Lead Motion Graphics Designer

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Posted: 13 September 2021

Contract: Full Time, Permanent Role

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Twig Education creates incredible, inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning experiences full of aha! moments that students remember forever. We couldn’t do this without creative and passionate people who challenge and inspire each other. 

That’s where you come in! Working for Twig means getting the chance to use your talents to the fullest, doing work that makes the world a better place in an environment where your contributions get noticed. 

Twig launched in 2011. Our resources, created in collaboration with Imperial College London and Stanford University, are now used by millions of teachers and students in over 60 countries and with over 20 different languages. This success didn’t happen by accident.  We hire talented individuals, give them the chance to shine, and recognise the impact they make on Twig and on the lives of students across the globe. We’re here to change the world of STEM education. Want to join us?

Job Role

We are currently seeking a Lead Motion Graphics Designer to join our Production team. Ideally suited to someone who has excellent hands-on creative skills, exceptional organisational and time-management skills, and experience leading small teams. 

Working with Producers and Video Editors, you will develop, design and deliver graphic sequences for implementation into short films designed to broaden knowledge and entertain. There will also be opportunities to work with our Digital Design team on interactive projects, to produce immersive, active user experiences. Though the outputs vary, both require a passion for producing engaging content and a desire and ability to work collaboratively.  

At Twig we embrace the sharing of knowledge and experience. Our edit team has varying levels of graphics abilities, and part of this role is to support and develop their skill sets.

Key Responsibilities
  • Designing, developing and delivering highest quality motion graphic sequences and interactive assets, to communicate scientific processes and educational concepts
  • Using a range of tools – moodboards, storyboards, wireframes etc, to clearly communicate ideas, achieve buy in, and avoid wasted time and effort
  • Digesting feedback and implementing solutions, in response to Producers and project leads
  • Leading other graphic designers when required, both in-house or freelance
  • Liasing with the Digital Design and Content Design teams, to identify opportunities for collaboration, to enrich content across products and deliver best value
  • With the Lead Editor, develop and produce project style guides    
  • Engaging with established workflows and taking responsibility for projects, considering future proofing, and access to the wider team
  • Scheduling, prioritising and managing graphics work, raising risks to quality, and being mindful of schedule and budget
  • Sharing experience, knowledge and encouraging the edit team to develop their graphics skills through day-to-day support and informal training sessions
Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • At least 2 years experience working in a senior motion graphics role, with team lead and/or work allocation responsibilities
  • A proven track record in producing motion graphics, having worked on both video and interactive content
  • Extensive experience using Adobe After Effects and Premiere, and Cinema 4D 
  • Working knowledge of particle effects and fluid dynamics
  • Prior experience working with 3D environments

Desirable:

  • An interest in, or experience with, Unity would be ideal 
  • Digital illustration skills are an advantage

You should have a demonstrable ability to think visually and translate complex ideas into engaging sequences. The capacity to look critically at unfamiliar concepts and scenarios, and interrogate how they should be presented accurately is essential.       

You will be motivated, and be able to work collaboratively with our experienced in-house editors, producers and design teams. You’ll be comfortable with deadlines, and agile – you’ll have no problem managing multiple sequences and films at a time, and will have the confidence to flag conflicting demands, or find workable solutions. 

Our teams grow and contract depending on the scale and number of ongoing projects, should we bring in additional graphic designers then the Lead Motion Graphic Designer would run the team, allocating tasks, scheduling work and offering support, while continuing with some hands-on responsibilities.

What’s in it for you?

Your job will offer diversity and fulfillment as well as professional and personal development.  Twig has an open, fair, relaxed and flexible culture where hard work is recognised and rewarded.  Benefits of working at Twig include:

  • Salaries are competitive
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Health Shield cashback plan
  • Generous holiday allowance including birthday off
  • Office in an attractive location
  • Being part of a lively, fun team
Work Environment

We expect to operate a hybrid working model with some days spent in the Glasgow office and some working from home. Where homeworking is allowed, the postholder is responsible for ensuring they have a suitable working space which supports high performance.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Twig is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Think you might fit this role?

To apply, please complete the Online Application Form, attaching a CV and covering letter, with a showreel or examples of your work, demonstrating the extent to which your skills, abilities and experience meet the requirements of this role.  Applications close at 12.30pm on Friday the 15th of October.

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