Graphic Designer

Ace Hardware

About Ace Hardware:

We are your local hardware store and we are a part of your community. Ace Hardware has over 5,000 stores around the world with the majority of those stores independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. These hard working men and women are part of the fabric of your community. They are small business owners who are local and loyal...just like it ought to be. While others have become large and impersonal, at Ace, we've remained small and very personal. That's why we say a visit to Ace, is like a visit to your neighbor.

Ace stores come in all sizes and shapes based on the needs of each individual neighborhood. We have small, urban stores, large rural stores and everything in between. Ace stores offer a wide variety of paint, lawn and garden, tools, local niche services and virtually anything you'll ever need to fix, repair and maintain your home. And of course, Ace is most certainly the place with the HELPFUL HARDWARE FOLKS TM.

Founded in 1924 by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners, Ace changed the retail landscape by allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money and buy at the lowest possible price. This partnership enabled even the smaller stores to compete effectively at retail despite larger stores in their market. And to this very day, Ace Hardware Corporation is still owned solely and exclusively by the local Ace retail entrepreneurs.

Position Details

Graphic Designer
Northern Illinois
Oak Brook, IL

The Job:

The Graphic Designer is responsible for creative execution of concepts and designs for a wide range of print and digital marketing material, including direct mail, catalogs, trade show environments, signage, corporate communications, branding, email and more. This position will design messages to be visually compelling; execute the creative strategy and ensure that projects are completed on established schedule targets.

What you’ll do:

  • Responsible for concept, design and photography direction of various print and digital communications, from intake through delivery. 
  • Collaborates with Creative Directors, end-client and production team to identify project needs and design finished product to support the brand objective. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to make suggestions pertaining to the identification of critical elements and alternatives to implement the most appropriate solution. 
  • Works collaboratively with creative director, account executives, design peers, copywriters, marketing partners, merchandising partners and other senior–level managers to support brand objectives. 
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects. Adheres to all standards and SOPs, including file naming conventions, artwork release methods, appropriate electronic filing of artwork on server, etc. 
  • Applies broad knowledge of workflows, digital asset management, problem solving, designing and quality control to handle assigned accounts with minimal supervision. 
  • Works on accounts that are moderately complex and non-routine. 
  • Establishes priorities for assigned tasks and coordinates phases of work with others. 
  • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.

What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor degree in discipline related to functional work or role with 3-5 years of relevant work experience OR demonstrated ability to meet the job requirements through a comparable number of years of applicable work experience. 
  • Ability to solve somewhat more complex problems by analyzing variables and applying appropriate solutions learned through experience and proficiency in understanding the job. Must be able to recognize anomalies and critical situations and respond appropriately. Must be able to communicate and interact with a variety of internal/external customers and/or co-workers at level of detail required to resolve issues of moderate complexity. 
  • Able to apply strong functional computer knowledge in utilizing Mac OS and other technical tools in completing assignments. May require knowledge of or ability to quickly learn specialized software to complete work assignments. Able to demonstrate continued expertise in the primary tools or applications used in completing daily work assignments. 
  • Requires very good communication skills with ability to state messages in a clear manner by using language that is easy for others to understand. 
  • Must be able to proactively listen to others to understand issues and situations. Must be able to clearly articulate business needs to both internal and external customers.
  • Must be very well versed on Macintosh platform (OSX) and industry standard applications: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop; with a working knowledge of Office applications: PowerPoint, Word and Excel. 
  • Ability to provide creative concepts and understand a high-level of retail advertising. 
  • Positive, motivated, collaborative team player. Strong listening skills. 
  • Must have excellent prioritizing and organizational skills with great attention to detail 
  • Must have knowledge of prepress methods in order to produce printable artwork.

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