W+K Tokyo



W+K Tokyo’s agency bonenkai, (aka ‘forget-the-year-party’) was held last week. Our bonenkai is more than just drinking. The party committee carefully planned and prepared the party, securing a sushi restaurant in Nakameguro as our venue. We were divided into teams, got a lesson from the sushi master, and battled for the most creative, best looking, sashimi plate!

Our hand-made happi coats, each silk-screened with the agency crest.

And original mameshibori hand towels with all our names printed on them.

Artistic mosaic sashimi plating by team Ooooo-uni.

チームShake Shakoは、会社の冷蔵庫で氷の器を作成する用意周到ぶり。
Team Shake Shako came thoroughly prepared with ice plates and bowls made in the agency freezer.

そして優勝したのは、見事な刺し盛りを仕上げたチームSexy Salmon!
And the grand prize went to team Sexy Salmon for their glorious sashimi plating!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo seeks Studio Manager

Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo seeks Studio Manager
Are you a fun, honest, energetic, organized, responsible, creative people-person with a background in design and creative production and a passion to lead a team? Are you interested in working with some of the world’s biggest brands and creating an impact on culture in Japan and the rest of the world? Then read on!


About Wieden+Kennedy
Wieden+Kennedy is an independent, creatively led advertising agency that creates strong and provocative relationships between good companies and their consumers. We are not a Japanese agency. Nor are we a branch of a Western agency doing adaptation work. W+K Tokyo is a hybrid – mixing different cultures, interests, backgrounds and skills to bring a new perspective, expertise and level of creativity to brand building for companies in Japan. The Tokyo office was founded in 1998 and we now have a team of over 60 smart, lovely, hard-working people.

Our founding goal was to do the best work of our lives for inspiring clients. We’ve tried to stay true to that aspiration ever since. Our core skill is advertising but these days that can encompass everything from building mobile apps to curating social media content.
We’re probably best known for our work on Nike, with whom we have worked for over 30 years. Other clients include Booking.com, Spotify, Otsuka Seiyaku, Delta, and more.



The Studio Manager is responsible for managing team of studio designers who assist and execute the development of creative presentation materials and mechanical production files for all produced print work. The Studio Manager is accountable for meeting deadlines for creation of all creative development and production materials created in studio.

Manages the development of creative presentation materials in studio by determining appropriate and necessary resources including personnel (internal and freelance Studio Designers, outside design firm), internal and external material resources; responsible for evaluating, correcting and approving the execution of creative development materials, especially when Art Director is unavailable.

Manages the production of all prepress and digital materials using internal resources or if necessary external resources. This includes supervising artwork scanning, color retouching and its approval, proofing, creating final pub materials and timely material delivery to publication or printer or W+K print & digital producers, requiring significant interaction and collaboration with Art Buying, Art Directors, Project Managers, Retouchers, Studio Designers, and Producers.

Develops creative development estimates and budgets which may include internal studio billable hours, outside design fees, internal/external hard costs.

Understands and effectively communicates the needs of Art Directors, Account Executives and Project Managers to Studio Designers at the inception of creative or production jobs.

Contributes to the profitability of the studio by evaluating use of freelancers, staying within production and creative development budgets and creating greater efficiencies within work process.

Prioritizes jobs in studio, maintains Studio Artist schedules and assign jobs to Studio Designers.

Evaluates, corrects and approves all production materials by Studio Artists; supervises and maintains technical precision and digital file competencies of all mechanicals/digital materials, maintaining highest quality of work product in studio.

Leads, trains, mentors and develops the skills of Studio Designers.

Contributes to studio production workflow development and efficiencies.

Stays abreast of current graphic arts technologies, including software, hardware and processes.

Stays abreast of design shops and industry trends and maintains a quality “pool” of available freelance talent













Qualifications, Distinguishing Characteristics and Special Requirements
-5 years minimum experience as studio artist (or equivalent) with increased project management experience

-2-3 years print and/or digital production experience

-1-2 years supervisory experience preferred; ability to lead, train and mentor a team of Studio Designers

-Advanced working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator and working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

-Knowledge of prepress technologies and printing processes

-Ability to evaluate, correct and approve studio artists work product with regards to design, typography, creative quality and technical requirements

-Must be able to evaluate final color artwork and communicate appropriate correction, manipulation and composition based on art director or client direction

-Must be able to use appropriate terminologies and language to accurately convey changes or direction in concept or design

-Ability to interact with internal and external clients at a variety of levels and across functions

-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, conversational Japanese is a plus but is not a requirement

-A demonstrated track record of gaining trust and respect by consistently demonstrating sound critical thinking skills and maintaining composure in stressful situations

-Exceptional initiative and follow through skills

-Creative, strategic and analytical thinking skills




-InDesign、Photoshop、Illustratorの上級知識、MS Word、PowerPoint、Excelの知識










Does all the above sound like you?

Send your C.V. with a self-introduction letter explaining why you think this might be the right job for you to ronny.gallegos@wk.com.

If you don’t hear back from us within four weeks of application then your application has been unsuccessful. Sorry. Thanks for applying and best of luck with whatever you do next.