Art Director (m/f/d) 80-100%

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For our Marketing and Communications Team we are currently looking for an Art Director (m/f/d) 100%. This permanent role is to be filled in our headquarter in Basel. The position can be partially executed from remote.

Your role:

  • Leading our international creative service team (including graphic designers and media), reinforcing their creative capabilities and development. 
  • Responsible for the creative output of the design team, ensuring alignment with corporate strategy and brand design. 
  • Mapping the growth of the MDPI Corporate Brand and it's migration to a centralized design system (Frontify). 
  • Collaborate with the creative team in different offices to establish a unified brand understanding and voice for the company.
  • Overseeing the rebranding work carried out in collaboration with our UX design and graphic design team.  
  • Liaise with internal teams in Editorial, Marketing, IT, UX and external agencies as needed.

Main tasks:

  • Ensuring effectiveness and well-being of the creative team. 
  • Managing and working with designers and other experts from a global network of offices (primarily in Europe and South East Asia). 
  • Development and optimization of the Corporate Design. 
  • Supporting the team in correct application and documentation of the brand guidelines. 
  • Identify and react to brand and market trends, consumer needs, and the competitive landscape. 
  • Ensuring a smooth collaboration between the creative service team and other teams/ departments. 
  • Ensuring quality and consistency of the team's creative output. 
  • Optimizing the team's creative workflows, tools and practices. 
  • Effective conceptualization and presentation of ideas to stakeholders. 
  • Assist HR in the selection and review process of applicants from the creative field.


  • Bachelor's degree in a design-related field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 3+ years of professional experience in a related role including Corporate brand management and leadership function.
  • Strong leadership skills, social skills, and the ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Good sense of design elements, extensive knowledge in visual design, branding and corporate communication.
  • Proficiency in the verbal and written use of English language.
  • Ability to work in an international environment involving different cultures. - 
  • General experience with creative practices, methods and industry-related tools.

If you are interested in this varied role we are looking forward to reviewing your complete application documents (CV, cover letter, references).

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