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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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Account Director

London

Permanent

£0 - £0

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Our Client, an award-winning global Creative Advertising Agency, known for producing beautiful, innovative work, is recruiting for an Account Director to work on a Global Retail Brand. They have been appointed to the global roster as a lead retail agency, responsible for strategy, execution and delivery. As a new, high profile account on one of the world’s most recognisable brands they are looking for the very best of retail specialist talent.

The Role

They ideally need a Retail Account Director with demonstrable experience working with blue chip clients. A successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing big budget (£1m+) large scale accounts as well as comprehensive experience of managing teams at Account Director level.

Account team members are expected to lead in their specialism whilst possessing the ability to execute, critique, and collaborate alongside the partnership with confidence inclusive of DRTV, OOH, Press, and digital.

You’ll be expected to understand client business and provide specialist in-depth understanding of retail and shopper whilst knowing how to support other communication disciplines within the Partnership. As a fully integrated account, the account requires a tight collaboration with the wider partnership team and the ability to demonstrate thought leadership both internally and with client.

We’re looking for people with a can-do mind-set, passion for strategy and delivering best in class creative, combined with a fun, positive outlook on the industry.

Preferable Skillsets:

  • Global Retail experience
  • Experience in establishing an account team
  • Experience setting up account ways of working and processes
  • Experience working outside of the U.K.
  • Foreign language.

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Account Manager

London

Permanent

£34,000 - £35,000

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Our client – an award winning creative global Advertising Agency is currently ecruiting for an Global account Manager to work on an international high profile Retail account. They have been appointed to the global roster as a lead retail agency, responsible for strategy, execution and delivery. As a new, high profile account on one of the world’s most recognisable brands they are looking for the very best of retail specialist talent.

The Role

We are looking for a motivated, ambitious Global Retail Account Manager preferably with experience working with blue chip clients on global account. A successful candidate will have a proven track record of being a key lynchpin within a team, working independently, running projects independently , running the day to day logistics of an account.

Account team members are expected to lead in their specialism whilst possessing the ability to execute, critique, and collaborate alongside the partnership with confidence inclusive of Digital, OOH, Press, and TV.

You’ll be expected to understand client business and provide specialist in-depth understanding of retail and shopper whilst knowing how to support other communication disciplines within the Partnership. As a fully integrated account, the account requires a tight collaboration with the wider partnership team and the ability to demonstrate thought leadership both internally and with client.

We’re looking for people with a can-do mind-set, passion for strategy and delivering best in class creative, combined with a fun, positive outlook on the industry.

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Web Developer

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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I am looking for a Web Developer for a client of mine based in EC1.

Skills

  • Strong grasp and passion for front-end development.
  • Knowledge of Content Management Systems such as WordPress.
  • Has touched on some PHP or other server-side language.

Ambition

  • Maintain a working knowledge of new web technologies.
  • Interested in gaining more experience in backend development.

Experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience in a professional development environment.
  • Have planned and implemented entire projects from design to launch.
  • Worked on collaborative projects with designers, developers and clients.

What you’d be doing
The projects they work on are split between feature-driven products, and content-driven websites.

Every member of the team has a keen interest in what makes for a compelling user experience, and a successful online business. You’ll share this passion for products and the web, and want to contribute to the team’s ideas regardless of which project you’re working on.
Implementing designs and interactions
Working closely with the design team you’ll help turn deliverables into functioning responsive templates using HTML, SCSS and JavaScript. We have been developing our best practices over time and look for you to join them in progressing and following them in all of your work.

Front-end fanatic
With every day introducing a new standard, framework and build tool you are keen to keep yourself informed and make good choices on what to use and when. You are performance and accessibility minded and always focus on the user when making decisions.

Creativity
Somewhere between design and front-end is where you add your magic. There are always opportunities for you to introduce finishing touches to an interface – be it animations, clever interactions or SVG wizardry.

WordPress
Their chosen tool for content-driven projects is WordPress, you will be supported by the backend developers throughout these projects but an understanding of this CMS and PHP would be beneficial.

JavaScript
You’re interested in venturing deeper into the world of JavaScript than jQuery and may have already done so.

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.

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Senior UI/Brand Designer

London

Permanent

£45,000 - £55,000

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Senior Designers at this tier one client have a proven track record in designing websites and digital experiences. They live and breathe the Internet and are passionate about solving problems with design. They love crafting experiences and looking at things in new ways and pushing boundaries.

Qualities the candidate should exhibit

  • A passion for UI, interaction design and the opportunities it affords in the many customer touch points that exist.
  • A solid understanding of traditional graphic design principles for digital media.

Experience and core skills

  • Design experience working in an agency environment
  • Ability to manage time effectively and work to deadlines
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and a passion for presenting
  • Take ownership for projects and demonstrate leadership
  • Fluency in common design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Sketch)
  • Develop a strong collaborative relationship with other disciplines
  • Helpful, approachable and easy to deal with
  • Team Player, as well as able to work independently
  • Prototyping and UI motion skills (Principle, Marvel)

Brand and strategic skills

  • Experienced in working with well-known UK brands and translating them into a range of digital experiences
  • To demonstrate a full understanding of your client’s brand values, guidelines and a sensibility for how to push boundaries and evolve brands.
  • To be aware of the strategic objectives and commercial implications of each project and offer solutions that fulfill the needs and fit budgets

Design and technical skills

  • To take ownership for key projects
  • To produce stunning design and well crafted user-centred experiences
  • The ability to think strategically and translate campaign, brand, service and product requirements into creative solutions
  • Have a clear understanding of interface, product and service design across many different digital touch points
  • Knowledge of modern design methodologies and processes for complex systems, sites and applications delivered across desktop and mobile
  • To contribute to new business pitches, producing outstanding design quickly and efficiently

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Digital & Motion Designer – Beauty Brand

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £35,000

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Creative Agency looking for a mid-weight designer with a love of all things beauty with skills in motion and layout.

This role is to boost our team with Graphic Designer / Creative who can help tell stories through imagery, motion graphics (on-screen motion graphics and/or stop motion), and photography. The role will see you working alongside the rest of the creative team but primarily on an international beauty brand so an interest in hair, fashion and beauty is essential.

Solid creative thinking, problem solving and a love for social media are also heavily valued within this role. We are a passionate, proactive and close design team, brimming with talent, enthusiasm and banter. We’re looking for someone who loves what they do and will bring their own brand of spark, vim and vigour to the agency.

DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES TYPICALLY INCLUDE

  • 2D animation (onscreen and/or stop motion)
  • Bringing products to life through creative photography
  • Delivering storyboards and visual concepts
  • Create visual material for online and offline consumption
  • Creative thinking to a brief, on your own or as a team
  • Proactive development of a brand from a design strategy perspective
  • Liaising with fellow team members, client service and community teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conceptualise a brief from issue through to artwork and implementation
  • Meticulous visuals and finished assets delivered on time, consistently on brand and in a cost-effective manner
  • Liaise with other heads to deliver projects as a team
  • Ensure you understand the requirements of the brief and explain how the visual meets the client strategy
  • Stay up-to-date with social platforms and industry trends
  • Ad hoc duties as required by the company.

KEY SKILLS

  • Intrapreneurial, with a team-player approach and a can-do attitude to go with it
  • Passionate
  • A solid knowledge of a range of social platforms
  • An in-depth knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects.
  • Product photography and a dab hand at compositing
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Proactive problem solving
  • A proven experience of creative in an agency environment is useful but not essential.

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UI Product/APP Digital Designer

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £40,000

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We are currently looking for a Mid-weight Digital Designer that has an interest in APP product design. This role is woking for an exciting new start up (2 years old) that has already won huge financial backing and grown over the last year hitting the London market by storm. For their next phase my client are looking to crack the Paris and New York markets. The team comprises of 4 other designers that cover UI, UX, Product and graphic design. The ideal candidate will be able to put their hands to each discipling: User Interface, Usability and pixel perfect design and have a love for creating innovative APPS.

This start up has impressive dog friendly offices with a relaxed fun outgoing atmosphere. The role would suit a designer that is looking to make things that actually go live – to get their hands on a full project rather than a small part of it and join an exciting company that is going to go places.
Skills:
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Sketch

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Mid-weight Motion Designer

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £40,000

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An exciting opportunity for a talented Mid-weight motion graphics designer with a demonstrable depth of experience and passion for creative branding.

Are you a Motion Graphics Designer? Have you got mad skills? Would you like to create cutting edge film for big name brands ? We’re on the hunt for an experienced, enthusiastic creative, who’s looking to push and produce the kind of work we all get excited about.

To get technical, you’ll need to be comfortable working in After Effects, Cinema 4D, Final Cut or Premier. You’ll also need around 5 years experience. But above all, you’ll need a genuine love for moving images, music and popular culture. Oh and we’re also a very sociable bunch, so it would be a bonus if you’re an upbeat, friendly sort.

Broadcast quality is a must.

Your Experience
Experienced Video Editor
Skilled Motion Graphics Designer
Awesome Adobe Creative Suite skills, specifically Premiere and After Effects
High proficiency in all aspects of the Creative Suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator and InDesign.
Animation, motion effects, video formatting and grading.
Conceptualisation + ideation.

Your Personality
Talented, spirited, full of energy and drive
Lateral thinker
Passionate about new design trends
Willing to adapt and be flexible
Ambitious – for yourself and the agency
Excellent communicator and great team player

Sound good? Go ahead and send your CV, covering note and show-reel.

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Creative Team – Healthcare

London

Permanent

£50,000 - £60,000

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My client is a relatively new agency. It was born out of the integration of a group of four established agencies: digital, promotional (Advertising), PR and Med Ed.

After a move to Soho, it’s now time to completely rebuild the Creative Department. Whoever joins will be a key figure in helping to shape the culture and beliefs, so this is one of those rare opportunities when you can really make a difference.

ATTRIBUTES & BEHAVIOURS
Innovative; Strong interest in multimedia and interactivity; Takes responsibility and ownership; Generates novel ideas and solutions; Proactively questions the status quo; Great attention to detail; Balances speed and accuracy in delivery of tasks; Gets involved early; Delivers with passion.

ROLE
This position offers a high level of autonomy and ownership across a wide variety of clients and projects.

Projects are many and varied, with the agency seeing a significant rise in digital and film-based content over recent years.

As you would expect, the work is fast-paced, with demanding deadlines you will need to hit while constantly pushing levels of craft.

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
My client are looking for a Creative Team with medical experience, whose portfolio demonstrates outstanding conceptual thinking, immaculate execution, with multiple examples of ideas that communicate effectively across digital platforms.

You will most likely come from a well-respected advertising agency, where you will have worked on multiple campaigns for mainstream brands.

The appeal of this role is in joining an agency that is committed to, and understands the value of, creativity. But moreover, provides an environment where the creatively talented can make work that has the power to bring meaningful change to people’s lives.

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Wayfinding Designer

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £42,000

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A renowned retail agency is looking for a Signage and Wayfinding specialist Designer who can join their ever expanding creative team.

The agency are going from strength to strength and are looking to invest in bringing a Wayfinding Designer who can help with a number of recently won pitches with some iconic clients. You will also be involved in branding across projects so ideally you will be multi-skilled in both. There is also an opportunity to nurture and mentor junior members of the creative team and eventually start to manage, allowing you to progress into more of a senior role within the agency.

I’m looking to see a dynamic portfolio which shows wayfinding and signage across retail/exhibition design along side branding for global clients.

Please apply now with your cv and portfolio

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Digital Designer

London

Permanent

£35,000 - £40,000

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We are working with a fantastic small product design agency based in Clerkenwell to source for a Digital Designer. You will be excited by product design and although UI centred, have a solid understanding of UX fundamentals and the research and wire-framing process. Working from lovely bright offices, they have a diverse range of clients and also work on their own products.

This is a lovely role for someone looking for a smaller agency environment, with plenty of autonomy. For the full brief please get in touch.

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News

Madonna’s “big birthday”

Steve Buss 1st August 2018

Madonna Louise Ciccone turns 60 this year, a “big birthday” by anybody’s reckoning. I remember her at the time of her breakthrough 1983 single Holiday – a mischievous mess of bangles and swinging crucifixes, boasting that she was so hot that you could fry an egg on her belly button. From that point on, Madonna was omnipresent – confrontational, audacious, occasionally annoying and weirdly vulnerable (brought up in a strict Italian-American Catholic family, Madonna’s mother died when she was a child).

She pounded through personas (boy toy, material girl, Hollywood royalty, dancefloor vixen, gangsta momma,), like an all-singing all-dancing one-woman variety show. It was never just about the music Madonna embodied the devilish voice in your ear, saying: “Why not?” A pop queen with a big dirty rock mouth, she was one of the first great influencers, daring at least a couple of generations of girls and young women (not to mention all her loyal gay fans) to be bolder, stronger and, crucially, a lot less humble and apologetic.

No surprise, then, that witch-burners have long been out in force against Madonna. She’s been called everything: ball-breaker, whore, user, crone, narcissist, talent-vampire. Vulgar taste-free zone. While taking criticism is part of the fame gig, it was as though Madonna served as a cautionary tale for women who get too uppity.
In recent years, Madonna, also mother to Lourdes (by Carlos Leon) and Rocco (by Guy Ritchie) has been criticised for adopting (perfectly legally) four orphans, having “work done” (such a shock in celeb circles) and having much younger partners (you mean, like 99% of famous older men?). Every time she tours, there’s gnashing of teeth about her “inappropriate” stage outfits – euphemisms for “too young for her”, as if someone of Madonna’s vintage should crawl on stage in a candlewick dressing gown, begging for forgiveness for not being 25 any more. Burn the witch, not that it’s all been gravy. It’s probably best to politely ignore all the Kaballah nonsense. Her acting has been patchy at best and as for snogging Britney and Christina Aguilera on stage, let’s not go there…
Most of the things people criticise Madonna for, I tend to find funny, including that gigantic, nuclear-strength ego. At some point, we have to ask ourselves: what do we want from our stars – humility and jogging bottoms or magic and dynamite? I know which way I’d usually go.

At this stage, perhaps Madonna’s greatest achievement is that she’s a survivor. Of her era of superstars (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince), she’s the last one left standing, living proof that maturing in music doesn’t just mean the Rolling Stones – it can be a wild, untamed feminine energy too.
Nor has she done it via endless comebacks and the nostalgia trail. Sure, she’d be idiotic (and ungenerous) not to perform songs from her extensive back catalogue, but Madonna has been genuinely active and creative all the way through, always with a new project on the horizon.

So, happy birthday to Madonna. She’s sung, danced, acted, yapped, provoked, riled, worked her butt off, kept a sense of humour and taken all the sexist slurs with her head held high. Here’s to an artist who can’t come back because she never went away.

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