• Director of Innovative Technology

    Job ID
    2018-1295
    Job Locations
    US-IL-Chicago
    Discipline
    Creative

  • Cramer-Krasselt is one of the largest independent, totally integrated agencies in the country with over $700 million in billings and over $400 million in media asset management.

     

    With a mission to Make Friends, Not Ads®, C-K has built a reputation for changing perception and behaviors that lead to purchasing action for brands. It's how we helped Porsche achieve six years of consecutive record-breaking growth, how Corona became the #1 import and Pacifico grew 19% this year alone.

     

    We've done it by interconnecting an ever-expanding range of disciplines from strategic branding to digital, social, analytics, media/programmatic, SEM, PR, UX and more.

     

    Major brands include Benihana, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Point and 9 others), Corona Extra, Edward Jones, Kroger Divisions, Meiomi Wine, Nikon, Pacifico Beer and Porsche. www.c-k.com.

     

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    About C-K Chicago:


    Chicago’s independent spirit makes it the perfect headquarters for C-K, one of the nation’s oldest and largest independent agencies. C-K’s Chicago office, located just off the Magnificent Mile, is full of native Midwesterners and transplants alike that are united in the values of hard work and collaboration.


    At C-K in Chicago, we work with major global and national brands like Porsche, Corona Extra, Cedar Fair, BIC, Edward Jones and many others. We’re proud of these partnerships and the integrated approach we take to every client and every element of a campaign, be it large or small.


    Our experts here have backgrounds spanning every marketing, advertising and communications discipline across all categories imaginable. C-K Chicago is a hub of innovation and the nerve center of the agency.


    We also apply our work ethic to the community. Our flagship charity in the Chicago office is Off the Street Club (OTSC), the oldest boys and girls club in the city. Throughout the year we participate in the planning and execution of several key OTSC fundraising events such as Swing for the Kids, The Firefly Ball, Summer Bake Sale and Holiday Luncheon. We also participate in the Battle for Hope, the Chicago-area advertising agency battle of the bands. In 2015, our house band, the Angry Pickles, won the Battle for Hope and helped raise thousands for OTSC in the process.


    C-K is looking for a collaborative leader accountable for guiding, educating and innovating technology solutions that evolve our client's brands and deliver business results. Reports to the Executive Creative Director and contributes to the agency's leadership with responsibility for developing the long-term vision of innovative technologies at the agency. Manages a diverse team including creative technologist, ux/ui designers, digital producers and developers; a visionary willing to get his/her hands dirty. 

     

     

     About the role:

    • An experienced technology leader with a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions and highly engaging experiences to clients
    • You excel at leading diverse teams and collaborating with your peers to create data-driven experiences that deliver results
    • Understands an agency environment and has experience working alongside digital and traditional creatives
    • You are a transformative leader with proven abilities in introducing new ways of working into teams or organizations, and the ability to lead and grow a team/department
    • Familiar with UX/UI, user research, leading interaction design and connecting the dots between business needs, user needs and good design using an iterative human-centered design process
    • Experience working with and implementing solutions with creative and emerging technologies
    • Provides expertise and knowledge on tools, software, platforms and methodologies to deliver these solutions and assets
    • Has experience in guiding the development of comprehensive experiences across multiple customer touchpoints – including digital, experiential, mobile, in-store and paid media
    • Demonstrates excellent presentation skills and a track record of client engagement, including new business pitches, with the ability to effectively explain solutions that solve business problems

     About you:

    • 10+ years of work experience. Agency experience preferred
    • Fluent in responsive design, mobile/tablet UX/UI patterns
    • Well versed in user-centered design methods and techniques
    • Familiar with best practices in design and production and experience with industry design tools such as Sketch, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc 
    • Proficiency with best practices and proven ability to prototype experiences for internal/client presentations and pitches
    • Experience working with secure systems including a strong understanding of HTML5 and CSS3, Content Management Systems, Web Hosting, Accessibility and Security
    • Familiarity with creating prototypes for platforms such as wearables, mobile, web, and TV, cloud computing, machine learning. AR/VR
    • Experience using multiple technologies to create integrated and novel solutions to creative/business challenges, with the ability to learn and adapt to changes and new technologies on the fly

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