Principal Creative Development


Discover. A brighter future.

With us, you’ll do meaningful work from Day 1. Our collaborative culture is built on three core behaviors: We Play to Win, We Get Better Every Day & We Succeed Together. And we mean it — we want you to grow and make a difference at one of the world's leading digital banking and payments companies. We value what makes you unique so that you have an opportunity to shine.

Come build your future, while being the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future with Discover.

Position Details

Principal Creative Development
Northern Illinois
Riverwoods, IL

At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers, and which is consistently awarded for both. We’re all about people and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.

Manages the creative outcome of Discover marketing communications for assigned business lines by applying innovative thinking, ideation, leadership, concept development, and functional expertise in art direction and design, with the skill to also evaluate copywriting. Leads the pursuit of fresh, conceptually strong creative that generates new customers, sells products/services, and enhances a unified customer experience across all media. Actively manages and escalates risk and customer-impacting issues within the day-to-day role to management.


  • Fosters relationships with multiple business partners to present and sell work, as well as recommend solutions to further the effectiveness of the team’s partnerships. 
  • Be a dynamic, results-driven leader and guides the conception, development, refinement, and execution of on-strategy, on-time, high-stopping power creative that delivers on the Creative Brief and Business Partner objectives/key performance indicators. Be an advocate of the Discover Brand Standards and reviews all work with a critical eye, ensuring the team’s work has one brand and one voice across all media (print, digital, video, radio, social/content). 
  • Monitors project milestones and produces consistently strategic, response-driven communications for multiple projects under tight deadlines, while complying with company/department requirements, policies, and processes. 
  • Works with the team’s Group Creative Senior Manager and provides hands-on conceptual and design support when needed to create bold, fresh concepts. Be a strategic and independent thinker and apply expertise across all marketing tactics and media, ensuring work is created to specification, production-ready, and free of errors in fact, style, or presentation. 
  • Pursues developmental opportunities, including participation in high-profile product/innovation/feature launches, video and photo shoots, rebranding projects, product research, and special initiatives from other marketing or business units. 
  • Acts as UX/UI subject matter expert, creating wireframes and hi-fidelity artwork to assist in the evolution of the Discover Home Loans private website. Works with product managers and development teams to ensure an innovative, best-in-class online experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

At a minimum, here’s what we need from you:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Advertising, Graphic Design or equivalent 
  • 8+ years of creative experience across a diverse client portfolio and media, including print, digital, video, radio, and social/content 
  • In lieu of a degree, 10+ years of creative experience across a diverse client portfolio and media, including print, digital, video, radio and social/content

Preferred Qualifications:

If we had our say, we’d also look for:

  • 1+ years of experience in an advertising agency


We also offer a range of benefits and programs based on eligibility. These benefits include:

  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Paid Time Off 
  • 401(k) Plan 
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, & Health Savings Account 
  • STD, Life, LTD and AD&D 
  • Recognition Program 
  • Education Assistance 
  • Commuter Benefits 
  • Family Support Programs 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

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