Visual Communications Designer & Graphic Artist II

Posted Date: Oct-15-2019

Job ID: 15525

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Merchandising

City: Kent

State: Washington

Store: REI Headquarters is moving to Bellevue, Spring 2020!


What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by leading the execution divisional projects that promote company identity, enhances the REI brand, and improves the operations for our store teams. Responsibilities include working cross-collaboratively to ensure a successful outcome to a variety of creative projects and visual communications. The Visual Communications Designer & Graphic Artist II leads and may direct the start to completion on assigned projects and exercise discretion in making impactful decisions. This job is expected to keep up to date with trends and explore new creative tools & opportunities. The Visual Communications Designer & Graphic Artist II is responsible for balancing multiple projects simultaneously and may travel to various locations to verify and/or execute projects. 


  • Lead and design all visual communication projects from concept to final publication in stores; leadership may include providing direct support on various tasks associated with the project as well as effective collaboration with internal, cross-divisional team, and external partners.
  • Oversee and Design layouts for visual communications (templates, graphics, signing, production etc.) to align with brand standards and store user.
  • Ensures project output aligns with the delivered method (print, digital) that resonates with the end consumer or retail staff. This includes providing written communication with installation direction for any given output (i.e. sign holder assembly or hardware needed to hang a sign) and expertise in digitial production.
  • Assure project objectives are successfully completed and in alignment with REI brand through effective collaboration with leadership, internal, cross-divisional, and external partners/ vendors as project requires.
  • Discover and innovate from market and field insights, retail trends, internal feedback and consumer behavior to adjust standards and communications for an understanding of future applications.
  • Design all graphics and digitial renderings as needed for visual communications and store printed graphicis/ signing.
  • Partners with SDVM leadership in the overall development of strategies, planning, and implementation to meet both overall business and marking objectives.
  • Attends cross-divisional meeting with internal and external stakeholder to ensure objectives have been clearly delivered and are being acted upon. Informs SDVM leadership of any changes to original plan or strategic shifts
  • Accountable for the accuracy of the content associated with the project.
  • Drives project partners for cohesive output and responds to and/or coordinates inquiries on an agreed upon specified time frame.
  • Completes other projects as assigned by manager.
  • Some site travel may be required to review project application and needs.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • PORTFOLIO REQUIRED- PLEASE SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION
  • 8+ years prior experience in Graphic Design and or Visual Communicaitons with a degree in Graphic Design, related degree and relevant industry experience may be considered.
  • Proven ability to tell compelling direction through the use of graphics and print/pattern as it relates to the In-store experience and store staff.
  • Skills to lead design thinking with prolific and proficient ideation process.
  • Strong team/people leadership practices through establishing an environment of creativity, design excellence, teamwork, motivation, accountability and drive for successful outcomes.
  • Excellent organizational & follow-up skills through verbal & written communication.
  • Demonstrated behavior to be curious, challenge the status quo, and create continuous design advancement for product and the team overall.
  • Ability to gather, express, and apply market trends to guide design direction.
  • Compelling presentation skills across visual, written, and verbal forms to express design thought.
  • Proven ability to plan and meet deadlines within a project’s timeline.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to achieve positive results.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
  • Computer proficiency: Adobe Creative Suites and all office tools Retail store visual merchandising expierence a plus.
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers.
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work.
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
  • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations.
  • Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization.
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals.
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 22 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 150 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 13,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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ARTICLE 23-A, Section 753
LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL OFFENSES

§753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption.

1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

(a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.

(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.