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UL, LLC Associate Creative Director in Northbrook, Illinois

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

You don’t just know the buzzwords: brand standards, big idea, concept, integrated campaign, environmental, social — you have an experienced and even passionate point of view about them in relation to a large portfolio of B2B and B2C brands. You’re excited to partner, design and lead with other creatives to bring our UL story to life in a design environment and throughout traditional and digital spaces.

You might have corporate experience; in fact, we hope you do. You definitely have agency experience, and you understand the discipline required to focus on clients first and shut out all that corporate blah-blah. You know how to design and mentor an art team, collaborate with copywriters, present your work to key internal stakeholders and [seemingly effortlessly] juggle all four on any given day. You love to design, ideate and love what you do.

We’re looking for a Creative Lead for UL’s In-House ‘Creative Studio’ to lead delivery of design/graphics production work. This role will:

  • Lead the creative process from concept to completion

  • Translate marketing objectives into clear creative strategies

  • Oversee client pitches and proposals Work closely with multidisciplinary project teams

  • Ensure visual communication and brand standards are met Oversee deliverables and timelines

  • Review work, troubleshoot and provide feedback to creative teams

  • Remain actively involved in training creative staff

  • Deliver tracking and implement continuous improvement

  • Lead by example and mentor young creatives

  • Implement processes

  • Support of Creative Strategy with the development of concepts, strategies and client presentations

  • Assure alignment and collaboration with designers

  • Deliver best practices and be an expert in social, video, environmental, digital, and print spaces.

  • Continuously push the boundaries of design innovation

  • Meet client objectives (solving and delivering work that answers the creative briefs, values, budgets and deadlines)

  • Direct the team from inception to final product

  • Supervises, as required, the work of more junior staff ensuring its accuracy and integrity to the project task and brief

  • Ensure resources are allocated according to project need​ and estimate number of hours needed per project

  • Ensure brand identity and message consistency across deliverables

  • Inspire clients and team members with great visual design and integrated campaign development

  • Lead and participate in brainstorming sessions​ and guideline share outs

  • Evaluate creative team performance with Creative Strategist & guiding improvements​

  • Assist in identifying and managing photographer, developers, videographers to ensure integrity of the final product against the brief

  • Works collaboratively with creative and project managers while directing members of team to ensure proper production of campaign elements

  • Contribute to educate and inspire team to merge the lines of print and digital

  • Grow our influence and presence internally

What makes you a great fit:

  • Strong online portfolio

  • A bachelor’s degree, design emphasis preferred.

  • 8 years or more of related experience or demonstrated competency

  • Highly proficient in Environmental Design

  • Highly proficient in Adobe Suite

  • Highly proficient in Print/Production

  • Strong conceptual skills and a solid knowledge of the digital landscape

  • The ability to distinguish strong ideation and conceptualization (art direction) vs. design

  • Strong artistic, design, composition and typographical skills

  • A keen eye for aesthetics and details

  • Ability to interact, communicate and present ideas

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills advising colleagues and customers worldwide

  • Experience mentoring and managing creative talent with great visual design

  • Strong concept and execution development skills

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to understand and articulate complicated concepts in a clear way

  • Strong attention to detail and process

  • Talent to inspire clients and team members with great visual design

  • Strong storyboarding and video ideation/concepting skills

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission:For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.

  • People:Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.

  • Interesting work:Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.

  • Grow & achieve:We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

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Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

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LocationIL-Northbrook | DK-Ballerup | DE | SG-Singapore

Job ID 2021-23108

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Job Category Marketing