Design Director - cover for primary caregiver leave
Wellington, NZ
6d ago
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About us

The Springload whānau is the largest digital agency in Wellington. We encourage our Springloaders to thrive at work and at home.

We’ve got great clients, challenging projects, and a collaborative, friendly workspace. There’s always plenty of People’s Coffee brewing, healthy snacks, and craft beer in the fridge.

Springload is part of Diversity Works we celebrate different perspectives and we’re committed to creating an equal, inclusive, and diverse workplace.

Our talent comes from all over the world and almost half of our staff are women.

Women, Māori and Pasifika, people of colour, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply to our roles.

If there is anything we can do to accommodate you to participate fully in the recruitment or interview process, please let us know by emailing : apply

We offer :

  • a competitive salary
  • a whānau friendly, flexible workplace
  • a team of highly talented teammates who strive to create world-class experiences that make people's lives better
  • opportunities to get involved in internal initiatives you care about, such as our sustainability group, bi-monthly waiata practice, and mental health chat
  • a base in Wellington, the best city in New Zealand (and some say, the world).
  • Description

    Our Design Director is going on primary caregiver leave from November 2020 to October 2021 and we’re on the hunt for an experienced, detail-driven designer to fill her shoes.

    This role is a one year contract, working alongside the Creative Director, Content Director, and Experience Director to lead the Experience Team.

    Our Experience Team includes researchers, designers, and writers all working together to solve problems. As Design Director, you’ll use your creative and strategic know-how to oversee and coach the team, ensuring high-quality practices and outcomes.

    You'll collaborate with other directors in guiding and evolving human-centred, industry-leading design with a focus on digital branding, design systems, and high-quality front-end implementation.

    You’ll also direct and contribute to specified projects, engaging directly with clients to ensure successful communication of outputs and methodologies, and supporting the team in creating beautiful, usable, useful digital products and experiences that enable change for good.


    In this role you’ll :

  • use your deep expertise in design to lead making things that matter, better.
  • understand our clients’ business needs and the needs of their customers / users, using this to inform digital strategy, branding, design and user experience.
  • lead and coach the team on the communication of work back to the client, and across all levels of engagement : creative, presentation, strategic, management and team.
  • work with account / project managers in project planning, leading client relationships and ensuring the work is delivered on time and budget, meeting scope expectations.
  • collaborate closely with other disciplines to ensure efficient and high-quality delivery of client projects, particularly supporting Front-end in the implementation of UI, interactive, and motion design.
  • contribute to high quality proposals and pitches for new projects and clients.
  • work closely with fellow directors to mentor, influence, inspire and work with the practitioners to ensure that they are constantly engaged, improving and learning.
  • Who are you?

  • Strategic thinker and manager with sound analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Proven leadership ability, vision, and flexibility to initiate change.
  • Collaborative, creating a sense of unity and enabling everyone to contribute.
  • Warm and authentic, with people at the heart of what you do.
  • Curious and passionate, with initiative and a willingness to go the extra mile.
  • Degree in Digital, Interactive, or Graphic Design, or related experience.
  • 8+ years experience in Interactive Design, preferably having experience with a leading agency or consultancy.
  • Other experience we’d love :

  • Experience and knowledge of te ao Māori, particularly from a design perspective.
  • User research, business or cultural transformation experience.
  • Experience collaborating with front-end development teams.
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