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Senior Brand Designer

Rapha

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Join the creative forefront at Rapha as a Senior Brand Designer and shape the future of a world-renowned cycling brand

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N19 4AG

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Rapha is not just a brand; it's a global beacon for cycling culture, known for its dedication to creating the best cycling apparel and fostering a community of enthusiasts. As a company that has been defining style and performance for cyclists since 2004, Rapha invites you to be part of their mission to celebrate life on two wheels. This is your chance to contribute to a legacy of design excellence and join a team that prides itself on world-class campaigns and storytelling.

Role Summary:

  • Lead creative projects from conception to completion across brand campaigns, editorial content, retail experiences, and product design.
  • Collaborate with top-level creatives to craft and execute innovative design concepts.
  • Ensure brand consistency while pushing the boundaries of visual communication.
  • Art direct shoots and create dynamic motion animations to enhance brand storytelling.
  • Commission and guide external designers to meet Rapha's high standards.

Role Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in branding and design within renowned brands or agencies.
  • Proficiency in print, digital design, and motion animation, with a portfolio showcasing conceptual thinking.
  • Strong skills in typography, layout, and a good eye for photography and film.
  • Familiarity with animation tools and a keen interest in 3D design software is a plus.
  • Well-versed in contemporary design trends, with excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Passionate about the outdoors and cycling, with a collaborative spirit and a positive attitude.

Benefits of Working at Rapha:

  • Flexible working hours and support for remote work options.
  • Free barista coffee, social drinks, and organized social events to keep the team spirit alive.
  • An opportunity to bond with colleagues through cycling events.
  • Generous staff discounts on apparel, an annual clothing allowance, and free Rapha Cycling Club membership.
  • Attractive pension scheme and enhanced parental leave benefits.

Senior Brand Designer



Founded in 2004, Rapha exists to inspire the world to embrace life by bike. Over the past 20 years, Rapha has become one of the most revered brands in the world of sport. Our in-house Brand Creative team has played a pivotal role in shaping the brand’s voice through a wide range of world-class campaigns and compelling storytelling.



We are now seeking a new Senior Brand Designer to join the creative team, driving the evolution of the brand’s design and communication work, and ensuring consistency across various touch points.



Role Overview:



As a Senior Brand Designer, you will work across brand campaigns, editorial, retail, and product. Collaborating with the Associate Creative Director and Heads of Departments, you will be instrumental in brainstorming, conceptualising, and art directing creative briefs. You will also contribute to the evolution of brand design, graphics, and branding



Given the diverse nature of the role, it is crucial that you approach each task with an open mind and are comfortable working in different styles and mediums. You will push the boundaries to create an engaging aesthetic and drive impactful visual storytelling. This role demands keen attention to detail, creative ownership, and a passion for innovative design.



Key Responsibilities:



- Pitching and conceptualising design direction across various briefs and brand pillars.

- Creating proof of concept decks.

- Presenting ideas to the Creative Director and Head of Brand and incorporating feedback for final sign-off.

- Designing and producing artwork for brand & social campaigns, editorial & digital, print & retail.

- Creating visually engaging motion animations for individual campaigns and broader brand applications.

- Art directing basic shoots where creative and design are heavily interlinked.

- Pitching and commissioning/briefing external designers and studios.

- Acting as the brand guardian, ensuring all work aligns with the Rapha tone of voice.

- Anticipating challenges and finding creative solutions.

About You:



- 5+ years of experience working for brands and/or design agencies.

- Strong experience in branding, print design, and digital design, with evidence of conceptual thinking.

- Excellent design skills, including typography and image layout.

- Strong sensibility for photography and film.

- Experience in animation/motion design, including proficiency in After Effects. Interest in 3D software like Blender or Cinema4D is advantageous.

- Knowledge of contemporary designers, photographers, animators, artists, and studios.

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

- Strong presentation skills, with the ability to build and present creative presentations with clear, compelling ideas.

- A keen interest in the outdoors industry.

- Ability to balance persistence with flexibility.

- Collaborative at heart, with a positive outlook and team-oriented approach.





Working at Rapha

 We are continuously looking into ways to invest in our employees and build a better working culture and environment. Here are just some of the internal benefits we offer.





  • Flexible working hours
  • Support ad-hoc remote working during the week - Minimum 3 days in office
  • Free barista coffee and social drinks in the office
  • Monthly department social events and quarterly office rides 
  • We offer a flexible riding benefit to allow you to go out riding on a Wednesday morning with colleagues or learn to cycle through our Getting Started Scheme.
  • We offer all our employees a 50% apparel discount and a discount for family and friends
  • An annual clothing allowance
  • Free membership to the Rapha Cycling Club
  • Enhanced Company Pension Scheme
  • Enhanced Parental Leave 
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