Art Director (Mid Level)

  • Full-time

Company Description

About Machine_  

Machine_ is a creative solutions agency represented across Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, and is home to over 75 adventurous minds. At Machine_ we don’t believe that intuition and gut feel are enough. That’s why everything we do starts with an insight. Our team of experts uses these insights to create impactful and accountable solutions that touch consumers at every point in their connected world. 

Machine_ is part of Publicis Groupe, one of the fastest-growing global networks. 

Machine’s mantra, Never Afraid, underpins our values of; doing the right thing, being curious, solution orientated and at its core ‘giving a s**t!’. Living this mantra daily helps grow our Clients’ businesses and these are the values we look for when recruiting new talent. The right personality is just as important as the right experience. We’re here to work hard and have fun while doing it. 

Job Description

The Role

Responsible for the execution and on-time delivery of high-quality creative campaigns across all media touchpoints.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with a Senior Copywriter to conceptualise and produce award-winning creative work within the scope of the brand and creative brief supplied (i.e. TVC, print. Billboard etc.)
  • Create original graphics and layouts for illustration, logos, website etc.
  • Present ideas / concepts in a professional manner to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Work seamlessly and efficiently with the creative team
  • Manage, mentor and guide junior Art Directors
  • Keep abreast of current trends in accordance with industry best practice


  • Tertiary qualification in Art Direction / Graphic Design
  • At least 4 years’ experience working as an Art Director with 1 year being in a Mid level role within an Advertising Agency
  • Digital experience is essential
  • Proficient in MS Office (i.e. Word / PowerPoint etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience in Adobe Creative Suite applications 
  • Ability to edit video is a plus
  • Excellent conceptual and design skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong multi-tasking skills (ability to work on more than one brief at any given time)
  • An eye-catching (behance / wixsite) portfolio that demonstrates a strong range of work from ATL to Digital

Additional Information

  • Team player with the ability to work independently 
  • Ability to work well in a highly pressurized, fast-paced environment
  • Curious, imaginative creative mind with a passion for digital and tech
  • Meticulous with attention to detail
  • Self-starter who can inspire others
  • Resilient
  • Confident
  • Proactive
  • Accountable
  • Solution and deadline driven
  • A “can do” attitude and willing to go the extra mile
  • Other:
    • Flexible to work beyond normal office hours (overtime - if and when required)
    • Able to work on alcohol brands (if and when required)

Candidates must please submit a concise CV and a link to an online portfolio.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within 2 weeks after submitting your application, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

Publics Groupe is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and prohibits any forms of Discrimination or Harassment. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees in line with our Employment Equity Plan. All appointments will be based on qualifications, experience and best fit but preference will be given to all candidates from designated groups.

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