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Art Director

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Department: Advertising / Digital Media
Location: Toronto



EK3 Technologies Inc. operating at Cineplex Digital Networks is a full-service In-Store Digital Merchandising provider operating in all 10 Canadian provinces & 3 territories, 32 U.S. States and United Arab Emirates. Treating each store as a unique marketing entity and pioneering the concept of Smart Store NetworksTM, EK3 specializes in SaaS-based solutions, deployment and technical services, strategic planning, content creation and media sales. With well over a decade of research and development experience, EK3 has deployed some of the world’s biggest and most complex digital networks using proprietary state-of-the-art technology and patented software.

EK3 has deep roots in technology but even deeper roots in forward-thinking. Our communications vision is maturing quickly. We are looking for people who can raise that bar with us at an accelerated, exhilarating pace.

Position Summary:

The Art Director is client facing and responsible for driving business by generating creative ideas that can be crafted into effective consumer messages for our clients.  Working with large and recognizable brands in the financial services sector,  the incumbent will have a keen eye for design and a strong ability to think conceptually and strategically to ensure that the advertising is effective and resonates with the target markets.  The Art Director will supervise the design and execution of the work, manage designers, photographers, illustrators and other suppliers to complete each project on time and on budget.  The incumbent must possess exceptional organizational/project management skills and be committed, flexible and available to work overtime on occasion to meet project deadlines.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Conceptualize and identify strategies that can be translated into persuasive messages for potential targets/consumers.  Must understand how ads work and be able to assemble the various parts of a communications objective into a functional message.
  • Present and sell creative concepts to clients.  Must be able to critique/evaluate messages and provide convincing rationale.
  • Provide full cycle performance management support for direct reports.
  • Project manage multiple assignments communicating with all necessary parties in creative , account and production departments to deliver on time, on budget and to client expectations.

Education and Experience:
  • University degree in an appropriate discipline.
  • MUST have 5 -7 years’ working in digital media advertising work in a client facing role ideally as an Art Director
  • MUST have 5 -7 years’ of proven ability creating superior digital advertising and content for large brands
  • MUST have experience with financial services branding.  Experience with QSR and retail brand advertising an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and communicate strategically.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to lead a high performing team
  • Ability to generate ideas that have commercial value and can be successfully executed
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of photography, colour and typography including photo-retouching and image development skills
  • Superior tact, diplomacy and ability to manage challenging client relationships
Compensation and Benefits:

EK3 offers a competitive compensation package including  a comprehensive health benefits plan (drug, dental, vision) and group retirement savings program.

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