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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
Midweight Designer (Advertising) (11643)
£35,000 - £40,000
A wonderful opportunity for a midweight designer, from an integrated advertising background, to join one of the fastest-growing and most exciting agencies in London.
The agency has grown from 8 to just under 60 in the last 6 months, the success is down to the agency’s founding partners, who both have excellent reputations and a clear vision which is swiftly being brought to fruition.
The agency has just appointed a new Head of Design, who is a leading figure on the design scene, to set up and oversee the agency’s first ever design studio. You will be the agency’s first pure designer and will work alongside the head of Design, overseeing and being brand guardian for the agency’s biggest account, as well as working across their other clients when required.
You will be used to working under pressure, in a fast-paced studio with the ability to take control of projects and see them through to final print without getting flustered. Working with the Head of Design and Creative Services Manager you will be a pivotal part of the team, able to add valuable design flair, conceptual input and technical prowess, you will be working on through the line campaigns, ranging from traditional ATL/OOH through to social and content.
Knowledge of After Effects would be a massive bonus as well as being well versed in using Illustrator and Photoshop to a high level. The client will be looking through your folio to see what you are capable of creating under tight guidelines, as well as getting a feel for your own personal styles, tastes and influences.
This is a rare opportunity to join an agency that is truly growing places, and coming on-board at a time of rapid and exciting growth.
Posted by: Daniel Poole
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Internal Comms Specialist (11633)
£60,000 - £70,000
My Client is a leading global Agency Network with approx 6000 employees working in the UK. They’re looking for an Internal Comms specialist to deliver their vision in a creative and culturally rich way across the Group.
The role requires strong organisational skills combined with a strategic mindset to understand the breadth of the business and how it should be positioned internally.
Establish an internal communications strategy in conjunction with the Head of Communications
Ensure organisational initiatives and projects are successfully communicated to employees and stakeholders
Plan, edit and write content for a variety of internal communications mediums, including newsletters
You may also be required to work on the layout/design of content
Ghostwrite for CEO and CTO communications
Draft messages or scripts from senior executives for presentation to employees in written or spoken form
Deliver content for internal events
Help produce video and audio content for internal messaging
Ensure internal communications messages are consistent across all mediums and for different departments of the organisation
Ensure internal communication messages are consistent with external communication messages, working closely with the PR leads across the various Agencies within the group.
Handle the internal communication response to crisis situations which affect organisational perception and reputation
Manage all internal platforms/mediums and ensure the database is regularly updated
Advise senior executives of developments throughout the organisation, either face to face or through regular written communication
Manage an editorial calendar for internal communications, working closely with the external comms team
Writing skills: you will need excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills as well as the journalistic ability to source stories from employees
Speaking skills: You also need strong speaking skills as you are likely to be called on to give presentations to staff. Internal communications managers need sensitivity to an organisation’s goals and values and the ability to relay them to employees
Interpersonal skills: You need good interpersonal and relationship-building skills in order to work with communications and HR departments. You also need to possess the confidence to deal with senior executives and explain communication techniques to them.
Creative skills: You need the creative ability to devise communication strategies
Digital skills: Familiarity with information technology, especially digital and video means of communication, is essential.
Design skills including photoshop and Indesign is a plus
Posted by: Sarah Houghton
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Mid/Senior Copywriter (11571)
£40,000 - £50,000
We have an exciting opportunity with one of the iconic integrated agencies in London, they have a need for a Senior Copywriter to join their creative team.
You will be a connoisseur of copy, a wrangler of words. Someone that can cross the t’s and dot the i’s in a way that has never been done before.
I am looking for someone who has ambition and drive, a lover of big ideas and copy. You will have experience of working for advertising agencies with global brands with ideally some digital experience. There is a great opportunity to progress to Head of Copy also so if you’re looking for an agency where you can progress, then this is the place for you
Posted by: Karan Kaur
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Packaging Designer (11622)
£35,000 - £45,000
I am looking for an exceptional Packaging Designer capable of designing, managing and art directing projects from conception to print/production for one of the most iconic packaging agencies in London.
For this agency its all about the concept and idea behind the brief, they produce work which is strategically and visually outstanding which keep them at the top of their game.
For this role you will need to have an impressive portfolio showcasing your packaging experience ideally for the drinks/luxury arena. You will have a great eye for typography and craft, which will be evident in your portfolio. This agency is one of the best so its safe to say they only employ the greatest talent.
Your ability to work as part of a team and on your own is very important, as is the ability to communicate effectively and work with creative energy and passion. A flexible hard work ethic is a must.
For you chance to really step up to your next challenge please apply now with a relevant cv and portfolio.
Posted by: Karan Kaur
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Account Manager (11617)
Berkshire, Harrow, Home Counties, Maidenhead, Middlesex, Slough, Uxbridge
£28,000 - £38,000
Fantastic creative marcomms role in Uxbridge!
Our client based in Uxbridge has an opening for an experienced Account Manager or Senior Account Manager. Agency or clientside marketing experience required. Generous salary and benefits. Please email your CV, especially if you live in West London or the Home Counties.
To join an established team looking after one of the agency’s largest global accounts, the Account Manager role is pivotal in the day-to-day management of the client’s business and the implementation of campaigns from brief through to execution. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on an account that pushes the boundaries when it comes to best in class global campaigns.
To oversee the day-to-day administration of all client projects. Ensuring that clients’ briefs are interpreted, all deadlines are met and projects are prioritised
To attend and actively participate in regular client and team status meetings both locally (UK) and globally (with overseas peers and clients)
To oversee all aspects of work carried out for the client in other departments of the agency
To develop strong relationships with all departments of the agency
To build and maintain strong relationships with clients and to be the first point of contact for the client on day-to-day matters
To have an in-depth knowledge of the client’s business and the technology sector in which they operate
To think proactively on behalf of clients and agency. Considering new marketing initiatives and forthcoming projects
To negotiate and gain approval from the client for all projects and creative work and to ensure that all work is carried out in line with these agreements
To ensure that all paperwork is kept up to date including all relevant account information (e.g. estimates, briefs etc.) and ensure that contact reports are produced and approved by clients
To maintain up-to-date knowledge of all aspects of marketing including new trends, tools and technologies
To both orally and in writing present the agency’s recommendations effectively, logically and concisely
To be responsible for the day to day management of finances – to monitor all pricing on jobs to ensure that all aspects of a project are produced on time, efficiently and on budget, ensuring that full approval has been gained before monies are committed (obtaining purchase orders).
Ensure prompt invoicing of all projects
To manage the work flow for Account Executive where you have responsibility
To deputise for the Account Director as and when requested when they are unavailable – both internally and with clients
Posted by: Richard Maddox
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Senior Account Manager – calling all cycling enthusiasts! (11616)
£35,000 - £40,000
A leading word of mouth Agency with a fantastic client list is looking for a Senior Account Manager to manage and grow accounts through strong interpersonal skills, the development of innovative creative ideas and excellent organisation.
Consistently developing innovative and creative ideas and solutions for client campaigns
Building relationships with (senior) clients; listen and understand individual client requirements and consistently meeting if not exceeding their expectations;
Developing a clear understanding of your clients’ brand(s), category and customers
Leading a team to deliver effective Word of Mouth activity for a range of clients and/or projects
Leading and owning insights and monitoring projects with the team, ensuring insights are integrated with creative and strategy development
Working with the Creative and Engagement Strategy Directors to innovate and develop the strategic offering
Monitoring and understanding your clients’ markets; be aware of market issues and competitive activity
Keeping clients informed; ensure reports are on time and are kept in a central location so the rest of the team can locate if necessary
Assisting in creating project briefs; briefing in and working with members of the wider team to develop an idea, strategy or campaign tactic; presenting and selling that idea to the client
Working with Project Planners to develop effective project plans and project specification documents
Producing accurate costs estimates, and ensuring they are signed off by Account Director and the client before work proceeds
Ensuring all billing is completed on time
Ensuring that campaigns run to agreed client budgets and clients approve all expenditure before it happens, particularly unexpected expenditure
Assisting with the production of client reviews with senior clients
Overseeing and owning the overall quality of the final deliverables on projects that you manage
Ensuring your Account Director and / or Creative Director signs off all briefs and attends important project meetings
Maintaining a central file of essential client information
4-6 years account handling, creative development or client facing project management experience.
Able to effectively manage client relationships while delivering projects to the highest standard and on time and to budget
The ability to analyse and resolve problems quickly and effectively
Able to interact with people at all levels demonstrating tact, diplomacy, discretion and maturity
Must have strong listening skills
Have an understanding of social media and its impact on brand.
Excellent organisational and time management skills.
The ability to work under pressure whilst keeping an eye for detail.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in using Microsoft Office, in particular Word, Excel & PowerPoint
Posted by: Sarah Houghton
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Technical Delivery Manager (11480)
£100,000 - £120,000
This global media agency is looking for a technical delivery manager to join their London office.
The Technology Delivery Manager will be a critical resource in the definition, creation and delivery of all technology projects within the team. This role requires a pro-active individual with a strong technical background who is looking to move from a technical project / program / product management role. The successful candidate must drive and execute a vision and work well with others to deliver high quality outputs. It is important that this person has had a software engineering background and has engaged across full stack development. This role is an exciting opportunity to “wear many hats” and grow your capabilities – there is a heavy focus on being a “team player” and working with the Technology Senior Management team to deliver high quality outputs.
The primary responsibilities of the position are:
Experience and Knowledge
Bachelor degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Engineering related discipline
Senior Copywriter (11601)
£45,000 - £55,000
I’m working with a brilliant digital creative agency based in East London to source a Senior Copywriter. You’ll be happy to take the lead and set direction, working autonomously, taking initiative and managing your own time. You’ll be confident and comfortable presenting to clients and managing junior and freelance writers.
This is a varied role working on clients and different sectors with different needs. You’ll be working in teams with strategists, data planners, UX and CX specialists as well as designers and other creatives.
At least 5+ years working in a similar agency or in-house
Knowledge of all things digital and experience writing for digital channels.
An understanding of brands and how to communicate brand messages in different ways and across different channels.
Experience and confidence in presenting your work to colleagues and clients.
Experience mentoring and supporting junior copywriters
Experience defining TOV for clients
A flair for narrative and storytelling and an understanding of the role copy plays in supporting wider project and business goals.
The curiosity and empathy to understand different audiences and how to adapt tone accordingly.
A range of work to show – anything from conceptual to technical to editorial. Ideally with a mix of long and short copy.
An understanding of SEO and how to write copy that drives action.
For the full brief and more information on the agency please get in touch.
Posted by: Raman Mohial
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Test Engineer – Business Director (11593)
£60,000 - £65,000
I am looking for a Test Engineer/Business Director for a global communications agency based here in London.
You will be responsible for assisting in the design, implementation, and programmatic testing of full stack C# web applications, including anything from back-end services to their client-end counterparts. Your primary responsibilities will be to design and develop functional code and tests for these applications, and to coordinate with the rest of the team working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and quality product is essential.
The primary responsibilities of the position are:
Assess the design of applications for testability
Analyse the existing code base to identify and correct gaps in programmatic testing
Design and implement test strategies during development and maintenance phases of projects
Translate application storyboards, specifications and use cases into functional applications
Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable C# code
Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of applications
Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems
Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization
Provide the best practices and guidelines for managing data of different levels of complexity
Key skills & knowledge:
Proficient in C#, with a good knowledge of its ecosystems
Familiarity with the .NET framework 4.5
Strong understanding of object-oriented programming
Skill for writing reusable C# libraries
Familiar with various design and architectural patterns
Experience with Service Orientated Architecture and Web Service development such as WebAPI, WCF, Rest API, JSON etc.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Experience with popular web application frameworks, such as MVC, React JS, Angular JS, Node JS, JQuery etc
Knack for writing clean, readable C# code
Understanding fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
Creating database schemas that represent and support business processes
Basic understanding of Common Language Runtime (CLR), its limitations, weaknesses, and workarounds
Implementing automated testing platforms and unit tests
Proficient understanding of code versioning tools such as Git
Proficient understanding of test strategies and their relationship to build/test/deployment pipelines
Knowledge of frontend frameworks such as React.
Knowledge of Advertising / Marketing / Media business
Experience working with teams across multiple physical locations
Experience working with testing frameworks such as Nunit, Moq, Jest, Enzyme
All candidates must be able to live and work in the UK.
No sponsorship for this role.
Manager – Data Science & Automation (11585)
£35,000 - £40,000
I am looking for a Manager to join the Data Science and Automation team for my client in London.
This role requires a curious and creative mindset to become an engine of change to support global and market needs and spread state-of-the-art data science and data engineering practices.
You will help deliver technical solutions to meet the business requirements of their stakeholders. The internal stakeholders
are account teams, digital execution teams, analytics practitioners and development teams. The external stakeholders are clients and technology partners. This will entail analysing, developing, testing and deploying the appropriate solution through the development lifecycle.
Translating business requirements into solid technology and analytical solutions
Carry out research & development and jointly build proof of concepts for new product ideas
Be a strong advocate of coding standards and other software engineering best practices.
Driving technical proposals and related documentation
Help drive data architecture and data modelling solutions
Review, interpret and challenge data (including data structures) to generate understanding of key drivers, risks and opportunities
Maintain the cloud-tech offering for data science including driving best practices, governance, standardisation and collaboration across the data scientists and analysts in the network
Maintain and extend existing software solutions owned by the team e.g. digital attribution and visualisation tools, and provide technical support and training to the markets across the world.
Build and maintain data pipelines.
Locate and define new process improvement opportunities.
SPEED: You will be expected to identify and action innovative opportunities to optimize client performance in real time within the fast-paced digital ecosystem.
TEAMWORK: You should build your client’s and client leadership team’s trust and confidence by guiding them through Search best practices actively listening and responding to their queries and concerns.
PROVOCATION: You should curious and courageous pushing yourself outside your comfort zone in order to improve your development and performance, as well as take entrepreneurial calculated risks to act on opportunities that lead to significant gains for the business.
Experience and Skills Required:
Degree in STEM (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering) or equivalent relevant experience.
Proven track record with exposure to industry accepted technology platforms and software engineering practices
Keen to push forward the adoption of new technologies
Processing frameworks & programming tools: PySpark, MLlib, H2O etc.
Data modelling & data pipeline design: iterative data pipeline development from raw, curated, integrated to published data.
Strong SQL/Procedural SQL/Data Warehousing and Spark skills
Familiarity with fast prototyping of products solutions using open source technology (Dash, R-shiny, Jupyter, D3.js, git)
Familiarity with cloud based technologies – AWS/Azure/GCP
Ideally, knowledge of digital media datasets (Ad Servers, DSP, DMP, AdWords, Google Analytics etc.)
Ideally, knowledge of machine learning solutions (e.g. attribution, image recognition) to support business decision
Excellent problem-solving skills
Above all, a team player. All work is done as part of a team
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Steve Buss 20th March 2019
Since the 2012 London Olympics I’ve been a casual student of ‘Elite Performance’ strategies. The phrase that grabbed my attention was ‘the aggregation of small gains’. Summarised, Sir Dave Brailsford coined the philosophy to do 100 things 1% better, which led to enough of an advantage for the British Cycling team to smash all their previous medal records.
Now, I am a Tech Recruiter not an Olympic athlete/coach, for me this topic is fascinating because part of my role is to help companies build teams of people that perform at their optimum levels. Any lessons or tips I can pass on to the candidates I partner with have the potential to boost their career options and improve satisfaction in a role.
There are a huge amount of transferable lessons from the world of sport into business, so I continued to pull at the threads of Elite Performance…
Simon Hartley, author of ‘Two Lengths Of The Pool’, was doing a talk at a FinTech recruitment event in 2013, he was discussing the psychology of performance to hundreds of C-Level professionals from the London FinTech market. In a nutshell, his patient, an Olympic level swimmer, would race to Olympic standards in practice, but freeze with ‘competition anxiety’ when it came to race day. After a couple of years of trying to solve the race-day problem, the solution was to focus on the actions the swimmer could control and forget about the result. Do the basics well, and the results take care of themselves.
Ben Hunt-Davis is a former British Olympic rower, Gold Medal winner and author of ‘Will It Make the Boat Go Faster?’, also did a similar talk to hundreds of C-level professionals seeking lessons to take to their businesses about high performance cultures, and similar lessons could be taken away. Ben’s story describes that traditionally, the British Men’s rowing strategy was to use their ‘best’ rowers in the smaller teams, but the Men’s VIII’s were no match for the other rowing power nations as they had the opposing strategy. They recognised they would have to implement a drastic philosophy to get anywhere close to being competitive and that’s where they devise a simple question that became the compass for every action “Will it make the boat go faster?”. This question put everything under the microscope, from diet, to sleep, to team disputes, to training, even the way they walked up the stairs. They focused on the basics and let the results happen, fortunately the result was a Gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Taking it back to the real world, most people don’t have the resources to approach work like an Olympic or professional athlete, but from continued studies there seems to be a 4 pillars that are absolutely universal to under pin consistent levels of high performance; Diet, Exercise, Sleep and Meditation.
It’s not uncommon for people to think of the word ‘Diet’ and think ‘losing weight’ or ‘gains, bro’ or some sort of temporary goal. In my opinion, diet and food should be something everyone learns about in pre-school. Imagine if kids were taught about nutrition and things like the impact a can of fizzy drink could make to their studies or their sleep patterns.
If you get your diet right to match your unique DNA and behavioural needs, your mood will improve, cognitive function will improve, performance and endurance will improve, there are also hundreds of studies that claim to prove a healthy diet will prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and many other diseases.
We all have our guilty food pleasures, I still love a Big Mac (I know, gross), but since reading ‘The Optimum Nutrition Bible’ by Patrick Holford it’s completely changed the way I look at food and recognise how my diet affects me. If you can improve your diet at least 50% of the time, it will be enough to notice vast improvements. It’s all about getting progress with a diet, it’s not about being perfect.
Keeping active can be really hard for the busy professional, especially for those with young families, or commitments outside of a 40+ hours per week career. Exercise doesn’t need to be preparing for a marathon or cross fit 5 days per week, but exercise as simple as raising the heart rate through exercise over 140 bpm at least 3 times a week for 15 minutes can have incredible effects on physical & mental health.
The Health Apps are great for tracking progress. The Nike Running app works a treat for comparing yourself to yesterday’s results. Signing up to exercise classes can give people the motivation to do more exercise. The trick is to find something fun. I get so bored just ‘pumping iron’ but I get my kicks from team sports and running, so find whatever works enough for a routine to develop.
Sleep, seems obvious. I mean, when have you ever just gone without sleep and not felt the consequences. It’s not something you can just forget to do, right.
If you’re like me though, I’ve always struggled to ‘get to sleep’, I have no problem staying asleep, but just switching off is a challenge. There are loads of little tricks that I’ve been testing and here are a few that have helped me.
8 hours is the obvious recommendation, most people can cope with 6 hours, some people say they can function normally on 4 hours but anything less than 7.5 hours have negative impacts on cognitive function, mood and can lead to stamina crashes during the day. For those doing heavy physical training, aim for 10 hours minimum to avoid grogginess the following day.
Meditation, it seems to divide people; love it or think it’s a fictional pursuit of enlightenment. Regardless of where one stands on the subject, the scientific studies show outstanding positive results for those who meditate for just 15 minutes every few days.
I’ve recently returned from a Muay Thai retreat in rural Thailand, as part of the retreat we met Buddhist Monks and did some meditation under their guidance. The thing that hit it home for me was the analogy the Monk gave, which went something like this; ‘Our brains never switch off, even when we sleep, our brains are active. Imagine if you’re in a rush and have to button up your shirt, have you ever started doing buttons up, arrived to do the top button and realise the buttons weren’t aligned? Meditation helps prevent this misalignment’. Taking 10 or 15 minutes in the morning to completely clear your mind is like rebooting your computer.
The Monk went on to say that it took him about 8 years of practicing every day to have complete control over his mind, to clear all thoughts. The aim isn’t to stop all thoughts completely or to transcend to a higher dimension. The aim is to focus on being rather than thinking, allowing thoughts to come and seeing them go, focus on deep breathing and relax in a comfortable position.
Summary – Humans are capable of incredible feats. I truly believe that everyone has potential beyond their dreams, but being habitual and emotional creatures, we are often lead into routines that prevent us from reaching our goals. Whether you’re a software engineer, a project manager, a business director, in the C-suite or recent graduate, if you’re able to improve these four basic pillars for a consistent period, you’ll experience marginal gains in your professional and personal life leading to substantial progress.
Author: Danny Stewart