Senior Art Director/Designer, Go to Market

About Klarna

Klarna was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005. Since then we've changed the banking industry forever. And now we're creating the world's smoothest shopping experience. We serve over 90 million consumers worldwide, and partner with 250,000 merchants – with a new merchant joining us every 8 minutes. Including some of the world's leading brands, such as H&M, ASOS, IKEA, Adidas, Samsung and Lufthansa. Our offices are spread over 17 different markets, hosted by 4000+ employees from 100+ nationalities.

Klarna is looking for ambitious people with significant drive. You should be passionate about your work and enjoy a fast paced international working environment. You will play an important role in taking Klarna to the next level thus, you should desire to go above and beyond to produce the best work results.

At Klarna we embrace change, you should dare to challenge the status quo and be persistent.(Brand) Designers at Klarna are fundamental players in the strategy, conception and design of beautiful and meaningful ideas and products. Bringing exceptional creative thought and well-crafted execution, the designers shape innovative brand experiences and possess broad, up-to-date knowledge of the most innovative communication trends. We pride ourselves on making each project as cool as it can be, and we throw in a bunch of fun while doing it.

In the Klarna Partner Success (PS) Creative Studio our focus is on B2B creative and co-marketing campaigns in which Klarna collaborates with other brands ranging from high-street to high fashion – as well as other types of consumer goods brands. We are looking for two Sr. Art Directors for the team; one position will focus on fashion/luxury/beauty co-marketing. The other position will focus on fast-moving consumer goods co-marketing.

What both Art directors will do

  • Create art direction and design for generic B2B assets as well as visual co-marketing campaigns for different formats and platforms while maintaining brand consistency throughout all our marketing projects
  • Lead projects into original and unexpected creative solutions, collaborating with PMs, designers and copywriters to challenge and create the most compelling and successful design or art direction possible
  • Create design and creative concepts for Klarna’s communication with merchants, as well as B2B2C and co-marketing campaigns for OOH, digital banners, on-site/in-store experiences, brand activations, content, video and events that are globally scalable
  • Take responsibility for the quality and execution of design and creative throughout all phases of a project across a broad range of digital and sometimes physical touchpoints
  • Be hands-on as well as a strong conceptual creative. No creative task is too small or too big for you to get in there and execute on it
  • Conceptualize innovative ideas, and pitch them to stakeholders in an engaging and convincing manner
  • Oversee and be involved in creative production incl. on-set art direction with external partners
  • Work with different teams and partners in setting the right tonality in our different communication channels according to our design guidelines and brand DNA
  • Implementing the look and feel of other brands alongside that of Klarna in our co-marketing campaigns 
  • Facilitate feedback with a positive attitude from different teams while ensuring relevant feedback is captured, properly validated, and implemented
  • Manage, direct and review the work of junior designers

Specific requirements for the Art Director for consumer goods

  • Vast experience in coming up with big conceptual ideas for campaigns for a variety of brands
  • You love ideating and creating engaging concepts where copy and image come together in a perfect symbiosis
  • Extensive experience in collaborating closely with copywriters to develop and bring the concepts to life
  • Experience working with photographers, directors and other creative key players, to create emotional visual stories with clear purposes which you art direct on set
  • You love advertising, and keep a close watch on campaigns, social media, brand activations, pop culture, and trends in general

Specific requirements for the fashion & luxury Art Director

  • Vast experience creating art direction and design for aspirational brands who are creatively ambitious, and a portfolio that shows bold visual communication
  • We are looking for someone with lots of experience in working within the realms of Lifestyle/Fashion/Beauty/Luxury
  • Extensive knowledge of fashion photography, moving image, campaign & editorial stories, and artists in the realm of fashion – from photographers to models to stylists
  • You have a huge frame of reference, and you bring your ideas to life through perfectly executed moodboards and mockups
  • Experience working with photographers, directors, set-designers, and stylists, to create emotional visual stories with clear purposes which you art direct on set
  • You keep a close watch on fashion/beauty/luxury brands in general, visual and design trends, art, campaigns, social media, brand activations and pop culture

Both Art Directors should have

  • Great design and layout skills, an eye for composition, colour and typography
  • You know how to work with digital as well as print design
  • Experience working with photographers, directors, set-designers, etc. to create emotional visual stories with clear purposes which you art direct on set
  • Agency experience. Working with a wealth of different brands in look and feel it’s important you’re able to devise creative concepts and design for any type of brand that Klarna collaborates with, and do so with speed and quality
  • Ideation experience and a 360 mindset. You are expected to bring a multitude of ideas to the table in a fast paced manner
  • Hands-on design skills. You’re self-sufficient and able to mockup and design your own concepts to a very high quality. You can also direct more junior team members and agencies on design be it digital/UI or print to get the best possible results
  • Great ability to confidently own your own projects and take initiative to drive projects forward and steer them creatively
  • Articulation skills. You present concepts and solutions in an engaging manner to internal stakeholders, and you know how to sell a pitch
  • Ability to work quickly within a fast-paced environment and remain focused under pressure without compromising quality
  • Detail oriented. You think of every little detail in a set or design, from manicure to colour of the wall paper to font size
  • A forward leaning attitude. You go above and beyond to deliver the best ideas and refine those of others. You love to get your hands dirty and translate high level strategy into well crafted executionA personality that embraces new challenges and you should inspire new ways of thinking
  • A team player who is happy to share ideas, take constructive feedback from teammates and go the extra mile when required
  • Collaboration skills. You will have the opportunity to work with experts in various fields and will be expected to constantly share and iterate your work together with others
  • A minimum of 5+ years of proven experience, both from the creative agency side as well as brand side
  • You are working with design for communication that demonstrates exceptional creativity, conceptual thinking and attention to detail
  • Experience in mentoring and managing junior designers
  • Expert knowledge in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Sketch and Google Slides
  • Exceptional English skills in written and oral communication
How to apply

Send over a CV in English. We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible as selection and interviews are held continually.

Note: A portfolio is an essential element of the application for a Design role at Klarna. Applicants who do not supply a link or PDF with samples of their work can unfortunately not be considered.

Klarna is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and candidates. Please refrain from including your picture and age with your application.