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At Smart Energy GB, we aim to engage and communicate with the whole of our diverse nation about the smart meter rollout across England, Scotland, and Wales. We are an independent organisation set up by the government to deliver the national public engagement campaign, raise awareness of smart meters and drive adoption of this technology in everyone’s homes. Smart meters are essential building blocks in the creation of a cleaner, greener energy system for the future.

We are looking for a creative and organised Design Manager, who is significantly experienced in a multimedia visual design discipline, to join the team in our London office. Your task will be to manage the creation and delivery of all our design team outputs, ensuring a highly engaging and consistent visual presence across all of our branded communications, and to work with brand assets and guidelines to design a range of online and below the line corporate and consumer-facing communication assets for use by the entire organisation. You will act as the principal owner of Smart Energy GB’s visual brand.

Key tasks/responsibilities:

  • Act as the principal owner of our visual brand, ensuring that our brand guidelines are designed for practical application and are consistently applied across our owned online and below the line channels
  • Work in partnership with our marketing managers to develop our brand across all below the line assets, including overseeing correct visual interpretation of our brand by partners and suppliers when necessary
  • Maintain ownership of the corporate design look and feel, setting the direction and ensuring a consistent look throughout our corporate communications
  • Develop a strong internal design function, capable of scaling our capabilities to a wide range of briefs, determining the right opportunities to brief work externally or take it on internally
  • Proactively look for opportunities for the Design team to add value and grow our remit in the organization
  • Conduct regular audits of our guidelines and assets, identifying areas for improvement and leading the implementation of these optimisations
  • Lead a design function that is up to date with industry best practices, design trends and creative thinking, including the latest standards in accessibility
  • Design corporate publications including research reports and our annual report
  • Create graphs, infographics, commission illustrations and other graphic elements to illustrate facts, figures and concepts for a variety of audiences and channels
  • Create animations and interactive experiences for our digital channels
  • Develop assets for our digital advertising plan as necessary i.e. social media assets/banners
  • Support external agencies in developing research stimulus as necessary
  • Where necessary take ownership of hands-on photography, video capture of events and sourcing of imagery for case studies
  • Process, optimise, treat and retouch still and video images, both our own and third parties, in order to create promotional/ educational material on smart meters and their benefits
  • Produce materials for events and the promotion of Smart Energy GB and smart meters
  • Design promotional items e.g. branded stationery, accessories
  • Create PowerPoint presentations for delivery by Smart Energy GB staff
  • Oversee the professional development of the Multimedia Designer
  • Skills, experience, and competencies:
  • Significant experience in a multimedia visual design discipline
  • Highly experienced with Adobe CC on a Mac (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro)
  • Experienced with Adobe CC video editing software, Animate, After effects and Premiere Pro on a Mac
  • Highly experienced in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Experience developing designs to engage both consumer and corporate audiences
  • Sophisticated visual, typographical and graphic design sense and ability to use and interpret brand guidelines to create engaging and informative visual assets against briefs
  • Ability to contribute creative ideas for the visual presentation of information and other content and collaborate on concept development to bring our ideas to life
  • Ability to work closely with copy and copywriters, ensuring the design and written elements work together and support one another
  • Experience in 3D stand design for use at events
  • Print design and production expertise
  • Experience developing artwork for third party printers and briefing/overseeing the printing process
  • Experienced in reproduction and artwork set-up
  • Hands-on photography and videography skills and experience
  • Ensure optimal quality and value for money
  • Experience managing and developing a Designer
  • Strong time management and ability to prioritise when working on multiple projects simultaneously in order to hit deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team as necessary
  • Appreciate the diversity of the people and communities of Great Britain and embrace this diversity in your approach to work

Diversity:

Smart Energy GB is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We actively encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in the marketing and communications sector. We have identified ethnic minority, disability and gender as the key areas we would like to focus our recruitment efforts in. Therefore, we are keen to hear from female applicants, applications that belong to ethnic minority backgrounds and from people with disabilities.

We collect and analyse equal opportunity information to make our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible. Please complete the equal opportunity monitoring form when submitting your application to us – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SEGBRecruitmentEDMonitoringForm2022

We’re building a team that is able to understand the needs of and effectively communicate with the whole of our diverse nation. So, if you’re applying for a job with us, we’d like to hear how you can help us do this.

All disabled applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the job as set out in the job description and person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If there’s anything we can do to make our interview process or working environment more inclusive and to meet your particular needs please let us know. Our offices have full wheelchair access.

To apply for the role:

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Please send your CV and cover letter to: iwanttojoin@smartenergyGB.org

Smart Energy GB is an equal opportunity employer and we track equal opportunity data to make our recruitment and selection practices as inclusive as possible. Please could you complete a short equal opportunity monitoring form to help us with these practices – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SEGBRecruitmentEDMonitoringForm2022

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