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Ten years ago (it seems like only yesterday) we were simply a small group of experienced yet rather frustrated creative recruiters about to launch a brand new business. RedSofa. We were determined to show the world we could do a better job than the competition: and have fun at the same time.

Our philosophy was very simple only hire the very best and watch them and the business flourish. By 2014 we were proud to be acclaimed Europe's fastest growing and most respected Creative Recruitment Agency. A year later we opened our Berlin office.

Of course there are other elements to our success, passion, creativity and building long-term personal relationships, but working with the very best people will always be at the core of our being.

We now cover almost every area in our sector, ranging from junior art workers to global CEOs. Our expertise in every area is widely regarded as being unequalled. IMPRINT

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Senior Creative Team urban/football (12341)

London

Permanent

£70,000 - £70,000

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Great conceptual work a must (more about story-telling and fresh ideas; less about digital innovation – which itself is a nice to have) – big ideas.

Sports knowledge and passion important with a leaning to football.

Must know and understand the culture that surrounds sports/football and how it interjects with the audience – music, sneakers, fashion, style, design – and understand the appeal and culture of athletes.

Must have a good understanding of the media the urban 14-20 year old global audience digest – heavy focus on IG, less so Twitter/FB.

Sports/football related work a nice to have but not essential.

The role is 90% as a creative team who want to do the best work of their lives in a hard-working, tight knit crack-unit team – the other 10% might see the writer take on small copy briefs for social media, app cards, etc.

The writer needs to have a great command of English and be down with the tone of voice.

The art director – would be nice if they were fairly sufficient in photoshop/illustrator for visuals and presentation decks.

Looking for a team with experience of actually making working – production know-how is important (we make a lot of work, do a lot of shoots) – people that want to make, not just throw big ideas into the ether.

This is not a brief to find social media/digital-only story tellers – high level, big-idea story-telling is a must. A team that understands the power of Brand but know how young people see, view and experience both their own brand and brands in the world.

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Python Developer (Mid – Senior) (12324)

London

Permanent

£60,000 - £70,000

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I am looking for a talented and enthusiastic Back-end Python Engineers to join my clients’ team in their Shoreditch studio. 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 reporting to our Head of Technology, and work alongside an impressive technology team who work across of a range of technologies, from Python to JS to iOS, Android and Smart TV development. You’ll be responsible for delivering exceptional products for their high profile clients as part of multi-disciplinary teams. In addition, you’ll also be working to define and drive internal standards and push forward innovation with the latest technologies to ensure they create the best products possible.

 

You are experienced in:

Python web frameworks, ideally Django
Good understanding of design patterns and data structures
Good understanding of, and hands-on experience developing, Rest API’s as part of a mircoservice architecture
Experience designing asynchronous applications using Celery or similar
Understanding of how to writing performant applications that scale
Understanding of web security and OWASP Top 10 exploits
Experience writing tests and testable code with one of Python testing frameworks
Be comfortable in Unix environments and know how to Bash
Solid experience with git

 

Nice to have:

Experience with functional languages, such as Elixir
Hands-on experience with message brokering services, ideally RabbitMQ and/or Kafka
Familiarity with continuous integration approaches and tooling
Experience working with Vagrant, Docker and Kubernetes
Experience with AWS or other cloud platforms

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Lead Digital Designer (Mat cover) (12317)

London

Contract

£60,000 - £60,000

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My client are looking for an exceptional and experienced Senior Digital Designer who is looking to be part of a full-service agency where great ideas and quality execution are the order of the day.
The successful candidate will be experienced, ambitious, and hungry to impress. You will have a genuine passion for your craft and the energy and desire required to deliver at the highest possible level. .

Responsibilities
Working across all our accounts you will be responsible for delivering design assets across a broad spectrum of channels. You will pride yourself on attention to detail and be an experienced member of the team offering support to more junior members. You will also be become brand  guardian across clients setting the standard and policing the output across the team.

Digital experience is a must with an impressive folio of UI design and an understanding for user experience and development techniques to make sure our digital end product is best in class.

Experience

  • Digital experience is a must. That includes UI design, online ads, social media with experience in user experience design.
  • Strong skills in Creative suite
  • Exceptional skills in typography, layout and design
  • Attention to detail verging on obsession
  • Ability to mutli-task and consistently hit deadlines
  • Excellent visual and verbal communication skills
  • Self motivated, ambitious, enthusiastic and organized

My client offer a collaborative, nurturing and fun environment with the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s most exciting brands and the chance to establish yourself as and integral part of the team. You will have the opportunity to be involved in various stages of a projects life cycle, from initial brainstorms and idea generation, right through to the production of the final end product.

This is an exciting time for the agency and they are looking for the best in the industry to come and join them. They can offer a friendly, inspiring environment where you will be well supported to deliver brilliant work whilst working with amazing talent across all disciplines.

Posted by: Amalie Byass

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Designer (12314)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £40,000

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Job title: Mid-Senior 2D designer

£40-£45k

Job responsibilities

We are looking for an experienced designer to join our creative team in West London, UK. A talented and versatile individual wanting to work for a global design agency stacked with awards, you will have experience working in a leading design agency for recognised brands with a great portfolio to show for it.

This role works closely with the global team to support the development of innovative concept designs across brand experiences spanning corporate identity, social media, retail, live events and digital. Projects vary in size from small, intimate events to large-scale.

Applicants will be involved in all stages of the design process from assisting the Creative Lead in generating concept drawings to producing presentation visuals and print ready artwork. An understanding of brand messaging through typography/print/digital processes, liaising with print suppliers will also form part of the job.

You will have a wide knowledge of the creative industries and many sources of inspiration. You will stay abreast of technical, cultural and business trends that could positively influence and focus the work we deliver to support our client’s business strategies.

 

Job requirements

A thorough understanding in development & refinement of brand messaging across multiple media.
Design for print, digital media essential with moving image / animation skills an advantage.
Adobe Creative Suite.
Originality, clarity, attention to detail and the ability to work in a team.

Location

Twickenham, London UK

If this opportunity sounds like something you would be interested in, we would like to hear from you.

Posted by: Nikki Dennis

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Head of Technology (12291)

London

Permanent

£70,000 - £80,000

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I am looking for a technology enthusiast with a massive passion for creating innovative solutions using the latest technology. Above all else they want someone who is an entrepreneur – able to sell big ideas in a simple and digestible way. You have to love pitching and presenting.

Your principal task is to be the technical leader of this agency. You will work directly with project managers and the creative team to develop innovative solutions that can be transformed into award winning campaigns. This will involve solving technical issues, identifying suppliers with key skills and ensuring projects are developed profitably and efficiently.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced technical specialist (who still enjoys being hands on) to work on digital campaigns from immersive brand experiences, to retail, VR, web and social media for clients including Vodafone, Jack Daniels, Coke and Clarins.

You’ll be part of a tight team who sit within in the creative department so you’ll love the buzz of a lively department.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop technical solutions for clients
Direct and manage all aspects of the agencies technical offering
Drive the agency in its understanding and adoption of emerging technology
Writing technical documents – for internal and external communication
Attendance and participation in pitches and new business opportunities
Acts as a technical escalation point within the agency.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

Proven experience as a technical lead with a portfolio to reflect this.
Proven ability to provide and deliver technical solutions to client briefs within budget and on time
Experience managing technical teams and outsourced suppliers
Proven leader, selling technology to clients and inspiring internally
A keen understanding of client business and industry sectors.
Advanced knowledge of:

The latest technology
Hosting environments – both cloud and dedicated environments –
PHP
Open Source CMS
Accessibility Knowledge / SEO
3rd Party API experience (Facebook, You Tube, Twitter etc)

APPROACH TO WORK:

Natural sales person – sell with clarity and confidence
The digital specialist in every meeting – looking for the next innovation
Relishes solving technical issues and specifying the best solution
Thrives in a fast-paced environment
Works well under pressure, calm and focussed, not easily flustered, able to cope with competing demands
Able to use own initiative, proactive to the requirements of the position and beyond
Proactively seeks out projects with account teams
Determined, a completer/finisher who finalises all actions despite distractions
Resilient and positive

WHAT THEY VALUE:

They look for these in our employees:

Creative – clever, original thinkers, searches for new and different ways of operating, innovative, imaginative
Commercial – able to add value, entrepreneurial, enterprising
Courageous – willing to take calculated risk, challenges what needs to be, says the difficult things when necessary
Astute – makes wise decisions despite ambiguity, listens well instead of reacting fast, response is effective and timely
Passionate – delivers amazing work, exceeds expectations, delivers on commitments, inspires others with a desire for excellence, curious
Selflessness – seeks what is best for the company and colleagues first, honest, non-political

Posted by: Neil Clements

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Sr Designer (12280)

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £55,000

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Senior Designer:

 

WHO WE ARE

We are a global marketing agency that creates connected brands. Our clients include global FMCG, automotive, pharma, sports, travel, alcohol and beauty brands. We have more than 7,000 employees with principal offices in 33 locations across six continents.

 

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Design Director…

The Senior designer will have ambition to deputise and lead the design department, when the Design Director is away from the office. Acting as a leader within the team, the Senior Design will help to inspire, motivate, guide, mentor and develop the department.

The Senior Designer will fit straight into working in an integrated, creative, TTL design team within the wider creative department.

 

KEY SKILLS / RESPONSIBILITIES

Strong visual, interactive and graphic design skills.
Experienced in leading projects, large and small, from start to finish.
Can oversee various projects at a time and delegate big idea execution.
Passion and curious about the latest design innovations – interested and active within the creative industry outside of the 9-to-5
A flexible attitude, with the ability to apply your thinking to any brief that’s thrown your way.
A love of craft that goes beyond pixel perfection – unrelenting standards for delivery of the best possible work – pride in every single piece of design that touches the department
A thorough understanding of the project process within a creative agency – from client brief through to post-project-evaluation.

 

WHY WORK FOR VMYL&R?

Good prospects- If you work hard you could potentially move up into different departments within the agency.
A great opportunity to gain a foot in the door to a fun and dynamic industry.
Lots of talented people to meet and work with.
Lots of opportunities to help on different projects beyond the day to day admin role.
Supportive and friendly team.
Buzzy, fun atmosphere.
Good perks.
SOON TO BE based in a central location.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to see your CV & portfolio!

Posted by: Nikki Dennis

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Analytics Manager (12287)

Chiswick

Permanent

£50,000 - £55,000

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My client is looking for a Analytics Manager to setup and implement web tracking solutions. To provide analytics based strategic insights and directions in the development of media & communications initiatives, and be a significant contributor of the team providing insights and recommendations.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Work closely with key leads across the organization to understand reporting needs, new product requirements and business opportunities.
Providing analytic, integrated marketing solutions to improve client decision-making
Tracking marketplace, technology, and consumer demographic trends within and across multiple industries
Analyze Web site behavior using Web analytics tools to determine areas of site improvement
Designing and conducting analysis, interpreting results and synthesizing recommendations.
Uphold best standards practice in terms of data cleanliness, data management and tracking across websites including the new in-house web team developing the new website modular system which will be used by all event properties.
Create simple dashboards that visualize data and provide insights in a simple way to all levels of management
Be pro-active in suggesting and scoping improvements to ways of working, connecting data sources and providing solutions to improve the business within your areas of expertise.
Proficient in rolling out tracking solutions (Experience with Adobe tech stack preferred but not essential)
Assist the paid media managers in identifying trends within campaign by integrating channel data
Any other duties that are within scope of the role that may be required

Key Areas

Significant but realistic improvements in website conversion
Streamlining of reporting to satisfy all levels of management
Well practiced implementation plan for website tracking, for rollout or site optimization
Lead the analytics resource in EMEA for the events division, be the go-to resource for analytics (web and campaign)
Integrated reporting with paid media that identifies actionable insight/trends within campaign

 

Knowledge and Experience

Demonstrable/established experience in working in the Business Intelligence and analytics landscape.
Demonstrable experience of Digital Marketing, Online, Media or ecommerce.
Experience in using web analytics platforms and software packages such as Google Product Suite, Adobe Product Suite.
Some experience in analytics and reporting best practices (thorough understanding of standard analytics, report builder tools, and online analytics metric).
Knowledge of emerging trends and practices in customer intelligence and data warehouse fields.
Understanding of online advertising planning, buying and performance metrics is an advantage 3
Experience of working in an environment of Digital marketing, Online, Media or eCommerce experience.
Understanding of statistics, customer profiling and segmentations

Skills & Abilities (Personal and Professional)

Ability and willingness to delve into the details as well as manage and assist with projects/initiatives.
Ability to understanding of statistics, customer profiling and segmentations.
Understanding of online advertising planning, buying and performance metrics is a plus
Willingness to build relationships with events teams to be able to establish new and improved ways of working using data
Ability to build long lasting working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Able to work within a team environment, feel comfortable being involved in all aspects of digital marketing
A strong team player that is flexible dependent on business demand.
Ability to self-direct and motivate and work with minimal supervision.
Proficiency in Tableau, Data Studio, PowerBI, and Datorama is advantageous
Strong working knowledge of MS Office packages, such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent time management skills, ability to work calmly under pressure whilst meeting deadlines.
Strong organisational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritise.

 

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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Junior Designer (12246)

London

Permanent

£25,000 - £28,000

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A very cool creative agency is looking for a budding Junior Designer to join their creative team. This agency working with a very elective mix of clients, meaning the work is always varied.
You will have at least one years exposure to working with creative agencies and your portfolio will show a diverse range of work across branding and creative disciplines, its very important they see creative thinking.
This is a great opportunity for a junior who wants to work with some cool brands and really grow within an agency.

Posted by: Karan Kaur

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Software Engineer (12226)

London

Permanent

£55,000 - £90,000

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I am looking for a mid to senior-level Software Engineer who’s looking to join an exciting product team.

You’ll be collaborative by nature and will be happy defining new features and how they work. You’ll be able to scale a product and identify performance issues before they’ve occurred. You’ll also love taking a test-and-learn approach to development and will use insights to inform your decisions where appropriate.

They rely on the following tools and technologies

AWS for most of their infrastructure
Terraform for provisioning their infrastructure
Kafka for their asynchronous message queue
Go to write their microservice application code
React for our frontend applications
Kubernetes and Docker to schedule and run their micro services
AWS Lambda for serverless tasks
Postgres and MongoDB for their persistent data storage

 

REQUIREMENTS

You should apply if

You’re familiar with some of the above tools and technologies or specialise in just one area
You’re keen to learn more about new technologies
You want to help build a scalable platform to support millions of people
You’re comfortable working with your own team and other departments
You’re interested in building micro services

Their Product team is growing fast, with some distinct areas of responsibility (user, customer and platform). Reporting into the Head of Backend Engineering, you’ll work with other engineers and a product designer to build a product that changes HR forever.

Excellent benefits.

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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Banner Developer (12213)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £45,000

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I am looking for a hybrid front-end developer for a well-known advertising agency in central London, salary c£45k.

Required skills: 

HTML5, Javascript, jQuery

Required experience with GIT and other source control technologies.

Experience building HTML5 banners across DoubleClick, Flashtalking and other platforms is a must

Front-end CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap CSS Angular.js, react.js Vue.js, Node.js, NPM, Gulp/grunt, LESS or SASS ( advantageous)

Strong After Effects Animation/Motion Design skills.

Strong After Effects VFX skills, utilizing effects & third-party plugins.

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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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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