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Design Director - Beauty

Job title: Design Director - Beauty
Contract type: Full-time
Location: Santa Monica
Industry: Creative
Remote: No
Salary: 180-200k
Reference: 463416
Contact name: Athena Kwey

Job description

Our client, a growing name in the beauty space is looking for a talented, passionate Design Director to help shape the creative vision that will define the future of our rapidly growing brand. The Design Director will be responsible for refining and championing the brand’s creative vision across all consumer touchpoints, including brand identity, packaging, visual merchandising, print collateral, social assets, digital and non digital media content, and paid media assets. This is a fulltime position that is hybrid onsite in the LA area.



  • Partner with leadership to guide brand evolution with an emphasis on elevating the brand’s aesthetic POV
  • Champion the brand’s creative expression across all 360 marketing touchpoints, including product launch campaigns, social, content, website, in-store signage, and visual merchandising
  • Finalize Brand Book to reflect authentic and ownable creative aesthetic across photography, video and product editorial style and ensure that it is used consistently across all consumer touchpoints
  • Big idea generator, pushing the boundaries of what has “been done” by traditional beauty brands toward “what’s possible,” to keep the brand at the forefront of cultural relevance, and ahead of competitors
  • Lead campaign development and execution, including ideating and refining concepts in partnership with copywriter, developing content capture plans, planning shoot production with internal and external resources, and delivering launch asset toolkit to support channel needs (field, retail, social, paid media, digital)
  • Translate creative vision for retail-facing assets including visual merchandising, in-store events, as well as consumer experiential events
  • Lead casting, photo shoots, location selection/ stage setting, and final selects
  • Lead collaborations with external creative partners like photographers, videographers, agencies, product designers, and freelancers
  • Build new processes for ideation, refinement and approval of creative work to deliver the strongest, most disruptive ideas that will set the brand apart from competitors while delivering a consistent and recognizable visual identity for the brand
  • Grow and mentor designer(s) to foster continuous growth and development



  • You’re a leader & a strong communicator.
  • You have a passion for everything beauty; you have a curiosity to try the latest and greatest and are in the know of what’s hot at top retailers.
  • You’re a trend forecaster. You have your finger on the pulse of what’s hot in the industry, but also have a knack for anticipating the next big thing.
  • You are a self-motivator with the ability to work on multiple projects, manage several partners and meet tight deadlines seamlessly.
  • You are a natural problem solver and troubleshooter.
  • You have hands-on experience and have successfully ideated, sourced, developed and brought to market several products in the beauty industry


Professional Qualifications

  • 10+ years hands-on experience art directing and designing visuals, working closely with copy, and content as art director within an internal brand creative team, bringing 360 brand and/or product launch campaigns to life
  • Proven experience producing, organizing, leading, and art directing photoshoots, video shoots, and other major production events
  • Expert-level experience in design tools such as InDesign and Photoshop, as well as creative project management tools
  • Exceptional communication, organizational, project management and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage timelines and fast-track schedules as needed
  • Creative problem solver, idea leadership, and desire to pioneer, comfortable with pushing for remarkable and “finding a way” across every project
  • 3+ years leading creative internally for a high-growth prestige beauty or fashion brand
  • 3+ years leading and building creative teams


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