Wolff Olins is looking for a Design Director to join our team in our San Francisco office. This is the most senior ‘hands on’ creative role at WO. Your primary job is to lead and be responsible for the creative success of medium sized to large projects—often more than one at the same time.

What the role will look like

  • You’ll be responsible for leading a design team, and you should be brilliant at inspiring and organizing them
  • You’ll be a dedicated coach who helps individual designers develop design skills and growth as a team member and design professional
  • Your own design work will set an extremely high bar and act as an example of thinking and creativity
  • You’ll be expected to inspire complete confidence in clients—you’ll need to see the bigger strategic picture, fully understand clients’ worlds, and be utterly persuasive and assertive with them
  • You’ll be expected to make big creative calls on behalf of the client and WO, so your judgment and decision-making skills should be excellent
  • You will contribute to large-scale RFPs contributing to the project plan and approach, attending and presenting at pitches
  • With the Creative Directors, you will lead the creative voice of Wolff Olins community

What your background might look like

  • You can come from any design background, but you must be a highly strategic thinker and be 100% credible as a leader in our core disciplines of graphic design, interaction design and motion graphics
  • Bachelor’s degree in design
  • You’ll have at least 8 years of creative experience

What you’ll be like to work with

  • You’re thoughtful and have a clear point of view
  • You’re committed and confident
  • You have the highest expectations of yourself and others
  • You’re mature and perceptive—able to ‘read’ a room and evaluate complex situations
  • You’re cross-disciplinary by nature—you have a diverse background, but also believe the strongest work benefits from new and different perspectives
  • You’re a great problem solver, with the judgment, experience and decisiveness to make things happen
  • You’re generous and able to share ownership
  • You’re open minded, flexible, and not precious or protective about the work
  • You’re relentlessly energetic and positive, up for any challenge

Your experience and knowledge

A brilliant creative and strategic thinker who can see how creativity can solve business problems.

  • A designer interested in not just making beautiful visual work, but highly functional work that shapes products and experiences for people
  • A forward-thinker that pushes the work to consider the needs of the user across contexts
  • A great planner who constantly thinks ahead about the needs of the team, the project, and the client—able to prioritize, delegate and understand resourcing needs
  • An agile player who is resourceful and can keep up with dynamic and fast-moving engagements
  • A strong leader who can provide insight, encouragement, and constructive direction to the team
  • A team leader who can work seamlessly and provide insight and direction with strategists, writers, and program managers

The tools you'll use

You should be highly proficient in:

  • Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Motion: After Effects, Cinema 4D, Premiere Pro, Final Cut
  • And ideally be really strong in one or more of the following areas:
    • Front end design & development: CSS, HTML, Javascript, Processing
    • User experience: process flow, wire-framing

To apply, send a resume & portfolio to peoplesanfrancisco@wolffolins.com