Art Director

| Chicago

Position Description: This position description provides the minimum job requirements as additional duties may be assigned by supervisors. The requirements listed are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities to qualify for the position. This job description is not a contract and does not change the employment "at will" relationship. FTD reserves its right to amend the job description at any time at its discretion.

Purpose of Position: Oversee creative production process and staff, and responsible for the overall quality of work produced by the creative department. Serves as the liaison between marketing partners and the creative department. Manages creative projects from concept to completion and translates marketing objectives into creative strategies. This is a "hands-on" position that is assigned and produces creative work as well as oversees the work of creative staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage production team, set annual goals, review performance on an annual basis, and coach their career development.
  • Assess internal and contract staffing to accomplish objectives. Hire, ramp, and train new staff members as needed.
  • Ensure consistency of the FTD.com brand and messaging across channels.
  • Manage the creative pipeline to ensure that projects are efficiently distributed across the creative team and meeting deadlines.
  • Identify, implement, streamline and maintain efficient processes and procedures that will increase the productivity and quality of the creative team.
  • Proactively interface with the channel leaders to gather information to develop creative briefs and seek creative feedback.
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once in a deadline-driven environment and ensure that the final product meets the strategic communications objectives.
  • Report to upper-management on campaign status, workflow, current projects, as well as appropriate time tracking.
  • Inspires creativity, innovative thinking, and problem solving abilities in each team member
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic/Web design or related field; minimum of 6 year's experience working as a creative lead at an ad agency, web design firm, online company or a design shop.
  • Has a command of the creative requirements of marketing communications including: advertising, print collateral, logo development, branding standards, and interactive media. Must possess expertise in design for the web.
  • Familiarity with online advertising, marketing, and sales concepts and metrics.
  • Possess expert knowledge of computers and the internet including both PC and Macintosh platforms. Must also be well versed in all applications for the creation of graphic design for internet and print. These include but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, Bridge, Cue, Flash, Dreamweaver, LiveCycle, Acrobat, Flex and Quark Xpress. Must also have an understanding of the basics of HTML, DHTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, Actionscript, and the requirements that they place upon design.
  • Knowledge of SEO standards and Web Technology best protocols.
  • Self-directed and can manage oversight on the projects and campaigns of the creative team from concept to completion.
  • Is able to work collaboratively with various channels (Main Site Marketing, Merchandise Marketing, New Business Marketing, Online Marketing, Partnership Marketing, Retention Marketing).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and organization skills.
  • Dependable, detail-oriented, able to work both autonomously and as part of a team and possess the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Multi-tasking and problem solving skills to effectively and efficiently manage people and projects with strained and similar deadlines.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Very detail oriented and possess a positive attitude.
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Technology we use

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Location

We also have an office in the heart of Downtown Chicago at 1. North Dearborn

An Insider's view of FTD

What does your typical day look like?

As Brand Manager, I am constantly working to ensure we are engaging with our consumers and living out our brand vision via all channels. My day is 100% collaborative, between meeting with channels managers, reviewing new campaign launches - building a brand takes teamwork. When you have an online business, your consumers are shopping with you 24/7,

Kristin Byrne

Brand Marketing Manager

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

I have had the opportunity to build a platform from the ground up. Opportunities like these are few and far between in this day and age. FTD has been like a master class in leadership for me, and it has produced a fundamental mind shift for me on what leadership means.

Dimple Rao

VP of Product Management and UX Design

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

On our FOL team, we are creating a feature complete platform migration for all of our florist sites. This is a rather large task in that most of our florist sites look like they were created in the .COM era of the internet. Our new platform will provide huge UX boons. In addition to self-improvement, it may also attract new florist partners

Michael Walsh

Software Engineer

What are FTD Perks + Benefits

FTD Benefits Overview

FTD is dedicated to you and your family. We work hard to provide a wide range of competitive and affordable health care benefits that reflect your changing needs. Our goal is to empower you with the resources and flexibility you need to live well, be well. The benefits you elect will start the first day of the month following the date of hire.
Our benefits offerings include medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage, a company contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA), life, accident, and disability insurance, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement. We are committed to providing fair compensation to all of our employees, including performance-based compensation incentives for many of our positions. FTD, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. We offer very generous employee discounts on our FTD.com and Proflowers brands.

Culture
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
If you are eligible for benefits, you can enroll in an FSA regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in FTD’s medical plan.
Disability Insurance
FTD offers short and long term disability at no cost to you. The disability benefits will replace up to 67% of your weekly base income up to $2,500/week for STD and up to $10,000/month for LTD.
Dental Benefits
FTD offers two great dental plans through Aetna. A Dental HMO with co-pays where you choose your Primary Care Dentist and a Dental PPO which has benefits in and out of network.
Vision Benefits
FTD offers vision coverage through Eye Med which offers a broad network of nationwide providers to choose from to meet your vision needs. Retailers such as LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, , and JCP
Health Insurance Benefits
FTD offers three medical plans through Aetna to choose from including one EPO where you choose a Primary Care Physician and two PPO High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
Life Insurance
For employee coverage of 2x base salary up to $600,000. *Per IRS regulations, the cost FTD pays for coverage above a certain level is considered “imputed income,” and is included on your W-2.
Wellness Programs
We know how important wellness is to your overall success. The FTD Wellness program is here to help you identify and achieve your health and wellness goals.
Onsite Gym
Our One North Dearborn location offers an onsite state-of-the-art fitness center, cycle center and bike room.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Depending on the department and role, FTD offers some scheduling flexibility. We also offer summer hours so that our team members can enjoy extended weekends and fun in the sun with family and friends
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Care for yourself or a family member who is seriously ill, to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to attend to the affairs of a family member who is called to active duty in the military.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
FTD recognizes 9 paid holidays each calendar year and allows employees to take time off for vacation, personal responsibilities and sick time.
Paid Holidays
FTD recognizes 9 paid holidays each calendar year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
FTD allows employees to wear casual workplace attire every day, not just Fridays!
Commuter Benefits
Take advantage of the pre-tax benefit, you may elect up to the IRS limit of $260/month for transit and $260/month for parking.
Free Daily Meals
During FTD’s peak season such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas FTD often provides lunch to thank employees for their hard work (along with the occasional just because lunch).
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong.
Some Meals Provided
We provide food during Peak Season.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Up to $2,500 after one year of employment
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
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