Junior Designer

Design Team
Salary range:  £20,000 – £24,000 dependent on experience.
Aira is a fast growing digital agency based in the centre of Milton Keynes. We’re currently looking for a Junior Designer with 6 months - 2 years working experience to join our team. You will be joining an experienced company at an exciting stage of growth and will be given the opportunity to grow in your role and get hands-on with projects.

We believe in building a great place to work and an environment where we do our best work for clients. We feel passionately about building a great atmosphere for our staff and believe in good work/life balance.

About the role

  • Helping see projects through from inception to production, aiding with the creation of attractive and effective designs for clients
  • Supporting wider team throughout campaigns and projects
  • Feeding in visual and design suggestions at the ideation and concept stage, whilst being a soundboard for the creative team to help bring campaign ideas to life
  • Learning to meet deadlines in a fast moving environment
  • Communicating with senior designer around designs and feedback
  • Liaising effectively with other team members across the PR and creative team
  • Liaising with clients as and when necessary to improve designs
  • Offering input to creative meetings and sharing ideas to make processes better
  • Developing good organisational skills and expanding skill sets
  • Develop your specialism and work towards being in the top 10% of your industry
  • Consistently following our working methods for client management, UX design, development, and supporting your colleagues do the same.

There is plenty of opportunity for progression, the next natural step being a mid-level designer, but we also give you plenty of opportunities to define your own career path based on what you enjoy and playing to your strengths.

About You

You’ll have at least a qualification in a design field behind you, and ideally, experience in a creative or marketing field, and will have assisted on a range of projects where you can demonstrate your contribution.

We’re looking for someone with the following:

  • A qualification in graphic design (or a similar field) and 6 months+ work experience in the design field
  • An interest in data visualisation and infographics
  • A competent understanding of the design basics: typography, colour, layout, hierarchy, alignment, UX etc
  • Familiar working with and interpreting brand guidelines
  • Ability to work well within a team and manage workloads to meet deadlines
  • A willingness to take feedback and learn from team members and clients
  • Familiar with the Adobe CC suite (mostly AI, PS and XD)
  • Contribute and help evolve processes as well as design quality over time
  • Eagerness to stay up to date with design trends and know what strong design looks like
  • A proactive attitude, bringing passion and enthusiasm to your work
  • Have an organised and structured approach to work

It would be a bonus if you:

  • Have up to 2 years experience working in an agency/in-house either as an intern or full/part time employed
  • Have worked on or produced data visualisation and infographics
  • Have completed a number of freelance commissions for clients (e.g. branding, websites or digital marketing campaigns)
  • Are competent or have a good understanding of alternative industry tools - e.g. Figma, sketch, canva
  • Have a working knowledge or appreciation of other aspects of the business - e.g. brand/commercial awareness, SEO & data.
  • Have an interest or good working knowledge of Illustration/animation/prototyping

What you’ll get – our culture

Culture is very, very important to us. So much so that we have published our culture code online so that you can see exactly what it means to us. We’d highly recommend that you take a look so that you can see what we offer and how we’re different from other agencies.

We also do a lot for your development, here are just a few of them:

  • Regular personal development and concrete plans on how you can progress and grow within the company
  • An annual training and technology budget to use as you see fit
  • Unlimited, free books and audiobooks to help you learn and develop
  • Opportunities to speak at industry events and our own MKGO event
  • Mental health coaching and support thanks to our partnership with Sanctus
  • Up to two days a year to use for volunteering days with charities

As you’ll see below, we offer some great perks and benefits, but it’s our culture which we believe truly makes us stand out. Any old agency can offer great perks, but they become normal very quickly. A great culture will push you and improve you for years to come. Take out the perks, and a great culture will still remain.

We offer a bunch of great perks too

We love to look after our team and invest as much as we can in giving them everything they need to do a great job. Whilst perks aren’t everything, we do offer a lot to our team including:

  • A new shiny MacBook
  • A big second screen
  • Team lunch at Nandos on your first day (and random days after that!)
  • Unlimited (yes, unlimited) paid annual leave once you pass probation
  • Your birthday off
  • Endless supply of tea, coffee and biscuits
  • An £800 annual training and technology budget you can spend how you please, including improving your working from home setup
  • Regular personal development and concrete plans on how you can progress and grow within the company
  • Free eye care exams once a year
  • Free parking permit in central Milton Keynes
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay
  • Free books related to your development
  • Opportunities to speak at industry events and our own MKGO event
  • Mental health in the workplace support thanks to our partnership with Sanctus
Salary range:  £20,000 – £24,000 dependent on experience.

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