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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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Umbraco Developer (12197)

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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My client is one of the world’s leading independent agencies, working with major brands such Thomas Sanderson, Everest, Royal Mail, Interflora and Neilson Active Holidays.

They are looking for an experienced, front end / Umbraco developer to join their team. This role will involve working with front end technologies, building and maintaining sites using Umbraco CMS. This role is a fantastic career-development opportunity for someone to get involved with innovative projects working alongside bright and friendly colleagues.

Job description

Key Responsibilities and Skills

Strong HTM5/CSS3 web markup skills
Working understanding of pre-processor SASS/SCSS
Working knowledge in NEAT front end framework
Working knowledge of client side scripting and Javascript frameworks (jQuery)
Working knowledge of html template generators PUG/JADE
Working knowledge of CMS Systems, Umbraco
Build prototype sites from internal design studio and external agencies
Flair for front end technologies and design, working knowledge of image authoring tools such as Photoshop/inDesign/Illusrator
Build websites and email templates from wireframes / mobile first branding guidelines
Strong and up to date vanilla JavaScript skills including ES2016.
Skilled building responsive and accessible pages across a variety of browsers and devices.
You write testable, extendable and maintainable code.
Collaborated with colleagues from other business areas on projects in previous role
Experience with GitHub

Personal Attributes

Minimum 1-2 years professional and relevant experience
Fit into team, have an easy going personality and good communication skills
Learn it all, rather than know it all outlook on career, interested in continuous professional development and keeps up to date with current development trends
Good time management skills with the ability to manage shifting priorities and commit to deadlines.
Works effectively under pressure.

Bonus requirements

Understanding of Digital Marketing
Good understanding of SEO principles and ensuring that application will adhere to them.
Experience with Email Marketing Platforms, MailChimp, Pardot, dotMailer
Experience with ASP.net C# development / dotNet Core
React

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

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

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Digital Designer (12189)

London

fixed contract

£35,000 - £37,000

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Digital Designer – Amazing work space – West London – Love of plants this is for you! 6 month FTC

About the role:

Our in-house design studio is responsible for maintaining visual identity, championing high-quality design and providing creative advice and artwork on a huge variety of design projects.

The Digital Designer will help us deliver innovative, world-class design across the our website, social media, email and digital advertising channels. This role is pivotal in helping us engage a global audience and provides a unique opportunity to work across a huge range of projects bringing together our digital and non-digital look-and-feel to ensure one overall unique visual identity.

We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Project Manager

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £50,000

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Central London

£40k – £50k + Great benefits

 

This ATL Advertising Agency based in Soho is looking for an experienced Project Manager to look after one of their biggest and busiest accounts. Working closely with client services and creative you’ll drive campaigns through the agency ensuring everything is running on time and to budget. You’ll work on department initiatives, growth and conversion of incremental opportunities, and help form a joined up approach between the agency and client. You’ll need to have come from a reputable Advertising Agency background, you’ll need solid art buying experience as well as knowledge across TV, Digital and print production processes. Your new colleagues will be ambitious, creative and outspoken so being of a similar ilk will go a long way!

To apply please email sbuss@redsofalondon.com

Posted by: Steven Buss

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Systems Administrator (12182)

London

Contract

£0 - £1,500

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My client is one of the world’s fastest growing mining companies. The company has grown from a workforce of 2,000 a decade ago to 20,000 today.

The focus of this role is to support the Assess Project Workstreams to ensure the delivery of key Group Development Projects across the organisation.

You will:

Interpret data, analyse results and present conclusions.
Provide technical support.
Coordinate stakeholders to ensure resolution of hosting/infrastructure issues.
Perform System Administration for software systems.
Perform and coordinate user acceptance testing.
Perform regular system monitoring.
Generate and distribute system reporting.
Help define system administration (including reporting) requirements for software systems.
Help define data requirements for software systems (working with Designers and Software Developers).
Help define algorithms to meet design objectives.

 

You will be flexible in order to provide pre-agreed out-of-hours’ support for project implementations.

You will work directly with colleagues in Group Development and their IT Systems Supplier.

 

You will have:

Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
Strong PC skills with experience in Microsoft applications (Excel in particular).

Sharepoint.
A voice of reason and key problem-solving skills.  Able to keep the pace fast but steady within a complex team and client environment, whilst pushing to achieve successful delivery points.
Experience with queries, report writing and presenting findings.
Strong relationship skills.
Excellent verbal, written communication and influencing skills.
Enormous self-motivation, resilience and initiative.
The ability to execute at speed, accurately.
The ability to learn quickly and adapt.
Confidence and expertise to work without close supervision.
Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment

 

The hiring will be on a contract basis of an initial 6 month’s duration (first month probation with 1 week’s notice), commencing July/August 2019. It will be UK-based, 50% working from home, with some requirement to attend the London office.

We support and test our systems on Windows computers, so you will need to have a Windows computer.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Junior/Mid Digital Copywriter (12184)

London

Permanent

£25,000 - £30,000

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Your profile

You will have the chops to wow and move one of the toughest audiences you’ll ever encounter – fellow marketing creatives. Your work will need to speak to a CEO one minute and a junior creative team the next.

Bring the know-how and confidence to work under your own steam, and contribute your ideas to a passionate creative team and meet frequent deadlines.

You’ll be comfortable writing outputs across the brand including blogs and emailers.

Key knowledge areas and skills:

Day in, day out, you’ll craft electrifying copy that sells events, products and services to people who eat, drink and breathe marketing.

Here’s what we want from you

·       Experience in producing creative and conceptual work, from one-off pieces to campaign thinking

·       Experience writing copy across diverse formats: article copy, email copy, social media

·       Experience writing long and short copy, and in report writing and editing

·       Experience working with a CMS is preferable but not essential

·       Some experience in writing for PPC is a bonus

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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MW Creative Artworker (12136)

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £30,000

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The role:

This role of Midweight Creative Artworker is to provide skilled and technically precise input and support a busy design studio. This role will include providing support to the creative department on a range of projects.

Typical projects would include posters, POS, digital screens, large-scale graphics, press and magazine ads. You may also be a requirement to create internal and external presentations. Therefore, a good design eye and appreciation for typographic layouts is beneficial.

This role would suit a naturally creative person who would enjoy being a valued member of the studio design team, in a fun and vibrant office. A good sense of humour is a must.

 

Skills:

2 to 4 year’s experience in a similar role.
Thorough knowledge and good experience in Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
The ability to produce artwork to an excellent standard, and prepare files for a number of different output types and media.
Understanding of the printing process and creating artwork for print is essential.
A good understanding of brand and corporate guidelines.
Great progress reporting skills at every stage of the design and artwork process.
Methodical approach to organising, archiving images and artwork.
Collaborative skills to work closely with account managers, account executives and suppliers.
Working from scamps through to final artwork.
Good knowledge of PowerPoint and Keynote would be beneficial.
Good knowledge of Google Web Designer is desirable.
Advanced retouching skills would be desirable.
Experience in creating digital artwork and assets would be an advantage.

There’s lots of potential here for the right person, and we really do like to have fun while we work – it’s a very happy, collaborative environment, so if you are a team player, with great artworking skills and a good sense of humour, then we’d love to see your CV!

For any candidates wanting to apply for this role, please apply with CV and portfolio.  Many thanks!

Posted by: Nikki Dennis

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Senior Front End developer (12132)

London

Permanent

£50,000 - £55,000

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As the sole senior front-end developer, you will be working across multiple projects including new builds, site updates, smaller creative projects like EDM creation, digital advertising and social.
Working alongside a senior creative team and a back-end Umbraco developer, you will use current front-end technologies and frameworks to build clean and optimise digital products from both static and prototyped designs and UX with a high degree of accuracy.
You will have the ability to manage your own tasks and work to deadlines as well as working closely with the wider team to help problem solve, provided estimates, and warn of issues as soon as they become apparent.

What they are looking for:

This role is for a Senior Front-End Creative Developer who will be responsible for development of interactive projects from conception through to completion, in a senior-level environment, collaborating with skilled and passionate designers and back-end developers.

Essential skills required include, but are not limited to:

Senior level with 5 years professional experience minimum
Excellent HTML, CSS / SCSS, JavaScript, ES6 and jQuery skills
Experience in using build tools such as Gulp and Grunt
Asynchronous / REST API methods
Solid understanding of how Content Management Systems work
Experience with version control (GIT / Bitbucket)
Excellent understanding of responsive builds
Debugging for mobile and legacy browsers
Good understanding of performance optimisation techniques
Experience with at least one of React JS, Vue JS, Angular JS or other SPA frameworks
Creation of EDM templates that are compatible with most email clients
Awareness of technical on-site SEO requirements
High proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and knowledge Adobe Suite
Strong communication skills
Ability to manage own tasks and work to deadlines
Excellent sense of aesthetic and motion
Exceptional attention to detail
A creative thinker and problem solver

Additional Extras:
Experience with: PHP, WebGL, Unity3D, OpenFrameWorks, Processing
Understanding of front-end performance, CMS integration, Umbraco knowledge, C#, Node JS, Unit testing.

 

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

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

No sponsorship for this role.

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Creative Artworker (12131)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £40,000

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-We’re looking for a talented MW to Sr Creative Artworker to join a busy studio of one of London’s top Creative agencies.

The Senior Creative Artworker’s key responsibility is to take layouts or key visuals supplied by the agencies Design Department & create Press, POS, Digital, OOH, DOOH, Brochures & DM materials ready for supply to printers, publications. You should be able to assist the agencies Design department when necessary and be able to suggest ideas and improvements along with following styled templates. The candidate should thrive in a fast paced, deadline driven environment across digital and print media. You will need to be highly adaptable to changing situations with a flawless attention to detail and be brilliantly organised with superb time management and have a keen eye for typography.

Experience & Skills:

At least 4+ years agency experience across integrated campaigns (print, digital; PR/social a plus) Must be familiar with and understand the print production/pre-press processes?Must be familiar with and understand Digital display & DOOH processes?Superior Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator skills required.

Adobe Premiere, After effects and 3d skills an advantage.

Good knowledge of fonts and typography, with?good written and verbal communication skills with internal teams will be required, and the ability to re-prioritize and respond to changing demands & demonstrate ability to learn quickly. A?proven effectiveness when working under pressure is essential, and an appreciation for the creative process?desired. Skilled at working with design and creative teams and bringing some laughs to the studio too.

Posted by: Nikki Dennis

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Head of Design (12114)

Richmond, City of London

Permanent

£50,000 - £55,000

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Our client is a well established brand experience agency. Initially based outside of London, the agency grew and gained reputation, however steady growth and a lack of local talent forced the agency move nearer London and they have now settled in Richmond. New directors and a creative department have seen the agency’s creative output blossom and elevate the current offering to new levels of excellence. The agency is now around 30-35 people, with a quite a number of freelancers.

Their current senior designer is leaving after 4 years in the business. Whilst he has created some fantastic work, the agency feels it needs to bring in a heavy-hitter, a lead designer/HoD with a more versatile approach; hungry, edgy, entrepreneurial and proactive. The client wants to see designers from all backgrounds and are totally open to seeing people that want to really embrace the opportunity and help grow and lead a team, whilst pushing the boundaries of the visual output. This person will be overseeing the resource and managing freelancers, they usually have 2-3 freelance designers and the same number of artworkers. Being client-facing you will also be comfortable selling in and standing by your ideas to board level.

Posted by: Daniel Poole

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Digital Design Director (Product UI/UX) (12074)

London

Permanent

£80,000 - £80,000

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Job Purpose:

 

You will be joining our growing digital team, based in London and you will be reporting into our Digital Creative Director. As a Digital Design Director, you will proactively provide day to day creative leadership. You will assist with the recruiting and retaining of design team members with the support of the Senior Leadership Team. You will have the creative management of projects by leading design teams and manage and report on project status as required. The DD is responsible for allocating general management tasks/projects within the creative studio. You will be responsible for designing and developing innovative digital touchpoints for retail markets with specific contribution across 2D brand communications and digital design within a seamless customer journey.

 

Professional & Technical Experience:

 

8 year+ experience and leading integrated design teams (Brand, Digital)
Ability to communicate ideas, i.e. sketches, written, verbal
Demonstrable experience of liaising and developing client relationships
An expert knowledge of UX/UI design principles and techniques

Strong working knowledge in Experiential / Interactive design

Knowledge of Motion/Prototyping/Programming Arts/JS
Independent / Decision maker
Strong leadership, verbal & written communication skills in English and other languages a bonus
Strong understanding how mobile, web and screen-based content works
Knowledge in 3D, VR/AR is a plus.
Good knowledge of HTML5/XHTML, CSS3 and JavaScript
Strong team management skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong understanding of schedules and deadlines
Highly proficient graphics and digital software including Sketch, Invision, Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Illustrator

 

 

Key Responsibilities: The majority of time within the role is dedicated to:

 

Promoting and developing creative thinking
Oversee the development and delivery of effective user interfaces across a range of touchpoints
Ensure complex information is delivered and displayed in the most compelling way
Manage and maintain a library of design components
Manage a team of Senior / Mid & Junior UI designers, providing training and support as and where necessary
Proactively developing graphics, digital and website design with other team members
Work with the UX Design team to ensure all client sites and apps deliver the best experience possible
Creative lead on all pitch development
Mentoring and nurturing creatives, regularly reviewing creative work
Staying current on market trends and research as it relates to digital and retail design, communicating and feeding back to other team
Liaising with Studio Director on resource/project issues

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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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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