Designer - Creative Strategy and Branding (Hybrid)

United Airlines

There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline. Our careers include a competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy and well-traveled. From employee-run "Business Resource Group" communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k and privileges like space available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world?

Our Corporate Communications team brings our uniquely United story to life with the public, our customers and employees, across the world. From internal communications and newsletters to public and media relations campaigns, and social media strategy, we’re sharing our story with the world in a way that’s clear, consistent and inspiring. Get your pen ready, and help us continue to write our next chapter.

Position Details

Designer - Creative Strategy and Branding (Hybrid)
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The Designer – Creative Strategy and Branding role develops creative and innovative designs for collateral, marketing materials, product packaging, advertising, direct mail, etc. that support key business strategies. You are a strategic problem solver that works well under pressure and knows how to impact an audience. This role takes inspirational direction from the Art Director and out-puts simplified and targeted design solutions through excellent typography and layout skills. Capable of leading the creative aspects of a project and being able to work under minimal direction. Critical to the position is the ability to present strategy, critically evaluate briefs and exercise a high degree initiative and independent judgement.

This is a Chicago-based, hybrid position that will require on average, two days a week in our downtown office location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Uphold the United brand 
  • Adheres and maintain brand consistency throughout all projects 
  • Establish and work within design guidelines, best practices and standards 
  • Advanced strategic and design development of printed collateral 
  • Complete design and production of print layouts 
  • Complete all design stages from sketches, to concept, to final production hand-off 
  • Analyze, digest and convert request into a strategic concept and visually interesting design 
  • Conceptualize and design original ideas to portray concepts and advertise products/services, including branding, logo development, illustrations, infographics, etc. 
  • Ability to provide design of complex pieces ranging from internally campaigns to externally viewed multi component campaigns 
  • Leads multiple design projects concurrently and shift priorities as required to meet business requirements and deadlines 
  • Focus will be on fast paced designs for print and event campaigns 
  • Support Creative Leader's and Art Director's strategy by understanding United’s communication and goals, how our activities and processes (or others throughout the company) impact each other, and by staying up-to-date on best trends and practices 
  • Enhances the department's reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests

United values diverse experiences, perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL of those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table!

What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) emphasis on graphic design or similar graphic arts related degree 
  • 2+ years’ experience at a design agency, or a comparable employer (large, corporate environment) in a similar role 
  • Expert knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Knowledge of print production process 
  • Execution and process oriented, forward thinking, diligent and creative 
  • Trustworthy with material confidential information 
  • Very strong logo and branding skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills; promotes open communication within the department 
  • Attention to visual details 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and collaborate with a team 
  • Highly effective in a fast-paced environment 
  • Works well under pressure 
  • Consistently demonstrate team collaboration and high level of emotional maturity 
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

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