What does a Creative Director do?

The job of a creative director is to lead a team that may be composed of graphic designers, artists, or other creative professionals. They would be involved in every aspect of a collaboration from the idea phase to the execution. During a project, they supervise and guide copywriters, artists, and designers to create a work, such as a website, an advertisement, or an email campaign. They report to a chief marketing officer (CMO) for major decisions and approvals, but they do most of their work independently, using their professional judgment to manage the day-to-day details of their projects.

Creative directors usually possess a bachelor's degree or higher in a background relevant to their industry. For instance, a creative director leading teams to create commercials may have a degree in marketing or graphic design. Professionals in this industry must work well under pressure as they manage diverse teams working on multiple projects under strict deadlines.

  • Mentor and encourage creative team members to foster a positive work environment
  • Shoulder the responsibility of the quality and completion of all work projects assigned to members of the creative team
  • Participate in and provide regular opportunities for professional development and growth to team
  • Report progress of projects at major stages of their conception, creation, and execution
  • Ensure designs and content reflect consistently and positively the brand image and company ideals
  • Work with internal and external strategic partners to create products using the most current industry best practices
  • Serve as a liaison between the marketing and creative team and between the creative team and individual clients
  • Anticipate problems that may impede a project from completing on time and implement solutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with a variety of software programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Flash
  • Knowledge of how to develop brand identities through multi-channel marketing
  • Good comfort level interacting with high-profile clients and industry professionals
  • Evidence of participation in ongoing professional development opportunities in the areas of graphic design or social media
  • Recent hands-on experience with applying design, copy, or web best practices
  • Professional business skills, such as negotiation, project management, and leadership
  • Web design experience an advantage, especially using HTML5 and WordPress
  • Talent in presenting information concisely and accurately, with keen attention to detail

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
6%
2 - 4
47%
5 - 7
39%
8+
8%

Common Skill Sets

Team Leadership
Accruals
Business Case
Search Engine
Writing
Scripting
UX Design
Languages

Creative Director Seniority Levels

Design Manager
12% made the transition
Interior Designer
14% made the transition
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Creative Director Salaries

Average Base Pay

£78,593 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£48K
Median: £79K
£130K
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