Art Director in-house production

Who is hiring?

VAFO Group is a leading European premium pet food producer. ​Established in 1994, the second-generation family business has ​nearly 30 years of history. The company is headquartered​ in the Czech Republic with subsidiaries in Finland, Germany, Sweden, U.K. and Estonia. ​

VAFO Group’s core activity is the production and distribution​ of pet food. The group’s leading top-quality brands Brit, Carnilove, HauHau, PrimaDog, PrimaCat, Christopherus, Pooch&Mutt and many more……are available in more than 80 countries worldwide while Brit being by far the largest and most successful brand across territories. Apart from being clear market leader in CZ Brit is amongst top brands in Poland, Scandinavia, Baltics, eastern europe with growing footprint in Germany and France etc…

In order to grow our share in pet food we need to build strong portfolio of brands covering various different customer needs. And that´s potentially your job. Identifying which of our existing brands are complementary to Brit and Carnilove and start building their equity and share.

What would be your job?

  • As the Art Director for our in-house production team, you willl be the person in charge of our brands´ look and feel in cooperation with our brand managers. Your job will be to make sure they look distinctive while at the same time being a guardian of their consistency across all touchpoints and across markets. We need somebody who foster creativity, sense for aesthetics but at the same time understands creative effectiveness principles so the assets serve their puprose and work  for the brands at the end of the day.
  • The ideal candidate is a seasoned creative professional with a strong background in both design principles and hands-on graphic design.
  • The ideal candidate is a strong people leader as you will be managing and developing few poeple with diverse background and culture.
  • Brand Identity Development: help with identificaton and develpoment of the brand’s visual identity, ensuring consistency across all marketing communications and materials.
  • Creative Leadership: Lead and inspire a team of creatives, providing clear direction and constructive feedback to foster a collaborative and innovative environment.
  • Graphic Design: Develop and design marketing materials, including advertisements, social media content, packaging, and promotional assets, ensuring high-quality and visually appealing outputs.
  • Project Management: Oversee the production of marketing assets from concept to completion, managing timelines, budgets, and resources effectively.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with the central marketing team and markets in order to create adopt and adapt the assets for local needs while scuring brand consistency.
  • Quality Control: Ensure all creative deliverables meet the highest standards of quality, accuracy, and brand alignment.
  • Leadership: Provide guidance and professional development opportunities to team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
  • Innovation: Integrate new tools and technologies, such as AI, into the creative process to enhance efficiency and creativity.
  • Direct Reporting: Report directly to the CMO, providing regular updates on project progress, team performance, and strategic initiatives.

If you want to succeed in this role you should idealy have….

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a creative leadership role, preferably within an in-house team.
  • Proven experience in developing and executing brand identity and visual communication strategies.
  • Strong portfolio showcasing exceptional design skills and creative projects.
  • Proficiency in relevant design software  like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and other tools.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Strong English language skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Passion for pets and understanding of the pet food industry is a plus.

We Offer:

  • Fun, enthusiastic work environment
  • Home-office (4 out of 5)
  • International teams of UK-FI-CZ pet lovers
  • Background of own production facilities
  • Challenges and exciting products
  • Training opportunities
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