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Senior Graphic Designer

Location: 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, IL
Brand: Cooper's Hawk

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is seeking a talented and creative visionary to join our Marketing team as a Senior Graphic Designer. Cooper’s Hawk is a trailblazing combination of restaurant, winery, Napa-style tasting room, and specialty retail market. Additionally, Cooper’s Hawk is home to the country’s largest Wine Club, a lifestyle-driven monthly affiliation offering exclusive wines, unforgettable events, and a host of privileges. In addition to nearly 60 restaurant locations, Cooper’s Hawk has recently introduced Piccolo Buco, a contemporary Neapolitan pizza concept, nestled under the “by Cooper’s Hawk” Brand umbrella.

More than an award-winning hospitality concept and wine producer—we’re curators of extraordinary moments. As the Senior Graphic Designer, you’ll be the driving force behind this mission, leading our design efforts and crafting engaging digital and print creative solutions that bring these moments to life. Your leadership and artistry will play a pivotal role in elevating the Cooper’s Hawk brand portfolio, where your unique voice will leave a lasting impact on the direction of our Brands.

If you possess an appetite for excellence, the heart of a mentor, a passion for the arts, and a desire to make a real impact, we invite you to apply with your portfolio and resume. If possible, please include your portfolio as a separate file attached to your application.

The position offers a hybrid remote work arrangement with three weekly onsite days at the Restaurant Support Center located in Downers Grove, IL. You will report to the Senior Director of Marketing.

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead and guide our design team, inspiring creative boundary pushing, compelling visual storytelling, and delivery of exceptional work that aligns with our Brand vision
  • Oversee the end-to-end design process for creative assets across various brand projects and touchpoints, including Wine Club marketing and promotional materials, in-restaurant collateral, branding and logo design, packaging, and other emerging formats
    • Includes providing pre-press guidance; confirm accuracy of all files before going to print with high attention to detail
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional team to understand project requirements and deliver designs that exceed expectations
  • Act as a strong mentor to junior designers, providing guidance and fostering a collaborative and growth-oriented team environment
  • Stay ahead of industry trends, emerging technology, and design best practices, infusing innovation and fresh perspectives into our design strategy
  • Maintain a deep understanding of design principles, typography, color theory, and layout to create engaging visuals
  • Lead menu updates across all brands with a hyper-focus on detail and proofing
  • Manage file library and archive creative content such as photography and design files
  • Collaborate with external agencies and vendors, overseeing design deliverables and ensuring high-quality work in its execution
  • Support in direction of photo shoots, video production, and other stages of the creative development and production process
  • Champion brand standards and tone of voice across print and digital media

What You’ll Need:

  • Must represent Cooper’s Hawk values
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design, Visual Arts or relevant field
  • Impressive portfolio that showcases 360 work across modern marketing platforms, attached to your application
  • Proven track record (5+ years) as a Senior Graphic Designer, leading design teams in a fast-paced and innovative environment in either an agency or corporate setting
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, while also being a collaborative team player
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively present design concepts and rationale to stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt and pivot with evolving brand strategies
  • Incredible attention to detail
  • Outstanding organizational skills and adept to managing multiple projects simultaneously, delivering high quality work on tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in current Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Teams)
  • Strongly Preferred:
    • Retail, restaurant, food or beverage experience
    • Highly creative ad agency background


  • Brand Ambassador
  • Interpersonal Skill
  • Guest Focus
  • Action Oriented
  • Plans and Aligns
  • Business Acumen
  • Manages Ambiguity
  • Communicates Effectively

What You’ll Get:

  • Incredible Discounts:
    • Monthly Dining Allowance
    • 50% Dining and Carryout
    • 40% Retail Wine
    • 20% Retail and Private Events
  • Monthly Complimentary Wine Tasting for Two 
  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Insurance plus Telemedicine and Wellness Program
  • Company Matching 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Savings Accounts- Health and Dependent Care
  • Health Savings Account 
  • Long-Term Disability; Voluntary Short-Term Disability
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (with option to purchase additional coverage)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Highly Competitive Pay plus Team Member Incentives & Rewards  
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Milestones Recognition Program
  • Complimentary Gym Membership in RSC Building
  • Hybrid Work Week (3 days in office, 2 days remote, depending on role)

Cooper’s Hawk reviews several factors when establishing compensation. Salaries and hourly wages appearing in a job posting may be published by third parties and may not reflect the salaries or hourly wages offered by Cooper’s Hawk.     

Cooper’s Hawk is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Cooper’s Hawk makes reasonable accommodations during all aspects of the employment process, including during the interview process.     

The information provided above indicates the general nature and level of work required of the position and is not a comprehensive list of all responsibilities or qualifications. The Benefits list is only a highlight of some of the benefits offered to team members; eligibility for certain benefits apply.

About Us

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants was created with the inspiration of bringing the Napa Valley experience to all of America, by combining an elegant tasting room with a polished casual restaurant and scratch kitchen. Cooper's Hawk wines have won hundreds of awards and are the Official Wines of the Screen Actors Guild® Awards. We are built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge a COMMUNITY, and with the world's largest wine club membership, we are paving the way to democratizing the good life!