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POSITION TITLE:                                  Associate Art Director - Create

REPORTS TO:                                        Senior Art Director (Print)

SUPERVISES:                                         Graphic Designer – Create, Associate Graphic Designer – Create

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Based on approved seasonal style guide, you will be responsible for managing/delegating, mentoring and growing graphic designers to create all AE Print assets with consistency and excellence in mind. You will be the expert and key point of contact for Store-specific print projects.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • First priority to ensure elevated brand projection by driving for aesthetic and technical excellence, consistency and superior production plans/executions.
    • Partnering with Store Experience and Production teams to align on substrates, prototypes and final executions
  • Manage the creation of all seasonal and evergreen print assets including windows, uppers, interior and test signage, myAE Studio, DM, OOH/ads, coupons/handouts and store-specific special projects based on approved style guide and brand assets from
    Concept team.
    • Maintain a tight relationship with the Associate Art Director & Sr Graphic Designer – Concept both to collaborate
      and info share.
    • Partner with Store Experience and VM team to align on store overviews and signage maps
    • Develop/manage all final window and interior iterations, including mainline, Factory and Flagship, BU/Beyond
    • Through partnership with Store Experience team, create all Flagship-specific interior and exterior assets
  • Allocation of image selects for all print expressions (windows, uppers, signage, DM, OOH / ads, etc)
  • Concept and creation of Denim Navigation sign kits through close partnership with VM and Store Experience team
  • Creation and maintenance of all institutional sign kits including but not limited to:
    • Basic, Denim, Factory and Sale/Clearance
    • Real Rewards
  • Internal projects such as Home Office wayfinding, graphics and imagery; HR/AEO projects; and other internal projects as assigned.
  • Research current design and graphic trends in art and design, fashion, retail and marketing. Share inspiration with team.
  • Create and maintain a positive environment for full cross-functional team; key focus on collaboration between team.
  • In partnership with Brand Activation, ensure timelines are realistic and achievable; communicate and help solve road blocks when present
  • Take team on monthly / seasonal store visits in Pitt area to hindsight and document print executions, wins and opportunities. Publish to team.  
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned.

 

SOFT SKILLS:

  • Active listening & solution-oriented thinking
  • Strong ability to inspire, grow and mentor direct reports; thoughtful and empathetic collaboration skills
  • Clear, concise and purposeful visual & verbal communication style
  • A passion for the vision and ability to present effectively to any level of leadership
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and team/time management, and planning skills; AKA comfortable working in a fast-paced, detail- and deadline-oriented environment with the ability to drive productive and positive conversations

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design or related field
  • 8-12 years experience working in a retail or agency environment (or equivalent experience and abilities) with previous management experience
  • Expert level of knowledge in Adobe creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator & Indesign)

 

AEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws. AEO prohibits discrimination against associates and applicants for employment because of the individual's race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or partnership status, domestic violence or stalking victim status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This applies to all AEO activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline and discharge. AEO also provides reasonable accommodation of religion and disability in accordance with applicable law.

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