Project Leader - Design Services

Core Creative

Core Creative is a full-service, integrated branding agency with a passion for making brands more human. Ranked as a top 10 agency in the City of Milwaukee, we provide a supportive and fast-paced atmosphere with an amazing, family-like culture. We not only value our clients, but we also place our employees just as high on the priority list. This is evident in our awards as one of the Milwaukee’s Top Workplaces by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Core is constantly on the lookout for the right talent. And to us, “right” means passionate, “WE”-focused individuals. As a top place to work in Milwaukee, we have a healthy, creative environment where people come – and stay. And, employees have the option to work from their home or from our office.

Position Details

Project Leader - Design Services
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Core Creative is seeking a Project Leader for its Design Services* division to be the liaison between the client and the agency design team. An effective problem-solver on a day-to-day basis, the project leader must be adept at anticipating problems and recognizing opportunities.

*Core's Design Services division is focused on managing a single, large client - this division currently has over 30 employees.


  • Acts as the primary client contact for assigned projects, developing relationships with clients and working closely with them to learn their business and communication needs
  • Regularly checks for and responds promptly to all client communications, including calls and emails
  • Schedules both staff and freelance designers in order to meet stringent deadlines set by the client
  • Has a thorough understanding of the planning, creative and production processes
  • Proactively gathers the necessary information to plan and implement each client project
  • Provides timely issuance of all documentation: project initiations, creative briefs, estimates, timelines, meeting summaries, and status reports
  • Manages time and financial resources to ensure client projects are on time and on budget
  • Checks and approves creative/production materials, copy, layouts, and production art, and coordinates client approval of same
  • Proofreads all text and corrects spelling, usage and grammatical errors
  • Resolves original copy queries directly with the copywriter, and amends text files
  • Proofreads all files produced by the design staff; annotates PDFs and/or edits in word files using software edit/markup tools
  • Maintains working knowledge of pertinent software and peripherals needed to complete work

The project leader position requires superior project management skills. S/he must be a conscientious team player and a good organizer. This person also demonstrates excellent verbal and written communications skills. The project leader is a creative problem solver, exhibiting initiative and a take-charge attitude. They need to be able to multi-task and pivot quickly between assignments. They must be able to balance multiple priorities and have the ability to find efficiencies within a process. They will generally develop subject matter expertise, educating both internal and external teams. A minimum of three years of related experience preferred.

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Starting vacation/personal time: 11 days per year
  • Holidays: 10 days per year
  • Sick time: 6 days per year
  • 50% health insurance and partial deductible reimbursement
  • 100% dental, life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability insurance
  • Access to vision and short-term disability insurance coverage
  • FSA/HRA 401(k) employer contributions
  • Profit-sharing
  • Mobile phone and data reimbursement available
  • Flexible work arrangement with the ability to work from home or at our office in Walker's Point

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