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Illustration Lead

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

1. The team
CREATE are KPMG’s creative agency – a fully integrated design service. Recognised globally for amazing storytelling that clearly communicates our customer’s message. We add commercial value and clarity in a space where everyone is fighting for attention – producing engaging work with intelligent ideas.
At CREATE we believe innovation happens when input comes from all disciplines – we encourage collaboration through our open structure. This ethos leads us to embrace a more collaborative way of working both internally and with our stakeholders – we co-create with our customers to gain and utilise insight to deliver work that hits the mark.
From large scale campaigns through to more niche products, we have a full range of capabilities to support a diverse range of requirements form the firm.
2. The role
The Illustrator provides a valuable service to our KPMG clients. Working as part of our diverse creative team, they are responsible for the high-quality design and execution of deliverables (both digital and physical) to stakeholders across the firm.
Conceptualising and co-creating with CREATE team members and stakeholders to define creative strategy and evolve to deliver impactful messaging and ideas to our clients.
Producing illustrations and rich pictures for internal/external marketing collateral, bids and client deliverables. You are expected to perform as a mentor to the wider team and knowledgeable resource for our clients.
This position requires full knowledge and application of the firm’s visual identity and the team member will understand and anticipate clients’ needs and expectations. Output is frequently high profile; the quality, accuracy and timeliness of the end-product is therefore of critical importance.
Responsibilities
 Create digital art products supporting multiple phases of development: creative consultation, storyboarding, concepts designing, revising, troubleshooting, and producing a final product as per KPMG master brand.
 Developing creative illustrations that push boundaries and capture the attention of our audiences.
 Delivers creative, strategically considered illustration work across all print/digital channels.
 Collaborate with designers to execute illustration/rich picture elements of design projects
 Take ownership of strategic, bespoke and routine illustration projects from brief through to production, effectively prioritising work and balancing multiple priorities simultaneously.
 Determine project scope including effective brief taking, negotiating deadlines, and creating and communicating timescales, to define cost estimates.
 Ensure consistent quality of output and client service while adhering to agreed Service Level Agreement and best practice guidelines.
 Excellent knowledge of KPMG’s brand and visual identity.
 Works with CREATE Leadership to develop colleagues where necessary to up-skill the team.
3. The person
The Illustrator works closely with our clients to understand requirements and execute a compelling and impactful project that helps KPMG stand out in the marketplace. They are required to deliver an effective, efficient and high-quality creative service – taking accountability of quality and timeliness of deliverables.
They have strong technical and creative abilities, an eye for detail and excellent illustration knowledge which helps them generate new ideas to elevate their creative output. They are dedicated to creating all forms of illustration, requiring a high degree of skill in drawing and visualisation.
Experience
 Proven experience working as an Illustrator in an agency or professional graphics function.
 Creative and innovative with a strong grasp on existing and emerging digital technologies.
Competencies
 Routinely demonstrates drive and resilience, working flexibly in a pressurised and deadline-driven environment.
 A team player who takes ownership of their work and shares the responsibility of meeting the team’s service delivery goals.
 Focuses on delivering quality service and demonstrates attention to detail.
 Maintain awareness of latest techniques, software packages, equipment, best practices and developments within the design community.
 Ability to think at a high-level about design strategy and brand.
 Customer service focused, and able to liaise and influence staff at all levels
 Professional, confident and enthusiastic team player with a flexible can-do attitude.
 Work effectively in a team environment, including co-working on projects, co-developing ideas, giving and receiving constructive feedback.
 Excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise an often-conflicting workload.
 Excellent work ethic and the ability to thrive in a time-sensitive environment. Flexible and adaptable to fluctuating workflow levels.
 Adapt to a constantly changing and growing business environment.
 Remains calm under pressure.
Skills
 Advanced technical skills in Adobe Create Suite (InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop) packages.
 Advanced knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint beneficial.
 Knowledge and experience of using a stylus/tablet to execute work.
 Awareness of current trends and innovation in Illustration and Design.
 Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail.
 Good project/time management and problem-solving skills.
 May be required to undergo training in other disciplines to assist when necessary.
Qualifications
 Formal qualification in Illustration and/or related discipline, or equivalent work experience.
 Professional design qualifications also beneficial.
 Able to supply an up-to-date portfolio of own work.
Hiring Manager: Operations Manager – CREATE


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