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Creative Director

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

Portland, OR, US, 97214

Req ID:  9585

SGK is a global brand experience and activation leader. From idea to implementation, we design, develop and execute cross-channel branded experiences and marketing communications, giving brands the ability to amplify their voice, connect with audiences, and grow their business. SGK is a Matthews International company. 


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 Portland 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 Creative Director develops the creative vision on many key clients. This position is responsible for defining the creative brief, strategy, and blue sky solutions to all creative projects for one of our global retail and experiential marketing efforts. This position drives the definition of the creative brief, creative strategy, and creative solution, and the approach and presentation of the overall project. They champion the brands they work with while leading and inspiring teams to deliver the best creative solution that transcends various touch-points. This position leads presentations with clients and is accountable for ensuring the creative deliverables are aligned with the brief and meet or exceed client expectations.


  • Developing and implementing visual elements and creative concepts for project deliverables
  • Creating world class retail consumer environments and experiences
  • Leading creative campaigns from concept phase through successful completion
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams to create work that exceeds client expectations
  • Working in a dynamic, fast-paced creative studio environment
  • Planning and mentoring design team to ensure career goals are accomplished


  • World-class lifestyle brands across diverse categories
  • Team members across job functions and agency studio locations
  • A best-in-class creative talent consisting of Environmental Designers, Technical Designers, and 3D/Visualization team based in Portland


  • Creating physical environments in 3D that create memorable consumer experiences
  • Being a team player and dealing with cross-functional disciplines
  • Developing creative, innovative, and cost-effective Creative Design strategies that meet client needs, utilizing project experience, current market trends, competitor intelligence, and strategic thinking.
  • Digesting feedback and turning it into deliverables
  • Providing clear expectations to both are internal production group and fabricating partners resulting in the best possible product and follow up to see that those expectations are met.
  • Presenting your concepts clearly and concisely to both internal teams and clients
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Design, Marketing
  • Advanced degree (MBA, Master’s) preferred
  • 8+ years progressive creative design experience or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years in a leadership role
  • Periodic travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required.
  • High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong understanding of effective Creative Design practices, trends, techniques, and processes across various touchpoints or mediums (e.g. retail, digital, social, etc).
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), & planning skills 
  • 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.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting


  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  
  • Regularly/Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low/moderate.

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

At Matthews International, what makes us different is what makes us great.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon