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Ten years ago (it seems like only yesterday) we were simply a small group of experienced yet rather frustrated creative recruiters about to launch a brand new business. RedSofa. We were determined to show the world we could do a better job than the competition: and have fun at the same time.

Our philosophy was very simple only hire the very best and watch them and the business flourish. By 2014 we were proud to be acclaimed Europe's fastest growing and most respected Creative Recruitment Agency. A year later we opened our Berlin office.

Of course there are other elements to our success, passion, creativity and building long-term personal relationships, but working with the very best people will always be at the core of our being.

We now cover almost every area in our sector, ranging from junior art workers to global CEOs. Our expertise in every area is widely regarded as being unequalled. IMPRINT

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Fullstack Developer

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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Great opportunity for a fullstack developer to become an integral part of a small team. Lots of exciting projects on the horizon and really make an impact on the projects you work on. The role will consist largely of (but not strictly limited to) web based development of new and existing sites and providing support to colleagues where appropriate. You will be expected to identify and fix bugs where necessary and be responsible for front-end quality control.

  • Experience using Python and/or Django
  • Competent and comfortable using CSS & HTML
  • Solid experience writing and interpreting Javascript and PHP code
  • Experience working with MySQL/MSSQL
  • Demonstrable experience of building sites using CMS platforms – such as SilverStripe – and use of their associated plugins
  • Ability to use your initiative and problem solve daily issues
  • A solid understanding of web standards and best practices
  • Solid command of cross-browser compatibility and responsive solutions
  • Self-motivated and keen to develop your own professional skills
  • A quick learner with an excellent eye for detail and the ability to manage multiple work streams at the same time
  • At least 2 years’ experience with hands-on coding
  • Experience using test/staging environments
  • Ability to present build skills via your portfolio

It would be an advantage to have links to any accounts on GitHub, BitBucket, etc and be able to talk through your code using a computer during the interview.

All candidates must be able to live and work in the UK.

No sponsorship for this role.

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Senior Designer

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £55,000

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Our client is a truly iconic Global advertising agency with a reputation for having created some of the most recognised campaigns in the world. Boasting an amazing roster of clients and employing some of the best creatives in the industry they are leading the way and their field and are based within stunning central London offices. They now have an exciting opportunity for a senior designer to join their team

Who you are

  • You contribute to foster an environment where everyone can enjoyably collaborate on producing the very best work
  • You will be a team player, supporting your team members when required
  • You can take direction, and are willing to listen, learn and share ideas with the team
  • You’ll be enthusiastic, passionate about design, comfortable working to tight deadlines and have a great eye for detail
  • Your appetite, commitment and endeavour for success is infectious; you are flexible, resilient and believe that ‘Nothing is Impossible’

What you’ll do

  • Responsible for developing creative concepts into world class advertising campaigns across multiple touch points
  • Creating and amending outstanding designs for, but not limited to: press ads, ooh, web, apps, banners, email shots, social, TV, global toolkits, and visual & brand guidelines
  • Oversee the entire design process from concept to delivery
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure solutions meet or exceed with our clients’ strategic objectives
  • Working on multiple projects/tasks of varying complexities, meeting your deadlines and supporting your team members to meet theirs
  • Following the correct design processes and creating high quality deliverables for projects
  • Mentoring and providing art direction and guidance to less senior members of the team, and delegating work when required
  • Helping Producers scope projects and giving time estimates needed to complete your work

Who you’ll do it with

Your role will be within our Design team which is made up of a vibrant multi-disciplinary team of Juniors, Mids and Seniors under the leadership of the Head of Design.

What it takes

  • Being motivated, goal oriented, persistent and a good communicator
  • Ability to articulate and champion your ideas both internally and in front of clients
  • Having a keen eye for detail – your work is produced to pixel perfection working within grid frameworks, with consistency throughout
  • An ability to prioritise and organise work within an existing design process
  • Collaboration and creative judgement
  • An ability to juggle and complete multiple projects while meeting strict deadlines
  • Being pioneering, curious and not afraid to take risks to keep on top of industry trends

What you’ll need

  • At least five years’ agency experience
  • Previous experience working an agency-side (preferentially an advertising agency)
  • A portfolio showing a range of beautifully crafted campaign and branding projects where you have led the work and been involved in concepting
  • Advanced skills in typography and layout
  • Solid working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign
  • Knowledge of Adobe After Effects is a bonus
  • Thorough knowledge of print and digital design processes and limitations

Why you’ll succeed

  • We want you to be the best you can possibly be and you have the whole agency’s support
  • Clear KPIs, achievable goals and a regular personal development plan
  • Bespoke training and development courses available as appropriate

What you’ll get

  • Competitive salary and benefits that include pension, life assurance and healthcare25 days annual leave (excluding bank holidays)
  • Season ticket loan and company cycle scheme
  • Free access to onsite gym plus yoga and boot camp classes
  • Breakout area equipped with Xbox and ping pong table
  • Discounted staff coffee bar and discounted food & drinks at onsite pub

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Senior Digital Designer

London

Permanent

£45,000 - £65,000

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My client is an independent, award-winning, creative agency that’s sole purpose is to make tired brands famous again.

They’re multi-disciplined their our hearts lie in digital.

Right now, there’s about 38 in the studio (plus 6 rotating office dogs) – but that number grows all the time because they’re still young, ambitious and pretty good at what they do.

Senior Designers should have initiative. Whether it’s to pick up management responsibilities, suggest new ways to improve workflows or just ensure the team’s wellbeing. Seniors should have good relationships with the rest of their team members, and be able to assimilate jobs down to them. You must also be a team player – sometimes you will need to support the juniors in the day-to-day work… or simply help to get the mail.

The type of person:

  • … have 6 years minimum agency experience.

  • … have management experience in developing other team members – and are keen to continue doing so!

  • … have amazing digital design skills and a thousand unique styles and ideas tucked away.

  • … have a strong understanding of design trends and how to harness them.

  • … have good communication and presentation skills in selling your ideas, be it to your team or to clients.

  • … are able to problem solve and bring solutions to the table.

  • … are proactive and committed to developing your own knowledge and skills.

  • … are unafraid to roll up your sleeves and muck in.

  • … are organised and self-disciplined, with an ability to multi-task and consistently hit deadlines.

    The Perks:

    • To be part of something special – this is an exciting growing agency with no board of directors, or shareholders to report to.

    • Free snacks, booze and coffee!

    • Monthly breakfasts with the whole team.

    • Seasonal company parties.

    • Opportunity to pitch your own projects

    • The love of six rotating office dogs.

    • A ‘yes work’s important, but let’s not get too serious’ vibe.

    • A distinct lack of bureaucracy or politics.

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UI Product Designer

London

Permanent

£50,000 - £65,000

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This is a cutting edge role that is involved in some serious UI/Product exposure with a very well known global name thats isn’t afraid of pushing boundaries and disrupting the norm.

My client are looking for a pixel perfect Product UI Designer that can work their magic with user interface across wearables, APPS, Tablets, touchscreen and web. Their style is original, they aren’t afraid to push boundaries and pride themselves in being unique. The design involved will be working on an overall product never seen on the consumer market before and will set the precedent for an original, immersive digital experience.

This role encourages eclectic-thinking, being “safe” in your design solutions is not an option. The agency is looking for a UI/Product Designer that gets excited about diversity, can bring an element of unorthodox originality to a design brief and at the same time deliver a pixel perfect, well executed example of fuss-free design.

Service design, digital transformation, prototyping and human-centered design thinking are core to this role as well as having the experience to lead and inspire an already award winning multi-disciplined design team.

You will need all of these:

*Passion for interaction design and communications

*Solid understanding of graphic design principles, brand communications andinterface design for digital touchscreen/points

*Great hands-on design skills, a love for great craft and a very refined attention

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Junior Designer

London

Permanent

£18,000 - £20,000

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A boutiqueadvertising/media agency is looking for a junior to join their rapidly expanding creative team. You will be a designer with potential and a passion for creating intelligent and beautiful design solutions and communications. You’ll be passionate about design and honing your craft, with an understanding of advertising, layout, typography and brand awareness.

Playing a key support role within the design team you’ll report to the Creative Director. You will work across a multitude of brand disciplines from experiential, branding, print, digital, and advertising.

You should have a grounded working knowledge of the usual Adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator), and a portfolio that shows creative thinking and an eye for detail.

Sound like the role for you, send your CV and portfolio.

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1st Line IT Support

London

Permanent

£20,000 - £21,000

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I am looking for a 1st line IT support person to join my clients internal team keeping their internal systems, equipment and labs working effectively and securely.
This is a great opportunity to develop, learn and progress your career in a flexible working environment.

Responsibilities

  • Provide 1st line support to the business via an internal helpdesk system that supports users across 3 different sites.
  • Communicating and working efficiently with both in-house and external IT teams.
  • Deliver well documented troubleshooting for further 2nd line support.
  • Running and maintaining their in-house user research labs, ensuring all IT equipment is fully functioning and kept up to date and in-line with the latest technologies.
  • Keeping all existing IT processes documented and up to date as well as creating new documentation when required.
  • Ensuring that all off-site research equipment is well maintained and organized accordingly for upcoming research dates.
  • Providing out of hours IT support on events hosted by the client (typically around one per month).

Skills

  • Strong knowledge of Windows 7/10 and Mac OS environments.
  • Familiar with Office 2016 for both Mac and Windows with experience using calendars, delegate access and permissions being desirable.
  • A basic understanding of networking, active directory and printers would be advantageous.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to spot recurring issues and act in a proactive manner.
  • A willingness to learn and develop your skillset.
  • The ability to manage and prioritise your time whilst working towards multiple deadlines.

All candidates must be able to live and work in the UK

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Writer/Editor

London

Contract

£45,000 - £45,000

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We’re looking for an excellent business writer with a curious mind, eye for a brilliant angle and knowledge of the enterprise technology market. The role will involve producing best-in-class multi-channel content for a global tech giant with the right to speak credibly about world changing trends.

Key Tasks

Writing, commissioning and editing content – aimed at a mainly senior IT audience – to underpin a range of products and services for global tech giant, HP Inc. The emphasis is very much on thought leadership – authoritative long-form articles and white papers – which can be turned into shorter, beautifully-designed content for social channels.

Developing stand-out creative ideas for original content that provide interest and value for time-poor technology audience.

Working alongside the Content Director to constantly develop editorial strategy and resulting creative output on a wide range of campaigns.

Helping to identify, shape and execute new content opportunities from within the wider brand group.

Skills and application

1.Writing and subbing

  • Writing long-form, authoritative B2B articles
  • Sourcing and interviewing thought leaders in the space
  • Editing and subbing stories
  • Extracting and developing editorial angles from data research
  • Ensuring all body text, headlines, decks and captions are accurate, informative and engaging
  • Working closely with the design team to bring stories to life
  • Creating videos and other social media content to drive engagement with wider content
  1. Commissioning and editing
  • Commissioning work to agreed budget and timescales
  • Bringing and developing contacts book of high-quality, reliable, credible writers in respective markets, as well as looking to find and brief new and fresh writers where necessary
  • Editing material to ensure it reaches the highest standard matches the brief
  1. Idea generation and client presentations
  • Building a strong understanding of the brand and the kind of stories that would resonate with its target audience
  • Generating brilliant ideas for a variety of parts of the business such as social media or influencer campaigns, product launches or new product streams
  • Meeting and presenting ideas to the client
  1. Organisation and attention to detail
  • Ensuring all elements of the campaign are correct and in place, at every stage of the production and approvals process
  • Delivering a logical approach to systems, workflow and process
  • Using time and resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the required objectives
  • Juggling multiple urgent tasks, prioritising as required to ensure deadlines are met
  • Sharing necessary information with relevant colleagues, contributors and clients in a clear and timely manner

We’re the world’s leading content agency. We build content strategy and creative that drives results for brands. We work with our clients across many sectors, from banking to retail, automotive to technology. We create and deliver content in multiple channels including video, print and social media. If you’d like to be part of our growing team, and have the relevant experience, please send in your CV, we look forward to seeing it!

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User Interface Developer

London

Permanent

£0 - £60,000

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I am looking for a passionate senior UI developer to help take my clients products and technology platforms to the next level.

You’ll be a UI developer, with a keen eye for UX and design to ensure their product both looks great and performs well. The role is onsite, alongside their super talented development and product team, working to ensure their product remains light years ahead of the competition.

Our front-end tech stack includes:

  • React / Vue
  • Bulma / Tailwind / PostCSS
  • Netlify
  • TBD by you!

You’ll be part of a flexible, fun and rewarding team environment, which values people over process. They avoid rules and want everyone to feel confident to create and contribute to the business and the product straight away. Be prepared to setup your MacBook pro, full development environment and deploy to production from day one.

Working directly under the Head of Engineering, this is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills and experience life in one of the leading insurtech disruptors!

REQUIREMENTS

Your experience could include…

  • Strong CSS3, responsive design and animation experience
  • Vue.js or React
  • Developing UX strategies for complicated asynchronous processes
  • Strong knowledge of Git (GitHub) and deployment processes
  • Integrating with various API’s of different types
  • SPA’s
  • CI and CD
  • Sketch / Zeplin / InVision Studio

Excellent benefits

It would be an advantage to have links to any accounts on GitHub, BitBucket, etc and be able to talk through your code using a computer during the interview.

All candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK to be considered for this role.

No sponsorship for this role.

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Fullstack Developer

London

Permanent

£0 - £60,000

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I am looking for a passionate Fullstack Developer to help take my clients products and technology platforms to the next level.

You’ll be working with a solid tech platform based on Event Sourcing, which allows them to build micro-services properly, innovate quickly, model the domain easily and above all gives them a time machine!

Their tech stack includes:

  • Laravel / Node.js
  • Redis / MongoDB
  • AWS / Heroku / Netlify
  • Event Store
  • TBD by you!
  • Some React / Vue and Bulma / Tailwind

You’ll be part of a flexible, fun and rewarding team environment, which values people over process. They avoid rules and want everyone to feel confident to create and contribute to the business and the product straight away. Be prepared to setup your MacBook pro, full development environment and deploy to production from day one.

Working directly under the Head of Engineering, this is a great opportunity to enhance your skills and experience life in one of the leading insurtech disruptors!

REQUIREMENTS

Your experience could include…

  • APIs using Laravel and Node
  • Designing microservices in a distributed nature
  • Some experience using React or Vue
  • CSS using Bootstrap, Bulma or Tailwind CSS
  • Creating data structures which won’t hurt us later
  • Building Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines

It would be an advantage to have links to any accounts on GitHub, BitBucket, etc and be able to talk through your code using a computer during the interview.

All candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK to be considered for this role.

No sponsorship for this role.

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Projects/Web Developer

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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Great opportunity to become an integral part of a small team with many exciting projects on the horizon and really make an impact on the projects you work on. The role will consist largely of (but not strictly limited to) web based development of new and existing sites and providing support to colleagues where appropriate. You will be expected to identify and fix bugs where necessary and be responsible for front-end quality control.

  • Experience using Python and/or Django
  • Competent and comfortable using CSS & HTML
  • Solid experience writing and interpreting Javascript and PHP code
  • Experience working with MySQL/MSSQL
  • Demonstrable experience of building sites using CMS platforms – such as SilverStripe – and use of their associated plugins
  • Ability to use your initiative and problem solve daily issues
  • A solid understanding of web standards and best practices
  • Solid command of cross-browser compatibility and responsive solutions
  • Self-motivated and keen to develop your own professional skills
  • A quick learner with an excellent eye for detail and the ability to manage multiple work streams at the same time
  • At least 2 years’ experience with hands-on coding
  • Experience using test/staging environments
  • Ability to present build skills via your portfolio

If you match all the above please message for more info

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News

Madonna’s “big birthday”

Steve Buss 1st August 2018

Madonna Louise Ciccone turns 60 this year, a “big birthday” by anybody’s reckoning. I remember her at the time of her breakthrough 1983 single Holiday – a mischievous mess of bangles and swinging crucifixes, boasting that she was so hot that you could fry an egg on her belly button. From that point on, Madonna was omnipresent – confrontational, audacious, occasionally annoying and weirdly vulnerable (brought up in a strict Italian-American Catholic family, Madonna’s mother died when she was a child).

She pounded through personas (boy toy, material girl, Hollywood royalty, dancefloor vixen, gangsta momma,), like an all-singing all-dancing one-woman variety show. It was never just about the music Madonna embodied the devilish voice in your ear, saying: “Why not?” A pop queen with a big dirty rock mouth, she was one of the first great influencers, daring at least a couple of generations of girls and young women (not to mention all her loyal gay fans) to be bolder, stronger and, crucially, a lot less humble and apologetic.

No surprise, then, that witch-burners have long been out in force against Madonna. She’s been called everything: ball-breaker, whore, user, crone, narcissist, talent-vampire. Vulgar taste-free zone. While taking criticism is part of the fame gig, it was as though Madonna served as a cautionary tale for women who get too uppity.
In recent years, Madonna, also mother to Lourdes (by Carlos Leon) and Rocco (by Guy Ritchie) has been criticised for adopting (perfectly legally) four orphans, having “work done” (such a shock in celeb circles) and having much younger partners (you mean, like 99% of famous older men?). Every time she tours, there’s gnashing of teeth about her “inappropriate” stage outfits – euphemisms for “too young for her”, as if someone of Madonna’s vintage should crawl on stage in a candlewick dressing gown, begging for forgiveness for not being 25 any more. Burn the witch, not that it’s all been gravy. It’s probably best to politely ignore all the Kaballah nonsense. Her acting has been patchy at best and as for snogging Britney and Christina Aguilera on stage, let’s not go there…
Most of the things people criticise Madonna for, I tend to find funny, including that gigantic, nuclear-strength ego. At some point, we have to ask ourselves: what do we want from our stars – humility and jogging bottoms or magic and dynamite? I know which way I’d usually go.

At this stage, perhaps Madonna’s greatest achievement is that she’s a survivor. Of her era of superstars (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince), she’s the last one left standing, living proof that maturing in music doesn’t just mean the Rolling Stones – it can be a wild, untamed feminine energy too.
Nor has she done it via endless comebacks and the nostalgia trail. Sure, she’d be idiotic (and ungenerous) not to perform songs from her extensive back catalogue, but Madonna has been genuinely active and creative all the way through, always with a new project on the horizon.

So, happy birthday to Madonna. She’s sung, danced, acted, yapped, provoked, riled, worked her butt off, kept a sense of humour and taken all the sexist slurs with her head held high. Here’s to an artist who can’t come back because she never went away.

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