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Thirst Craft Ltd
Design Director
United Kingdom
Full Time


United Kingdom




1 month ago

We are Thirst

We’re not anyone’s agency. We are strategic & creative partners to the best and most ambitious beverage brands in the world. And we do things differently: the quality of thinking we provide. Our upfront investment in strategy. Our genuinely global team chosen for their expertise rather than their locations. And our proactive approach to developing and delivering the creative solutions you need. It all ensures we can produce consistently amazing work that sells, whatever the channel.

We’ve got offices in New York and Glasgow, people all over the world, and a team that likes to play nice and push themselves. Never to the limits of mental or physical exhaustion (we’re building a different kind of culture here) but to the edge of their professional comfort zones. We’re always challenging both ourselves and the brands we work with to do better, go bigger, and be bolder.

We are looking for a Design Director to join our UK Creative Team.

As a Design Director at Thirst, you will be a creative and cultural leader. Your ability to lead teams, deliver results and inspire the team and clients is quite simply world class. You work outside your comfort zone to find unique results and new opportunities. A pure representation of the Thirst values and creative philosophy.



  • A creative leader and ambassador of our Creative Philosophy, always pushing it forward to ensure every piece of work we create is exceptional.
  • Leading from the front, you are expert in conceptualising across a broad spectrum of brand activations, from ATL / BTL campaigns to experiential design. You are able to visualise your ideas to a high standard.
  • Leave no stone unturned. Always asking – is this a 10/10? Could it be elevated? What else could we do?
  • Take a lead role in creative review meetings by identifying great ideas with clear rationale. You also spot opportunities to elevate ideas to higher levels.
  • Communicate ideas and direction clearly throughout the creative process both internally and externally without losing sight of the original brief and goals.


Design Leadership:

  • You are a creative role model in the team. You bring energy and enthusiasm to all stages of the creative process.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring the appropriate level of resource has been assigned to your projects and manage this resource efficiently.
  • Taking ownership of project delivery ensuring work gets delivered to the highest standard, on time whilst conscious of commercial obligations.



  • A creative and strategic driver of our pitch responses. Finding unique ways into a brief and shaping a compelling argument.



  • Identify exceptional strategic thinking, and articulate why you believe it is right for the brand.
  • Support the strategic team in reviews and contribute with feedback on the work.
  • Form strategic opinions of a brand by contributing and adding valueto the strategy team.
  • Continuously building an understanding of the different categories we work across.


Client Leadership:

  • Take the lead role in being the creative voice of Thirst. Create and build strong client relationships that embody the Thirst brand and present work in an inspirational and impactful way to the client.
  • Understand the client objectives and devise ways to build a long term partnership.
  • Proactively think of ideas to inspire the team or client that could lead to new business.
  • Understanding commercial needs of a project- timings, resourcing, and budget management



  • You are invaluable support to CS and Strategy. You’re a safe pair of hands and lead by example by going above and beyond to support your team members.
  • Be a source of energy and inspirational mentor for you team. Regularly check in with your mentees, coach them through challenges, elevate their ability, check in on their mental health and create opportunities for them to achieve their goals.
  • Contribute towards your mentees PDR process.
  • Identify and escalate issues within the team to CDs as appropriate.
  • Broaden the team’s minds and bring unique and interesting forms of inspiration to the whole team.


Key Characteristics:

  • Confidently lead projects
  • Inspire the team
  • Inspire clients
  • Be the voice of Thirst
  • Live and breathe our Creative Philosophy