Lead Visual / Product Designer: Web, Print, Digital, Motion, Video, UI/UX

New York, New York / Rakuten Interactive

Posted: Oct 30, 2017


Calling all creatives who can't stand 90° drop shadows or requests to "make the logo bigger,"


Rakuten is hiring a Lead Visual and Product Designer on its founding team of bandits to plan, design, and produce high impact content for its new people business: Rakuten Interactive Consulting. Considered a start-up at a very large/global tech company, Rakuten Interactive is a rules-minimum mission to return to our founder Hiroshi Mikitani's inspiration 20 years ago: a team of 6, who works together, eats together ? making something entrepreneurial and meaningful for society.


The upstart responsibility of being the creative drummer will involve all aspects of digital, web, and print with emphasis on video/interaction. The growth opportunity for a DEO-to-be will be pencil-to-production influence on one of the world's most respected Internet companies. The dream opportunity is creative freedom to incorporate Rakuten's $235M 4-year sponsorship of football team FC Barcelona: a worldwide audience of 2B+ each month.


Our ideal candidate, a storied BFA graduate or a scrappy self-learned, should have (1) the ability to draw and conversely, take drawings effortlessly into digital form, (2) a cross-discipline toolset across print, video, and web (3) creative agency pedigree to deliver to the most demanding client expectations and (4) a technical element we'll need from front-end coding (HTML5/CSS3/Javascript) and those candidates who have material to significant experience.


The excitement is and will be the constant chase-and-reply of a website that doesn't exist, templates stuck on "Click to add title," 300x250 AdSense ads on Layer 1, and a message about Rakuten employees solving the world's most pressing problems?unheard.


If the reader has ever overstayed welcome at a bookstore with a copy of "Logo Design Love," we, of course, want to meet you.


Creative needs that keep us up at night:

? A production artist who understands the business value of beautiful, logical, and scalable content

? Original and fresh creative discontent from a very unique individual

? Catchy, rip-roaring, soothing, trusted, questioned, pixel perfect, output that shouldn't be found on 99designs

? Cartons of Chinese alongside a creative who, sleeves-rolled, can plow through the mundane of templates/Visio/PowerPoint and make our consultants look smart/good/expensive

? A DeviantArt or web portfolio of photography, typography, short videos, or interaction design

? Award-winning creative as part of an agency or network


What pays the bills / requirements:

? BFA from recognized school (Parsons, Pratt, RISD) or significant personal portfolio 

? 4-10 years of experience/apprenticeship that includes hands-on production of creative assets for agencies, their clients, B2B, eCommerce, startups

? Training at an Ogilvy, 4A, WPP, Publicus, Aegis-Dentsu type of school 

? Advanced use of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign a must) and creative packages such as Graphica

? Web: Material to significant experience designing in HTML/CSS3/JavaScript

? Video Production highly preferred: short-form video, interaction design, "Now This" clipping summaries

? Experience in participation/execution of digital, inbound marketing, and ATL campaigns. 

? Ability to meet deadlines, over-communicate, and remain organized/disorganized in thoughts and process

? Quick, intuitive understanding of creative briefs and flexibility with hard-to-please audience


Domain: From creative agency, digital marketing, management consulting, consumer electronics, B2B


Instructions: Please provide a Behance profile or portfolio link in your application, thank you.


Notes: (1) This is an individual contributor position, which requires candidates to have a comprehensive set of skills to move planning to production. While art direction is an important factor, our initial focus is on a proven producer. (2) Renumeration is by experience and qualification. This is an accelerated interview experience.



Rakuten Interactive is a digital-first solutions group integrated with the world's leading innovation company, Rakuten, Inc. Its Big Idea is to empower mid-market enterprise and F1000 companies with digital transformation, business strategy, and a category-of-one for Marketing, Advertising, Consulting, and Insights. Our domain expertise are in Financial Services, Retail, and Cybersecurity & Privacy ? and we are absolutely hiring.s.


Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 30 of Forbes Magazine's annual "World's Most Innovative Companies" list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions. For more information visit http://global.rakuten.com/corp/. 


Rakuten is the Main Global Partner of FC Barcelona, one of the world's most valuable sports teams, and the official sponsor of 2016-2017 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.

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