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Associate Creative Director

Brand:  SGK
Company:  IDL Worldwide
Line of Business:  SGK CCOE

Portland, OR, US, 97214

SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company. From idea to implementation, we deliver packaging solutions and brand experiences that give brands the freedom to speak louder, scale faster and grow stronger. We simplify marketing and amplify brands to deliver value.  SGK is a Matthews International company. 


SGK is a leading global brand experience agency that defines, creates, and transforms brand experiences. We amplify brands, giving them the freedom to speak louder, with more intension, and create a stronger connection with their audiences. We believe that superior marketing performance demands a superior marketing team. Together, we will create and deliver content across channels to drive unique brand experiences while amplifying marketing ecosystem efficiency. 


Our Brand Experience Team is passionate about creating incredible consumer experiences for the best brands in the world. We’re on the hunt for a top-tier Associate Creative Director to contribute to this mission on our east coast creative team. If you’re an ambitious and innovative creative, passionate about experiential design, and is excited to solve creative business problems for world-class brands, read on. 


This Associate Creative Director will assist the Creative Director with developing and directing creative vision and execution of client assignments. This position is responsible for defining the creative brief, strategy, and blue sky solutions to all creative projects for one of our global retailer clients. This Associate Creative Director will champion our client's brand while leading and inspiring teams to deliver innovative solutions that ultimately shapes our marketing efforts at various touchpoints thought-out the digital and retail experience. This position supports the Creative Director in leading presentations with clients and is accountable for ensuring the creative deliverables are aligned with the brief and meet or exceed client expectations.


  • Ongoing passion for the retail design industry and best practices.
  • In-depth understanding of experiential, digital, and UI/UX strategy.
  • Familiarity with sketching and creating mockups on the fly with clients.
  • Engages with teams to manage the delivery of final details and files to ensure a smooth hand-off and a profitable program.
  • Growing teams and mentoring junior creatives


  • Clients that are leaders in consumer goods, home improvement, digital strategy, and emerging technologies.
  • A diverse and dynamic team based in our Baltimore and Pittsburgh offices.


  • Maintains senior-level relationships with CD and client; establishes trusted advisor relationships in which clients and colleagues seek out advice and counsel.
  • Acts as a strategic partner to assigned clients by demonstrating a deep understanding of their market and business sectors and their specific challenges and opportunities. Provides thought leadership, insights, and perspectives that support client initiatives and align our services with client needs.
  • Ensures Creative Design deliverables (i.e. visual concept, design, textual content, etc.) follow project specifications and meet or exceed client needs.
  • Provides clear expectations to our internal production group. 
  • Monitors progress of ongoing Creative Design projects; provides guidance and leadership to address and resolve promptly, accurately, effectively, and to the client’s satisfaction, any issues or problems that may arise.
  • Leads project review sessions for assigned clients; utilizes information from review sessions to recommend best practices for copy excellence. 
  • Ensures accurate, consistent, and timely completion of the highest-level client copywriting deliverables within budget and based on objectives and concepts established by the client. 

  • Develops creative, innovative, and cost-effective Creative strategies that meet client needs, utilizing project experience, current market trends, competitor intelligence, and innovative thinking.
  • Works closely with multiple teams, departments and clients to create, develop, and complete solutions for specific projects.
  • Engages with teams to manage the deliverables of final details and files to ensure a smooth hand-off and a profitable program.
  • Supports Company’s profitability efforts by encouraging and actively enabling innovation, creativity, and cost efficiency through all Creative Design client activities.
  • Ensures client retention is maximized by delivering custom tailored solutions to meet clients’ objectives and expectations.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Design, Marketing or related field
  • 8+ years of previous Art, Design, Marketing experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Periodic travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required.
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  • Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts.
  • 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 management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.


  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk, hear and see.  
  • Regularly/Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

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