Head of Brand Design (d/f/m)

Department: Commerce
Office: Ableton AG / Germany
Schedule: Full-time

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Your mission

At Ableton we believe that making music is good for people. We’re creating a unique set of instruments and inspiration for artists and educators across the globe, pursuing our purpose to support people on their music-making journeys – and we understand that we need great design to get there.

Ableton’s visual design celebrates and nourishes the connection with our diverse and wildly creative global community of music makers. Though most closely associated with our digital products and channels, our visual design also spans product packaging, identity design, physical spaces and events.

As Head of Brand Design, you will conceive high-level creative strategy that translates our company vision into brand design and contributes to shaping music culture. You will set the standard for design that radiates thoughtfulness, creativity and exceptional craft.

Leading the brand design domain, you will improve design processes, steer the domain’s direction, and lead regular domain rituals, so that brand designers across units have what they need to create impactful and coherent work. And as an outspoken design advocate you will nurture Ableton’s strong brand design culture.

Your responsibilities

  • You turn Ableton’s evolving company vision into creative strategy, reinforcing our distinct place within music culture.
  • You uphold the high quality and coherence of Ableton’s brand design across the breadth of creative work.
  • You enable designers across units and projects to transform creative strategy into original, impactful and coherent visual design.
  • You promote collaboration between designers across units, as well as providing guidance for effective autonomous work.
  • You maintain the design domain’s high impact and effectiveness in a transforming organizational structure.
  • You foster a culture of curiosity and excitement for great design.
  • You support designers by creating the time, space and resources they need to grow.

Your profile

  • You are a good listener and observer, and a deep thinker capable of working at high levels of abstraction.
  • You have proven experience as a Creative Director or in a similar creative role, and a track record of building and evolving visual identities for premium brands.
  • You have worked with UX designers on websites and digital products and are familiar with design systems.
  • You have extensive experience planning and facilitating design-processes and rituals.
  • You are an excellent storyteller, communicator and presenter who can construct a persuasive argument with logic and imagination.
  • You can speak confidently about what makes a design exceptional.
  • As an experienced design leader, you feel at home motivating and guiding a team of creatives, helping them to use their talents effectively.

Your application

If you like the sound of this role, please apply with the following documents and information:

  • CV (without a picture)
  • Portfolio
  • Starting date

About Ableton

Here at Ableton, we come from a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds. What connects us is the shared belief that each of us has the skills and knowledge to contribute to the future of music culture.

We’re dedicated to what we do, and equally so about improving who we are. We work hard to foster an environment in which people can develop both personally and professionally. We believe that teams work best when they include a range of skills and experiences. That’s why we’re committed to becoming a truly inclusive workplace, providing equal opportunity in both our recruitment process and in the subsequent growth of an employee. Working here, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in mentoring, soft skills training and coaching. We care deeply about the balance between work and life, and support this with benefits surrounding health and fitness, mobility, working hour flexibility, the provision of ergonomic work equipment, as well as inspiration and tools for music-makers.

With us, you’ll work in a relaxed but dynamic environment, surrounded by people who love music and technology. You’ll be creatively challenged, encouraged to learn, and you’ll become part of an expanding, international company.

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