Graduate Graphic Design Assistant 2024

Type: Graduate
Region: North West

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2024 and ready to kickstart your career? Do you want work on designing some of the biggest consumer goods brands in the UK, such as Russell Hobbs, Salter and Beldray?

Join Ultimate Products (UP) today and watch your career grow to the highest levels at our industry leading, international business. We are looking for talented and career-driven individuals with some transferrable skills and experience to join our Brand Design Team and be a part of our rapidly expanding and stable company. At UP we pride ourselves on providing opportunities to our talented colleagues, with over 50 internal promotions given in the past 2 years with many more available as the company continues its ambitious plans to become a £500 million turnover company in the next 5 years. In a recent survey, 88% of our employees agreed that they can see that they are building a career at Ultimate Products. With structured training and a get-stuck-in approach, we’re here to support you through every step.

Key responsibilities

Graduate Design Assistants play an important role within the Brand Design department ensuring that key materials for our products, brands, websites, and other customer requirements are generated, well-maintained and updated on an ongoing basis.

  • Produce and update company product imagery. Including work in Adobe Photoshop to process, edit, retouch, and create 3D product packaging renders.
  • Providing hi-res imagery, and the creation of Adobe Photoshop compositions to use on our E-commerce platforms
  • Typesetting and creating print-ready instruction manual artwork for print, using a combination of templates and brand knowledge
  • Creative administrative duties that support the production of all artwork materials

This role is the start our your journey to become an established Brand Artworker or Brand Graphic Designer of the future. You will be provided with excellent training in design software, best practice and the use of style guides, along with being given design projects to test your new skills and build your creative experience. Within 12-24 months you can be an established Designer or Artworker of the future!

The UP story

From a spark in Oldham to a global success. We’re the cogs in the retail machine, designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative branded products at the best prices to a mass market. Our brand portfolio includes Salter, Beldray and Progress. Each has a reputation for high quality and on trend design, and they’re faithful household names – some that even your grandparents love.

Ultimate Products has been bringing branded kitchen and laundry products to the market since 1997. Now a public limited company, our annual turnover exceeds £150 million. We’ve established strong working relationships with Internationally recognised retailers, including Tesco, Asda and Primark, filling the shelves of the world’s favourite stores across 38 countries. Despite our continued growth, strong corporate values remain at UP’s core; we are committed to supporting local charities and initiatives to give back to the community that helped build us.

Our people are a key driver to our success, and we are proud of creating an environment that enables our colleagues to thrive both professionally and personally, which is why we recently invested £2M in a brand-new office at our Oldham headquarters. With newly implemented employee mental health and environmental committees, we are dedicated to empowering our people to have a voice and share their views. We recognise how important it is to recharge, which is why we’ve also introduced complimentary yoga and boxing sessions this year. In a 2022 survey, 84% of our employees said that they would recommend Ultimate Products as a great place to work, a figure that we’re hoping to improve even further in 2023!

What we look for

Candidates must be ambitious, driven and enthusiastic with an interest in pursuing a career in a leading international business. Application requirements:

  • A degree essential at 2:1 or above. Graphic Design or similar
  • Minimum 6-12 months experience either full time or part time
  • The most important bit is your talent, determination and drive, bring that with you and we can provide you with the tools to succeed
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Assertive and confident with a proactive approach to work
  • Local to Greater Manchester

What is in it for you?

We invest in our People

  • Structured training from both internal and external providers
  • Personal development plans during your career with us and a mentoring programme
  • Development programmes including leadership, sales and recognised qualifications
  • Ongoing salary reviews as you take on more responsibility and progress your career
  • Employee Save As You Earn share save scheme
  • Optional salary sacrifice pension contribution of an additional 10% on top of your standard pension contribution
  • Multiple nice touch benefits across all areas including large staff discounts on products
  • Opportunity to join a stable and growing business that offers job security and career progression

We always strive to do the right things

  • New £2M state of the art head office in Oldham
  • 33 days holiday including bank holidays after your first 12 months
  • Access to wellbeing support, including 24-hour access to Employee Assistance Helpline
  • Charity, Environmental and ESG committees, created to encourage positive change within the company and our wider community
  • Every UP employee is authorised to complete a day of paid charity work volunteering
  • High levels of employee satisfaction- Glassdoor rating of 4* and above

Don’t believe what we are saying? Check us out!! Please follow us on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn) where you will see plenty of content demonstrating the great things we do for our people and our community. Be a part of it and apply.

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