The Estee Lauder Companies Associate Design Director_ Smashbox in Culver City, California

Associate Design Director_ Smashbox

Brand: Smashbox


The Associate Design Director will support the global visual merchandising and retail design team by conceptualizing and creating 2D visual assets for all visual merchandising and retail points of sale for Smashbox. This person will own the design process from brainstorming sessions with the creative team, ideating, creating full size mockups, through final approval stages for the Smashbox retail formats. This person will drive to deliver consistently branded graphics and layouts that work across all ofour retail formats, including gondolas, events, window displays, kiosks, pop-up shops, department stores and freestanding stores. These branded graphic solutions will takeinto consideration strategic merchandising objectives, brand storytelling and functional communication needs for all global markets. The Associate Design Director must be able to manage a high volume of projects and work in a highly collaborative, fast paced environment to meet tight deadlines. In addition, this person will be instrumental in creating a cohesive library of assets and files and will work closely with the production team to handoff files. This person will report into the Executive Director, Global Visual Merchandising with matrix into the Global Design Director to ensure that Smashbox brand consistency and quality are upheld.

  • Partner with Creative Director and senior members of creative team to align on key objectives and design direction for new launches, in-store animations, and branded asset development.

  • Conceptualize, create and produce graphics for seasonal product launches for the Smashbox gondolas. Ideate and output multiple options with a variety of design solutions across variousmerchandising formats.

  • Lead the development of compelling graphic solutions that tell a branded visual story for large format installations such as events, kiosks, pop-ups, department stores, and freestanding stores.

  • Create layouts that are scalable across formats such as windows, counter units, endcaps, and in-store. Must take into consideration things like visual restrictions based on tester/stock placement or ergonomic relationship.

  • Analyze the current Smashbox in-store presentation in our various retail channels and identify waysto optimize the brand story, navigation, and product communication.

  • Create visual solutions for international visual merchandising graphic requests that are outside of the quarterly seasonal updates.

  • Mock up ideas at partial or full scale in preparation for weekly merchandising meeting review.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to discuss objectives and strategies ofupcoming product launches. Attend meetings and other relevant discussions as necessary to gain approval andalignment from senior management.

  • Understand the industry landscape by conducting store visits, identifying trends, and best practices.

  • Manage projects and prioritize according to due dates andurgency.

  • Prepare presentation materials and models for internal meetings.

  • Keep files and assets well organized andready for hand off to production team.

  • As needed, assist in areas of production to complete projects and support the merchandising and retail team.


7 years at beauty, fashion, retail or agency experience

  • Strong understanding of branding and graphic storytelling within theretail environment

  • A refined and seasoned designer, a connoisseur of typography, and a lover of current trends and culture.

  • Proactive self-starter with team player mentality and preference to work in a close knit, highly collaborative environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple high-priority projects in a very fast-paced environment, and react with a sense of urgency.

  • Strong organizational sensibility in terms of asset management and file maintenance.

  • Great communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Sensitivity to typography, messaging and scale across visual merchandising displays and retail formats.

  • Must be a conceptual thinker and problem solver with the ability to work within brand guidelines

  • Meticulous attention to detail, highly organized and ability to multitask in fast paced environment.

  • Must be willing to take on a variety projects (no task is too big or small).

  • Expert in Adobe Creative Suite 5 or higher.

Job: Creative / Design

Primary Location: Americas-US-CA-Culver City

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

Job Number: 163692