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POSITION AVAILABLE: Junior Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant

Established in Southern California in 1993, we’re a premium eyewear brand with a deep heritage in action sports – surfing, snowboarding and motocross. We aim to amplify and enhance people’s experiences outdoors, focusing on innovating through technology and design, and taking inspiration from our world class team of athletes. See for yourself here.

A unique opportunity has come up to join the Dragon team.

If you have creative flair, a passion for design and marketing, and find yourself supremely in-tune with the world of surfing and action sports, then we want to hear from you.

The role is Junior Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant. This is a full-time position based out of Dragon’s South Pacific office in Torquay, Victoria. You will be responsible for the direct management of graphic design and contributing to the execution of marketing plans and communication across all areas of the brand.

You’ll have:

  • A Graphic Design degree or equivalent professional qualification, and strong understanding of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Technical marketing skills
  • Passion for and deep knowledge of surfing and its associated lifestyle
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to innovate and formulate creative ideas
  • Ability to follow/interpret brand guidelines for multi-output design requirements
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook and Excel
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with the professional use of digital & social media channels, as well as paid social and content marketing

Some nice-to-haves but not essential:

  • Photography/filming/editing experience
  • Web design experience

How to apply:

This is the fun part. We’re leaving it up to you. Your application can arrive in whatever creative form you think will spark our interest. Please respond to the following questions and include a copy of your CV, and Portfolio of up to 6 works (provide link or attachment under 5MB). Keep your  response to the below questions to no more than one page or equivalent.

  1. Tell us what Dragon is to you and what opportunities you see for the brand.
  2. Why would you be an awesome addition to the team?
  3. You have free reign of all of Dragon’s marketing platforms (think in-store, digital/social media, print, team etc.), what do you do?

Applications can be emailed to: recruit@dragonalliance.com.au

Or posted to: ATT: Human Resources, Dragon Alliance, PO Box 424 Torquay Victoria 3228

Dragon South Pacific Company Values:

To be challenged, have a positive attitude, respect and value both colleagues and customers whilst working within a fun environment.


POSITION DESCRIPTION | JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER/MARKETING ASSISTANT

Summary: 

Responsible for the direct management of graphic design and providing assistance with the execution of marketing plans to meet organisational objectives, as directed by the Marketing Manager and General Manager.

The main focus areas will include:

  1. Support Marketing Manager with graphic design requests for Australian and New Zealand marketing activities.
  2. Deliver and maintain consistent visual company branding in line with global directives.
  3. Work alongside Marketing Manager to grow and strengthen Dragon’s voice across all platforms (online, social, print and in-store).
  4. Implement marketing activations in key accounts (both chain and independent) to drive sales-based outcomes.
  5. Assist in the development and execution of Nike SB sunwear marketing initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Create graphic content/artwork in alignment with global campaigns for custom in-store POP, signage, print, digital and social outputs, as directed by the Marketing Manager.
  2. Create graphic content for product launches and events across surf, snow and MX categories in alignment with global directives.
  3. Work with printers to ensure deadlines and quality is met.
  4. Responsible for actioning tasks and ensuring productive workflow as directed by the Marketing Manager.
  5. Assist with development and implementation of local digital and social media content that aligns with marketing KPIs and seasonal campaign focuses.
  6. As directed by the Marketing Manager and General Manager, assist in the development and execution of marketing activities to drive sales within key retail chain and independent accounts.
  7. Assist the Marketing Manager and General Manager with the development and execution of specific marketing initiatives to drive product awareness for the Nike SB sunwear collection.
  8. Develop and grow relationships with South Pacific region surf and snow athletes to support Marketing Manager in ensuring athlete activity is consistent with global objectives (ensuring all communication includes the Marketing Manager and General Manager).
  9. Assist with execution (direction of filming and visual content) of retail sales training program.
  10. Ensure consistency in online brand guidelines, look and feel of creative.

Additional Responsibilities:

Daily:

  • Manage all tasks on creative/marketing workflow and discuss priorities with the Marketing Manager.

Weekly:

  • Update status of the Aus Workflow activities for both Dragon and Nike and report to the Marketing Manager.
  • Complete in-store artwork requests as directed by the Marketing Manager.
  • Update the Marketing Manager on weekly objectives/tasks.

Monthly:

  • Communicate updates and results relating to Key Account Marketing activations and Nike SB sunwear projects.

Occasional/as required:

  • Provide support for event/product launches through artwork creation as directed by the Marketing Manager.
  • Provide support for Trade Show artwork (stand design and visual branding).
  • Contact with regional snow and surf team to determine their activities in season.

Knowledge & Skill Requirements:

  • Graphic Design degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • Technical marketing skills
  • Strong understanding of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Ability to design and create basic graphics and demonstrate exceptional file handling and organisation
  • Must have a passion for and deep knowledge of surfing and associated culture and ability to establish rapport with professional athlete team
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook and Excel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to innovate and formulate creative ideas
  • Ability to follow/interpret brand guidelines for multi-output design requirements
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with the professional use of digital & social media channels, as well as paid social and content marketing
  • Visibility requires maintain a professional appearance and providing a positive company image to public

Nice to have (but not essential):

  • Photography/filming/editing experience
  • Web design experience

Working Conditions:

Work requires some limited travel across Australia – and is based out of the Torquay Head Office. It will require occasional overnight travel and weekend and/or evening work.


NIL DESTINATION

No Google Maps, just a real surf trip.

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Luke Hynd, Alex Dive and Sean Kettle found a window and devised a hit and run mission, only planning on heading towards a coastline… not an actual destination. With no expectations on what they were hoping to score, or preconceived ideas of what they would find, the boys lost themselves in the rare experience of letting their intuitions guide them to waves… not Google Maps.

The result? Dead-end roads, empty lineups and a trip that’s not easily forgotten. Watch the adventure unfold over 3 minutes here and let your imagination run wild.

Read the full story and be immersed in the trip at Damaged Goods Zine.

 

DRAGON WINNERS AT AUS JUNIOR SURFING TITLES

Xavier-Huxtable2Dragon’s surf team has been on a heater this week – with Mick Fanning taking out the win at Sunset as part of the Vans Triple Crown and closer to home, up-and-comers Kai Warner and Xavier Huxtable winning their respective divisions at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles. Held on North Stradbroke Island with Cylinder Beach turning it on for the finals, Kai scored an incredible 9.75 in the Under 18 Boys Final to secure the victory, while Xavier Huxtable impressed throughout the contest and was named Under 14 Boys Champion after scoring a 9.25 (for a combined heat total of 14.75) in the final. Congratulations to all the guys for an epic week of surfing!

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INTRODUCING OUR XP CROSS PERFORMANCE COLLECTION

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Made for exploration, adventure and discovery, Dragon’s new XP Cross Performance Collection features Adaptive Technology – opening the door for new levels of all-sport performance without sacrificing style. The key to this new collection is Adaptive Technology, engineered by Dragon for instant adaptability through function-focused features like interchangeable temples for various conditions, Performance Lens Technology, and floatable frames. Finally, you can wear the one pair of shades for everything and adapt instantly on land, water, and snow.

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For activities in and around the water, the SeafarerX and WatermanX feature interchangeable Aqua Leash systems for a secure fit, and floatable frames to reduce the risk of loss. Each sunglass comes with Dragon’s Performance Lens Technology which has injected polar tints with mirror coating, is 5x more impact resistance than standard polycarbonate lenses, and provides maximum protection from UV and harsh elements such as salt water, sunblock, and fish guts. Perfect for fishing, paddling, and all watersport activities, these glasses amplify and enhance your experience on the water.

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For land-based action ranging from mountain biking to trail running, the EnduroX features an adjustable nose bridge and temples for the perfect fit, a ventilated lens system, and lightweight frame. The EnduroX is also available with light-sensitive Transitions® lenses designed to maintain optimum light levels in all conditions through photochromic technology.

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For those who like to spend time in the mountains, the MountaineerX features interchangeable C-temples for secure fit, leather side shields to block reflective glare, and a rope lanyard system reducing the risk of loss. The Performance Lens Technology for the MountaineerX offers a mirror tint for various light conditions, 100% UV protection, and is impact resistant up to 5x that of standard polycarbonate lenses.

Built on over 20 years of performance-driven eyewear innovation, the XP Cross Performance Collection with patented Adaptive Technology is made to bring unrivalled colour and unsurpassed clarity to all of life’s defining moments. Look for this new Collection at select Dragon retailers from November 15. For stockists in Australia, free call 1800 032 065. For stockists in New Zealand, free call 0800 316 728 or click here to see the Collection.

INTRODUCING THE MDX2 MOTOCROSS GOGGLE

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Dragon’s MDX motocross goggle has been a gold standard for classic goggle design in the motocross world. The secure fit and premium finish ensure a comfortable, reliable goggle that has been a favourite for many for over a decade.

The MDX2 has a sleek new look and features a cylindrical anti-fog treated lens, premium quad foam technology for maximum sweat absorption, a silicone beaded strap backing, removable nose guard, armoured cheek venting and an available integrated RRS system. The MDX2 is also tear off compatible to safeguard clear vision in the most challenging conditions. These features culminate to form one of the most comfortable and functional goggles available. Click here to see local Dragon ambassador Lance Russell testing out the new goggles in an exclusive edit filmed by Russell Brothers Films.

The very first supercross win for this goggle came in Anaheim in 2002 at the hands of former factory Red Bull/KTM rider, David Pingree.

“I’ve been wearing this goggle since 2001 and the fit is just perfect,” says Pingree. Adding, “I’m pretty particular when it comes to my goggle setup and the MDX model was always legit. With the new MDX2 model the feel is the same but the venting and design is on another level.”

The Dragon MDX2 is available in various lens, frame and strap colour options. Stop in at your local Dragon dealer to see the new MDX2 or visit dragonalliance.com. To find your local dealer, freecall 1300 300 191 for McLeods Accessories in Australia, or freecall 06 751 4550 for Crown Kiwi Enterprises in New Zealand.MDX2_Vimeo-Cover

DRAGON’S CHEERS TO SUMMER PERTH PARTY

LWAxDragon001-27 LWAxDragon001-55 LWAxDragon001-49With the customary sunset-over-the-ocean setting the scene, Dragon this week ventured West to celebrate the advent of sunglass season. Held at Beach Bar in Scarborough, the Cheers to Summer Party saw local retailers and industry crew pack into the venue to enjoy the summer-themed festivities. The platters of fresh release sunglasses up for sampling proved a hit, as well as the tropical tunes put on by DJ Boston Switch – stirring a d-floor frenzy that continued well into the night.

Click here to check out all the photos holding it down on our Facebook page. LWAxDragon001-7 LWAxDragon001-21 LWAxDragon001-22 LWAxDragon001-25 LWAxDragon001-26Photography by Perry McLaughlin / Life Without Andy.

DRAGON’S CHEERS TO SUMMER MELBOURNE PARTY

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What happens when you mix Cuban cocktails, summery beats, a giant game of Twister and a flock of Melbourne’s surf/snow retail and industry crew? Dragon’s Cheers to Summer Launch Party is what. Held at El Coco in Melbourne’s CBD, the tropical-themed venue proved the perfect backdrop to celebrate the release of Dragon’s newest sunglasses, including the popular Monarch and Roadblock styles.

With little regard for the next morning’s usual responsibilities, guests fully embraced the festivities, limbering up for a few rounds of Twister before hitting the dance floor to enjoy tunes put on by Native Spirit, DJ Bags and MC Matty Charles. Click here or images above to relive all the highlights!

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MICK TRIUMPHS AT TRESTLES

Mick-Trestles-HeaderAfter winning the Hurley Pro at Lowers last week and unseating Adriano De Souza from the top spot in the process, long-time Dragon athlete Mick Fanning has once again secured his place as the number one surfer in the world. With only three events remaining on the 2015 WSL calendar, Mick is gaining momentum as the World Title race heats up.

Complementing his yellow jersey, Mick can be seen in the Marquis sunglass from Dragon’s top-selling H2O Floatable Collection. With durable, impact-resistant Performance Polar lenses and a lightweight injected-moulded frame made to float in water, Dragon’s H2O Floatable Collection sunglasses are the perfect accompaniment to the fast-approaching summer season – ensuring you never again lose your shades off the boat, in the ocean, lake, or river.

Fresh colourways such as the matte magnet grey H2O pictured below have now landed and are available from all the best surf and sunglass retailers across Australia and New Zealand. Click here to see the complete H2O Floatable collection.

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#WEAREFRAMELESS DOWN UNDER EDIT GOES LIVE!

It’s here! Click here to check out the edit live on our Vimeo now. Amidst park hammers, corduroy groomers and side-country pow stashes, this #WeAreFrameless story is all about the best part of wintertime Down Under – boarding with your mates under the Aussie sun! Featuring the snowboarding prowess of Dragon’s Josh Vagne, Nick Brown, Charles Beckinsale, Cohen Davies, Joel Cantle, Nic Harvey, Shaun Belmore, and James Singleton.

Please note: no skiers (or team managers) were harmed in the making of this.

Filming and editing by Marcus Skin.

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Perisher Resort – Damian Goninan

Thredbo Resort – Andrew Thomson, Lauren Tomasi, Reuben Cameron, Mat Galina

Jimmy and Simon – Beach Burrito

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Mark Hudson

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