Associate Creative Director

Job description

ABOUT AVANT ARTE

Avant Arte wants to make art radically more accessible for a new generation.

The company began as a cult blog of contemporary artists, initially inspired through rap lyrics and hip-hop album covers. That blog grew organically into the world’s largest and most engaged online art community, with more than 2 million of their followers under the age of 35.


The company collaborates with iconic contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Claire Tabouret and the Chapman brothers, making their work more accessible to younger collectors through sculpture editions, print editions and unique works on paper. And they have built a highly engaged community of next-generation art collectors, which means Avant Arte’s artist launches are heavily oversubscribed, with many behaving more like fashion drops, selling out in under 30 seconds.


The company’s vision is to inspire a generation of millions of young people who love art like they love music and who collect works like they build their wardrobe.


This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful early stage business at a pivotal moment in our growth, where you will have impact from day one.


OUR CULTURE

We’re a small team with really big ambitions, both for what we want to achieve and also the environment we’re building. We want to create a company that remains thoughtful as we scale and tries to be genuinely progressive in how we operate; we want people to really own what they do and be given the autonomy and freedom to make mistakes, learn, and create something meaningful. We all work incredibly hard because we really care about what Avant Arte is here to do – we’re looking for exceptional people who are proactive, hungry to learn, and want to put their pride in our collective achievements.


We know that creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity is critical if we want to build something with impact and meaning. We believe that having diversity in age, background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective will make us an infinitely better company. And it is particularly vital if we are going to build a roster of artists and a community of collectors that are representative of contemporary art and of the wider world today.

Requirements

WHAT WE NEED

We are looking for a driven, creative and collaborative team member to join our expanding content team. The Associate Creative Director role is a collaborative team player and leader who has a strong creative voice and vision. You are an agile thinker and adept presenter who will be tasked with ideating and developing strategic, original ideas for our roster of global artists.


We really do encourage everyone to proactively step outside of their job description if they see something that could be improved but the core of your role will involve:

  • Leading and developing bold creative conceptual campaigns for our roster of world’s leading artists

  • Defining business requirements, opportunities and translate strategic insights into joined up conceptual campaigns

  • Mentoring the team across projects, providing clear direction and actionable feedback.

  • Identifying creative opportunities for business growth

  • Adept at using data to inform all strategic creative development


The main skills we’re looking for are:

  • You’re creative and results focused: with a proven track record of delivering outstanding campaigns at pace and with tight budgets

  • Strong leadership skills, expert project management and team delegation skills

  • Exceptional written skills and the ability to expertly articulate creative concepts and strategy in response to a diverse range of creative client briefs

  • Outstanding conceptual and problem-solving skills

  • In-depth knowledge of all steps required in the creative development process, including efficiently staffing projects, providing communication and creative direction, and giving constructive feedback to continually improve our creative solutions

  • Excellent attention to detail and willingness to learn new softwares/processes

  • Have an innate curiosity, actively keeping in tune with popular culture, aware of trends, brands and technologies and how they impact business & culture in general

  • Developing the talent within the creative team, feeding in and guiding individuals development plans wherever necessary

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Adobe and Keynote

  • A passion for innovation and experimentation with technology

  • An eye for detail, an obsession with craft and a conceptual core

  • A finger on the pulse of future innovation and the ability to express your point of view


We think you’ll probably have:

  • A strong portfolio of work with a clear demonstration of big ideas

  • Experience working at a senior creative or content director level for a top culture and or tech brand, publisher or high growth start-up

  • Fluency in contemporary culture, brand strategy, with experience in both copywriting and art direction


Don’t meet every single requirement? Avant Arte is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic team, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


BENEFITS

  • You’ll get to be part of building one of the fastest growing tech companies in culture, backed by early investors in companies like Skype, Farfetch, Glossier and Facebook.

  • Generous equity allowance

  • Private Healthcare (UK)

  • Enhanced pension contributions

  • 25 days of holiday plus two extra company wide days on Kings Day (national holiday in the Netherlands which falls in April) and Christmas Eve

  • L&D budget of €1000 per year per employee

  • Company Laptop (MacBook) + any other equipment for your at-home set up

  • Cycle to work scheme (UK)

  • Regular socials & team events including end of year events between all offices and staff (incl. remote)

  • Generous parental leave policies

  • Offices in both London and Amsterdam and supportive of flexible/remote working

  • Office perks in our London office include membership discounts for restaurants, wellness services and hotels in the area as well as free fitness classes and drinks on Fridays