Senior Director of Design

Based in Dublin, the Senior Director of Design – Beverage is a senior design leader responsible for the identification, creation, management, and execution of comprehensive brand design strategies that will have a major impact on the innovation and growth of multibillion dollars brands for one of the major Food and Beverage Company.

Missions

You will develop design strategies for specific brands in the portfolio and work in partnership with the Global Beverage Brand Teams, Innovation, Foodservice Group, the design center and external agencies to translate the brands’ positioning into a compelling design language which is focused enough to be ownable and distinctive, yet flexible enough to work across all of the brands’ multiple touch points with consumers – from advertising and digital interactions to delivery trucks and store displays.

Strategic Design Leadership

Leads design strategies within the Global Beverages Design Group: demonstrating an ability to understand the technical, social and emotional values that have critical business significance. Successfully directs multi-disciplinary design teams and actively mentors design colleagues. Maintains a flow of value through the integration of the business strategies, market and social trends, and available latest technologies. Develops and adjusts strategies and/or processes to meet changing market and competitive conditions while considering the impacts on the global business.

Design R&D and Innovation

Integrates design thinking from innovation to execution; crafting a holistic consumer experience. Identifies and promotes self-initiated brand design programs that generate critical business value for one or more business groups, having great impact on multibillion dollars brands.

External Design Network

Supports the Design Organization in building and cultivating a strong external design network.

Talent Development: Responsible for finding and attracting the best design talent and for leading and mentoring internal staff. Establishes objectives, supervises activities, and manages performance. Plays an active role in expanding talent bench depth, building office atmosphere and coaching teams to win.

Design Project Management

Responsible for partnering across disciplines and external suppliers to ensure design assets are developed and delivered with quality, value, and on-time. Energizes and leads both the internal team and external design resources from idea phase to commercialization. Ensures each stakeholder understands his/her role and responsibilities throughout the creative process. Regularly reviews the status of projects with appropriate leadership to verify that Company and Division expectations are met.

Brand Design Development

Takes ownership of the visual identity for the Global beverage portfolio, working in collaboration with the Global Head of Design, Beverage and the other design leaders in the organization, cutting across brand, innovation, product, packaging, marketing, experience and advertising. Generates creative design proposals (visions, scenarios, concepts) in order to visualize the desired output and share it with internal and external team members. Participates in research activities and effectively translates customer needs into actionable design requirements. Responsible for driving to final design recommendations, decisions and design approval to enable artwork execution / production phases. Ensure thorough consideration of all project variables and that the final solution will perform as planned.

Supporting the design organization globally

Partners regularly with Design, R&D and business teams across the company system. Share work and support the development of global design culture.

Profile

  • 15+ years of deep brand design experience (preferably equal exposure to agency and corporate environments)
  • A gifted manager and leader
  • Extraordinary design taste
  • Ability to work in ambiguous and dynamic work environment; is comfortable with risk and uncertainty
  • Great knowledge of art production and graphic design principles
  • Very business savvy
  • Deep expertise in graphic design software
  • A global citizen with a deep understanding of the global marketplace and a passion for culture Can effectively influence senior levels in the organization across regions and functions
  • Can get things done through formal and informal channels
  • Effectively communicates (verbally and written) with internal and external stakeholders across all levels

Works well with others to deliver results; keeps others informed to avoid unnecessary surprises Must be willing and able to travel 25% of the time