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Leeds, United Kingdom
JOB #R1901285

Creative Director

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Job Title                          Creative Director

Location                          Leeds

About ICF

At ICF Next, we change lives, strengthen communities, stretch minds and shape history. We’re devoted to finding better ways to innovate solutions for a healthier planet, improving the quality of life worldwide, driving business value, discovering answers for complex issues, and to learn and grow. What we do matters and that inspires us each and every day. We are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world. Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo.

About the team

Working strategically across all Creative teams, the Creative Director is a key driving force behind creativity across ICF Next. Promoting excellence and creativity across the entire business, while challenging client perception of our capabilities at every opportunity. You should be dedicated to producing the best work in our category. All the while acting as an evangelist for our vision and values and inspiring all colleagues to truly have creativity at the heart. Reporting directly to the Executive Creative Director, and working alongside Strategy and Creative Services, it is essential that you are the energy, the dreamer, the challenger.

About the role

The main responsibilities externally will include:

  • Externally driving the development of creative strategy on major pitches and live projects
  • Building/ sustaining client understanding of our creative and strategic capabilities
  • Working with clients to draw out insights and intelligence that underpin our understanding of their business, brand, sector and with the factors that shape it
  • Undertake wider client facing responsibilities including taking and formulating briefs and running creative workshops
  • Being an advocate for the creativity of the business and uphold the principles of the vision at all times
  • Be a valued trusted advisor to clients by helping reach creative solutions in a more collaborative and immersive way
  • Working to exceed expectations of clients, providing support and co-authorship across accounts
  • Networking and building relationships with new, potential and existing clients
  • Challenging client briefs where appropriate
  • Connect with the wider world by proactively networking with peers, absorbing and sharing, highlighting new technologies, benchmarking and client liaison
  • Be a Trusted Advisor to your clients

Required experience

  • Similar agency experience
  • Strong portfolio of relevant work and proven track record (please attach portfolio with application)
  • A highly developed understanding of Marketing Communications (strategic and tactical)
  • A strong creative and strategic thinker who can inspire and motivate colleagues
  • An expert understanding of art direction, production methods and creative software
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to excite and delight clients with our offering, our work and our thinking
  • A thought leader in design and communication principles
  • Ability to plan, delegate and work on several projects at any one time
  • An excellent relationship builder with both senior clients, suppliers and peers in parallel agencies
  • Multidisciplinary background essential as is a knowledge of event production

    Ability to create relevant and credible content for internal and external consumption to include blogs, articles and opinion pieces

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Who is ICF Next?

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