VP, Design Director

Updated: November 18, 2021
Location: Westerville, OH, United States
Job ID: 137982

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You inspire creativity and lead with clear direction.

With keen aesthetic judgement and a well-managed plan, you are a natural at leading your creative team to success. There is never a time when you are not thinking of new ideas, and your clients appreciate your dedication to providing high quality and impactful campaigns. Such talent and guidance make you the right fit for this impactful VP, Design Director role with GSW.

The Design Director’s core responsibility is to lead the Design Department and deliver world-class design and experiences, whether digital or physical. Oversee the design teams and ensure that all efforts lead to creative outcomes that are high-quality and on-brand. As the leader of design, the DD will need to have a wide base of technical knowledge and be able to guide designers through an array of complicated design problems. Effective communication, innovation, and high-level design problem-solving. In addition to communicating our design philosophy to design teams and stakeholders, supervise the entire design process and all-important technical decisions. Cultivate, maintain and grow client relationships. An expert communicator, keep in touch with all team members and make sure that everyone has the resources and knowledge needed to succeed.

The Design Director ultimately strives to advance GSW’s capabilities as a design powerhouse by driving innovative design solutions in partnership with creative, strategy and technology.

GSW is a full-service healthcare communications agency that goes beyond advertising to create personalized brand experiences. We develop strategic marketing solutions for pharmaceutical, biotech and health-and-wellness clients around the world. We create experiences that involve, inspire, educate and activate people through ongoing brand journeys


  • Participates in and contributes to all conceptual projects

  • Possesses a strong understanding of brand strategy to ensure that all design are rooted in and support our strategic goals.
  • Forges good working relationships with counterparts in creative, Strategy and Account Management leadership
  • Ownership of quality control
  • Client facing/presentational skills

Job Requirements

  • Leadership skills: Leads by example and serves pivotal role in helping the organization reach its potential, demonstrating an organizational view of work vs an individual view. Acts with a high level of professionalism, integrity and unquestionable ethics at all times
  • Teamwork: Understands the impact of one's actions on others, seeks to keep team informed and maximizes the power of working together
  • Communication: Communicates adeptly and transparently both internally and externally and is able to establish rapport with a variety of professional levels from all functional areas
  • Strong presentation skills: Commands an audience through clear, direct and engaging presentation approaches

As a healthcare company we have an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. This position will require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of their job responsibilities, unless an exemption can be confirmed based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Submission & Approval of an Exemption does not guarantee that an exemption can be accommodated.

GSW turns against the premise of doing the “same old.” Our culture is focused on collaborative, meaningful advertising and day-to-day interpersonal interaction. We value the diverse backgrounds of our team members, and everyone has the opportunity to provide input and be heard. GSW is comprised of creative, motivated individuals who are all here for a reason. We welcome those who strive to work above and beyond their role, who voice their opinion and who are engaged in all aspects of the agency.

At GSW, “speak people” is part of our every day. Our employees are inventing ways to go further, faster, thus giving purpose to liberating ideas within healthcare advertising.

GSW is part of Syneos Health Communications, a purpose-built collective of agencies focused on supporting health and biopharmaceutical innovators. We work in scalable, collaborative teams that partner across disciplines and geographies to deliver integrated communications strategies that accelerate brand performance. In today’s fast-changing and complex environment, success lies in making connections: between science, emotion, and technology; between data, design and human insight. We’re able to make those connections because our medical communications, digital, advertising, public relations, data science, research and market access specialists work closely with each other and with healthcare experts, including physicians, pharmacists and advocates. Together, we are the connected healthcare partner tapping rich insights to drive innovation, change behavior and pioneer a new era of accountable marketing.

Syneos Health Communications is powered by Syneos Health, a global professional services organization designed to help the biopharmaceutical industry shorten the distance from lab to life.

WORK HERE MATTERS EVERYWHERE | How will you accelerate bringing new therapies to patients?

Syneos Health is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled) 


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