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Freelance Senior Print Graphic Designer

Hogarth Tokyo
EN: business
JP: fluent
Employment Type

Job Description

Hogarth is the Global Content Experience Company. Part of WPP, Hogarth partners with one in every two of the world’s top 100 brands including Coca-Cola, Ford, Rolex, Nestlé, Mondelez and Dyson. With a breadth of experience across an extensive range of sectors, Hogarth offers the unrivaled ability to deliver relevant, engaging, and measurable content across all channels and media - both established and emerging. 

The number of channels at our fingertips; the need for speed; and the drive for mass personalisation, all mean that brands need different solutions. 

Our global team of over 6,000 craft and technology experts brings together creative, production and innovation to help clients navigate this exciting and ever-changing world of today’s content experience.

The Role:

The Senior Studio Artist (Mechanical) is responsible for localising print mechanicals for Japan. They will develop accurate and high-quality artwork for production assignments to incorporate in final layout.

They will need to be able to work in a pressured environment whilst still delivering work to the highest standards.


  • Responsible for building and prepping print and digital mechanical files for release to production using Adobe Creative Suite software
  • While honoring the design intent as much as possible, the mechanical artist will be responsible for the iteration and versioning of localized and original artwork files, solving for unique re-formatting needs as required
  • Manage and oversee the workflow of a group of mechanical artists
  • Inspire and proactively strive to get the best out of each team member, offer coaching and new opportunities to expand skill-sets
  • Oversee communications with account service and print production teams and resolve any problems with artwork that may arise
  • Collate and dispatch all materials required for printers and/or client
  • Liaise with Project Management and Studio Manager on print preparation
  • Act as a brand QC/Guardian – always ensure brand guidelines, QC checklists and procedures are followed
  • Manage a high-volume workload, including foreign language versions, if required


  • A degree or diploma and/or a minimum of 8 years of experience in a studio environment preferred
  • Experienced in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Strong knowledge of print, colour retouching, and digital artwork production.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and outstanding project and time management skills.
  • Ability to lead a group of mechanical artists in a fast paced production environment
  • Proficiency in OS & iOS software.
  • Ability to adapt to the company’s way of working after training.
  • Able to adhere to a consistent graphic production and checking process, while also identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Resourceful, adaptable, and results-oriented with high energy and a positive attitude.
  • A keen design sensibility with confidence in both adaptation and creation of work
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, demanding creative and production environment.
  • Attention to detail is essential.
  • Good awareness of current and emerging technologies.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Native level Japanese speaker. Proficiency in written and oral English is preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, demanding creative and production environment. Flexibility is key to this role as well as working beyond the 9:00-18:00 framework and occasionally on weekends
  • Must be able to work on-site at the client office in Tokyo when required
  • Understanding of the Japanese market

About the Company

Hogarth Worldwide is the world’s leading creative content production company. Born to make the best work brilliantly, we combine craft, insight and technology to bring creative work to life for many of the world’s most famous brands.Founded 16 years ago, Hogarth has grown from a start-up to over 6,000 eople, across 31 key cities nd is now part of WPP. Obsessively striving for better is in our DNA, it is the reason for our existence and continues to drive us forward in all that we do, making Hogarth an exciting place to work and a great place to achieve your career ambitions.

Diversity & Inclusion

Hogarth is an equal-opportunity employer. That means we believe in creating a truly inclusive culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion for everyone through our ideas, our people, how we behave and how we conduct ourselves. We strive to recruit people from diverse backgrounds and support them to achieve long-term success. This not only makes Hogarth a better company and place to work, but an environment where everyone can give their point of view, experience connection, enjoy opportunity and feel a sense of belonging. 

We welcome applications from everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, military veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. As part of our commitment to making our hiring processes as equitable as possible, we are currently rolling out a policy which ensures that hiring managers review CVs only after they have been processed through an automated anonymisation system. This aims to ensure that all candidates are considered for interview based solely on their experience and what they can bring to the role. The solution, provided by MeVitae, scans and redacts CVs to reduce potential reviewer bias.