Are you a design leader? 


Our creative director is going on maternity leave from April-ish to August-ish, and our studio needs someone to take care of business while she is away. Are you that person?

Nicework is a small, agile, well-run design studio where you’ll have support from an experienced project management team and a talented studio. There'll be a proper hand-over period before you start to make sure you’re up to speed.

We work across a broad range of great projects and have a lot of fun doing it. We’ve built the business to feel like a close community where everyone has each other’s back.

It’s not for everyone but you are not just anyone now are you?

Interested? Read on...

You need to have:

  • Studied design

  • A minimum of 8 years working experience

  • A strong foundation in graphic design with a passion for branding and creating visual systems

  • Worked across multiple sectors (branding, design, strategy, online)

  • Strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills

  • An innate ability to take the initiative

  • A passion for bringing clarity to complex problems

  • A lovely portfolio of work

  • The ability to work collaboratively

It’d be great if you’ve:

  • Worked in more than one setting (agency, own business or freelance)

  • Had experience writing copy

  • Got an understanding of online and digital marketing

Once here you will:

  • Be creating world-class design across a range of projects

  • Put together concept or pitch presentations which inspire and present a solution

  • Present work to clients, as well as take and clarify briefs

  • Manage junior people by giving design feedback, providing them with clarity & inspiration

  • Grow junior people by sharing your experience


Please include the answer to the question below in your cover letter, in less than 300 words plus pictures:-

Describe a particularly challenging piece of work, what the challenges were, how you coped with them and how you did or didn’t reach a solution.

How to apply:

  1. To apply, please submit your cover letter, CV and portfolio (or a link to) to

  2. Answer the above question

  3. Your portfolio should include at least four examples of work-related projects. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.  



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  2. Be aware: Sometimes the hours are long

  3. If you are from a recruitment agency, please do not get in touch. We understand that you are trying to do your job, but there is no honey here. Sorry.

Perks of the job:

  • We organise CreativeMornings Johannesburg which you can participate and attend monthly

  • We work in an agile manner where you will lead different teams according to the needs of the job

  • We work with both medium to large companies and big corporates across a variety of media 

  • Being part of a dynamic growing team

  • All the snacks you can eat

Nicework is a great place to work. We’d love to hear from you.