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Creative Director

| West Suburbs

Creative Director

Hear that? That knocking? It's opportunity. Once in a great while ... once in a career, if you're lucky, the opportunity presents itself to do something truly meaningful, truly important ... so creatively challenging that a positive outcome virtually guarantees a career-building story. This is such an occasion.

FTD, the 108-year-old, iconic floral Brand is reinventing itself and we're looking for a passionate, driven, experienced Creative to help us lead the charge. This is no mere lip service, we're deadly serious. Nothing less that the future of this great brand is at stake.

So, if you've done your stint at the agency. You've done good work, maybe even great work. Now you're ready to get down to business. There isn't a better opportunity to learn about the impact of the creative craft than working for a client company. Here you'll not only do good work but you'll learn what works.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop compelling creative concepts that meet the marketing and business objectives of the organization and that advance our brand strategy in a consistent way.
  • Persuasively present and recommend preferred creative concepts to executive management, gaining alignment to direction while acting upon useful feedback.
  • Manage multiple projects from concept through completion within tight timeframes. Deliver on time and to a high level of quality
  • Identify and deliver cost-saving opportunities in the development and execution of marketing materials.
  • Define, establish and implement the look of the FTD brand -- a truly iconic brand
  • Supervise and inspire the creative team of online designers and copywriters as well as bring in outside resources to complement the internal team as needed
  • Provide strong leadership, management and mentoring to the creative team as well as to vendors and external agencies
  • Recommend and implement process improvements that streamline the development of creative materials, from creative brief to deployment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in design, fine arts, advertising, copywriting or related field or equivalent visual design and management experience required; graduate degree preferred; groundbreaking portfolio reflecting 8+ years of experience in the interactive space and offline space; minimum of 5 years' management experience working with large-scale web sites, e-marketing, and advertising
  • Strong aesthetic sense and intuitive understanding of what makes a truly great interactive experience
  • A passion for flowers and their unique role in gifting and conveying meaning
  • A drive to inspire great design and ideas in a team environment
  • The ability to set vision and drive concepts and strategies through the entire creative and development process
  • A solid understanding of both business and user goals and how they relate
  • Work experience with premium brands that have a superior aesthetic appearance
  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography & limitations of the web; must understand current web technologies and have the ability to storyboard or translate ideas to designers and develop innovative motion graphics solutions
  • A strong working knowledge of experience design, brand development, interactive commerce and creative process
  • Apply best practices in user interface and interactive design, including image optimization and site mapping
  • Print and web design capabilities: must know how to work in both media for integrated campaigns
  • Ability to lead projects from concept to completion.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Drive constant improvement in the brand's creative quality and capabilities
  • Proven ability to manage, forecast and ensure adherence to budget and financial goals and instill a sense of fiscal discipline in the team.
  • Managing outside resources, including agencies, photographers, color separators, printers, freelancers, web and interactive sub-contractors
  • Expertise with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Experience with Adobe AfterEffects & Premiere video editing a plus for this position
  • Knowledge of HTML, DHTML CSS

The foundation has been laid. Now the critically important work of translating strategy and theory into customer-facing execution lies ahead. If you've ever been involved in a Brand rebuild you know how rare and exiting that can be. If you have not you're in for a treat.

Make no mistake it will not be easy. These things never are. It will be messy. And painful ... there will be blood on the ground. But it will be worth it. You'll be operating in the eye of the storm ... working from our new downtown headquarters in Chicago, working with our business, merchandising and marketing leaders, collaborating with our San Diego-based floral brand, ProFlowers and reporting directly to the VP, Creative.

Great brands don't happen by accident. They are crafted, strategized, designed and nurtured. And the Creative Director is at the forefront of this activity.

So, if you are an experienced CD with the heart to tackle big challenges, a desire to build and lead a high performance creative team, a digital footprint in web design and ecommerce marketing and you have both the book and the background to prove it, send your resume and a link to your portfolio to [email protected] opens an email client application[email protected] opens an email client applicationand take the time to smell the roses.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

In the heart of the Loop! We also have an office in Downers Grove, IL.

What are FTD Companies Perks + Benefits

FTD Companies 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 date of hire.
Our benefits offerings include medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage, a company contribution to a Health Savings Account (HSA), Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), 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 Companies, Inc. is a premier floral and gifting company. We offer very generous employee discounts on our diversified portfolio of brands such as ProFlowers, ProPlants, Shari’s Berries, Sincerely, etc.

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
401(K) Matching
Discretionary match of 50% on the first 6% of your of pre-tax or post tax deferral. To maximize the employer match, you will need to contribute 6%. Vesting is at 25% each year
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) provides employees with an opportunity to share in our growth and to purchase shares of our common stock without payment of brokerage costs, at a 15% discount.
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!
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).
Pet Friendly
At some locations, employees can bring their dogs to work.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Up to $2,500 after one year of employment
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