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Graphic Designer

Full-time, permanent, office/hybrid

£26-£37k p/a, dependent on experience.

We are looking for a Graphic Designer to join our fast-paced design studio. You will get to work on varied client accounts and different aspects of design, including brand, design for print and digital. 

We offer a breadth of design services at Optima, and you should be keen to work in all areas of design for print, including branding, layouts, exhibition, packaging and illustration. You will also need to adapt your skills to digital environments and create designs to work on-screen and mobile, including digital advertising and social. We are a very busy agency, so every team member needs to be adaptable, enthusiastic, passionate and committed to creating great design. You also need to be efficient, work on your initiative and be confident to contribute creative solutions. 

This role is a fantastic opportunity for a Graphic Designer looking for a long-term career where you can develop your skills. The position is not suitable for new graduates.

You will

  • Report to our Creative Lead, and work closely with the wider design team on a broad range of creative briefs.
  • Interpret and respond to creative briefs and deliver high-quality results.
  • Be expected to generate creative and conceptual ideas, working individually and as a team.
  • Be scheduled to work on a wide variety of projects which will give you exposure to different types of clients, their brands and how they work.
  • Undertake more technical design aspects, including setting documents and reports for international clients in different languages.
  • Develop your skills in a wide range of disciplines including brand, packaging, exhibition and digital.
  • As part of the wider design team input and critique work and support junior designers.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the execution and detail of each of your projects is taken care of.
  • Support the broader agency team at all project stages, as required.

About Optima

We are an established design agency based centrally in the UK in the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln. We are a multi-disciplinary agency delivering a breadth of digital products and services alongside an established brand and traditional media offering, which covers all aspects of brand identity and design for print, packaging, exhibition and point of sale. We are driven by an overarching desire to make a positive difference in the world through the work we do every day.

Our diverse client portfolio ranges from global NGOs responsible for influencing policy on world health, workers’ rights and education to businesses and organisations from a national to local level across sectors including agri-food, retail, manufacturing, engineering, government, business services and consumer goods.

Who we’re looking for:

  • BA Graphic Design degree or equivalent qualification in a design discipline
  • Minimum two years’ experience in an agency environment
  • Good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs – Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop are essential – XD, After Effects, Premiere and Dimension, would be an advantage.
  • A varied portfolio of creative design work which demonstrates clear thinking and ideas
  • Solid communication skills
  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn and improve
  • An excellent eye for detail
  • A team player
  • Hardworking and flexible

How to apply:

If you think you would be a great fit for our team, apply using the form below. Please ensure you send us:

  • A cover letter/introduction outlining why you would be a great addition to the team
  • Your CV (Maximum 18MB)
  • Examples of work.

Without these three pieces, we will sadly be unable to consider your application.

Closing date: Wednesday 10th April 2024

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Hybrid Working

Optional home working for up to two days a week, the rest of the week office-based to help support and mentor junior staff and collaborate as a team.

*Available after probationary period and on agreement with line manager


Flexibility on start and finish times and arrangements around childcare – just ask and we’ll accommodate if we can.

Extra Holiday

We have always gifted the team an additional three days each Christmas so that the team can enjoy a longer festive break – the doors close for Christmas and open again after new year.

Training & Support

Access to training resources and courses, regular reviews and being part of a dynamic team sharing ideas, learning from one another and mentoring less experienced members of the team.

Employee Recognition

Each month, the team choose an Optimite who has been more of a star than usual! The winner is rewarded with a meal out for two on us.

Team Treats

We’ll be honest, most treats come in the form of food and drink – breakfast butties, lunches, ice creams in summer, and Friday afternoon drinks in our bar. As a thank you, the Christmas Voucher Fairy issues gift vouchers of your choice.

Festive Fun

In December it’s time to get dressed up and celebrate the year’s achievements and we provide our staff with an end-of-year Christmas party featuring secret santa, the smartie awards, and much more!

Great Office & Kit

Our office is the converted Duke of Wellington pub – it’s pretty cool, full of character and quirky features, we have extensively refurbished it to provide a modern and comfortable office. We have invested in kit to ensure everyone is set up for working both on and offsite.

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