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Director of Creative Operations (5566)

Company: Ariat
Location: Union City
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Career Opportunities: Director of Creative Operations (5566) Requisition ID -5566 -- -Posted -10/27/2021 -- -Union City, CA -- -Marketing -- -Full Time Ariat International, founded in 1993, is a rapidly growing worldwide leader in high performance footwear and apparel for equestrian enthusiasts. Ariat is driven by world class design, innovation and technology all focused on delivering the highest quality, authentic Western, English, and Work footwear and apparel to our customers. We are a highly profitable company, dedicated to finding and developing the best people to grow with our company. In return, we aim to make sure that our employees are happy and motivated by offering them a challenging, fun and financially rewarding working environment. We currently have an opening for a Director of Creative Operations. This role reports to the Sr. Director, Creative and interfaces closely with the Director of Design and the digital design team and is a new role for Ariat. This role is for someone who has both a personal talent for creative operations and knows how to improve the efficiency of a creative organization and knows the tools, people, resources, and timing needed to ensure a high quality, seamless creative process grounded in brand/product strategy and works extremely well with others. You have worked for 10+ years with in-house creative teams and agencies and are deeply experienced in creative operations which includes both the overall creative process, all the steps to making great campaigns which include digital and video, and someone who is well versed in technical tools to support the running of creative department. We are digital focused with high volumes of email, web, social and video. What do you need to be successful in this role:

  • Ariat runs like a tight knit organization with strong inter-disciplinary, cross-functional communication. In this role our cross-functional partners are our "clients" and we are looking for someone who understands this mindset.
  • The workload is large and is consistent throughout the year as the business continues to grow so change is part of who we are, so you need to comfortable with high growth and have the ability to pivot when needed.
  • We have tools to support the work but it is imperative to continue to investigate new tools to support the workflow so wanting to learn and discover new tools is imperative in this role.
  • A basic understanding of the photo process and post-production photo work for high volumes of photography is a must.
  • Knowing how to optimize the people, processes, and technology involved in creative work, so that the final product is always of the highest possible quality with the fewest possible rounds of revisions are needed.
  • Selecting the right metrics and KPIs to judge the success of creative projects.
  • You live and breath by timeliness. Knowing what is in the process and knowing what is coming and can plan resources accordingly and know how to fix bottlenecks or inefficiencies throughout the creative process?
  • Understanding capacity: Is the creative team currently producing assets at or near maximal capacity and knowing when additional help is needed and working to bring in freelancers. Having network of people to call on is a plus.
  • As the department grows people management is also a must. You have have managed a medium to large creative department and team and like managing people.
  • A learning mindset
  • An understanding of the retail business and apparel or outdoor products is a plus
  • References from people you have worked with

Keywords: Ariat, Union City , Director of Creative Operations (5566), Executive , Union City, California

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