Senior Art Director - Brand Marketing

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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Ready for the next step in your career? As an Senior Art Director- Brand Marketing, you will be part of a dynamic and talented global Marketing team providing top of the line visual concepts and design, which include: visual concepts for marketing campaigns, events (think Cannes Lions), and product launches.  You will bring these concepts to life through high quality creative production in different formats (anything from video to ads to email design and social).

To be successful in this role you must be detail oriented and have a solid understanding of design, hierarchy, problem solving, layout and typography.   You should also have strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to  handle the everyday ideation and production tasks of creating graphics and visuals within agreed guidelines. 

This role reports to the VP of Brand Marketing, and will manage a globally distributed team.

This role is hybrid and can be based within commuting distance of our NYC or Chicago office.  The expectation is 3 days in office (or more) and 2 days remote.

As a Senior Art Director- Brand Marketing at Smartly, you will…

  • Communicate art direction goals at an executive level with both internal and external partners
  • Lead and mentor an internal design team of designers and video editors
  • Collaborate with internal and external content writers for a cohesive design & messaging brand presence
  • Maintain a unified artistic direction, vision, and high production standard in the creation process
  • Present concepts and produced work to stakeholders and  cross-functional partners in an inspiring and engaging way 
  • Manage campaign art direction end-to-end (from concept to production)
  • Identify emerging culture/design trends and digital innovations
  • Strengthen brand assets, including style and usage guides
  • Establish mechanisms to maintain consistent brand standards across all customer-facing touch points of marketing programs
  • Translate our product and services to compelling visuals 
  • Keep the design standards of the brand at the highest possible level

We're definitely looking for you, if you have…

  • 10+ years of experience in a creative & design role with at least  3 years experience in brand design and art direction
  • Strong proficiency in design/presentation and tools (specifically Adobe Creative Suite and Figma)
  • Demonstrated business acumen and prior experience managing a team of designers
  • Commitment to excellence and attention to detail
  • Experience in the ad tech industry (a plus)
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Effective cross-team collaboration skills  and the ability to deliver with agility across multiple, complex creative projects, while meeting deadlines
  • Proven artistic sensibilities and can make beautiful work and guide others in doing so
  • The ability to push creative boundaries, keeping a high bar of quality, with exquisite taste
  • Strong design portfolio that demonstrates a range of design concepts and execution (please submit with your application)
  • A Bachelor's degree in Design or a related field

Perks and Benefits...

  • Five weeks paid time off (PTO), 11 company paid holidays, unlimited sick days
  • Generous healthcare packages & mental health benefits
  • Monthly wellness benefit and learning reimbursement opportunities
  • 401K plus matching & equity grants for all new Smartlies
  • Volunteer time off days & company donation matching opportunities
  • Choice of computer (MAC or PC)
  • And so much more…



Meet Smartly

Smartly is the AI-powered advertising technology company transforming ad experiences for brands and their consumers. Our comprehensive advertising platform seamlessly integrates the capabilities of media, creative, and intelligence to power more than 800 billion impressions and generate more than 300 billion creatives annually, delivering tangible business outcomes for brands and advertisers. We are the only company managing creative and media for 700+ brands worldwide and $5B in ad spend across the largest media platforms, including Facebook, Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Snap, and TikTok. Our end-to-end technology, unmatched access to media platforms and exceptional customer service help Fortune 500 brands to reach and engage consumers and learn what performs best.

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We put Smartlies' health first. While we have created more flexibility for Smartlies to choose where they work, we continue to follow local health guidelines and provide safe options for Smartlies looking for an office environment in Chicago.

An Insider's view of Smartly

What projects are you most excited about?

At we are most excited about continuing to work with our partners to solve challenges and better enable them to enhance their performance on paid social. Many brands we work with have been focusing more and more on creative so it's no surprise that Smartly has as well. I've seen our Creative solutions evolve so much in the last two years


VP US East

What are some things you learned at the company?

Open communication is encouraged at all levels of, it's a big part of the culture. I enjoy the interesting challenges that come from working with customers, and having the autonomy to push your idea's forward and work on things you're interested in or want to add to your skillset.


Customer Solutions Engineer

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

We foster transparency, which allows our teams the freedom and responsibility to pursue our vision in a self-driven way. Everyone is trusted as an owner, we’re all responsible for thinking and acting in the long-term interest of the company. At, nothing is someone else’s problem — we’re all doers with an entrepreneurial attitude.


CEO & Founder

What are Smartly Perks + Benefits

Smartly Benefits Overview’s benefits are meant to ensure that employees stay healthy, well, and energized in different life situations. supports employees so that everyone can focus on learning and creating positive impact in their role.

Growth-minded colleagues. Competitive salaries & option plans. Full five weeks of paid vacation. Paid parental leave. Health coverage. Wellness benefit. Reimbursement flexibility. Opportunities to rotate to our offices across the globe. Get your own laptop + smartphone. Weekly lunches. Opportunities to attend industry events. Team stipends for activities while not in the office.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Mandated unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
5 Weeks Per Year
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Company-wide vacation
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
One-time Benefit for New Hires
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

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