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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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Design Director (13696)

London

Permanent

£70,000 - £75,000

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Location: London

Salary: £70k-£75k

 

This role spans across branding, campaign branding, advertising and digital/ social. We are looking for someone who will bring the highest level of technical skills, fresh ideas and ownable styles to the table. This means trying new things, learning new skills and breaking norms. A Design Director must have a good ability to understand client business needs, audience, strengths and weaknesses, and apply this information to your ideas and executions. This means being able to drive projects, including leading a brief through to the vision and the delivery deck, whether it’s a pitch, presentation or brand guidelines toolkit. This means being confident in meeting clients and presenting your work. You’ll be getting your hands dirty when it comes to doing the work, but also inspiring your team members to produce equally great work.

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Technical Lead – Glasgow (13669)

London, Glasgow

fixed contract

£70,000 - £75,000

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I am looking for a Technical Lead for a well-established agency. In the past five years, they’ve scaled to more than double their original size when they started up in Scotland. They now have over 80 people across the UK. They work with brilliant clients — from Cancer Research UK and Tesco to Hackney City Council and the Scottish Government.

  • Location: Glasgow. You will need to co-locate regularly (at least 2 days per week) with the rest of the team in Glasgow following the end of the pandemic.
  • Fixed Term Contracts: 6 months – 9 months

About the role
As a Tech Lead, you will lead the new and growing team of developers within our Digital team, and set the standard for our coding approach. You’ll report to their Head of Digital to provide oversight of technical delivery, and provide coaching for developers.

You will:

Line-manage the team of developers. Provide mentoring and support to build individual and team capability.
Develop, test, deploy and improve digital products in a continuous delivery environment
Develop their technology practices including test-driven development, code review, pair-programming, QA, approaches, and professional development and training.

You will help create a supportive team and a culture of partnership, consistency, operational excellence, and delivery. You will foster good engineering practices, rhythms, and rituals, team dynamics, and delivery within the Head of Digital’s team. And you will help the team make brilliant connections with the other designers and researchers across
the rest of the agency.

Your skills and experience
They want to hear from a range of people who can demonstrate some, or all, of the following skills and experience:
Team and practice:

  • Lead multidisciplinary project teams to design, and develop digital products, throughout the entire product life-cycle.
  • Balance a human-centred design approach and prioritising user needs with business and technical goals.
  • Working with the Head of Digital to establish their technology practices including test-driven development, code review, pair-programming, QA, and professional development and training.
  • Confident in coaching clients on the best software and agile practices
  • Fostering a culture of proactive open communication, operational excellence, and consistent delivery.
  • Willing to work collaboratively to both give and receive feedback within a shared code ownership team.
  • Able to lead teams to design and build accessible and inclusive live digital products and/or services.
  • Ability to support the wider agency team on new business proposals and pitches when required.
  • Ensure client satisfaction in the delivery of their technical solutions; that they are suitable in terms of maintainability and are delivered on time and budget.
  • Ensuring work meets accessibility, scalability, robustness, and security requirements.
  • Providing mentoring and support and mentoring to a team of developers so that their capability improves as individuals and a team.

Technical skills

  • Demonstrable experience in working in agile, user-centered design and lean approaches to product development.
  • Experience mentoring and coaching junior developers
  • Very experienced in full-stack development in a variety of programming languages. Their current tech stack includes: Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and React.js.
  • Experience in pair-programming and code review, willing to work collaboratively to both give and receive feedback within a shared code ownership team.
  • Very experienced in leading the team to adopt Test Driven Development (TDD) and/or Behavioral Test Driven Development (BDD).
  • Develop, test, deploy and improve digital products and services in a continuous delivery environment
  • Experience in skillfully translating and communicating technical concepts for non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to incrementally define and improve the software
  • Experience working with databases (SQL and NoSQL).
  • Experience in writing well-documented code that is easy to maintain and evolve.
  • Experience working with Git version control and leading an environment of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD).
  • Experience working closely with Product Managers to ensure everyone is aligned and on track with the work.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Fullstack Developer – Glasgow (13671)

London, Glasgow

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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I am seeking a Fullstack Developer to join my clients Glasgow studio (open to other working arrangements).

  • Salary: £35,000 pa
  • Location: Glasgow. Thek would prefer that the developer be able to work predominantly with the rest of the team in the Glasgow office, but they are always receptive to flexible working patterns and candidates should not consider this a barrier to applying for this role.
  • Full time 37.5 hours

About the role
As a Developer, you will work alongside their other disciplines to assist in the day-to-day running of the development work within their digital team.
You will work with the team to develop digital products and services, making the best use of budget to provide value for our clients and to our internal projects.
Their Developers will sit within the Digital team and will collaborate across their user-centered disciplines, including service design, user research, interaction design, content design and accessibility.

Your skills and experience
They’re keen to hear from a range of developers who can demonstrate some, or all, of the following skills and experience:
Team and practice:

  • Work in multidisciplinary project teams to design, and develop digital products, throughout the entire product life-cycle.
  • Experience working with agile, user-centered design and lean approaches to product development.
  • Help develop their technology practices including test-driven development, code review, pair-programming, QA, and professional development and training.
  • Willing to work collaboratively to both give and receive feedback within a shared code ownership team.
  • Working knowledge of designing and building accessible and inclusive live digital products and/or services.

Technical skills

  • Ability to incrementally define and improve the software.
  • Experienced with full-stack development in a variety of programming languages. Their current tech stack at snook includes: Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and React.js.
  • Experience with Test-Driven Development (TDD) and/or Behavioral Test Driven Development (BDD).
  • Develop, test, deploy, and improve digital products and services in a continuous delivery environment.
  • Experience working with databases (SQL and NoSQL).
  • Experience in writing well-documented code that is easy to maintain and evolve.
  • Experience using Git version control and CI/CD.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Senior Developer – Glasgow (13670)

Glasgow, London

Permanent

£60,000 - £65,000

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I am seeking a Senior Developer to join my clients’ team in their Glasgow studio (open to other working arrangements).

  • Salary: £65,000 pa
  • Location: Glasgow. They would prefer that you be able to work predominantly with the rest of the team in their Glasgow office, but they are always receptive to flexible working patterns and you should not consider this a barrier to applying for this role.
  • Full time 37.5 hours

About the role
As a Senior Developer, you will work alongside our other disciplines to assist in the day-to-day running of the development work within their digital team and provide oversight over technical delivery.
You will work with the team to develop digital products and services, making the best use of budget to provide value for our clients and their internal projects.
You will help create a strong team ethic and foster a culture of partnership, consistent delivery, operational excellence, and continuous improvement. You will foster strong engineering practices, team dynamics, and delivery.
Their developers will sit within the Digital team and will collaborate across their user-centered disciplines, including service design, user research, interaction design, content design, and accessibility.

Your skills and experience
They’re keen to hear from a range of developers who can demonstrate some, or all, of the following skills and experience:

Team and practice:

  • Able to lead multidisciplinary project teams to design, and develop digital products, throughout the entire product life-cycle.
  • Strong experience in working with agile, user-centered design, and lean approaches to product development.
    Able to drive technical direction in projects and assure they meet accessibility, scalability, robustness, and security requirements.
  • Develop their technology practices including test-driven development, code review, pair-programming, QA, and professional development and training.
  • Willing to work collaboratively to both give and receive feedback within a shared code ownership team.
    Experience in designing and building accessible and inclusive live digital products and/or services.
  • Coach and identify appropriate training and development opportunities for junior members of the Digital team.
  • Supporting the wider team on new business proposals and pitches when required.

Technical skills

  • Experienced with full-stack development in a variety of programming languages. Their current tech stack includes: Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and React.js.
  • Experience working in various sectors in developing, testing, deploying, and improving digital products and services in a continuous delivery environment.
  • Advocate for Test Driven Development (TDD) and/or Behavioral Test Driven Development (BDD) approaches.
  • Ability to incrementally define and improve the software and teach others.
  • Experience in skillfully translating and communicating technical concepts for non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experience consulting and/or coaching clients on the best software and agile practices.
  • Proven experience working with databases (SQL and NoSQL).
  • Confident in writing well-documented code that is easy to maintain and evolve.
  • Experienced in using Git version control and CI/CD.
  • Experience in pair-programming and code review, willing to work collaboratively to both give and receive feedback within a shared code ownership team.
  • Experience in collaborating with product managers and interaction designers to take a service live.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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DevOps Enginer (13664)

London

Permanent

£80,000 - £85,000

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My client is looking for a Mid/Senior DevOps / Systems Infrastructure Engineer (currently remote) to join their team to improve and grow cloud infrastructure. This position will also allow you to innovate their engineering systems to the best practices. It’s a great opportunity to employ and practice edge DevOps technologies in a fast-paced environment for continuous improvement.

Responsibilities and cool staff you will be working with:

  • GCP (and partly AWS)
  • Troubleshooting, improving, and coordinating with the development team to streamline code deployment
  • Implement automation tools and frameworks
  • Bring the best out of CI/CD pipelines and GitOps approaches
  • Infrastructure as a code with Terraform
  • A lot of Kubernetes and Helm
  • Improve and automate Monitoring (Prometheus, Stackdriver, Grafana, Zipkin)
  • Networking security, IAM, Container Security, Kubernetes security

Requirements

  • 3+ years experience as a Systems Engineer, DevOps Engineer, or equivalent software-engineering role
  • Experience working with cloud systems (AWS or GCP)
  • Production experience with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Knowledge of container-based distributed platforms
  • Configuration management and Infrastructure as a code (Helm, Terraform)
  • Following CI/CD best practices (Jenkins, BitBucket, Gitlab, ArgoCD)
  • Solid scripting and automating background (Bash, Python, or other)
  • You have a working knowledge of SQL/NoSQL databases (backups, replication, migration)

Desirable Skills:

  • Proficient with the Linux system (shell, utilities)
  • Familiarity with Java web applications
  • You have experience in networking (DNS, VPN, firewalling), logging, and monitoring (Prometheus, Cloudwatch, Stackdriver)
  • Knowledge of modern release strategies (Blue/Green, Canary)
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language

No sponsorship for this role.
You must be able to live and work in the UK

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Fullstack Developer (13663)

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £65,000

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My client is looking for a Fullstack developer (currently remote). They use an open API, powering applications behind the scenes, to seamlessly connect and securely access financial information. We enable companies to access financial information to enrich the customer experience in Banking, Lending, Payments, Accounting and Money Management.
They are looking for Java Full Stack developers who have also knowledge and passion for frontend and UX development.

For this position, they are looking for someone with a strong background in OO design with Java and at least one other programming language, experience working with web services, Spring Boot, and core frontend CSS, HTML, JavaScript.

They use different technologies for different frontend applications, some using the Vaadin framework for full Java stack, others with Vue and Node, and also React or Flutter for native apps.

Equally important to these specific skills is the ability to multi-task, quickly adapt to new development environments and changing business requirements, learn new systems, create reliable/maintainable code, and find creative and scalable solutions to difficult problems.

Responsibilities

  • Support, maintain and build customer-facing applications, that can be web or mobile applications
  • Build API clients to consume data from multiple sources, normalising and aggregating formats, in real-time or distributed reactive streams.
  • Manage individual project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables.

Requirements

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent technical work experience
  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals
  • 3+ years of development experience
  • Outstanding knowledge of Java
  • Able to bring experience and ideas that will help the agency deliver highly efficient and reliable services

Desirable

  • Spring Boot framework
  • One of these would be great: Vaadin, Android Java, Android Kotlin, Flutter, web frameworks

No sponsorship for this role
You must be able to live and work in the UK

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Senior Back-End Developer (13661)

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £65,000

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My client is looking for a Senior Backend Developer (currently remote). They use an open API, powering applications behind the scenes, to seamlessly connect and securely access financial information. We enable companies to access financial information to enrich the customer experience in Banking, Lending, Payments, Accounting, and Money Management.

They are looking for a Senior Backend Developer to join the biggest financial technology revolution. You will work with team leaders and our CTO to determine software requirements, build APIs, SDKs, and other tools for developers.
They are looking for folks with solid analytical, design, and problem diagnosis skills, expertise with systems programming, high-performance applications, distributed systems, or service design. Equally important to add, is the ability to multi-task, quickly adapt to new development environments and changing requirements, learn new systems, create reliable/maintainable code, and find creative and scalable solutions to difficult problems.

They need their engineers to be versatile, display leadership qualities, and be enthusiastic to tackle new problems across the full-stack as they continue to push technology forward. With your technical expertise, you will manage individual projects priorities, deadlines, and deliverables. You will design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and enhance software solutions.
Their innovative systems include highly efficient and large scale platforms built on Java/Spring Boot, running on Docker containers and deployed in Kubernetes clusters in Google Cloud Platform.

Requirements

  • Support, maintain, and build APIs, tooling, automations, and monitoring services using technologies and services such as, or similar to: GCP, AWS, Kubernetes, Docker, Java, Spring Boot, Spring Reactive, Project Reactor, Jenkins, Bitbucket CI/CD, Vaadin, PostgreSQL, Swagger, OpenAPI, etc.
  • Define REST API/JSON specification, test cases, and build sample open-source API code clients.
  • Build API clients to consume data from multiple sources, normalising and aggregating formats, in real-time or distributed reactive streams.
  • Manage individual project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables.
  • Focus on the quality and performance of services, continuously improving code, and innovating with better technologies.

Ideally, you will have experience working with web services, Restful APIs, and Spring Boot.
Linux system development experience is a plus.

No sponsorship for this role.
You need to be able to live and work in the UK.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Senior Front End Developer (13660)

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £70,000

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My client is looking for a Senior Frontend Developer (currently remote). They use an open API, powering applications behind the scenes, to seamlessly connect and securely access financial information. We enable companies to access financial information to enrich the customer experience in Banking, Lending, Payments, Accounting, and Money Management.

They are looking for a Frontend Developer who can help them migrate from their existing frontend framework Vaadin. You will be involved in choosing a new framework for our frontend.

This is a great opportunity to join their team.
You will work closely with their core development and software design teams to update the external and internal web tools to make them more efficient. You will also be responsible for creating innovative solutions to UI design issues to help make the experience more visually appealing and enhance usability.
Equally important to the specific development skills is the ability to multi-task, quickly adapt to new development environments and changing business requirements, learn new systems, create reliable/maintainable code, and find creative and scalable solutions to difficult problems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support, maintain and build customer-facing applications, that can be web or mobile applications
  • Manage individual project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables.
  • Building and maintaining company style guidelines.

Requirements

  • Comfortable with HTML, CSS, Javascript(ES6) or Typescript
  • Comfortable working with a javascript framework (React, Vue)
  • Experience with server-side rendering (Nextjs, Nuxtjs)
  • CSS preprocessor (SASS, LESS)
  • TDD (Jest, Jasmine, Karma, Enzyme)
  • Best coding practices

Desirable:

  • One of these would be great: Vaadin, Android Java or Kotlin, Flutter, web frameworks
  • Solid understanding of OOP principles
  • Nodejs
  • Cypress or Puppeteer

Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent technical work experience
  • 3+ years’ web development experience required
  • Proficiency with Javascript best practices and ideally with TypeScript
  • Strong knowledge of web development tools and programming languages
  • Able to bring experience and ideas that will help them deliver highly efficient and reliable services

No sponsorship for this role
You must be able to live and work in the UK.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Senior Designer with Motion (Beauty/Fashion) (13645)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £50,000

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We are looking for an ambitious Senior Designer with strong motion design skills to join the Design & Production team in London focussing on a market leader in the hair and beauty industry.

My client are a tight knit team of illustrators & animators, photographers & videographers, coders & brand builders who create thumb-smashing content for some of the biggest brands in the world.

You will work closely with a whole host of departmental specialists, from Insights, to Community, to Strategy to deliver transformational social-first work. To be a part of the Design & Production team, you must be a pixel loving, idea generating, creative collaborator who likes to tell stories that move.

Role

In a nutshell you’ll be working within the design team on a market leader in the hair and beauty industry. You will be tasked owning and leading the creative output on this account, producing campaigns, overseeing retainer content and developing the team with your impressive luxury / beauty design knowledge.

Conceptualise, scope in and implement complex integrated campaigns
Lead innovative ideations and foster confidence within the design team
Delivering campaign and brand development, art directing projects and overseeing retainer workflows.
Hands-on creation of content through motion graphics and photography
Ownership and quality oversight of content outputted by junior members of the team
Stay up-to-date with social platforms and industry trends
Leading team members, collaborating with client service and community teams
Confidently present work and build client relationships

Outside of this account you will also help drive creativity, process and organisation across the agency and help build the design team to fit your needs.

Work with community managers, strategists and account teams to create future thinking, bold and social-first ideas.
Managing and mentoring designers
Contribute and shape business development pitches
Lead presentations and encourage other team members to present
You’ll slot into the creative family with your own brand of vim, spark and joy

Requirements

Experienced creative with graphic design education
4+ year’s experience including the beauty and/or fashion sector
Experienced in leading teams and overseeing multiple, diverse projects simultaneously
Branding /strategic design
Strong Motion Design/After Effects know how essential
Agency background with strong social knowledge
Experience attention to detail – lead on quality control
Management experience
Passion
Design thinking

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Visual & Motion Designer (13633)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £35,000

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-Midweight visual and motion designer
Midweight Designers are one of the most reliable designers in the team. You should have a great understanding of the agency’s system, an ability to take on all design tasks, assist or even lead projects independently. Midweights should be organised and show initiative. You should support senior team members but also be able to step up and take over any of their projects if it’s required of them. You will have a hand in most of the projects we work on, whether it’s character creation, content animations or simply bringing our work to life.

Midweights should have sound technical skills, a clear understanding of design trends and an ability to apply different styles across brands. You should have a good understanding of visual design and typography and be able to contribute to concept sessions as well as sell in their ideas clearly.

Skills
2D Animation skills – or an interest to learn animation
Great eye for layout design
Ability to have a versatile unique style
Strong understanding of design trends
good communication skills not afraid to roll up your sleeves

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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News

Public Service Announcement: funny stuff on Amazon Prime

Steve Buss 19th August 2020

“Seinfeld” is a ‘90s sitcom that became a huge hit in the States.

Confusingly Jerry Seinfeld himself is a pretty lame stand-up, but just ignore that.

Anyways, it’s back on Amazon Prime so here’s a shortlist of the funniest episodes and some of the most famous comedy episodes of any US TV.

Written by Larry David who moved on to write and star in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Seinfeld is pretty much “Curb Your Enthusiasm: Lighter, Funnier, Better”.

Actually, Seinfeld might as well be called “The Elaine, George and Kramer Show” as Jerry Seinfeld is the weakest link:

Elaine – Jerry’s ex-. Played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus from VEEP. No 1 funny person on the show.

George and his Italian American parents – dad Frank played by Ben Stiller’s dad, Jerry Stiller.

Kramer – the kooky neighbour.

The following episodes are the classics. I watched these during lockdown and they’re still fresh. Most episodes throughout series 4-7 are decent but really you only need to watch these 12 episodes and then move on.

The 12 funniest episodes are:

  • The Contest (season 4)
  • The Hamptons (season 5)
  • The Opposite (season 5)
  • The Pledge Drive (season 6)
  • The Fusilli Jerry (season 6)
  • The Wink (season 7)
  • The Gum (season 7)
  • The Doll (season 7)
  • The Bizarro Jerry (season 8)
  • The Little Kicks (season 8)
  • The Susie (season 8)
  • The Yada Yada (season 8)

Perhaps finish up with “Highlights of a Hundred” (season 6’s clip highlights episode).

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls047644297/

Written by Richard Maddox

 

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