Sr. Creative Manager

Sargento Foods

With more than 2,000 employees and net sales of more than $1 billion, Sargento Foods is a family-owned, privately-held company that has been an innovator in cheese for more than 65 years. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sargento created the world’s first successful pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses.

Today, Sargento Foods is still based in Wisconsin, where they manufacture and market amazing shredded, sliced and snack natural cheese products, as well as ingredients and sauces. Company leadership lives to serve local communities and employees who are part of the Sargento Family.

Position Details

Sr. Creative Manager
Northeast Wisconsin
Plymouth, WI

The Sr. Creative Manager role is a creative leadership opportunity (Creative Director level) to oversee the in-house creative team at Sargento Foods. This position is a hybrid/remote role, working from Sargento's Plymouth office in-person 3 days a week, Tuesday - Thursday from 8am-4pm and from home on Monday 8am-4pm and Fridays (half days 8am-Noon all year round).

NO EXCEPTIONS: SORRY! Excellent relocation package provided if you currently reside more than 45 miles away. 

We’re looking for a thought leader who has their finger on the pulse of creative and digital trends and has proven experience introducing, influencing, and leading best-in-class forward-looking creative thinking that aligns with the brand's business objectives. As the creative lead for Sargento’s in-house creative services group, you’ll lead the planning, brainstorming, and development of all in-house creative work, collaborating closely with internal marketing executives and external agency partners. You’ll develop, coach and mentor a talented team of creatives who work across these channels: digital/social, web, omni-channel, package design, print collateral, internal brand identity, and more. You’ll also develop and manage a network of freelance creatives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and support to Creative team including hiring, crafting, mentoring and coaching
  • Participate in strategic planning, when appropriate
  • Provide project leadership of select marketing initiatives
  • Oversee creative budgets and ensure quality and financial efficiency through the effective use of internal and external resources
  • Maintain internal style guides and digital creative best practice documents 
  • Manage and maintain Corporate Trademark, Copyright, and Brand mark equities 
  • Manage “one voice” communication to consumers through the execution of graphic/copy standards that meet objectives
  • Promote a system of appropriate input and review before creative elements are finalized and released
  • Manage two subordinate creative managers who supervise a pool of graphic designers in the Integrated Marketing Communications Department 
  • Oversee the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this team 
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws; interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, budgeting, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 10+ years’ experience at design and/or creative agencies, or in-house at consumer products or relevant companies- experience working in-house in an Integrated Agency Team environment is a plus! 
  • Ability to provide strong POV, evaluate creative and provide actionable creative feedback
  • Strong leadership skills; experience managing and working with agencies, and cross-functional teams 
  • 5+ years’ experience managing, building and motivating a broad creative group working across multiple disciplines 
  • Proficiency with design tools (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) 
  • Working knowledge of website content management systems, PIMs, DAM, etc 
  • High competency in managing multiple projects 
  • Proven record of working across various creative disciplines (social, digital, video, traditional, packaging, etc.) 
  • Fluent in traditional and digital design trends 
  • Ability to think strategically and translate strategy into creative Collaborative; working with both internal partners and outside agencies 
  • Understands the production process for various types of creative outputs
  • Storytelling/presentation skills; comfortable presenting to senior management
  • Organizational skills; ability to manage condensed timelines

Truly excellent benefits and compensation package include:

  • HYBRID with MANDATORY Tuesday-Thursday in office and 1/2-day Fridays 
  • Comprehensive medical including Fertility, Adoption benefits, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Onsite Health & Wellness Center: includes a nurse practitioner, licensed physical therapist, dietitian, personal trainer, and health coach, care coordinator and work-life mentor
  • Extraordinary Employer 401K contribution which includes Profit Sharing Plan
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Access to Employee Store

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