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Employment History

Finished Artist & Studio Manager
kikki.K
October 2015 – Present

Reporting to: Art Director
Direct reports: 2 finished artists
Team size: 12 creatives
Office size: 80+
Achievements: Nomination for employee of the year. Improving quality and consistency of finished art output across the team, improving the accuracy of resource allocation, building product and spec template libraries, building creative cloud shared asset libraries, improving file and sample management and archiving procedures.
Statistics: # product ranges developed each year, # SKUs output each month, KPI rating of 100% for FY17
Responsibilities: 

  • preparing high quality finished art for print on a variety of mediums
  • maintaining range timeline calendar
  • resource planning and range allocation
  • flagging resource risk areas and hiring freelancers as needed
  • running weekly WIP meetings
  • communicating new standards and procedures
  • point of contact for other departments

Studio Manager
Aesop
August 2014 – October 2015

Reporting to: Graphic Design Manager
Direct reports: 2 senior finished artists, 1 junior finished artist
Team size: 11 creatives
Office size: 100+
Achievements: Improving quality of incoming briefs and workflow, improving communications and transparency for internal partners
Statistics: 100+ creative requests per month
Responsibilities: 

  • processing incoming creative requests
  • allocating and briefing in projects
  • campaign project management
  • maintaining Aesop’s exacting standards
  • point of contact for other departments and international offices
  • maintain international client relationships.

Finished Artist
Aesop
February 2012 – August 2014

Reporting to: Graphic Design Manager, Marketing Manager
Team size: 6 - 11 creatives
Office size: 100+
Achievements: Implementing job and time tracking software, standardising file management, standardising and improving templates
Responsibilities:

  • print and digital finished art
  • design and maintain InDesign templates
  • maintain product and store photography library
  • maintain media release library
  • multilingual typesetting

Graphic Design & Print Services
Pitcher Partners
March 2011 – February 2012

Reporting to: Operatons Manager
Team size: 5 staff (print services) 5 staff (marketing)
Office size: 400+
Achievements: designing and building eNewsletter for fortnightly internal communications.
Responsibilities:

  • graphic design for marketing, internal communications and human resources
  • desktop publishing for tenders, client publications and internal documents
  • advising on workflow, procedures and technical issues surrounding the print room. 

Print Services Team Leader
Pitcher Partners
April 2009 – March 2011

Reporting to: Records and Print Services Manager
Team size: 5 staff (print services)
Office size: 400+
Achievements: Designing and implementing a custom digital print request platform with client facing workflow tracking. Improving turnaround times and client satisfaction. Contributed to bringing business card production in-house.
Responsibilities:

  • team member training
  • workload allocation
  • point of contact for internal clients
  • graphic design for internal communications
  • designing templates and procedures for digital in-house business card production


Artwork Setup & Production
Acson Media Services
2005 – 2008

Reporting to: Directors
Office size: 3
Achievements: introducing in-house finished art services
Responsibilities:

  • artwork setup for digital and offset printing
  • graphic design for packaging and labels
  • preparing quotes and invoices for clients
  • requesting quotes from suppliers
  • job scheduling
  • flagging art with potential production issues

Testimonials

"Rebecca goes above and beyond in everything that she does. As her role as Studio Manager for the design team, she is responsible for ensuring that all design and production dates are achieved for all products we do. Since Rebecca has been in the team, we have seen the quality of finished art we produce move into world class standards. Rebecca is consistently striving to improve the output of work the team produces as well as all the time it takes to create. By creating design templates, introducing new systems, staying on top of the latest software improvements and general determinations for "Best Practice", Rebecca has ensured the team works more efficiently that it ever has - allowing us to design and create even more beautiful products. Also, any ad hoc task that is thrown Rebecca's way, she takes on with enthusiasm, an 'above and beyond' attitude and complete ownership."
kikki.K, Art Director

"Rebecca has completely revolutionised the way the design team works since coming on board as the Design Team studio manager. Rebecca lives and breathes systemising, leaving no stone or process unturned in her ultimate quest of efficiency and productiveness. As the company continues to expands and create more and more products, the design and product team can credit her for making sure we all keep on track to get our ranges to store on time. Her improvements extend from working on big picture timelines and department procedures, all the way down to nitty gritty InDesign techniques which make designing products that little bit easier. Yay for Bec!"
kikki.K, Graphic Designer

"Since Rebecca joined kikki.K she has continuously gone above and beyond to improve our performance as a team. As a result of her hard work, we all now can enjoy more streamlined processes, structures timelines, reduced errors and consistency with the way we work. Rebecca is an absolute asset to our team and she is always a pleasure to work with."
kikki.K, Graphic Designer

"Rebecca Shepherd always goes above and beyond to improve and systemise processes within the design team. Over the past 3 years she has put in a lot of hard work, commitment and made many improvements to the way we operate. Her actions have reduced errors and improved consistency within our team. She consistently ensures deadlines are met and leads the team in a friendly and reliable manner. Rebecca is always striving to improve all team members' knowledge and ensure their workloads are manageable."
kikki.K, Finished Artist

"Rebecca's organisational capabilities have meant that the Design team is running as smoothly as possible. She is an incredible hard worker and takes .pride in everything she does and has implemented systems that we now cannot live without. She always has time for you if you have any questions and is always looking for ways to improve processes. She is dedicated and has good attention to detail."
kikki.K, Proofreader

"On behalf of the Asian markets and the regional team, a heartfelt thank you to all the effort, hard work and dedication you've given us over the past few years. It has been such a pleasure working with you and we are sad to lose you ... I am grateful for the positivity and energy you bring with you everyday."
Aesop, Head of Marketing, Asia

"[Bec is] ­hyper-efficient, quick-thinking, and painstakingly precise. Since ... she took on the role of Studio Manager she has held up the sky for the team, managing an ever-increasing workflow with acumen, determination and no small measure of wry humour. It is thanks to Bec that we have a well-oiled workflow management system customised down to the last detail to meet our needs, and a number of valuable protocols in place for communication and timelines; her consistent mantra has always been 'how can we do it better?' And she has always found a way to do so. Bec's contribution can't be measured easily, but suffice to say the Creative team will be forever grateful for her unflagging commitment and support during her tenure here. And it goes without saying we will miss her fabulous company."
Aesop, Project Manager

Favourite words

  • Best Practice

  • Standard

Unfavourite words

  • Dynamic