Design Director

  • London  
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    14 March 2021  
    Posted on
    12 January 2021  

We’re an independent, award-winning, design focused creative agency.

We work with high profile, global brands such as, The Glenlivet, Havana Club & Chivas, Corona, Budweiser, Mikes Seltzer, Nature Valley, Ugg,, Unicef, Danone, and a bunch of others.

We’re pretty good at what we do. In 2018 we won five Agency of The Year(s) including The Drum DADI Agency of the Year. We were also shortlisted as Campaign Independent Agency of the Year. And, this year made it onto the Campaign Mag 100 best places to work.

Next we have our sights set on a D&AD and/or Cannes Lion this year.

There’s about 30 of us (not including the dogs) — but that number grows all the time because we’re still young, ambitious and do great work.

We’re also 70% female with a 50/50 gender split on the senior team. We proudly have 100% pay parity, and it kind of annoys us that we even have to mention that as something that’s unique within this industry.

We gladly do things differently. We ‘re super ambitious, brutally honest and always deliver.

We don’t really like the ‘Old Guard’ of advertising. And, working here is hell of a lot of fun.

This is a growing agency, we’re looking for a Design Director who wants to be part of and help drive that growth.


1) Create award-winning design work:

This role spans across branding, campaign branding, advertising, and digital/social. We are looking for someone who will bring the highest level of technical skills, fresh ideas, and ownable styles to the table. This means trying new things, learning new skills, and breaking norms.

A Design Director must have a good ability to understand client business needs, audience, strengths, and weaknesses, and apply this information to your ideas and executions. This means being able to drive projects, including leading a brief through to the vision and the delivery deck, whether it’s a pitch, presentation, or brand guidelines toolkit. This means being confident in meeting clients and presenting your work.

You’ll be getting your hands dirty when it comes to doing the work, but also inspiring your team members to produce equally great work.

2) Design Leadership:

People and culture is huge for us.

You will be the leader of our design team (currently 5 strong). Helping them to do a huge breadth of creative work across multiple channels and brand types.

They’re a fantastic, motivated, brilliant team that grows all the time. Part of the job here is to inspire them to continue to do great work. That includes playing an active role in their career development, goal setting, and engagement.

You will make sure that creativity is at the heart of what we do, remains strategically on point, and translates into work that yields incredible results. You will feel comfortable feeding back on ideas to your team and curating them to allow for the best final response to the brief.

This team (like the whole agency) is growing, so you’ll also work with us to shape the future of the team and make key hires.

3) Agency Leadership:

As a large part of this agency, you’ll not be a cog in a machine, we’re looking for someone excited about shaping the agency’s future and ambitious about growth. You’ll play a senior role in the agency and help us put in place the strategies and plans to push the agency forwards.

This is a chance to stamp your mark on an agency and as such, you’ll need the ambition to want to do so.


You’ll be working with me (Michael, the guy writing this advert) I’m the founder and ECD, we’ll work together or separately on different projects and pitches.

In many traditional agencies design can be a bit of an afterthought – but not here. I have always ensured that design was at the center of this agency because I personally think you can have all the strategy and creative in the world, but if you can’t make things that connect and make an impact on people, you’ve wasted your time. I think we have a bit of a house style, but I am looking for a design director to take that further. I want the agency to be famous for its visual work, so this is a big hire for us.

You’ll also be working a lot with our head of strategy and CD, who are both brilliant, not to mention the rest of the team who are all fucking awesome.

You’ll need to demonstrate experience in pitching, and presenting to clients, you will be a natural at communicating ideas and making them leap off the deck.

You’ll never work alone, there is always support from all corners of the agency. Having said that, you’ll be comfortable running and leading pieces of work yourself and supporting others in their own roles.

We’d love to see a proven track record of award-winning design and running a great team.

Most importantly, you must have the same fire as the rest of our team to push Impero to continue to make award-winning work. You must be talented, ambitious, and driven.


  • Be involved in two projects that will win big awards.
  • Lead / Drive four pitches and win half of them.
  • Lead and inspire your team and 80% positive feedback in your 360 annual review.
  • Work with us to be shortlisted for a design orientated award, at a reputable awards show.


  • To be part of something special — this is an exciting growing agency with no board of directors, or shareholders to report to.
  • Flexible working.
  • The ability to stamp your mark on an organisation – and not just be a cog in the machine.
  • Free snacks and coffee.
  • Regular breakfasts with the whole team.
  • Seasonal company parties.
  • Annual personal development plan and training budget for your own growth.
  • The love of seven rotating office dogs.
  • A ‘yes work’s important, but let’s not get too serious’ vibe.
  • A distinct lack of bureaucracy or politics.
  • Ownership over your own projects whilst enjoying an inclusive environment.
  • Beer. Gin. Rum. Cognac. Whiskey. Snacks. (Working with our clients has added perks).


This is an awesome place to work. We are in control of our own destiny. But it means we’re the only ones that can deliver it. We’re all massively ambitious and hard working. But it’s also fun.

We all get along, there is no politics, just heaps of passion. We’re the creative industry’s new guard. And it’s awesome.

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