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Creative Designer


Key things to know

  • Salary: £21,400 - £30,300 p/a
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Closing Date: 21/05/2024

The role

Delivering campaigns that work, for clients you love and causes you believe in, you’ll work with some outstanding organisations including the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 

We’re looking for a creative designer to join our growing creative team and help deliver award winning creative work. Wanting to go above and beyond to make sure every campaign or piece of work is a success. 

Working within the creative team and alongside the campaign team, you will develop and deliver powerful, forward thinking and inspirational creative concepts across our client portfolio. Working with a range of design budgets will be key. 

You’ll ideally have experience within an agency environment. You’ll live and breathe design and be able to come up with and develop boldly ambitious, uniquely creative and boundary-pushing concepts. 

Cowshed is a Real Living Wage employer, a Blueprinted agency, a Disability Confident Employer, and an Autism Aware Business. We encourage applications from under-represented applicants.  

If you need any assistance with your application, please contact us and we can make suitable adjustments. Our office has a stair lift and lift for ease of access.  

We employ people based on skills over education, qualities over qualifications, and ambition over age.  

Please apply by 9am on Tuesday 21 May 2024, by emailing your answers to the following questions along with a portfolio of your best work to fiona@wearecowshed.co.uk. A CV is not required. 

Q1. Please tell us why you are applying for this role. 

Q2. Please outline your experience against the role requirements, including relevant examples. If you don’t have the exact experience, please tell us about the skills you think are transferable.  

Q3. Please tell us about a cause you are passionate about and how you would use design to tackle the issue. 

Please keep written responses to below 500 words per question and video or audio applications to under 2 minutes.  

What we need from you


The Day to Day

  • Designing for both client and internal projects, from social media posts to fully integrated campaigns, and everything in between.
  • Listening to client and internal design needs, working up ideas using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator and explaining them clearly and effectively to project stakeholders.
  • Working effectively and collaboratively with other members of the team – from Creative to Campaigns, Digital & Media, and Press. Keeping team members up to date with project progress and ensuring you deliver work to deadline. 
  • Attending briefing and update meetings with clients and other team members. 
  • Staying up-to-date on design trends, new technology and techniques. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring your design work meets the highest standards of quality, both in terms of accuracy, accessibility and creative impact to ensure only the best work is released to clients. 
  • Managing your workload efficiently whilst working on multiple design projects for a number of clients at a time.  
  • Working as part of the creative team, supporting other designers on larger integrated projects. 
  • Accurately logging your time on projects, ensuring deadlines are met and communicating with the team. 
  • Ensuring good file management practices are followed for all work. 

Core Skills

All applicants who demonstrate the core skills listed below will be invited for an interview: 

  • Creative and exceptional design skills 
  • Excellent print and digital artworking skills using a combination of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Adobe After Effects experience is a bonus. 
  • Skills designing for events and exhibitions is highly desirable. 
  • Solid time management skills and the ability to multi-task and switch between projects. 
  • Great communication skills, working with different team members to understand briefs and present back on your design rationale. 
  • Experience of working in the medium of Welsh, delivering bilingual campaigns is beneficial, but not essential. 

Personal Attitude

We are looking for people who share in our purpose to work with meaning:  

  • You will care about creating a positive impact on society.  
  • You will be self-motivated, dedicated, curious and take pride in your work. 
  • You’ll thrive on the fast and ever-changing pace of agency life.
  • You’ll be a creative thinker and collaborative worker and take ownership of your work. 
  • You will share in Cowshed’s philosophy and be an active member of the team, regularly contributing in meetings and coming up with ideas for your clients 
  • Not afraid to put ideas and methods to improve ways of working forward.
  • You’ll take responsibility for getting the job done for your clients. 
  • You’ll contribute to our inclusive work culture. 
  • You’ll be honest and expected to be treated professionally and with respect, treating others in the same way.