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Senior Designer - relocation opportunity

Location: Copenhagen

This is:

  • A key role within a growing future-focused design company.
  • An exciting opportunity to relocate to Copenhagen and experience the work/life balance enjoyed by the Nordic countries.
  • Your chance to work in a small, English-speaking, multinational studio on the water, in an entrepreneurial and unmistakably Pearlfisher environment.


We need you to:

  • Work through the lens of “design for life” to help create distinctive brands with meaning and longevity, from powerful identities to experiential worlds.
  • Own branding and packaging projects from concept to realisation and beyond, creating designs to a high level for challenger brands from Scandinavia, Germany and other countries across various categories and touchpoints.


This role requires the highest level of: 

Conceptual thinking / Talent / Passion / Communication / Collaboration / Confidence


You will show us that you have:

  • A diverse and beautiful portfolio that highlights your creative talent across diverse projects and to be able to demonstrate your role within this process and the value you brought to the project.
  • Experience in working across different brands and categories, and presenting to C-suite, founders and high-level decision-makers.
  • A collaborative, supportive and constructive working style.
  • An ability to demonstrate connected thinking from strategic thinking to conceptual output.
  • Excellent spoken English and an EU passport or work permit. 


You will definitely need to be: 

  • Someone with an engaging and authentic personality, motivated to succeed with an appetite to create award-winning creative work with commercial awareness.
  • An original thinker.
  • Able to communicate your ideas clearly in English, both internally and externally.
  • Motivated to succeed, with an award-winning mentality and approach.
  • Able to take direction from all angles without losing sight of the original brief and goals.
  • A champion of logical, strategic approach to design.
  • An inspiration to less experienced team members.
  • Able to add value to every interaction and project through your experience, knowledge and skillset.
  • A proactive problem solver with the positive attitudinal qualities to manage all forms of challenges.


The bare minimum we need from you is: 

At least 5 years’ experience working within a design agency and working towards Design Director level.


And the technical skills needed for the role are:

A good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign).


Ideally, you will have experience of/exposure to:

Packaging and identity briefs and some exposure to motion and digital work.


The role in detail

As a Senior Designer, you will be measured on:

i. Approach

  • Bring enthusiasm and energy to your role, whilst motivating others to do the same thing.
  • Take direction well from the Strategic Creative Director and lead the team to creative excellence.
  • Own smaller medium-sized projects with little, or no input from the Strategic Creative Director and demonstrate exceptional creative, strategic thinking and problem-solving in your work.
  • Generate and create standout ideas on every project and recognize and nurture standout ideas with those more junior in your team.
  • Work closely with the Strategic Creative Director and bring a strong voice to the creation of engaging and sharp design strategies. In turn, champion and maintain the strategic direction on all projects and show how your ideas clearly connect to (and from) this.
  • Clearly communicate your strategic ideas and demonstrate how this links to the design expression through storytelling and visual and verbal narrative that seamlessly points the brain.
  • Where possible, present your work to clients alongside the Strategic Creative Director.
  • Champion the creative brief across all projects and ensure work seamlessly connects to and from the brief and removes as much subjectivity as possible from our work.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the Realisation process and continually seek opportunities to realize brands in the most sustainable way possible.

ii. Relationships

  • Collaborate closely with the Strategic Creative Director to align on clear and compelling creative directions for your work, ensuring Pearlfisher maintains the highest design standards, with the aim of delivering award-winning, effective work on every project.
  • Collaborate closely with the Strategic Creative Director and the client management team to define strong, aligned responses and points of view to clients requests and briefs.
  • Develop strong relationships with clients, helping build their brands and business, driving forward the creative excellence and reputation of Pearlfisher and being instrumental in developing and growing existing client accounts by identifying opportunities.
  • Manage expectations upwards to the Strategic Creative Director on the accounts you are working on, ensuring you show your aptitude for strategy, for creative excellence and for championing the creative brief through the team.
  • Collaborate and align across the business to build robust, pointed, strategic opinions and design expressions.
  • Work in a connected, agile and imaginative way with the broader Pearlfisher team. 

iii. Thinking broader

  • Demonstrate broad lateral thinking routed in references beyond the design world.
  • Adhere to Pearlfisher Compliance principles when creating all support material, internal and external presentations and final files.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to communicate up and down.
  • Demonstrate a responsibility on projects and a willingness and ability to deliver the highest level of creativity at every stage of the project.
  • Demonstrate your investment and increased responsibility on projects alongside the creative lead.

NB Pearlfisher reserves the right to amend your duties slightly or provide you with additional duties within your skills and competencies.


Reporting structure:

You will report directly to Pearlfisher Copenhagen’s Strategic Creative Director.


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