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Associate Creative Director

Company: Illumina
Location: San Diego
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

The selected candidate will have demonstrated success as a central leader of interdisciplinary creative teams with a command of solid adjacent creative areas outside of visual design. You need to be able to own projects and make good decisions on when to run with it and when to escalate. You are a team leader and a master of your craft, inspired and humbled by the chance to grow the talent and careers of others. You push teams and their projects to new heights, take risks, and think of yourself and those around you as creative innovators. You spot issues before they turn into problems, you are empowered to solve on your own and work collaboratively with partners at all levels.

You are a unique and absolutely indispensable part of the creative team, living both in the details of your own craft while rising above the fray to think strategically, ask hard questions of yourself, team members, and partners. Others look at you as a role model and to you for advice. You help build other's skills and careers and comfortably operate on a leadership level.

You do not just do what is dictated to you but always ask "can it be better and smarter?" and "does this deliver on business objectives?" You are the integral link between the team and leadership with a positive mindset and "yes, and---" mentality. You know how to be empathetic to all levels of the company, present a strong POV, and build a world class story through a presentation, no matter how big or small.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Provide strategic vision and a true mastery for unraveling complex problems and driving teams to their solution
  • Exceptional skills in developing and maintaining strong partner/client management
  • Define and educate others on design process from the beginning of strategy all the way through completion and outcome measurements
  • Exceptional ability to provide strategic rationale for your work and build presentations showcasing it
  • Tirelessly concept and refine just about anything and demonstrate the ability to let your concepts go if they do not work
  • Help as a strategic partner to internal teams and partners across a portfolio of products, platforms and experiences.
  • Manage and inspire teams and help set the tone for the culture inside the studio
  • Demonstrate and foster great collaborative attitudes
  • Demonstrate a pixel-perfect design sensibility as well as tight typography chops while being able to elevate others in their craft
  • Demonstrate ability to use and teach others about grid systems and apply design best practices
  • Manage multiple projects, partners and team members
  • Consistently articulate your point of view utilizing visual storytelling to both a junior designer and a senior leader
  • Design solutions meeting or exceeding strategic objectives and a desire to help define those strategic objectives
  • Apply brand identity systems, typography, photography, color and other items to create innovative solutions that align with business and user needs
  • Provide quality assurance on creative deliverables
  • Articulate a vision and lead direction of creative based on business needs and strategy
  • Develop designers as thinkers, leaders, and innovators through leadership, meaningful feedback, timely criticism, and ongoing mentorship
  • Leading with humility
  • Elevating strategic thought and design processes within the in-house studio
  • Foster an environment that embodies Illumina's values
  • Create design briefs and resulting work to ensure the correct level of aspiration and accountability is maintained

    You Bring:

    • 15+ years of professional experience in a design or creative field preferred.
    • 7+ years in a creative leadership role preferred.
    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
    • An amazing online portfolio showcasing multiple types of projects and solutions with deep strategic background, digital samples a must
    • Mastery in the Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Figma as well as general prototyping skills
    • Proved excellence in growing careers and teams
    • Demonstrated humility, collaboration, and leadership skills, combined with optimism, and an inventive and entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Agency/consultancy or in-house studio experience
    • Rock solid presentation skills that establish trust with partners and teammates
    • A burning passion for extracting the beauty out of a problem
    • A tireless desire to learn driven by curiosity

      At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact To learn more, visit:

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