Design Director within Integrated Advertising

Design Director

Hybrid Working


Who is ENGINE?

ENGINE are a future company. A full-stack consultancy and communications company with the power of diversity and the imagination to seize the future.

The world is changing. Problems don’t look like they used to. Disruption is the new-normal and connectivity means complexity. That’s where we come in. We curate small, diverse teams who help our clients navigate the path to sustainable brand and business growth.

We’re hugely proud of the recognition we have received – winning c.100 top-tier industry awards including Cannes Lions, Clio’s, British Arrows, Creative Circle, Webby’s, the Channel 4 Diversity Prize and many more in just the past 2-years alone. Most recently, we were named by Fast Company as one of the 'Top 10 Most Innovative Advertising Agencies’ in the world.

We have recently been acquired by the Next 15 group which will see us merge with another Next 15 agency,  ODD – an integrated creative agency who specialise in fashion, retail & lifestyle brands . We are hugely excited with the opportunity this provides us all, to create a business that’s truly fit for the future, our brands and people.


We will be adopting a start-up mentality, backed with the power of 300+ incredibly talented founding members & c.50 founding clients. We are now looking for brilliant people to be part of this exciting journey.

People are our superpower - so you can expect a great working environment and superb benefits.


Your Role and Team


Design directors are makers and storytellers that combine human cantered design and craft to bring transformative ideas and experiences to life. They’re visual fundamentalists, but approach projects with a clear rational and innovative mindsets, crafting brand systems, compelling products and extending visual languages to bring brands to life.

As the Design Director you will leads the delivery of key projects for Engine Creatives biggest and most high profile clients and projects. The ideal person is an inspirational and positive leader who embodies and delivers against the wider creative beliefs of Engine. 

You will be responsible for setting and maintaining the standard of craft as well as providing oversight and clear actionable direction.

You will be expected to have a ‘hands on approach’ with ‘management’ ensuring that junior members of the team are not only setup for success but are actively working towards it.

You will partner with and report to a Creative Director of visual design and actively support and report to ENGINE’s Chief Experience Officer


 Here’s what you can look forward to if you are our next Design Director at ENGINE:

  •  Manage the creative strategy and general direction of client work
  • Ensure the quality of work produced is in line with agency and client expectations
  • Serve as the department leader and ensure the continued growth of the team
  • Manage client relationships and work to deepen their knowledge of interactive marketing 
  • Identify the conceptual and strategic direction for various projects, and clearly presents those ideas to the team and the client
  • You’ll be creating best-in-class design outputs that meet and exceed Engine standards.
  • You will create concepts and collaborate with strategy, creative, UX, and technology to ensure design work exceeds expectations.
  • You will work closely with the Creative Director to lead the design craft and execute the creative vision.
  • You will manage and maintain the quality of design throughout all phases of the project.
  • You will mentor and manage Designers, motivating them to do their best work
  • You bring ideas to the table, but also collaborate effectively with producers, copywriters, designers and developers
  • You excel at building strong cross-functional relationships
  • You will execute design work to ensure final deliverables meet Engine standards and client expectations.



Here is what we’re looking for:

  • In -depth experience that covers brand strategy, brand system design, interactive design and advertising and/or marketing
  • A great level of understanding of brand strategy and brand design, human interface design, animation and motion design, illustration and photography and film.
  • You will have excellent and extensive experience in Interactive Design 
  • Have a proven ability to produce cutting-edge creative work, and an advanced understanding of visual design
  • Have a passion for design and is aware of emerging trends and technologies
  • Have a proactive, positive attitude and is able to work autonomously 
  • Demonstrates great attention to detail when creating design artefacts and assets
  • You will have experience in creating user interface designs mainly for responsive websites
  • You’ll be confident presenting your work and exhibit exceptional communication skills within internal and external teams
  • Takes constructive criticism with ease and grace, and can adapt well to changes 
  • Embraces challenges, new methods of thinking and is constantly looking at ways to improve both the creative and workflow
  • You're familiar with design systems, layouts, brand identity, iconography, and presentation narratives
  • A natural problem solver who has the passion to go the extra mile
  • Good technical understanding when working alongside developers
  • An expert in Sketch (a must have) and proficient in the Adobe suite of tools
  • The ability to bring ideas / experiences to life by way of high-fidelity prototyping



Our benefits:

Engine has a generous, wide ranging, flexible benefits package which allows employees to opt in and out of many benefits to suit their personal needs. This includes a matched contributory pension, Private Medical Insurance, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, dental, medical help, gym discounts, buy &
sell holidays and much more!

We also offer a whole range of softer discretionary benefits such as a great working environment, and a day off for your Birthday.