Principal and Vice Chancellor: Professor Joan K Stringer, CBE, BA(Hon),
CertEd, PhD, CCMI, FRSA, FRSE
POST TITLE: SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Salary: GRADE 5: £26,666– £31,840
Napier University is a dynamic, innovative and forward-looking institution
located in the heart of Edinburgh – a vibrant city which is a major
international centre for finance and the arts, and the seat of the new
Scottish Parliament. Napier University also has a growing international
reputation as a provider of high quality education.
Senior Graphic Designer
Responsible to: Marketing & Brand Manager
Overall purpose of post: To lead and manage the in-house design team.
To ensure that external and internal marketing and
communications materials (printed publications and
web/multimedia projects) are designed, prepared and
delivered in a timely fashion – often under tight
deadlines – to the highest possible standards in
customer service, quality and consistency, enforcing
and sustaining the Napier’s reputation and brand
visually, in line with the strategic direction of the
TENURE OF POST
This post is offered on a permanent basis, subject always to satisfactory
performance, attendance and conduct.
HOURS OF WORK
36.25 hours per week.
Our Vision: By 2010, we will be widely regarded as the best modern
University in Scotland.
Our Purpose: We will deliver what our customers want – in accessible,
flexible and creative ways – inspiring confidence in our
students and staff and with the employers and communities
we serve, both home and abroad.
Since 1964, when it was first established as a centre of learning, Napier
University has become one of Scotland’s largest universities with over 14,000
students and 1,700 staff. It offers 102 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate
programmes in arts, business, computing and information technology, health
care, engineering and science in addition to a growing programme of continuing
professional development programmes for working professionals.
Napier is located in the City of Edinburgh – the UK’s top tourist destination after
London. We have three main campuses in Edinburgh itself, as well as smaller
campuses within the city at Comely Bank and Canaan Lane, and campuses at
Melrose and Livingston.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
As the department responsible for promoting the University to a diverse range of target
audiences in the UK and beyond, Marketing & Communications carries out a wide range
of activities from media relations through to the design and production of promotional
materials – disseminated both through print and online channels.
LOCATION: CRAIGHOUSE CAMPUS
Set in fifty five acres of rolling parkland just two miles from the city centre
Craighouse features a stunning collection of elegant A-listed Victorian buildings
with fantastic views of the city of Edinburgh, juxtaposed with the ultra-modern
Learning Resource Centre. It is the main location for the academic Schools
which make up the Faculty of Arts & Social Science, and is home to the
Academic Development Group and the University’s senior management team.
Academically the University is organised in three Faculties as follows:
Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences
Napier University Business School
Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries
Our graduates are confident and valued by employers, for their job skills as well
as their subject knowledge. Our student body is diverse and cosmopolitan, and
is made up of about 11% international students, 10% UK students and 79%
Scottish students. As well as encouraging international students to study in
Scotland, Napier University has students studying on a number of Napier
programmes in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Napier University was the first UK
University to open a representative office in Beijing and is currently planning to
establish joint campuses in mainland China.
About 25% of our students study at Napier University on a part-time basis. We
also have a growing community of students who are in full-time employment and
update their professional and technical skills by attending one or more of a wide
variety of courses on offer at the University which provide opportunities for
continuous professional development.
Napier University employs 1,700 staff including 850 academic staff, 70 research
staff and 800 support staff. In addition to the three Faculties, a variety of
University Services provide direct support for the academic life of the University
in areas such as Academic Development, Lifelong Learning, Learning
Information Services, Communication and IT Services and the Research Office.
In addition, Registry Services and Student Services provide a direct and front line
service to Napier University students through effective management of student
information and providing advice and guidance to support the student
Napier University is committed to ensuring that all its staff have the opportunity
for personal and professional development and this is reflected in our
achievement of Investors in People status in January 2001 and re-accreditation in
2007. All staff participate in a Review process every year to assess performance
and highlight their development needs. Our Corporate Learning & Development
Unit (L&D) organises a range of development opportunities for all staff and
Educational Development Services (EDS) is responsible for specialist training for
academic staff. EDS is also the driving force behind the major development of
flexible learning opportunities including those programmes developed with our
strategic Commercialisation partners.
Application packs are available from, and should be returned to: Samantha
Penn, Napier University, Craighouse Campus, Edinburgh EH10 5LG, telephone
0131-455-6311 or by email on email@example.com
The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 29 February. Please
note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held mid to late March.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IN THE APPLICATION PACK:
1. Terms and conditions of employment relating to post
2. Job description
3. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
GRADE 5: £26,666– £31,840
Responsible to: Marketing & Brand Manager
Reporting directly to: Marketing & Brand Manager
Overall purpose of post: To lead and manage the in-house design team. To
ensure that external and internal marketing and
communications materials for the University (printed
publications and web/multimedia projects) are
designed, prepared and delivered in a timely fashion
– often under tight deadlines – to the highest possible
standards in customer service, quality and
consistency, enforcing and sustaining the Napier’s
reputation and brand visually, in line with the strategic
direction of the University.
Main duties & responsibilities
1 Provide clear and consistent design advice and services across the
University, which reinforce and strengthen the University brand, based on
objectives outlined in strategic brand and marketing plans.
2 Proficient with Mac software applications: primarily QuarkXPress, Adobe
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, as well as Microsoft Word and
3 Managing and scheduling individual and team projects from brief and
trafficking through to delivery with excellent customer service and
communication: delegating tasks and projects, liaising with team members
and internal clients, estimating and managing multiple projects, preparing
and overseeing high quality and consistent artwork, liaising with external
suppliers to ensure best quality and value for money within specified
4 Planning, managing and overseeing team budget, overseeing financial
procedures and processes, identifying and acquiring necessary resources.
Raising and approving purchase requisitions, monitoring team workflow,
overseeing internal cross-charging and other internal procedures /
5 Creative problem solving and excellent conflict resolution skills, pro-active,
assertive, solutions oriented approach; negotiation, presentation and
6 Working closely with teams to refine procedures/ processes, building.
Networking, building and managing internal customer and external
supplier relationships / satisfaction over time.
7 Managing needs of design team; personal and career development
reviews, ability to lead, coach, supervise and provide motivation for team.
POST: SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
DEPARTMENT: MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Attributes Essential Desirable Requirements
Education/Qualifications HNC or equivalent Design degree /
Experience Relevant experience Agency experience
(Type/Duration) in a graphic design /
studio management Experience within HE or
role public sector
Traffic management Experience with branding /
experience re-branding exercises
Skills/Personal Evidence of Expertise with Adobe
Requirements creativity and InDesign, Flash, Action
excellent design Script and HTML
skills and technical programming, knowledge of
expertise using Mac databases and content
platform software – management systems
Illustrator as well as
Acrobat and MS
Word Excel and
Pre-press / art
working / technical
skill and knowledge
Knowledge and Understanding of branding /
understanding of marketing in HE or service
importance of visual Understanding/
consistency experience of key HE
Ability to motivate
and develop staff
and ability to
with ability to
tasks and projects
from initial brief
through to delivery
Ability to maintain a
standard of work