Senior Writer Job, Johannesburg

Remuneration: market related
Location: Johannesburg
Remote work: Some telecommuting allowed
Job level: Medium/Senior
Type: Permanent
Company: VMLY&R South Africa

VMLY&R is looking for a Senior Art Director with visionary thinking and a dexterous decision-making mind!

The successful candidate will not only work with our Senior Writer, but will be part of our amazing creative team while being exposed to other disciplines that add value to the ideation and delivery of every project. We believe very strongly in collaboration and collective ownership of ideas.

We need a deep understanding of the digital landscape: current and emerging trends. You will need to demonstrate an ability to take a seed of an idea and create a digital ecosystem: show how the idea works and evolves for each touchpoint.

It goes without saying that the successful candidate will have an incredible eye for aesthetics. Having a good idea is one thing, but being able to deliver the idea convincingly and beautifully is an absolute prerequisite.

While it is not necessary to make a pixel-perfect design, it is imperative that you have a good grasp of digital design principles

Main responsibilities

  • Develop concepts, designs/layouts and campaigns for client projects
  • Partner with copywriters as appropriate to ensure art direction and visual presentation supports the defined strategy
  • Conceptualize, script and pitch ideas both internally and to clients
  • Maintain high standards of workmanship and attention to detail in all aspects of interactive design
  • Responsible for quality of execution and quality of thinking (must come up with the best creative solutions)
  • Effectively visualize concepts and hand them off to designers for them to create the final product
  • Provide guidance on photographic style, typography, print materials, video content and finishing of stock
  • Manage digital art direction and execution of multi-channel initiatives that increase customer conversion rates through online, direct and partner channels
  • Creatively lead large-scale embedded projects as well as day-to-day ongoing projects


  • Minimum of five years of experience as a Concept Art Director
  • Must have experience working on embedded projects
  • Must have some sort of fashion background/experience or at a minimum have an interest/keen eye for the fashion industry/fashion trends
  • Extensive cinematic and photoshoot experience. This includes a good understanding of fashion trends, the ability to plan shoots and be nimble on set and role with punches
  • Must be able to lead a team of art directors as well as develop, inspire and revise work.
  • Drive to earn rewards
  • To manage a team
  • Must understand cross-platform/responsive design for multiple screens and is able to create positive user experiences for any device
  • Must have a thorough understanding and defense of digital design and design trends
  • Excellent working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Work well in a team structure

We are always on the lookout for top talent to join our team of passionate thinkers. If you’re ready to create work that lives in people’s lives, we may be the place for you. Details of all job openings are available on our LinkedIn page. Email your CV to [email protected]

Posted Aug 16 2:43 PM, Closing date Oct 15