Design Director


Location: Flexible. Core studio is in York, North Yorkshire
Salary: Competitive, starting at £45k, moving upwards depending on skills and experience.
Contract: Permanent, full time


Are you an experienced creative design director – or creative lead – looking to take the next step in their creative career? Are you creatively driven, conceptually minded, with a passion for communication design?

Then come and be a part of the best employee experience team in the business!

Due to continued growth, Karian and Box are looking for a Design Director to join our expanding, York-based creative team. If you’re dynamic, enthusiastic, talented, with great leadership and interpersonal skills then come and be part of our leading, fast-paced, employee engagement agency.

Who are we? 

Karian and Box is an employee experience agency with a unique approach. We help our clients understand what motivates their employees and come up with ways to make their businesses even better places to work.

We offer a full-spectrum approach to employee engagement: from collecting employee insights through annual surveys to creating great engagement strategies and programmes that create real change.

It’s an exciting time to join our business. As the leader in our field, we work with an expanding range of large, national and international brands including Anglo American, Barclays, Harrods and GSK – to name just a few.

We’re a people-focused business and your attitude matters more than anything else. We’re proud of our business and culture – and we’re proud that we’ve built our business based on strong client relationships, great talent and a shared instinct that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.

The role

Communication design is at the heart of this role and, as a Design Director, your day will be filled with pace and variety – no two projects are ever the same.

We’re looking for someone who has a passion for design and communication to lead, develop and deliver outstanding employee communications and innovative engagement programmes that cut through and create meaningful change.

The Design Director will lead on projects from conception through to delivery – working on multiple projects in any given week including shaping creative communications ranging from internal brand solutions and campaign collateral to animation storyboards, employee packs and iPDFs.

This senior role requires heaps of creativity and curiosity, an ability to lead, shape and develop concepts and the confidence to work directly with clients.

This role is a leadership role – where you’ll be expected to support, mentor and manage more junior creatives across a range of disciplines including creative design, copywriting, and motion.

About you 

We’re looking for someone who can enhance and lead our creative offering with bundles of talent, great communication skills and a positive attitude. You’ll be:

We're looking for someone with at least 5 years of experience in Creative Design, direct experience in internal communications would be a bonus, but not essential. What we’re really looking for are strong creatives who show a strategic, problem-solving approach and an ability to communicate complex themes that tap into people’s heads and hearts.

Great people skills are a must. And while confidence and passion is encouraged, design egos must be left at the door.

The usual expert skills in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator are essential as well as good working knowledge of Powerpoint and Word. Digital experience and motion is a bonus, but not essential.

Our studio hub is York-based, but we’ll happy to consider remote working solutions for the right candidate.

In return for your valued contribution, we’ll offer you the following benefits:


Sound like you?

We’d love to see both your CV and portfolio. Send us examples that showcase the best of your work – especially how you have brought challenging subjects to life through innovative, concept-driven communication design.

Please forward your current CV, portfolio (as a PDF) and a covering letter that states your salary expectations and explains your suitability for this role to

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