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Creative Director

We’re looking for an experienced Creative Director to lead and motivate our creative project teams to deliver incredible things.

You’ll be working directly with our amazing animators, designers and client services team using your creativity and leadership skills to present and deliver animation projects to the highest possible standards.

Salary: £60,000+ (negotiable depending on experience)

Reporting to: Ed Barrett - Co-Founder / Executive Creative Director

Level: Director

Type: Full-time, permanent

Location: London, Old Street, 1-2 days per week in the studio (flexible)

Application deadline: Wednesday 21st September

Start date: ASAP

Who are we?

We’re Animade, and we believe in making the world a bit more characterful. We’re an animation studio based in London, UK. With a passion for design, illustration, animation and interactivity, Animade has grown to be a globally respected creative studio.

Character is at the heart of everything we do. We create campaigns that inspire and delight, taking great care over the tiniest details—after all, it’s the little things that often make the biggest impression.

About you

You’re passionate about helping to get the best out of people in order to produce high-quality animation and illustration deliverables in a fast-paced environment. Your attention to detail is second-to-none and you can unpack, understand and communicate a client brief effectively to creatives at various stages in their career.

With confidence in your ability to present work, and negotiate internal and client priorities in order to get the best result possible, you also have a deep understanding and working knowledge of Adobe CC animation and illustration software, and are able to help your colleagues find efficient ways to design and animate.

Key Skills

  • Excellent illustration and design skills along with a keen critical eye

  • Wide-ranging animation experience

  • Fluency in the Adobe CC suite

  • A strong ability to present confidently to large global clients

  • Strong communication and organisation skills in leading multiple large project teams simultaneously

  • Previous experience directing large scale animation projects

  • A positive and solutions focused attitude

  • An understanding of the commercial aspect of running an animation studio

  • A drive to improve the studio into the future by supporting the leadership team

Your responsibilities

  • Make sure creative quality always hits Animade standards in terms of design and motion - attention to detail is key

  • Understand the Animade brand and inject that into our projects

  • Unpack and answer a client brief and confidently lead a team from pitch stage to secure the project and then through to delivery

  • Work closely with the Art Director, Animation Director and Creatives to find the right aesthetic approach to any project (provide conceptual treatments and visual reference)

  • Lead pitch presentations and creation of pitch decks

  • Ensure client is inspired and feels like they are getting a premium experience

  • Identify opportunities for teaching the team

  • Find opportunities for improving creative output and improving efficiency across our process


Working at Animade offers the opportunity to make a real impact on a growing company with a great culture. Working with us, you can expect:

  • Flexible working hours – we value a healthy work-life balance

  • Generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service

  • Enhanced family friendly policies

  • Enhanced sickness policies

  • Company EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)

  • Pension scheme

  • Training budget of up to £1,000 per year

  • Wellbeing budget of up to £200 per year

  • Community Engagement budget of up to £250 per year towards attending industry events (eg: Pictoplasma, Annecy, OFFF & others)

  • Team away days, weekends and trips - we’ve previously been to Tuscany, Cornwall and Portugal

  • Friendly, open and welcoming company culture

  • Culture Initiatives driven by our Culture Captains

  • Winter Wednesdays (with less daytime in the winter months, we offer the option for people to take a longer lunchtime to give more time to exercise and get outdoors in the sunshine)

Sounds good? If you’re as passionate as we are about sharing the joy of animation, we’d love to hear from you.

We are committed to creating a truly inclusive culture to not only make Animade a better place to work but to foster an environment where everyone experiences a sense of belonging. We've implemented lots of changes through recruitment practices, DE&I training and our All Ears event to name a few. We're looking for someone who'll be keen to work with us in creating a space that is welcoming, safe and equitable for all. We actively encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. You will need to have the right to work in the UK.

How do I apply?

Please apply using this Airtable link

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