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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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Senior Producer/Project Manager (13110)

London

Permanent

£50,000 - £55,000

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My client is a leading Production Agency working with some of the world’s most famous lifestyle brands.  They’re looking for an experienced Senior Producer/Project Manager with international adaption experience across TV/Digital/Moving Image

The role is responsible for all areas of their allocated projects: operational, financial and commercial. This is a proactive client facing role and requires the ability to manage the client’s needs through the whole project life cycle of high-profile omni channel campaigns.

They are ideally coming from a creative and/or creative production agency and with a strong background in Digital & Moving image.

This role is working in very close partnership with Head of Production to motivate, inspire and mentor the wider team and cover and support absence and holidays of Head of Production.

Working with Business Directors to continually develop existing accounts and support RFP responses for new business where appropriate.

The Senior Producer/PM must be confident in their ability to challenge assumptions and clearly articulate whatever the situation requires. Providing a can-do attitude with excellent communication and leadership skills. Must feel comfortable in adopting this approach with all client stakeholders, partners and other managers, colleagues and staff.

The Senior Producer/PM takes sole responsibility for projects allocated via the weekly internal ‘stand up’ meetings.

They will be responsible for initial engagement with the client brief and from there work with client and multiple agencies from pre-production, offering best practice advice for efficient production, estimation, briefing studios, final delivery, reconciliation and total commercial overview of the project in the context of the client’s budgetary needs.

Having a continuous in depth understanding of all aspects of the project. Track WIP including; time and cost allocated by all resources and third parties, estimate adjustments and billing as necessary. Regularly provide financial reporting.

Be commercially minded and pro-actively seeking opportunities to present ideas and solutions to client to expand the breadth of the given brief and or identify additional service opportunities.

Working with client, internal and external teams on briefings, material and timings.

Sourcing and procuring right shore vendors, contractors or SMEs to fulfill all project requirements, knowledge or budget.

Internally working with extended team to continually develop and support new methodologies and working practices that can improve the Agency’s (and clients) performance and profitability in the areas of production for all staff.

Supporting and advising best practice and the needs of our studio personnel and our Technical team.

Keep abreast of developments in technology and process that can affect how we deliver our work

Key skills

Have good knowledge of postproduction and adaptation/versioning across all production channels but with a focus on Digital & TV/Video.  To manage campaigns across the full project lifecycle from concept to delivery.

Moving image.

Strong knowledge of production process within moving image including TV, VOD, Cinema, 3D, DOOH, Voiceover and audio.

Strong technical understanding of VFX software, plugins, codecs and broadcast specifications.

TV admin; global usage rights; TV, video and cinema specs; delivery process

Digital & Online
Strong knowledge of digital display campaigns including Static, HTML5 & Rich Media.  Website development and other digital production. Production and delivery management.  Technical understanding of digital and video specs with the ability to identify possible challenges/issues and resolve them with the digital team.
Strong understanding of Third-party ad-servers (including DoubleClick, Sizmek, Celtra, Jivox) and experience working with digital trafficking agencies.
Confidence to take on and manage any project outside of the above.

Personal skills & attributes

Great attention to detail.

Proactive, problem solving.

Demonstrate own initiative.

Good presentation skills.

Strong team player.

Strong skills in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.

Excellent communication skills.

The ability to multi-task and show enthusiasm for all aspects of the role.

Must be willing to work with a variety of industry disciplines.

Desirable

Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud

Experience with Amazon display advertising

Knowledge of Print, Press and OOH production and management.

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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Java Developer (JavaEE) (13102)

London

Permanent

£0

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Java Developer

(JavaEE)

Payment Platform Technology Company

City of London

£45,000 to £60,000 + Benefits + Bonus

We’re hiring a Java Software Engineer to join a Payment Platform Enterprise Technology Company during an exciting growth phase, supplying huge brand name clients retail finance products. The scalable technology improves customer transaction journeys, web performance reliability, security, aggregation of service providers, data acquisition and document production.

As the Java Software Engineer, you’ll work in a flexible open environment, collaborating with multi-disciplined technology product professionals (other developers, product owners, UX & UI designers, QA and DevOps).

Our tech stack: JavaEE, JavaScript (ReactJS, NodeJS), PHP, Postgres, Git, AWS, Terraform, Docker, CI/CD, SQS, RabbitMQ, Kafka.

We’re looking to hire someone with:

3 to 6 years of commercial software development experience

4+ years of commercial experience working in a fast paced environment

Deep understanding of OOP and SOLID principles

Good knowledge of design patterns and when to apply them

2+ years of experience writing and consuming restful API’s

2+ years of experience with TDD/BDD

1+ years of experience with microservice architectures

Worked in an agile environment, preferably Scrum

The relaxed & professional culture will suit someone who is keen to separate work and life with a healthy balance. You’ll work with cutting edge tools, to modern processes and collaborate with prestigious clients – all great for long term career objectives.

Please contact Danny Stewart at Redsofa London for more info or to apply. Thanks.

(Java Developer, JavaEE, BDD, TDD, Agile, Scrum, Microservices, JavaScript)

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Lead JavaScript Developer (React, Team Lead) (13100)

London

Permanent

£70,000 - £90,000

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Lead Frontend Developer

(Team Lead, React, JavaScript, Software Engineer)

 

Payment Platform Technology Company

City of London

 

£75,000 to £90,000 + Benefits + Bonus

 

We’re hiring a Lead Frontend Developer to join a Payment Platform Enterprise Technology Company during an exciting growth phase, supplying huge brand name clients retail finance products. The scalable technology improves customer transaction journeys, web performance reliability, security, aggregation of service providers, data acquisition and document production.

 

As the Lead Frontend Developer (React + JavaScript) you’ll work in a flexible open environment. You’ll collaborate with multi-disciplined teams of developers, product owners and UX/UI designers. You’ll manage a team of 4 software engineers, helping your colleagues improve their technical skills, team communication and delivery on the projects. You’ll shape the culture of the tech team and influence the wider company too.

 

We’re looking to hire someone with:

Technical Team Lead experience in a ‘Lead Developer’ or ‘Development Manager’ position.

Significant commercial experience as a Software Engineer

Deep OOP & SOLID principle knowledge

Previous experience with Microservices Architectures

Significant experience with API driven applications

5+ years experience with Frontend technologies creating frontend applications

Expert knowledge of React and JavaScript frameworks

3+ years of experience with TDD/BDD

Worked in an AGILE / Scrum environment, or similar.

Any experience of NodeJS is beneficial

Beneficial knowledge: PHP, Java, Postgres, Git, AWS, Terraform, Docker, CI/CD, SQS, RabbitMQ, Kafka

 

The company are at the beginning of a huge project that is expected to evolve for the next 5 years at least; this role will suit the professional engineer & technical leader that enjoys variety in challenges, who enjoys stability from long term projects and someone who’s looking for a chance to really shape a team, product and growth phase technology company. The relaxed & professional culture will suit someone who is keen to separate work and life with a healthy balance. You’ll work with cutting edge tools, to modern processes and collaborate with prestigious clients – all great for long term career objectives.

 

Please contact Danny Stewart at Redsofa London for more info or to apply. Thanks.

 

(Technical Lead, Lead Developer, Frontend Developer, JavaScript, React, HTML5, CSS3, TDD, BDD)

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Senior Fullstack Software Engineer (React & Node) (13101)

London

Permanent

£0

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Senior Fullstack Software Engineer 

(React, NodeJS, JavaScript)

 

Payment Platform Technology Company

City of London

 

£55,000 to £75,000 + Benefits + Bonus

 

We’re hiring a Senior JavaScript Fullstack Software Engineer to join a Payment Platform Enterprise Technology Company during an exciting growth phase, supplying huge brand name clients retail finance products. The scalable technology improves customer transaction journeys, web performance reliability, security, aggregation of service providers, data acquisition and document production.

 

As the Senior JavaScript Fullstack Software Engineer (React + Node) you’ll work in a flexible open environment, collaborating with multi-disciplined technology product professionals (developers, product owners, UX & UI designers, QA and DevOps).

 

Our tech stack includes: JavaScript (ReactJS, NodeJS), PHP, Java, Postgres, Git, AWS, Terraform, Docker, CI/CD, SQS, RabbitMQ, Kafka.

 

We’re looking to hire someone with:

5+ years of commercial software development experience

Good understanding of OOP and SOLID principles

Experience with microservice architectures

Working knowledge with TDD/BDD

Experience building API based backend solutions (with 2+ years of experience working with NodeJS)

Experience with modern development processes (AGILE, Scrum, Kanban etc)

A passion for clean code with experience using testing frameworks

 

The relaxed & professional culture will suit someone who is keen to separate work and life with a healthy balance. You’ll work with cutting edge tools, to modern processes and collaborate with prestigious clients – all great for long term career objectives.

 

Please contact Danny Stewart at Redsofa London for more info or to apply. Thanks.

 

(Senior JavaScript Fullstack Software Engineer, Frontend, Backend, React, Node)

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Mid Weight Digital Producer/Project Manager (12649)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £45,000

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Mid-Weight Digital Producer/Project Manager

My Client is an independent, strategic-led creative agency with digital at its core. They create highly effective interactive work through insightful strategy, innovative ideas and beautifully crafted experiences that people want to share.

They think differently about digital. They don’t start with technology ideas or digital channels; they start by understanding people and their behaviours to create ideas that answer real human problems.

They’re looking for a hands-on, agency-experienced individual with exceptional project management skills to join the Client’s team as a Mid-Weight Project Manager. This individual will be working across campaigns, social and website design and build projects. This will involve managing a range of projects, including both new builds and maintenance.

You must be creative, strategic, and technical, believe in exceptional delivery and have a good understanding of all things digital. You should be a self-starter and immensely proud of your achievements, whilst appreciating the need for process.

Most importantly you should be calm natured, able to manage your own time, and able to communicate effectively with different levels of stakeholders. You should be comfortable working on a fast-paced account, and experience in automotive is a big plus.

To be considered you will need to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, and have good knowledge of techniques for scoping and delivering projects (we work in both Agile and Waterfall). If you are looking for a job where you can make a big difference and feel a part of something, then we’re off to a good start.

The Role

Reporting into Head of Project Management your responsibilities will include:

Scoping, planning and specification of key projects.

Working closely with Client Services, but also being comfortable as the main client contact on projects during the production lifecycle.

Responsible for ‘driving’ the client for their deliverables. This includes risks and issues management and knowing when to escalate.

Responsible for ‘driving’ internal resources, from Directors to interns.

Responsible for the profitability of these projects.

This is a delivery-focused role. It’s crucial that you have demonstrated experience thatshows that you can manage projects effectively within time, scope and budget.

Responsible for managing the quality and delivery of third-party services.

Ensure the utmost quality in creative.

Work closely with the Client Services team throughout the project to manage client expectations.

Experience and Skills

You’ll be an experienced and confident client-facing PM with a minimum of 3 years of agency experience.

You will be able to demonstrate a fundamental grasp of the principles of project management – ideally you will have training in Agile.

Experience delivering integrated campaigns, including print, social, digital and OOH/DOOH.

Experience of delivering projects with budgets in excess of £50,000.

Confidence in reporting effectively on project performance to internal teams and client stakeholders.

Proven experience in managing projects profitably within complex stakeholder environments.

Excellent and efficient communication skills both written and verbal.

Experience across web builds and e-commerce projects.

Experience in requirements gathering and functional specification.

Experience with Project Management tools (e.g. JIRA, Asana, MS Project (or similar)).

Bright, ambitious, entrepreneurial, likeable, fun and ready for a challenge.

Experience in managing pitch teams would be a bonus.

What type of person should you be?

My Client is a small, close-knit team of committed individuals that see themselves as a bit of a family. So as you’d expect, the personal qualities of the people they hire are often just as important as the skills they bring.

The people who thrive at the Agency are intelligent, passionate self-starters who truly care about the work they do. To succeed you’ll be the sort of person who is proud of their achievements, but driven to improve and achieve more.

My Client keeps things simple and operate a very flat structure. They’ll want you to use your undoubted intelligence to challenge, disrupt and question their thinking, but they’ll expect to do the same to you. They aren’t motivated by fancy job titles. Good people quickly earn all the influence and respect they can handle at this Agency. For many, the greatest reward is seeing their idea have real impact in the marketplace.
They believe people are the key to a great agency, so they treat their people well.

They’re a social bunch;

• Our parties are pretty legendary. We’ve been to Latitude festival for a summer outing, Brighton for a Christmas shindig, Barcelona for our 10 year anniversary, put on a ping pong championship, and taken the whole company for a long-weekend ski trip.

We love to learn and develop

• We hold two social events each month, one boozy and one educational.

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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Senior Java Developer (JAVA-SPRING-HLTH)

Berlin, Berlin (10405), Berlin (10785)

Permanent

£50,000 - £80,000

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Senior Java Developer

HealthCare Technology Platform

Berlin, Germany

€50k to €80k + Benefits

We’re hiring a Senior Java Developer on behalf of an ethically positive platform that helps people gain access to potentially life-saving medical services in the USA. 

Everyone knows how expensive medical care is in the USA, but this platform allows the patient to compare and search for the best service and the most affordable rate, it takes one step further by introducing financial providers to help people in need get treated quickly. 

As the Senior Java Developer, you’ll join the small team of engineers building the microservice architecture of a highly scalable platform application, in modern development processes and aiming for a healthy balance of clean code and continuous deployment. 

The Tech Stack:

  • Java 10
  • Spring Boot
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • GraphQL
  • Pub/Sub
  • Postgres
  • Elasticsearch
  • Python
  • Google Cloud Platform

One of the biggest attributes to working in this type of growing environment for people who like to see how they impact the products they work on is the ownership and collaboration on the projects. It can make the work satisfying to see your creation in action, especially knowing that you can help to improve the lives of people in need of medical attention.

Please get in touch with Danny Stewart at Redsofa for more info. Thanks. 

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Senior Backend Developer (Python) (python)

Berlin, Berlin (10405), Berlin (10785)

Permanent

£55,000 - £80,000

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Senior Backend Developer

Tech Platform for Travel & Camping

€50k- €85k + Benefits 

Mitte, Berlin, Germany

We’re looking for a Senior Backend Developer to join an adventurous technology company on the ambitious path developing a platform for people searching for camping site facilities, routes and amenities around Europe. 

As the Senior Backend Developer (Python, Go, Node) your role will be to develop the system architecture in collaboration with colleagues. The product team is made of frontend & backend developers, UI/UX experts, DevOps and Product Manager(s). You will be converting the business ideas and platform key objectives into services for the user in an autonomous and onerous methodology. 

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Significant software development experience from building scalable, resilient applications. 
  • Desire to working with a variety of modern technologies; Python, Node.js, Go, REST, AWS, Docker, NoSQL, and SQL databases
  • Passion for clean code, TDD, continuous integration, and agile software development
  • Previous experience of developing microservices architectures
  • Good communication skills 
  • Good English language skills (essential)
  • A bachelors or masters level Computer Science (or similar) education is beneficial 

This opportunity will suit you if you like a relaxed working culture with the autonomy to make decisions, inspire & collaborate with other dedicated professionals. You’ll be creating a tool that will enable people to enjoy holidays, travelling and adventure in the wilderness around Europe, so if you have a sense of adventure too, you’ll fit right in with the culture. 

For more information, please contact Danny Stewart @ Redsofa London to arrange a call. 

Thanks

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Android Developer (Kotlin) (android-kotlin-qx)

Berlin, Berlin (10405), Berlin (10785)

Permanent

£60,000 - £80,000

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Android Developer (Kotlin)

Innovation Hub: Travel Platform Technology Company

Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

€60,000 to €80,000

We’re hiring an Android Developer (Kotlin, Java) on behalf of a multinational technology company that has a variety of travel, leisure + hotel booking & research brands. This role is within the innovation hub in the Berlin office working to create new mobile experiences for more than 40million unique users. 

As the Android Developer, you will join a cross-functional mobile engineering team collaborating on the full product development life cycle; ideation sessions, working with user research data and UX professionals to conceptualise, architect and develop the next generation of interesting products for the millions of customers. 

We’d like to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Significant Android, Java and/or Kotlin experience
  • Previous experience from a mobile product development company
  • A passion for creating mobile apps
  • Experience with modern development processes i.e. TDD, Agile, BDD, CI etc
  • Awesome collaboration and team communication skills
  • A passion for learning new skills and thriving on new challenges
  • A keen interest for evolving technologies 

This state of the art company in technology and working culture allows for part-time remote working, flexible hours and provides the latest tools as standard. You’ll be creating world-class products and working with likeminded professionals that want to collaborate, share knowledge and constantly innovate. 

Please get in touch with Danny Stewart at Redsofa for more info. Thanks. 

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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iOS Developer (Swift) (ios-swift-qx)

Berlin, Berlin (10405), Berlin (10785)

Permanent

£60,000 - £80,000

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iOS Developer (Swift)

Innovation Hub: Travel Platform Technology Company

Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

€60,000 to €80,000

We’re hiring an iOS Developer (Swift, Obj-C) on behalf of a multinational technology company that has a variety of travel, leisure + hotel booking & research brands. This role is within the innovation hub in the Berlin office working to create new mobile experiences for more than 40million unique users. 

As the iOS Developer, you will join a cross-functional mobile engineering team collaborating on the full product development life cycle; ideation sessions, working with user research data and UX professionals to conceptualise, architect and develop the next generation of interesting products for the millions of customers. 

We’d like to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Significant Swift and Objective-C experience
  • Previous experience from a mobile product development company
  • A passion for creating mobile apps
  • Experience with modern development processes i.e. TDD, Agile, BDD, CI etc
  • Awesome collaboration and team communication skills
  • A passion for learning new skills and thriving on new challenges
  • A keen interest for evolving technologies 

This state of the art company in technology and working culture allows for part-time remote working, flexible hours and provides the latest tools as standard. You’ll be creating world-class products and working with likeminded professionals that want to collaborate, share knowledge and constantly innovate. 

Please get in touch with Danny Stewart at Redsofa for more info. Thanks. 

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Lead Full-Stack Developer (ASP.Net) – Digital Magazine & Media Brand (12593)

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £65,000

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Lead Developer 

(Full-Stack, ASP.Net)

 

Digital Magazine & Media Brand 

(Music, Fashion and Youth Culture)

 

£60,000 to £70,000

Central London

 

We’re hiring a Lead Developer to join a digital magazine and creative agency working with culturally iconic brands within the worlds of fashion, music, art and style.

 

As the Lead Developer, you will play an influential role in ensuring the modernisation of the digital offering. This digital transformation continues to upgrade and improve the digital publications, the creative agency offering and the content management systems used by internal teams across the suite of magazine brands.

 

This role will hands-on with writing code and architecting systems. You’ll have autonomy with reviewing and improving development practices. It’s also a role that will give great exposure to creative ideation during concept stages with internal stakeholders and external clients.

 

TECH STACK:

C# (Essential)

ASP.NET, MVC (Essential)

SQL server or similar (Essential)

DVCS, Mercurial / Git (Essential)

JavaScript, JS Frameworks / JQuery (Essential)

Windows Azure / AWS (Essential)

TeamCity or similar build server (Beneficial)

Powershell (Beneficial)

TypeScript (Beneficial)

Nhibernate (Beneficial)

 

We’re looking for a lead developer with at least 5 years commercial software engineering experience and leadership skills. Any Unit Testing/TDD skills will be highly beneficial. CMS experience is essential.

 

This role will suit a software engineering professional with a breadth of technical and commercial skills, who seeks the opportunity to create a legacy by leading internal greenfield projects and delivering mouth watering external client campaigns.

 

Contact Danny Stewart at Redosfa London for more info and/or to apply for the position.

 

(Lead Developer, Senior Developer, ASP.Net, MVC, Full Stack, JavaScript)

 

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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News

365 day payment terms will wreak havoc on marketing companies

Steve Buss 12th June 2019

It started in the states, it could soon spread here.

30 days become 60 days become 120 days, and now, shock horror, some major clients in the US are demanding 365 day payment terms. Imagine invoicing out on July 1st 2019 and finally getting paid July 1st 2020! Outrageous.

Why should the creative, media and recruitment industries be picked on? Can you see HMRC waiting a year for payment, or your local council or your local builder, of course not.

If these payment terms spread over here and become the norm many brilliant well run businesses will go down, and guess what the cost of marketing and creative services will go up.

How ironic, how stupid.

Steve Buss

Supreme Leader RedSofa

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