Associate Creative Manager

La Mirada, California, United States Full-time

Makita is a worldwide leader in the professional power tool industry. Over the past 100 years we’ve built a reputation for using the finest raw materials, the most advanced manufacturing equipment, and the most rigorous quality testing in the industry. Headquartered in La Mirada, CA, Makita U.S.A, with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Buford, Georgia, has been bringing Makita’s best-in-class engineering advantage to professional power tool users in America since 1970.

Job Summary

The Associate Creative Manager is responsible for supporting the Creative Manager and the Creative Services team in the creation of quality visual content. In addition to working with a team of over 10 designers, photographers, and video producers, the Associate Creative Manager will also be working closely with the Brand, Channel, Product Management & Web Development teams in the development of print and digital projects ranging from trade show graphics and promos to product launches and digital ads, plus everything in between. In addition to the management of projects and assets, this position is also expected to take initiative in the refinement and development of new processes to help improve the efficiency of the business. The ideal candidate for this role will understand the value of good communication and organization, be ambitious, intelligent, and methodical, as well as be genuinely invested in the well-being of the team.


Skills, Experience & Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Advertising, Communications, or Marketing preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a creative role/field.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience managing a creative team (designers, photographers, videographers, etc.).
  • Knowledge and experience with best practices for print and digital media.
  • Exceptional communication, organization, and project management skills (i.e. spreadsheets, lists, charts, etc.)
  • Extensive experience with Adobe CC including key software such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Fluency with film/editing software such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, After Effects is a plus.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office suite including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and screen project requests/creative briefs for thoroughness and clarity before delegating to the team. Must be able to work with project requesters in the development of proper briefs.
  • Support the Creative Manager in the supervision, development, and approval of the team’s projects.
  • Meet regularly with project stakeholders (Brand, Channel, Product Management, and Web Development teams) to understand business/project needs and keep aligned with the larger Marketing calendar.
  • Be able and willing to give and receive constructive criticism as well as identify opportunities for mentorship and growth.
  • Maintain a strong pulse on new and upcoming design, software, marketing, and materials trends.
  • Support with the sourcing of external printing, photography, and display needs with outside vendors.
  • Utilize the department’s equipment and resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Regularly audit projects and processes to identify opportunities for creative workflow improvements.


Language Skills

  • Excellent English reading, writing, and verbal skills.
  • Spanish reading, writing, and verbal skills are a plus.


Reasoning Abilities

  • Must be able to evaluate and interpret stakeholder needs/wants for a project and justify creative/visual decision making to produce the best overall solutions for the brand.

 Physical Demands

  • This position is required to sit for intermittent periods of time with occasionally being required to stand, walk, bend, stoop, or reach.
  • May require working extended and/or irregular hours.
  • May require lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling equipment or boxes up to 75 lbs.
  • May require exposure to work environments with to loud noises, debris, hazardous materials/chemicals, etc.
  • May require assembling and using power tools, accessories, and related materials.

 Company Benefits

  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Benefits
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Time Off & Holiday Pay
  • Education Reimbursement


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