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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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Lead FullStack Developer (PHP, JavaScript) – Vauxhall, London

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £75,000

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Lead Developer (Full Stack, PHP, JavaScript)

Business Intelligence Tech Startup – Vauxhall, London

£55,000 to £75,000 + Equity Options

We’re hiring a Lead Fullstack Developer to join a tech startup building business intelligence technology for huge Bluechip Technology brands.

As the Lead Developer, the opportunity will be to analyse and improve the current MVP technology, and then strategise the development of the next phase of the technology, which will be a greenfield project.

The role would ideally suit a candidate who has a passion for writing code to solve complex problems, and also someone who would be keen to help build out a technology team by hiring roughly 5 technologist within the next 12 to 18 months.

The tech stack is currently PHP, MySQL, JQuery. As the lead developer, it would be expected that you would make decisions iro of new technologies, i.e. PHP frameworks, modern javascript libraries and cloud based systems.

Posted by: Danny Stewart

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Head of Digital

London

Permanent

£65,000 - £75,000

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We’re looking for an exceptional Head of Digital Marketing to join a leading portfolio of famous lifestyle brands to help them grow their online audiences across all their uber cool brands, nurturing strong relationships with all of their consumers.

It’s a real opportunity to be creative, building strategies that engage audiences from budget to high-end luxury. It’s a role with real impact on overall business, helping them hack their next phase of growth throughout the US and Europe.

What you’ll do…

  • You’ll be responsible for leading the digital marketing activity; incorporating CRM and Performance marketing
  • Define and implement CRM strategies that acquire and retain consumers across all the brands, through highly engaging and tailored programmes that delight
  • Manage all CRM channels, proactively tracking effectiveness and optimising activity
  • Own customer data and segmentation, building segments for campaigns that meet goals
  • Work closely with the paid media agency to drive revenue and ROI from PPC activity
  • Own and develop affiliate and referral marketing strategies – working with third party agencies
  • Take ownership of the website’s commercial targets, track and regularly report performance against them
  • Team up with Digital Managers to ensure all sites are fully optimised for SEO and conversion
  • Own the marketing testing programmes and continually optimise channels to improve KPI’s

What we’re looking for…

  • Around 5 years+ experience in a digital marketing role with a flair for being experimental and creative with CRM; a good understanding of performance marketing
  • A commercial thinker, who uses data and analytics to inform their decisions
  • Passion for all aspects of digital marketing; you’ll be stubbornly customer centric and believe that customer engagement drives customer advocacy
  • You’re looking for a place where you can be you; no clones in suits here
  • You’re all about having a positive impact on the people you interact with, leaving them with a memorable experience
  • You’re not precious. They leave our egos at the door and help get shit done
  • You’re up for doing things differently and trying (almost) everything once
  • If we got stuck in a lift together we’d have a good time and share a few laughs
  • You want to be part of a team that works hard, supports each other and has fun along the way

What’s in it for you…

  • Join a dynamic environment with interesting and varying challenges to sink your teeth into, as part of a small, friendly and hardworking digital team that will nurture your talent
  • 25 days holiday (and bank holidays), plus pension, a competitive salary & bonus, and nifty rewards for going the extra mile and living our values
  • Plenty of opportunity to progress and change it up across a diverse, global family of brands
  • Training and Development that helps you think, make and thrive at work
  • Free lunch before payday as a treat at the end of the month
  • Time off to volunteer with one of our partner charities
  • Regular team get togethers, from our weekly drinks to our (pretty special!) bi-annual parties…we know how to have a good time!

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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Account Manager

London

Permanent

£28,000 - £32,000

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My Client is a boutique creative agency working within the fashion, luxury and jewellery sectors.

They create visually arresting and beautifully executed communications for a number of global and UK based brands.

They’re looking for an Account Manager with a minimum of 3 years experience.

The candidate will report to the Business Director in the agency, and work comfortably alongside creatives and agency partners.

The role:

The role will suit an Account Manager looking for a new and exciting challenge. They will have integrated advertising experience and enjoy working with a small, fast paced team.Must have a strong interest and understanding of the fashion, luxury and accessories sectors, and show an appreciation of modern design, advertising, branding, and broader cultural trends.
Confident and gregarious, this person is comfortable building strong client relationships. A self-starter, they’ll be someone who is comfortable using initiative and working autonomously.

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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PR Manager

Watford, Hertfordshire

Contract

£35,000 - £42,000

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Fantastic role based in Watford for a PR Manager or Press and Publicity Officer.

This is a Maternity Contract to start asap.

A full-time role to support an experienced Head of PR.

This is an exciting opportunity for a news-savvy PR manager to join a growing team.

The company’s business is transforming and this role is crucial in helping to tell their story through compelling and engaging content.

Reporting into the Head of PR, you will be responsible for raising the profile and managing the reputation of the company and brand with influential third-party channels and groups.

You are a talented writer who knows what news desks are looking for.

You have a knack for weeding out great stories from around the business and building strong relationships both internally and with media contacts.

You enjoy working closely with the wider content team to ensure that our stories reach the right audiences and that our PR efforts are coordinated across all channels.

Key responsibilities of the role:
* Managing the busy press office, sourcing, writing and promoting press releases
* Executing the PR plan, including development of assets and management of PR events
* Monitoring and managing commentary across all influential forums and social media channels
* Managing spokesperson requests and writing appropriate briefs
* Working closely with our Reputation Manager across influential sites
* Influential sites to include Google, Trustpilot, Glassdoor, Indeed and Facebook
* Supporting the Head of PR on key Company commercial partnerships and sponsorships, including launches, activations, joint PR activity and events
* Managing the monitoring and timely sharing of all company press, articles, commentary
* Managing PR agency relationship
* Managing the communication and engagement of all Company messages, programs and priorities with our people

Ideally you have experience as follows:
* Managing key stakeholders
* Strong PR and media relations background
* Excellent writing skills with the ability to simplify complex issues
* Some experience in issues and reputation management

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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Lead/Senior .NET Developer – Fullstack

London

Permanent

£50,000 - £65,000

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I am looking for a dynamic lead/senior Fullstack Website Developer to join my clients growing digital department. You will play a key role in the development of a new e-commerce platform that will serve the business as it continues to keep pace as a rapidly emerging player in the tourism sector. Whilst looking for a full-stack developer, you should demonstrate a key working understanding of the back-end technology stack with knowledge and working experience of the front-end.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Delivering best in class digital experiences
  • Creating scalable, accessible code
  • Champion digital innovation across the business
  • Understanding business requirements and providing solutions that meet those challenges.
  • Collaborate with design and UX teams to provide technical guidance and understanding

Skills

  • ASP.net MVC3+
  • .NET (Framework 4.5+)
  • Entity Framework 6+
  • Visual Studio 2015+
  • C#
  • SQL Server
  • AWS and cloud hosting infrastructure (EC2, S3)
  • IIS
  • HTML
  • CSS/Sass and Compass
  • OO JavaScript
  • JQuery
  • Restful API
  • JSON
  • GIT / Git Flow
  • Grunt
  • Responsive Design Principles

Nice to have

  • Experience working with e-commerce website applications
  • Content Management System development, ideally with working knowledge of Umbraco
  • 5 years development experience
  • Knowledge of multi-lingual website development would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of WordPress

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 work and live in the UK.

No sponsorship for this role.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Senior Backend Developer

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £60,000

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I am looking for a senior backend developer. You will be leading the backend side of engineering. This will involve designing and building new systems and services as well as maintaining and improving existing ones. You will have a lot of autonomy in deciding how to build things and what technologies to use. Their existing backend systems are all written in Node.js but they are also open to using other technologies, Go being high up on their list.
They are running Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform and deploy daily.
They are proud of what they have achieved so far but there is still a very long way to go and you will have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the business.

Skills & Requirements
They are looking for someone who:

  • Is good at finding clean and elegant solutions to problems
  • Likes to ship small and often
  • Likes to write tests
  • Enjoys reviewing other people’s code and having their code reviewed
  • Likes working in a collaborative and autonomous environment
  • Likes to monitor everything and make decisions based on data

You should have experience with:

  • Node.js and/or Go
  • Docker and container based deployment
  • Git
  • Postgres
  • Application monitoring tools

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.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Business Development Manager (German)

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £40,000

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Fantastic entertainment role based in London for a fluent German speaker: If you have 3-5 years experience, enjoy business development and understand the world of advertising. If you have worked for a media agency or in entertainment licensing please contact me as soon as possible.

Detailed job description as follows,

Sales Execution:

* Responsible for:
o meeting or exceeding assigned revenue targets in designated territory (Germany).
o prospecting, targeting, acquiring potential new clients/ targets via cold calling/emailing
o growing and retaining assigned accounts in partnership with the team
o working with business affairs and production teams, content buyers, procurement teams and executives as well as creative teams and brands itself.

* Work with the team to build a strategic plan to drive long-term goals while also employing a tactical approach to short term priorities.

* Leverage a proactive, hands-on and consultative selling approach to develop relationships with a variety of clients through in-person meetings and calls/video calls (3+ effective meetings or intro calls per week).

* Independently identifies, pursues and closes volume sales opportunities.

* Identify business opportunities for rights clearances (talent clearance, music/movie licensing), entertainment partnerships and talent casting with key customer targets for advertising campaigns.

* Work closely with Client Management team to respond to clients’ briefs and to close the sale.

* Establish multiple level contacts within accounts. Present to, consult with and cultivate relationships.

Teamwork:

* Collaborates with the client management team and the other BDM to create compelling presentations and other sales materials.

* Always maintains the highest standards of interpersonal communication internally and externally in developing business.

* Works closely with Sales Management on reporting all stages of business development from initial opportunity to closed deals and future growth.

* Partners with marketing to provide feedback on, and aid in the development of, compelling collateral and to report on market and creative trends.

Activity Reporting:

* Maintains and delivers weekly status reports summarizing all sales developments.

* Records accurate, thorough and timely notes in client database (CRM).

* Track and maintain target sales forecast and pipeline activity reports.

* Assures sales partners are aware of all relevant account activity and planning.

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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Junior Video Editor

London

Permanent

£25,000 - £30,000

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We require a talented, professional and self-motivated video and After Effects editor to work across our portfolio of clients, pitch work and internal comms; working closely with our creative and client teams. This position offers the right person a chance to grow and develop within a fast-paced, forward-looking agency that prides itself on quality work and its positive culture. You will be stepping into a creative, fun and diverse environment working alongside many other creatives, so an ease to adapt and engage with others is an essential key.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Editing video projects from across our portfolio of clients.
  • Creating live action and animated video content from concept to completion.
  • Developing video content for pitch projects
  • Media management: Archiving and managing rushes/video data for internal servers and back-up systems as well as maintaining and uploading content to library servers and managing Redwood’s shared video hosting platforms.
  • Point of contact for a range of Audio, Video and Production suppliers.

Required Skills:

  • Fluent in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
  • Can create motion graphics and add effects to footage using various software and being knowledgeable of the tools used to achieve these results. There should be an understanding of typography, rotoscoping and masking tools.
  • A keen eye for creating visually rich, diverse and interesting work and encouraged to communicate this through
  • A basic level of understanding and ability to colour correct and grade footage in Premiere and Davinci Resolve
  • Ability to direct small scale shoots.
  • Ability to create storyboards and scripts.
  • Work flexibly and reactively to editorial workflow and shoots.
  • Organise and backup all video assets. Liaising with accounts as to which projects are live and need archiving.
  • Keep abreast of editing software and hardware developments, and ensure department is up to date.
  • Be able to work to tight deadlines in high pressured environments.
  • To be organised and to organise safe asset management and maintain good housekeeping.

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Digital Designer / Art Director

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £45,000

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Are you a super-talented, creative-thinking Designer & Art Director? Then you could be exactly the kind of person we’re looking for.

We need someone who can spin more than one plate at a time: who’s able to come up with killer digital ideas, deliver beautifully crafted creative work as well as being a good hands-on designer.

My client is a fast-growing, medium-sized digital agency based in Farringdon, and they’re on the hunt for someone enthusiastic and ideas-driven to work for one of the world’s best mobile gaming studios. You’ll have 3-4 years of experience, a good knowledge of social platforms and a passion for games.

The client is always open to new ideas, so it’s important that we find someone flexible, who can switch between styles seamlessly. You will show us your creativity on everything from static social posts to videos, using illustration and photography, 3D, image libraries and stock, or bespoke film.

You’ll need to have a strong visual background and experience with content creation is a must – the majority of the work you’ll be involved in will be content related. Previous experience in the games industry is a big advantage, especially in the marketing department.

You’ll be thoughtful, with a great knowledge of what is achievable on existing and emerging digital formats and platforms. You’ll be required to concept, storyboard and oversee multiple projects and to be hands-on in some of the key ones.

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Creative Services Lead

City of London, London

Permanent

£80,000 - £90,000

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Creative Services Lead

Our client is a leading independent creatively driven full service experience-marketing agency. They are looking to hire a Creative Services Lead to join the team and manage workflow, resource planning and hiring for the creative department and creative services team. The role will involve overall management of the creative department, allocating projects and monitoring workflow to ensure optimum use of time and resources.

The role will suit an individual with significant experience gained within a marketing agency environment. The Creative Services Lead will be able to demonstrate a full understanding of design and production processes and will posses a passion for achieving the best creative solutions.

Skills and Experience:

  • Calm under pressure, whilst managing challenging deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills with good project tracking capabilities
  • Ability to communicate well with clients, team members and suppliers
  • Excellent negotiation skills, without compromising on quality
  • Commercially minded

The role is best suited to an individual who is collaborative in their approach, assertive whilst having a personable nature and is very much a solution focused problem solver.

Posted by: Alex Collins

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News

FANCY A CHANGE OF CAREER?

Steve Buss 15th January 2019

THESE PEOPLE DID, AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED.

 

Jonny Trunk was a talented copywriter at a top West End agency. This was fantastic for him, not the job itself… but the offices proximity to a myriad of record shops. An obsession was born and after a few months copywriting was out and the Trunk record label was born. The label proved to be an instant hit with serious music fans, releasing everything from early electronics and exotics to pure retro nostalgics.

A certain account director didn’t take his enforced change of direction sitting down. He became a professional dog sitter. You can just see them all curled up on the sofa watching Scooby Doo!

While on the subject of dogs one young lady graphic designer recently threw in the towel after having a run in with a client. She literally did go to the dogs. She full-filled her dream and went to work for Battersea Dogs Home.

 

A few years ago three young Cambridge graduates were starting out in the advertising business. Richard Reed, Adam Balon and Jon Wright had shared an ambition to produce a healthy drink that would appeal to both adults and children. Over the next six months they spent most evenings and weekends working on ‘smoothie’ recipes and £500 on fruit. Finally they decided to let people try their new drink from a stall at a music festival. People were asked to put their empty bottles in a “yes” or “no” bin depending on whether they thought the three should quit their jobs to make smoothies. At the end of the festival the “yes” bin was full with only three bottles in the “no” bin. They quit their jobs the next day, Innocent drinks were born, and the rest is history.

Of course career changes don’t have to be permanent. A certain Jonathan Durdan was working for a leading advertising agency when a twelve-week change of direction propelled him to fame and fortune, well certainly fame. He appeared as a housemate on Big Brother!

From Big Brother to a career that is far more down to earth, literally. Landscape Gardening. This was the new career a rather ‘mature’ account director chose after he felt he had outgrown the hustle and bustle of the advertising business.

It’s good to see that when people leave a creative industry their choice of a new career rarely lacks creativity. I’m always amazed at what weird and wonderful jobs these people move to. Body painting, Feng Shui consulting, Veterinary Acupuncture, Funeral Service Management, Robotics Engineering, Video Game Testing, Online reviewing, Personal Style Consulting…and of course Landscape Gardening. In other words just the jobs you’d expect creative people to move too.

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