Senior Creative Strategist

Auburn Heights, MI, USA

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Senior Creative Strategist

Location: Auburn Hills, MI 48326 US (Primary)

Relocation Required: Yes

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Gongos is a decision intelligence company that sits at the forefront of gathering, analyzing and socializing customer-minded information for Global 1000 organizations. Our Arti|fact team focuses on the socialization of information, helping organizations make better business decisions by ensuring that their employees have deep knowledge on their customers, markets and strategies for reaching them. Our researchers, analysts, consultants and designers gather and curate content on these topics and create a variety of educational and inspiring communications through which to share it.

We’re looking for an experienced creative professional with a passion for visual story-telling and the talent to leverage your artistry to guide business decision-making. As a Senior Creative Strategist, you would play a leading role in conceiving and developing persuasive communications that leverage quantitative and qualitative research to educate audiences on diverse customer groups, markets and business strategies. The role provides the opportunity to collaborate with other creatives as well as consultants, researchers and other specialists on projects for major global organizations in a variety of industries.
Creative talent on Arti|fact…

• Balance art with purpose: We recognize that visual communication is more than aesthetic appeal, and create communications that engage, inform and inspire through copy and art.

• Can ideate and produce: Provided with raw input – often including data – we apply creativity to come up with original design concepts and transform ideas into finished pieces.

• Have broad toolkits: We’re comfortable working with a variety of software – transitioning seamlessly between design tools (e.g., InDesign) and office apps (e.g., PowerPoint).

• Are creatively curious: We consistently explore new and innovative visual communication.

• Have a solution-orientation: We attack all challenges with potential solutions in mind.   

• Are empathetic: We want to learn about our story subjects (i.e., customers of a variety of products and services) and our audiences (e.g., marketers, product designers, leaders).

• Have business acumen: We have or develop understanding of clients’ business challenges.

• Excel at managing time: We prioritize and manage details successfully in a fast-paced environment requiring flexibility and resourcefulness.

• Are highly collaborative: We enjoy learning from and partnering with others – taking direction or providing it – and integrate seamlessly in multi-disciplinary teams.


Responsibilities of the role include…

• Lead proposal development for moderately complex projects, assessing clients’ communication needs, conceiving of relevant approaches, and scoping them out.

• Manage communication design for complex projects, including:
o Produce reports/presentations, custom frameworks and infographics; translating raw input into physical/digital communications.
o Support production of motion graphic videos by developing storyboards and providing design assets to in-house video editor.
o Support development of microsites by creating layout concepts and providing design assets to in-house web developer.
o Lead development of exhibits by consulting on overall layout and producing components (e.g., graphic panels, videos).

• Consult on communication design for moderately complex projects.
o Coach other creatives on ideation, conception and production of communications.
o Review drafts and final collateral to ensure that client needs are fulfilled and design standards are upheld.

• Promote communication design throughout the organization by leading relevant cross-team initiatives for team (e.g., manage product or process, participate in company task force).

• Support thought leadership in the broader industry by participating in the development of materials for conference presentations, blog posts, etc.

• Support resource management by coordinating workload of creative talent on retainer-based projects.

Job Requirements

Desired Skills and Experience

Ideally you…
• Have 9+ years’ of relevant experience, with a background in Design, Communications, or Journalism
• Are an expert in:
o Presentation design and other forms of information design, especially those that involve the communication of quantitative information (e.g., stats, visualizations)
o Adobe InDesign and Illustrator
• Have advanced skills in:
o Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat
o Video art direction
o Digital illustration
• Have at least intermediate experience in:
o Adobe Photoshop
o Exhibit design
• Can build external client relationships and manage external client conversations (e.g., discuss needs, present solutions)
• Are proficient with PCs and other Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Word)
• Are highly self-motivated and comfortable in a fast-paced environment
• Have experience managing direct reports and coaching others

Copywriting and drawing experience are pluses.
To apply, please provide a resume and portfolio with professional work.

Gongos, Inc. is a decision intelligence company that partners with Global 1000 corporations to help build the capability and competency in making great consumer-minded decisions. Gongos brings a consultative approach in developing growth strategies propelled by its clients’ insights, analytics, strategy and innovation groups.

Enlisting the multidisciplinary talents of researchers, data scientists and curators, the company fuels a culture of learning both internally and within its clients’ organizations. Gongos also works with clients to develop strategic frameworks to navigate the change required for executional excellence. It serves organizations in the consumer products, financial services, healthcare, lifestyle, retail, and automotive spaces.

In 2014, the company was named to Crain’s COOL Places to Work in Michigan, Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, and Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces.

In 2007, the company was first named to the Inc. 5000 list of “The Fastest Growing Companies in America” and is among the Gold Top 50 U.S. marketing research organizations.

Gongos, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and depends on the diverse backgrounds, experience, knowledge and talents of our employees. We embrace and reflect the ethnic, cultural and lifestyle diversity of the communities where we work and encourage men, women, minorities, people of maturity, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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