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Lead Graphic Designer


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Here at wilko our Packaging team are looking for a Senior Graphic Designer to join them based at our Head office in Worksop.

The Business

At wilko we exist to free up hard working families to be the best they can be, and we’ve recently launched a bold and ambitious new business strategy to see us face into and thrive within the challenging and continually changing retail industry. As a family-run business we have a unique culture and a refreshingly different way of working.

The Role

This is a new role for us as we look to bring more expertise in house and expand the service we can give to our internal stakeholders. Our Senior Graphic Designer is responsible for the creation of new and existing designs along with artworks for commercial packaging of wilko branded products. You’ll lead and manage a team of Graphic Designers & Artworkers overseeing the design, artwork creation and approval process.

Here are just some of the things you’ll be involved in

  • Manage brand consistency and technical guidelines across all product groups.

  • Deliver against innovative and functional packaging formats across the breadth of Wilko products.

  • Based on your experience you’ll translate macro trends into micro packaging trends working coherently with the product and packaging design trends.

  • Create and oversee packaging artwork for production.

  • You’ll work with the Packaging Manager in resourcing the team to projects whilst ensuring budgets are aligned to business requirements.

  • You’ll support the Packaging Manager with bringing the ownership of artwork management and the assets, along with cutter guides in house.

What we need from you

We need someone who has a minimum of 5-10 years' experience in a packaging design discipline or equivalent demonstrated experience.

We need this along with:

  • Creative approach to designing concepts and managing the handwriting style that effectively communicates the USP of the product to the end user.

  • Creative and technical ability to take graphics, illustrations and photography through to artwork specification that can be applied to cutter guides to send to manufacture.

  • Commercial awareness on the cost of packaging, ensuring print production meets a cost price.

  • Extensive knowledge of printing production ink standards along with consistency of output and colour proofing tolerances.

  • Work collaboratively cross-functionally to achieve shared goals and deliver business objectives.

  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to lead projects to completion and provide hands on support as appropriate.

  • Experience in the creation of artworks and new design formats.

  • Fluent in full Adobe Suite (InDesign and photoshop).

  • Experience in managing a team.

The Benefits

At wilko our team members are at the heart of everything we do, and we want to reward them for their hard work, not only through our competitive salaries but also through the benefits that we offer. With this role you’ll get:

Be Better Everyday Rewards scheme

33 days holiday entitlement (inc Bank Holidays) rising to 38 days after 5 years’ service

Pension scheme

Team member and family discount of 20% in store and online

Wilko family holiday homes

Wilko WOW flexible benefits – such as great discounts on shopping, days out, holidays, health and fitness and money-saving schemes to cut the costs of childcare

Loyalty Awards

Celebration gifts

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