Associate Design Director

San Jose, California | Freelance | Job ID #48608 |
Posted Last Month

Onward Search is seeking an experienced Associate Design Director for an exciting long term contract opportunity in San Jose, CA. Our client, a well-known eCommerce brand, is at the forefront of the eCommerce shopping avenue. Apple today to speak with one of our team members about this once in a lifetime opportunity!


Are you passionate about developing end-to-end innovative design experiences that leverage industry best practices, cultural trends in compelling ways that drive sales and build brand awareness? The Associate Design Director combines a passion for e-commerce, digital design innovation, conceptual thinking, smart, elegant design, powerful copy, flawless execution working on the world’s leading brands. The Associate Design Director is expected to lead a cross-discipline team of mid-level and junior creative talent to ideate, develop and execute digital marketing programs and experiences across multiple verticals, a broad range of brands with intricate attention to detail, technical expertise and strong leadership skills while ensuring a cohesive brand experience. This role will work closely with the cross-functional business partners across marketing, the BUs, creative agencies and the brand team to bring campaigns to life on across all channels. And social channels. Beyond conception and art direction this role will also be responsible for leading creative development with in-house teams and/or agency production partners and feels equally comfortable rolling up their sleeves and digging in. The right candidate has a balance of creative vision, UI and production experience as is fearless about deliberately breaking the rules to rebuild them more purposefully through the lens of the customer and innovation.


  • Lead a cross-discipline creative team, vendors and agency partners to the concept, develop and execute breakthrough assets across a broad range of verticals and eBay channels. 
  • Partner with agencies to understand the creative briefs, strategy, and expectations for deliverables. 
  • Persuasive, articulate presentations skills and ability to “sell” a concept with a compelling narrative. 
  • A creative self-starter is obsessed with innovation, industry trends, pop culture, all things design and passion for developing unexpected brand experiences that drive e-commerce. 
  • Manage, mentor, motivate and inspire the development of junior creative resources and keep team accountable to ensure deadlines are met and within scope and budget.

Does this sound like you? Apply day! 


  • 6+ years of experience as an Art/Design Director or equivalent in digital marketing at leading agencies, or client side at a comparable brand and expertise leading (and executing) both art and copy direction.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design, Communication Design, New Media or related field.
  • Experience leading large, complex digital marketing campaigns with.
  • A background in traditional marketing (brand and promotional TV, radio and OOH) is a huge plus.
  • An award-winning portfolio that represents a wide range of complex, creatively diverse, high-profile brands and projects.
  • Proficiency in all Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Exceptional communication skills: written, verbal, presentation and public speaking.
  • Expert creative knowledge in desktop, mobile, display and social design/technical/best practices.

Does this sound like you? Apply today! 





  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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Onward Search helps connect digital, creative and marketing talent with choice jobs at the nation's most recognized companies and digital agencies. We offer a full range of recruitment and staffing solutions to include contract, temp-to-perm, and permanent / executive search placement.

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