, Adobe & Internet applications
•    Strong understanding of effective Creative Design practices, trends, techniques, and processes across various touchpoints or mediums (e.g. packaging, in-store, online, mobile, print, direct).
•    Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients
•    Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
•    Ability to work with and influence peers and senior management
•    Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting

Equator is a retail brand design agency that is part of SGK. SGK is a global leader in the design of high performance marketing ecosystems, the creation of content that scales consumer experiences with brands, and the integration of technologies to enable collaborative digital networks. SGK is a Matthews International company.