Creative Director – Retail

| North Suburbs
Job Summary
The Creative Director - Retail is responsible for the creative approach for marketing deliverables in assigned business to ensure brand and strategy goals and requirements are met and objectives of the initiative are clear, concise, and compelling for the end-user. This person will lead and direct the creative development of all concept materials into a holistic advertising plan with actionable strategies to align with business goals and budget. This person will serve as a highly elevated leader that is setting the bar through change management.The person in this role will need seasoned management experience as they will lead and motivate a team of 8-10 people. If you have Omni-channel design experience in Health and Wellness, Seasonal and Beauty this is great match.


Job Responsibilities
  • Leads and directs the creative development of all concept materials across assigned business.
  • Helps define and translate business goals into a holistic advertising plan with actionable strategies. Leads teams with diverse functional expertise through a Creative Management Team. Collaborates and contributes to long-term plans which align with overall Creative Advertising and business strategies.
  • Supports management of external agency partner relationships to ensure consistent execution across media types. Manages relationships with vendors and oversight over the work created by vendors. Ensures compliance with negotiated vendor contracts. Maintains oversight over vendor created projects and work to ensure compliance with Walgreens’ standards. Ensures service level agreements with vendors are met, ensuring issues and differences are reconciled in a timely and cost effective manner and to the satisfaction and within the standards prescribed by Walgreens.
  • Develops an understanding of the company vision and direction to ensure the advertising strategies, for assigned business, are executed in alignment with the corporate objectives and to ensure that actionable strategies are developed and executed as the corporate initiatives evolve.
  • Contributes to continuous process improvement in the design and conceptualization of advertising, to achieve better results.
  • Assists in the development and maintains brand guidelines for internal and external communications. Develops and disseminates training guidelines to ensure brand guidelines are appropriately communicated to end-users.
  • Ensures systems and processes are defined, reviewed, improved and maintained efficiently and effectively.
  • Collaborates cross functionally and represents department in area of expertise. Interacts with senior management to keep aligned with strategy and objectives. Builds and maintains key internal relationships.
  • Develops and mentors staff through on-boarding, open communication, training and development opportunities and performance management processes; builds and maintains employee morale and motivation; ensures the team is appropriately staffed with required competencies; fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health, beauty and retail destination supporting communities across the country, and was named to FORTUNE* magazine’s 2019 Companies that Change the World list. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day. As of August 31, 2019, Walgreens operates 9,277 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Walgreens also provides specialty pharmacy and mail services and offers in-store clinics and other health care services throughout the United States, most of which are operated by our health care strategic partners. An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of experience in a creative field, such as Advertising, Marketing or Promotions or HS Diploma/ GED and at least 7 years of experience in a creative field, such as Advertising, Marketing or Promotions.
  • Experience with collateral design and production.
  • Experience in developing and refining processes and systems through which align business and creative needs with sales and marketing objectives.
  • Experience collaborating with internal resources and external resources to develop strategies that meet department goals within budget and established timelines.
  • Experience with project management (for example: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives).
  • Experience negotiating with outside vendors, including negotiating contracts, prices, resolving service issues and reconciling differences.
  • At least 2 years of experience contributing to financial decisions in the workplace.
  • At least 2 years of direct leadership, indirect leadership and/or cross-functional team leadership.
  • Willing to travel up to 5% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Design or Communications.
  • Experience in an agency environment.
  • Experience developing strategic initiatives which align with business goals and budget.
  • Experience in omni-channel Health and Wellness, Seasonal and Beauty preferred.
  • Experience leading and motivating a large team.
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Developed and diverse suburb in N.Chicago. Opening our new Tech Office downtown at the Old Chicago Post Office in January 2020!

An Insider's view of Walgreens

What’s the vibe like in the office?

You can expect to be challenged, every day. You can also expect an extraordinarily diverse environment of collaborative professionals who are putting their talents together to fulfill the vision and mission. There are plenty of opportunities to make an impact, to grow and to learn with the team. The future of Technology is bright at Walgreens!

Carlos

Director, RunOps

What does your typical day look like?

I'm a part of the product management team where I oversee the development of complex products. A typical day for me involves juggling multiple product lines, I could easily find myself working with designers to craft mockups, defining requirements for developers, tracking development processes, or running usability tests to drive product forward.

Katrina

Sr. Business Analyst

What makes someone successful on your team?

I think the most successful individuals are those who possess two key skills 1) the ability to quickly learn and synthesize information and 2) the ability to adapt to constantly changing challenges. Given the extremely complex nature of our industry,

Emmanuel

Sr. UX Designer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

In Rx Engineering, we are building the largest pharmacy software product suites in the industry. Innovation and quality is our DNA. We nurture through our “COOL” culture to build curiosity in new solution. We are challenged and fascinated with courage every day about this engineering journey which will change our customers’ life.

Ronnie

Director – Solution Engineering & QE

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are faced with a host of rapid changes occurring in the healthcare and retail landscapes.. To make the most of these changes, Walgreens is adapting to the fast moving technology world of today and is committed to deploying cutting edge solutions to support our business and customers.

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What are Walgreens Perks + Benefits

Walgreens Benefits Overview

Walgreens offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible team members designed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being while helping you balance work and life. In addition to company-paid life insurance and voluntary life & personal accident insurance, the benefits below are available to our team members. To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/benefits.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Walgreens is proud to be a Corporate Social Responsibility leader, setting the pace on some of the most important issues of our day, and our IT and digital teams are no exception.
Partners with Nonprofits
Money raised through Red Nose Day supports programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/it-culture
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Every day, in a multitude of ways, the foundational principles of integrity, respect and fair dealing embraced by our founder Charles R. Walgreen inspire us.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Walgreens employees can contribute up to $500 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 6 weeks at 100% base pay, 6 weeks at 50% base pay. 50% benefit may be supplemented by PTO, frozen sick, or frozen vacation.
Dental Benefits
For dental coverage, you may choose from four plan levels ranging from a basic-only option to those with orthodontia and other major service coverage.
Vision Benefits
There are three levels of benefits for vision coverage ranging from an exam-only discount option to an enhanced PPO with both in and out-of-network benefits.
Health Insurance Benefits
You have access to competitive coverage options through the Benefits Support Center, which is the Walgreens private corporate exchange.
Life Insurance
Benefit-eligible team members are eligible for company-paid term life insurance at a benefit equal to: • 1.5 times annual base salary and $25,000 for all other hourly-paid team members
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Walgreens team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams like the JP Morgan Chase Run.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Walgreens provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan called the Walgreen Profit Sharing Plan. After completing one year, we match 4% of contributions $1 for $1.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
After 90 days of service and an average of 20 hours worked per week, you are eligible to purchase WBA stock at a 10% discount off market value.
Performance Bonus
You are eligible for a corporate bonus subject to approval by the Board of Directors (unless you are covered under another bonus program).
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home. Work remotely 2 days per week and/or work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
The Transportation Benefit Plan allows you to save money by paying for your transportation and parking needs with before-tax dollars and payroll deductions.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball.
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Renewal host weekly Lunch and Learns on topics selected by our team.
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Walgreens offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible team members designed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being while helping you balance work and life. To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/benefits.

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