The Economist

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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world. The Economist Media Businesses promote, create and deliver integrated advertising and sponsorship opportunities. In an increasingly visually driven media landscape, the Economist creative team is a vital part of the Media Businesses’ growth strategy. 


Currently, we are seeking a Design Executive who will be responsible for developing compelling ideas and visuals for client sales, integrated programs, content programs, and promotional materials for The Economist Group and its offerings. The role reports to the Senior Design Executive in Gurgaon, and partners closely with global teams across the Economist Group.


The role will cover requirements from the Media Business globally, particularly requests from London and New York. As such, while the role is based on local hours (9:00-5:30pm in Gurgaon) some flexibility will be required to cover day-to-day contact with London and occasional meetings with New York.


In this role you will be expected to:

  • Create a range of visually compelling marketing materials, including ads, advertorials, presentations, collateral, and custom imagery according to a brief, and in a variety of styles,  and prepare them for print or web
  • Contribute relevant, interesting ideas in team meetings and brainstorms
  • Manage projects, and help stakeholders to identify and articulate creative needs
  • Reprioritize work as needed based on deadlines
  • Manage your time while working on multiple projects
  • Quickly grasp and sublimate ideas, and communicate clearly in your work
  • Be detail and solution oriented


Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in this role you must have:

  • 1 -3 or more years of advertorial and display ad design work experience with 1 year Design experience/management
  • Experience in infographics and presentation design, marketing design, advertising, cover design and layout photo research
  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent work experience as a designer
  • Working knowledge in Creative Suite programs, incl. typography
  • Working knowledge creating presentations in Keynote or PowerPoint
  • Experience or knowledge in one or several of these: copywriting, html, CSS, programming, illustration, infographics, animation, video editing
  • An interest in, and understanding of current trends in design, tech & media
  • Proficient with PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Strong ability to multi-task and move between distinct projects
  • Superior communications skills 

To succeed in this role you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Keen instincts for visual communication and storytelling
  • Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced entrepreneurial oriented environment
  • Effectiveness as a team member and at relationship building
  • Excellent communication skills (including fluent written and spoken English)
  • Curiosity, intelligence, enthusiasm, motivation and a “growth mind set".
  • Being able to meet deadlines and prioritise work effectively
  • Skills in managing relationships, inside and outside of the team
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work well in a team
  • Self-motivated, proactive mind-set
  • Excellent written English
  • Research-literacy
  • Ability to be very detailed oriented
  • A commercial mind