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Engine Digital

Design Director (Executive)

Design · Vancouver, British Columbia
Department Design
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Senior Executive

About Us

We’re a team of strategists, designers, and technologists, driven by a shared passion for creating thoughtful digital platforms, products, and services that span web, mobile, and connected spaces. Based in Vancouver and New York City, we’re focused on changing how organizations connect with users in an increasingly digital world. If you’re up for that challenge, you should join us.

The Role

As Executive Design Director, you’ll guide our visual design practice with a focus on delivering exceptional work that helps our clients achieve their objectives. You’ll partner with our heads of Strategy, Engineering, and Delivery to ensure cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing between areas of expertise. Your ability to attract, manage, support, and nurture design talent will ensure we’re continually growing a team of exceptional talent. As a member of the agency’s Leadership team, you’ll help to increase our reputation as a leading digital consultancy through your own perspectives and thought leadership, while supporting new business and organic growth efforts. While candidates should have a thorough understanding of User Experience, this specific role is focused on visual design.


  • Manage, mentor, and empower the Design team to produce exceptional work
  • Define project goals and objectives that go beyond the brief and support our mission
  • Help guide the craft of projects that require greater hands on design direction
  • Play a lead role in client workshops, presentations, and reviews
  • Lead and support cross-functional teams in concepting and ideation
  • Foster an environment that balances high performance with happiness and healthiness
  • Support the new business team on evaluation, planning, and pitching
  • Help strengthen the agency’s reputation through events, conferences, marketing efforts

Required Skills & Experience

  • 10+ years experience at a leadership level within a digital agency or design consultancy
  • Experience leading, mentoring, and growing a design group
  • A strong book of work that demonstrates skill, craft, and thinking
  • Expertise in design for web, mobile, ecommerce, product, and identity/brand
  • Mastery of tools including Sketch, Framer, Adobe CS, Invision, and Keynote
  • Natural ability to communicate, present, and sell through ideas internally and to clients
  • A desire to play a leadership role, yet open to getting your hands dirty
  • A personal perspective about design and its role in shaping brands and relationships
  • Degree in design or communications an asset but not a requirement
  • An entrepreneurial aptitude and experience in scaling a design business
  • Candidates should be a resident of Vancouver or willing to relocate


In addition to an exceptional company culture, we offer the following benefits to all employees:

  • A welcome kit, a MacBook, and all the tools you need on day one
  • Personal learning budget for classes, events, and conferences, and access to General Assembly, Treehouse, Udemy, and One Month to help you expand your skills
  • Winter holiday break in addition to 3 weeks vacation time to start
  • Office snacks, coffee, tea, beer, and monthly birthday lunches
  • Holiday parties, happy hours, and team building activities
  • Health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Offices in two of the best cities in the world – Vancouver and New York City
  • An incredible global client list including some of the most recognized brands
  • Focused yet casual studio environment located in Mount Pleasant, the heart of Vancouver’s emerging tech hub

How to Apply

If this sounds like a fit, please apply through our online application form. Only candidates with an online portfolio or work samples and the required level of experience may be shortlisted and contacted. Please clearly state your personal contribution to each project submitted. If you have a blog or other online projects, please send those URLs along too.

No recruiters, agencies, or phone calls please.

Visit us at www.enginedigital.com

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  • Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Executive