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American Equity Graphic Designer, Eagle Life Marketing in West Des Moines, Iowa

Description

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company is a leading retirement income provider specializing in fixed index annuities designed to protect principal and guarantee income. American Equity is committed to quality products and high-level customer service, integrity, excellence and safety, delivering customers the promise of protected growth of their savings and the dignity of a paycheck for life.

Founded in 1995, they currently fund over half a million retirements nationwide. American Equity is a NYSE-listed company and maintains an “excellent” rating from AM Best. The company is the #3 producer of fixed income annuities, has over $57 billion in assets, 21,000 active agents and over 600 employees. They succeed by hiring people who embody the beliefs that drive their unique, energetic, fast-paced and caring culture. The team is built on trust, motivated to accomplish a shared mission through collaboration, ownership, drive and innovation.

GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Come work for a company that will allow you to flex your creativity and innovation. We’re hiring a Graphic Designer that knows how to visually communicate ideas that inspire, inform or engage our financial professional audience. You will develop the overall layout and production design for print and digital advertisements and help re-imagine the brand.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Able to design a wide range of media including, but not limited to: logos, national ads, brochures, digital and direct mail campaigns, and digital media such as infographics, interactive content and digital placements.

  • Establish creative direction for the company as well as brand guidelines

  • Completes projects by coordinating with approved outside vendors and printers.

  • Meets with internal partners to discuss the business objectives, requirements and business needs of the project. Then, develops a design concept to suit their purpose with the ability to pitch concepts to multiple stakeholders.

  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects within design specifications

  • Ensure that all artwork and files are accurate, adhere to brand standards, meet and exceed timeline and deliverable requirements, and follow all specifications.

  • Manage technical/file trouble-shooting and design issues.

  • Loads HTML emails, memos and letters

  • Keeps abreast of emerging technologies in new media, particularly design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending design workshops and reviewing professional publications.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Reports: 0

General Description of Indirect Reports (2 and 3-downs): 0

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or four to six years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS:

None required for this position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of digital artwork/media and print production.

  • Knowledge of form design and producing various types of print and digital media.

  • Understanding of the creative and production processes

  • Balance of excellent typography skills, an understanding of photography, layout, illustration, and web/print process

  • Solid understanding of image formats (EPS, TIF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF)

  • Technical skills in print, digital optimization for web and social media, retouching, 4c printing, digital file preparation, 4-color print and production processes, and pre-press delivery formats

  • Understanding of graphic compression

  • Adobe applications (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash) – and a proven ability to create usable templates for print and web.

  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) – and a proven ability to create usable templates

  • Software Skill Levels:

Basic

Intermediate

Expert

Excel

Fireworks

InDesign

After Effects

Dreamweaver

Photoshop

Premiere

Flash

PowerPoint

Muse

Word

Acrobat

Outlook

Illustrator

Dreamweaver

  • Digital workflow automation experience

  • Understanding of asset management systems

  • PC proficiency

  • Solid experience following brand standards

  • Keen eye for detail and correcting copy/design errors missed in projects

  • Able to research new technology and new channels

  • Able to partner and build relationships internally and externally

  • Be able to manage time appropriately and meet aggressive deadlines

  • Experience with digital content such as websites, CMS, social media, online advertising and email campaigns along with basic knowledge of HTML

  • Should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Must stay up to date with new production techniques and trends through research and education.


This description covers the major purpose and essential functions of the job. It is not intended to give all details or a step-by-step account of the way each task is to be performed. Employees may receive other job related instructions and be required to perform other job related work requested by their manager. All requirements are subject to possible modification to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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