Art + Graphics Manager - Americas
About the Role:
As a member of the Art + Graphics team, the Art + Graphics Manager ensures the regional execution of the global Art Strategy within the US and Latin America. The Art + Graphics Manager is a key member of the global design group, which is an international, interdisciplinary team that includes architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers, graphic artists, workplace strategists, and technologists. With this in mind, you must be able to work alongside our other global functional teams in these sectors, bringing a cross-functional mindset that allows us to grow better together.
The position requires a proven track record of exceptional design thinking, an understanding of our brand, and a deep passion for pushing boundaries within the built environment. A successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and encourage out-of-the-box thinking, while ensuring our product lifecycle does not lose speed or quality. Particularly important to the role are the oral and written communication skills to articulately express the rationale behind design decisions.
Be a contributing member of the Productization team and the larger Design and Product team.
Represent and advocate for the A+G team within the Product organization at WeWork
Contribute to and execute programs in support of the training and development of team members from Design, Development, and Product Extensions, as required.
Dedicated point of contact within the art and graphics team for regional scope.
Initiative and Project Responsibilities:
Manage execution of global art catalogs and strategies regionally - printed art, painted canvases, murals, neons, wallpapers and sculptures.
Coordinate and collaborate with individual artists and artist collectives to ensure high quality installations at our WW locations.
Maintain excellent relationships with vendors to ensure art strategies are executed flawlessly in region.
Explore opportunities, future collaborations and product enhancements with new vendors/suppliers/artists
Support complex initiatives and standards requiring external consultants and cross departmental collaboration.
Work with regional project teams (internal and external) to execute A+G packages.
Communicate new standards globally, update documentation and provide strategies for teams to implement.
Communicate proactively to design, development, and operations leadership, and initiative and project teams with updates such as the status of project completion, upcoming benchmark goals, potential issues, etc.
Ensure that Art + Graphics solutions are effectively communicated to the broader company, resulting in proper execution and unparalleled member experience. Ensure that design intent is maintained, from design through procurement, and opening.
Attend meetings for the purpose of providing approval and direction, lead internal and external meetings, responsible for ensuring clear and concise actionable agendas and meeting minutes are distributed
Contribute to strategy for cultivating and maintaining quality relationships with leading Art and Design industry professionals required for the success of our company's goals, in conjunction with development/commercial management
Make critical path decisions to ensure the overall success of projects, including being on time, on budget, and to an exceptional level of design, operational, or member-experience quality
Reports to the A+G Director
Bachelor or Masters degree in a design or design-related field, including but not limited to Architecture, Interior Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design.
6+ years professional experience in interior design, graphic design, illustration, environmental or installation design.
3+ years experience in design management or project management.
Experience in all phases of the design process from concept to execution and on-site installation.
Experience managing designers, artists, and creative projects preferred, collaborating with individual artists and artist collectives.
Critical thinking and on-your-feet problem solving, ability to craft creative solutions to stressful situations
Demonstrated passion for pushing boundaries in the built environment, preferably at scale.
Excellent and concise communication and presentation skills, verbal and written.
Strong time management skills and demonstrated ability to consistently meet deadlines
Highly resourceful problem solver and quick learner
Track record of delivering outstanding high quality design, leading teams on high profile projects
Facility with budgeting and scheduling
Ability to analyze, interpret, and incorporate metrics and data (quality, pricing, schedule, etc) into Art + Graphics strategies.
Passionate and curious about the built environment. Maintain a desire for knowledge about all aspects of what we do at WeWork and look for ways to contribute your knowledge and learn from others.
Proficient in the following programs: all things Google, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Tableau or open source data analytics software
Fluent in English
Prioritize and Be Organized - It is important that you understand your own workflow, and are able to prioritize and work efficiently. You will wear multiple hats -- project team member, manager, product expert -- so you must feel comfortable and excited about getting involved at many levels of the organization
Excellent organizational skills, ability to work outside of comfort zone
Excellent time management skills and experience managing multiple projects simultaneously
Impeccable and concise oral, written and especially graphic communication skills. Be able to effectively communicate the rationale behind design decisions through strong oral and written communication skills to internal and external parties.
Ability to initiate and establish relationships with internal WeWork team members, external consultants, clients, and outside organizations; broad ability to coordinate these parties
Process and action oriented and resourceful problem solver
Self-directed with a high level of initiative and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
Flexibility and resilience: You can pivot easily, both in initiative focus and strategic mindset, as required by the company's evolving product and market share. You see a continually developing and shifting goal line as an opportunity to innovate and collaborate
Open to feedback and strong desire to learn
WeWork will not cover the cost of relocation for this position. Should your application be successful, you would be responsible for your own relocation expenses.