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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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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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Senior Project Manager (13620)

London

Permanent

£60,000 - £70,000

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My client is an award-winning Digital Product and Innovation Consultancy, based in Shoreditch, London. They are looking for a Senior Project Manager to join the team.

They provide an end-to-end service to their clients including UX strategy; research; service blueprinting; facilitating requirements workshops and interviews; UX/UI design and prototyping; mobile, web, and full-stack development, QA, release management; support & maintenance, and analytics analysis and reporting. This role will be initially fully remote but not in the long-term.

Common examples of the work they undertake include:

  • Strategic consultancy
  • UX services (service blueprinting, UX/UI design, prototype design and development)
  • Android and iOS app design, development & ongoing maintenance
  • Full-stack web development
  • Back-end and middleware service architecture and development
  • API specification and development
  • Integration with client API layers
  • Alexa voice skill design and development
  • QA services.

They’re currently looking for a client-facing Senior Project Manager to join the Project Management team and work on high-profile, innovative digital products for well-known clients. You will be working alongside an appointed Account Manager/Director on large accounts/projects, or alone as direct client contact on smaller accounts/projects.
You will have at least 7 years’ experience in similar roles, with at least 3 at a senior level, and will have worked on large-scale, user-centred digital projects and/or products. A number of their key accounts have long-running projects at their core, so you must be able to demonstrate having managed products/projects as a very client-facing team member for large accounts or projects. You will likely interface with a client project manager, scrum master and/or product owner, as well as client technical teams (alongside our CTO/Tech Leads).
You’ll be expected to leverage Agile methodologies (specifically Scrum) as much as possible. You will need to bring together and lead cross-capability teams to deliver the best outcomes for our clients. You will also need to be comfortable with waterfall approaches as our clients often require a mixed approach.
You will be self-starting, organised and proactive. You’ll need to have great communication skills, both internally and externally with our clients. Their clients rely on Project Managers to be responsive to client needs & communications, manage the project & be able to report to them remotely or in person.

Responsibilities include:

  • Scoping, budget, and timings management
  • Be the ‘owner’ of the project. Working directly with the project team and clients to scope project costs and delivery timings, and co-write Statements of Work.
  • Critically, ensuring that we deliver on-time and on budget, that we follow process & flag issues internally and to clients that jeopardise this.

Product / Project Delivery

  • Leading product delivery from definition & kick-off, through to production and ongoing support.
    Documenting user stories & acceptance criteria in agreement with internal teams, the client team(s), and managing these ongoing (JIRA).
  • Coordinating collaborative teams, planning, and running sprints, retrospectives, daily stand-ups, and acting as the voice of the client internally.

Planning and Change Management

  • Lead regular estimating and task planning for the team, planning sprints, and helping the client understand issues and impact for effective decision making.
  • Manage change control on your projects, ensuring scope change is captured, estimated, and enables us to seek incremental budget for the project.

Strategic Guardian

  • Whilst not responsible for strategy, you should take more than a solely delivery approach to the product. Ensuring that initial strategic thinking and rationale is carried throughout delivery, involving the right strategy team members throughout.

Client Management

  • Managing clients through project delivery, ensuring that clients’ expectations are set and met. You must be comfortable being the face of the agency to some of our clients & being responsive to their communications.
  • Providing regular reports internally and to clients.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to advance their career and be part of an exciting and creative environment that is winning significant new business from some of the best-known companies.

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

Posted by: Sarah Houghton

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Event Administrator & Marketing Manager (Financial Services) (13148)

City of London, England, London

Permanent

£40,000 - £60,000

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Event Administrator and Marketing Manager in Financial Services and Investment.

• Full-time or Part-time (flexible, please state your preference)

Are you knowledgable about Financial Services and confident understanding Hedge Fund businesses and the issues and concerns they face?

Do you have the event admin experience to confidently manage numerous regular small events with corporate speakers, attendees and stakeholders.

We are a small organisation with a global remit helping Hedge Fund businesses.

This role is ideal for a self-motivated, autonomous, experienced event coordinator or manager with additional experience and aspirations to a career in PR and Marketing related to financial services and/or corporate business.

This role might equally suit someone with lots of experience but looking for a part-time role (someone who loves the admin side of their previous events and marketing roles and has the experience to deliver on KPIs faster than someone with less experience).

 

 

Role responsibilities:

• Events – comprehensive and autonomous small scale event coordination and admin, live and virtual/Zoom.

• Marketing – writing a newsletter, coming up with ideas and themes for events and marketing them.

• PR – writing press releases and raising our profile with relevant and specialist media.

• Website management– looking after and improving our online presence and content management.

• Post Event Analysis – enabling best practice and collation of useful prospect data.

 

Skills and experience

• Proven experience of autonomous administration of multiple tasks involving corporate stakeholders.

• Proven experience of managing end-to-end projects including numerous regular small events with global attendees.

• A knowledge of and interest in Financial Services, including Hedge Funds and generally the business of investment (not just Mutual Funds and FTSE100).

 

 

 

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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Mid-weight Front-End Developer (13611)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £45,000

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I am seeking a talented, dynamic and self-starting Front-End Developer who wants to help create unique and industry defining web apps and digital products. The short term priority will be developing HTML5 based interactive experiences within a market leading sales enablement platform. You’ll need to understand how to create highly intuitive, robust and slick app based experiences. You’ll use your four or five years of hands on front-end development to act as a basis for creating next generation digital experiences.

Technical experience and skills

  • HTML5 (expert)
  • CSS (expert)
  • Javascript (expert)
  • Comprehension of REST API integration & SDK frameworks
  • Understanding of Javascript frameworks (VUEJS, React, Angular, etc)
  • Wireframing design (desktop & mobile – nice to have)
  • Best practice development cycles
  • Testing methodologies and platforms
  • Contribute to the planning and development of the product through the whole product life cycle including user research, requirements gathering, prototyping, implementation, and QA
  • Regularly be experimenting with, learning, and keen to try out new technologies as part of your professional and personal development.
  • Experience in developing within the WordPress framework
  • Showpad (training given)

What you’re looking for…

  • To get in front of clients from time to time
  • To work for a small but ambitious company
  • Be empowered and given freedom
  • To feel part of something
  • Responsibility
  • To be able to work from home
  • Inspiration
  • To help build a team and culture
  • To lead new team members and freelancers

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

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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Account Director – PR for Lifestyle brands (12750)

London

Permanent

£45,000 - £48,000

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Account Director – Lifestyle Brands PR

We are looking for an experienced strategic Account Director or ambitious Junior Account Director with top table experience leading PR strategy for Lifestyle and street Fashion brands.

 

A small growing specialist agency in central London with an enviable profile and client list.

Personal Attributes

  • Minimum of five years PR experience across lifestyle & credible street brands
  • Experience of campaign delivery across PR, Social and Influencer
  • Able to demonstrate excellent client management
  • Able to lead new business pitches from start to finish
  • Experience of managing a variety of fee and production budgets.
  • Ability to influence and inspire
  • Organised, driven and results orientated
  • Excellent presenting skills
  • Highly creative with an ability to provide solutions under pressure

 

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT

  • Capable of devising all strategic and creative plans for existing clients, supervising and, where necessary, implementing the campaign at a senior level to client and agency satisfaction
  • Ability to manage integrated projects and multiple work streams for clients, specifically PR, Social and Influencer
  • Running accounts in a structured manner, ensuring that the team and partners are fulfilling the plans on time, and achieving the results as agreed with client
  • Lead client and cross-agency meetings – develop a strong working relationship with the client who listens and values your advice
  • Understanding of key evaluation criteria to ensure client KPIs are met
  • Fully conversant in all areas of media and communications, handling senior media contacts as required and forging strong relationships with influential press and publicity contacts

 

NEW BUSINESS

  • Contribute to the agency’s new business target by strategically responding to briefs, devising creative plans and responses as required
  • Confident and experienced in credential meetings and pitches


FINANCE

  • Compile fee and production budgets and manage these budgets on a day-to-day basis
  • Ensure efficient and profitable operation of accounts

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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Senior Python Developer (13391)

London

Permanent

£70,000 - £75,000

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I am looking for a senior Python developer for a client of mine who are a mix of around 40 researchers, designers, and technologists based in a lovely studio in Shoreditch. They’re committed to designing, building and evolving the world’s best video-based consumer products.

They work in cross-discipline project teams, who are given full ownership of their delivery. Teams work using Agile methodologies, and are encouraged to hone their approach, finding the right blend of ceremonies and tools for them and their product. Together, they solve difficult problems and deliver innovative, intuitive products that millions of people use every day.

Requirements

The Role

They are looking for talented and enthusiastic Senior Python Engineers to join the team in our Shoreditch studio (currently remote). As a company built on a reputation of quality products, with an emphasis on delivery, a growing development team is a core component of this.

You’ll be working within a multidisciplinary technology team to evolve and extend their flagship bespoke product. You’ll be joining at an exciting time where we are looking to considerably enhance what we have to support the next stage of growth.

You will have an excellent grasp on the project life-cycle and will be taking a lead role in both smaller projects and well-defined phases of larger projects

Reports to:

Tech Lead Python

The role:

    • Leading and championing the implementation of software engineering practices in the projects they are working on e.g. configuration management, release management, coding standards, documentation etc
    • Creating a great customer impression of the company’s technical skills, dedication, method and approach, putting energy and enthusiasm into projects they may be assigned to
    • Delivering work of high technical standards and accuracy and completeness
    • Coaching and mentoring more junior staff
    • Have a high sense of accountability
    • Making sensible commercial decisions and understanding the commercial implications of decisions — including escalating to more senior management if necessary for their input into more serious or potentially more serious commercial decisions
    • Creating documentation
    • Thoroughly testing their code and helping external testers create good test plans so the system will be thoroughly tested
    • By their own enthusiasm, can energising the team to collectively participate in system and user acceptance testing so that there is a team-based sense of ownership to quality
    • Software support — application maintenance — bug fixing — small enhancements
    • Championing the use of reviews (code, design, test etc) and active participation in these important QA devices
    • Good reporting of progress – can estimate own work well and work of others in their care

Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years experience of working on commercial enterprise systems
  • Developing high-performance API centric applications
  • Working in a microservices architecture
  • Developing with AWS services
  • Working with a range of databases including NoSQL, Graph, RDBMS
  • Experience working with search technologies such as ElasticSearch
  • Knowledge and experience developing applications with good security practices
  • Experience in establishing repeatable design patterns and approaches
  • Familiarity with continuous integration approaches and tooling, including pipelines as code
  • Experience with containers and container orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes, Docker)
  • Familiarity with operational tooling (log aggregation, monitoring, tracing)
  • Worked as part of a multi-discipline team providing out of hours support for a live product

Nice to have:

  • AWS Certification
  • Experience with media, broadcast or OTT platforms
  • Knowledge of python frameworks such as Flask / Django
  • Previous CMS experience

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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Front-End Developer (13590)

London

Permanent

£54,000 - £58,000

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I am looking for a front end developer for a client of mine who are a mix of around 40 researchers, designers, and technologists based in a lovely studio in Shoreditch. They’re committed to designing, building and evolving the world’s best video-based consumer products.

Requirements
They’re looking for a talented and enthusiastic front end developer to join the team in their Shoreditch studio (currently remote). As a company built on a reputation of quality products, with an emphasis on delivery, a growing development team is a core component of this.
You’ll be working alongside an impressive technical team who work across a range of backend, frontend and cloud technologies. You’ll be responsible for delivering exceptional products for our high profile clients and extend their bespoke platform as part of multidisciplinary teams. In addition you’ll also be working to define and drive internal standards and push forward innovation with the latest technologies to ensure we are creating the best products possible.

Reports to: Front End Technical Lead

The Role

  • Working on their bespoke (CMS product) and service side projects.
  • Building new features for their product in collaboration with the CPO, designers, QA engineers, backend developers, frontend developers, and infrastructure engineers.
  • Helping with the already ongoing migration of their product from AngularJs to React.
  • Writing tests as part of the process when writing new features and resolving issues to assure high quality and confidence.
  • Taking ownership and responsibility of your own work.
  • Completing tasks without constant supervision.
  • Tracking and forecasting progress of own work. Be able to deliver project updates, positive and negative, and constructively present options.
  • Pushing for changes by evolving current systems to become better.
  • Working on existing bespoke projects for high profile clients.
  • Reviewing critically and creating detailed pull requests.
  • Looking beyond frontend and showing interest in the company’s wider plans.
  • Understands the need to commit and push code into git regularly.

Skills and Experience

  • 3+ years experience of working on commercial enterprise systems as a front end developer.
  • Solid JavaScript, HTML and CSS skills, understanding the fundamentals and current specifications.
  • Experienced with one of the front end technologies like React, Angular, Vue, or Svelte.
  • Some experience with unit and UI tests.
  • Experienced with using API’s in an efficient manner.
  • Take great pride in the quality of anything you and your team have had an involvement in.
  • Good social skills.
  • Deliver work of high technical standards, user experience, accuracy and completeness.

Nice to Have

  • Familiar with AngularJs
  • Some experience with tools like Webpack and Docker
  • Experience with Redux in a larger application
  • Experience with media, broadcast or OTT platforms
  • An interest in GitHub Actions and continuous integration

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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Freelance youth culture brief (12938)

London

Temporary

£300 - £400

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A freelance opportunity in central London at a FASHION, MUSIC, LIFESTYLE and CULTURE agency for November 2020.

ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO FREELANCE?
YOUTH MARKETING EXPERT REQUIRED for a multi-channel culture marketing brief.
To start immediately until 30 November.
Please message me if you have a grass roots cultural network in music/fashion/sport to include: Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Milan.
Think Beats, Red Bull, Palace, Adidas, Nike, Supreme, Dover Street Market, Under Armour, Converse, Levi’s, Sacai, Off White and more…
If you have the knowledge and experience to help forge the content strategy for such a brand – for a European campaign led from Amsterdam. If you have recently worked at a creative comms agency on such brands and projects involving local DJs, artists and creatives inspirational and engaged with young people, this role is for you.
#Creative #Strategic #Influencer #Content #LGBTQ+ #GrassRoots #Culture

This is a fantastic role for someone knowledgeable and passionate about youth culture and with Amsterdam or Europe-wide connections and experience.

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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Digital Project Manager (13585)

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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We’re after a digital/integrated project manager for a creative agency based in trendy East London. It’s to join a creative bunch who work to inspire brands by helping businesses communicate with their audience(s) through branding, design, advertising, web and technology.

It’ll suit a Digital/Integrated Project Manager who shows initiative and proactively drives projects, a safe pair of hands. The agency is big on culture, they’re a really tight bunch and it’s important they find someone with an equally down to earth personality who can genuinely add value to the business. The teams are also very collaborative, everyone mucks in to break through briefs and bring ideas to life. Ultimately someone from a digital content production background could do very well.

Posted by: Alex Collins

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FREELANCE Account Manager (12826)

London

Contract, fixed contract, Temporary

£28,000 - £32,000

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We have an opening for a proactive and experienced freelance Account Manager with experience of FMCG brand campaigns (multi channel).

This role is to start October 2020.

3 month contract until end of January 2021.

Salary or day rate TBC:

Salary £28-32k.

Potentially a day rate c£160 per day.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

London creative agency looking for a freelance Account Manager to work on an established chocolate brand. Ideally you will have experience of working on campaigns for leading FMCG brands and some experience of working with international clients.

An integral role within the team, we are looking for the Account Manager to quickly become the day-to-day ‘go to’ for key client contacts and creative teams.

You will have a track record of building client relationships whilst delivering creative work. Ideally you will have experience and a passion for creative, marketing, advertising and strategy and be keen to assist a fun chocolate brand brand deliver effective customer engagement, retail marketing and activation campaigns.

The role is to “hit the ground running”, take ownership of projects from start to finish, champion client relationships and deliver tactical drive to creative campaigns.

 

IDEAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

FMCG brand experience

Multi channel, integrated experience

A critical eye and big attention to detail capabilities

Strong problem-solving skills and can-do attitude

Confidence in communication with internal and client teams

An excellent understanding of agency creative (everything from traditional print to social and digital animation)

An understanding of the creative production process

Experience of working on multiple projects on tight deadlines, remaining super cool, calm and collected as deadlines approach.

High level of self-motivation and well presented.

High energy, outgoing and fun personality

 

You will have frequent contact with:

Clients, to effectively and efficiently manage the assigned account

The Creative Department, to ensure a strong working relationship with this department

Our Suppliers, to maintain a good working relationship with third party suppliers

The Finance Team, to ensure all financial processes and procedures are adhered to at all times

 

 

 

Posted by: Richard Maddox

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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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