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Happy people are the most inspired. No-one built a brand in a bad mood. That’s why we’ve created a workplace that allows people to take risks, find mischief, have a voice, speak up, out, call it and never be afraid to be challenged.

We’re on the lookout to expand our team a little. If bandstand feels like the right fit, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re looking for an experienced Creative Services Manager to join our team for a fixed term contract (maternity cover) in an exciting integrated agency in Soho. We have a diverse portfolio of clients including luxury goods, film, real estate, travel, retail, charity, property and public sector. Our studio delivers everything from brand strategy to print collateral, moving image and photographic assets to digital and social campaigns. No day is the same.

A bit about us.

We’re an independent full-service agency who are curious, fearless, honest and passionate – with a large dose of fun and mischief thrown in.

bandstanders hail from all parts of the creative industry; from big brand consultancies to brand owners, advertising agencies to pure digital shops and everything in-between, which allows us to see things differently; it allows us to question everything, positively.

It means we’re at home working with clients on business and brand strategy, through to design and visual identity, ads, social campaigns, web builds and moving image in-house – as one slightly dysfunctional family.

We’re not sector-based; it keeps things interesting and broadens our horizons. In essence we create simple, bold work, that works.

Culture-first is everything to us – and we all look out for one another when needed. We like working with people who care, because we really care about the work we produce and will do everything it takes to get the best work out the door.

Now You…

The Creative Services Manager will manage workflow, resource and elements of production in our busy multi-disciplinary studio, working with the Senior Management Team to ensure consistent and excellent delivery of projects across all platforms.

You will drive agency process, always looking ahead and ensuring that we meet deadlines, to help produce outstanding work within budget.

You will have in-depth knowledge of workflow systems and will have no qualms championing this within the studio. Excellent project management skills are a must, as is the ability to be calm under pressure. This role is a linchpin within the studio team; the ability to problem solve, to know when to be flexible (and when not to be), and to keep a sense of humour at all times is essential.

You’re passionate, organised, flexible with the drive and energy to help drive this busy agency.

You will have previous agency experience, where you will have demonstrated an ability to manage workflow and resource effectively and will be as comfortable working on digital projects as you are print.

The role includes:

  • Being the guardian of time within the studio team – making sure the teams are working on the work they are supposed to be working on, juggling workload if a new request comes in, being aware of the impact of pulling resource from one project to another
  • Ensuring all briefs are accurate, approved and briefed in to the creative department prior to work starting
  • Agreeing resource and talent on projects for each brief, working with client services and creative leads to do so
  • Creating and maintaining a workflow structure across all departments account management, creative, digital and artwork
  • Reviewing and driving the daily work schedules of the studio
  • Ensuring work is delivered to the set deadline
  • Compiling and updating creative resource schedules regularly
  • Aiding the client services team on achieving milestones
  • Being proactive and aware of project changes across the studio taking action if necessary
  • Working with the client services team on forward planning on projects
  • Keeping all departments informed about project status. Flagging any potential issues early
  • Being solution orientated
  • Ensuring quality control of all work produced
  • Liaising with and negotiate third party availability and rates (illustrators, photographers et al)
  • Booking freelance requirements
  • Ensuring approval of all work internally before going to client
  • Reviewing in advance any holiday clashes for deadlines, kick offs, workshops etc. and bringing in necessary resource or managing workflow to ensure Business As Usual is not affected.

Third Parties

  • Freelance management: liaising with direct contacts to book them in for pre-approved jobs. Only using recruiters where necessary
  • Meeting suppliers
  • Tracking the booking, and keeping log of all costs, sharing with Directors and Account Team on a weekly basis
  • Approving timesheets
  • Quotes for photographers/illustrators/promo items/sourcing

General studio management and admin

  • Using our online system ‘People HR’ to record absences and work with ‘Heads of Dept’ on approving holidays
  • Assist with general office administration as and when needed

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Efficient verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven track record in a studio/traffic manager role in a creative agency
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Advanced knowledge of studio management
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to meet deadlines in a stressful environment
  • Motivating a team with a wide variety of skill sets
  • Have meticulous attention to detail and possess problem-solving skills
  • Extensive knowledge of an integrated agency. Digital and print workflow
  • Art Buying experience
  • Print Buying experience

Please submit your CV and Covering Letter with your application to frances@bandstand.co.uk to be considered.

Strictly no recruitment agencies please.

The role This is a great opportunity for an experienced Senior Artworker to join an exciting integrated agency in central London. We have a diverse portfolio of clients including luxury goods, film, travel, retail, charity, property and public sector. About you You will have a minimum of seven years’ experience, be dependable, well organised and a personality in our lively and busy studio. You will have the ability to quality-control work, have an eye for typography, layout, imagery and production. You will be confident advising colleagues and clients in production techniques, print process and project sign-off. Applicants should have good time management skills, strong attention to detail, an ability to retain information and a solid understanding of production processes and digital technologies. Accomplished InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop skills are essential. Skills and experience

  • In-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong understanding of typography and typesetting
  • Proactive approach to project development
  • Adaptability to a range of tasks
  • Passion for your work
  • Ability to advise on timings and follow schedules
  • Great listening skills for understanding both verbal and written briefs
  • Good communicative skills with all parties to enable smooth workflow
  • Ability to build and retain relationships with suppliers
  • Enthusiasm within the studio life at bandstand

Essential

  • Minimum seven years’ experience
  • Excellent eye for detail

What we offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits including 25 days holiday (TBA on candidate and experience)

Sound like you? Then email paddy@bandstand.co.uk with your CV and a covering letter stating salary expectations. Please include Senior Artworker in the reference line. Strictly no recruitment agencies please.

We’re looking for an exceptional Senior Hybrid Creative to join us in our exciting integrated agency in Soho. We’re looking for someone who is a storyteller at heart. A pure blend of design and art direction, prose and flair.

First, a bit about us.

We’re an independent full-service agency who are curious, fearless, honest and passionate – with a large dose of fun and mischief thrown in.

bandstanders hail from all parts of the creative industry; from big brand consultancies to brand owners, advertising agencies to pure digital shops and everything in-between, which allows us to see things differently; it allows us to question everything, positively.

It means we’re at home working with clients on business and brand strategy, through to design and visual identities, ads, social campaigns, web builds and moving image in-house – as one slightly dysfunctional family.

We’re not sector-based; it keeps things interesting and broadens our horizons. In essence we create simple, bold work, that works. We have a diverse portfolio of clients including luxury goods, film, travel, retail, charity, property and public sector.

Culture-first is everything to us – and we all look out for one another when needed.

Now You…

Role requirements:

  • You’ll need to respond to varied briefs and deliver highly engaging creative work across a variety of disciplines, from branding to ad campaigns, websites to brochures, films to photoshoots.
  • Lead on projects, taking your ideas from concept right through to execution.
  • Develop strong relationships with clients and lead them through all stages of the creative process, educating them on why your proposed creative hits their brief and supports their objectives strategically.
  • Bring your idea to life visualy through mood-boards, scamps, storyboards, or any other means you know will work best.
  • Work collaboratively with our team of hybrid creatives to bring your ideas to life, or be required to use your own initiative and work independently.
  • Lead photoshoots / film shoots for your own campaigns.
  • Make creative decisions and communicate with authority.
  • Be a Senior member of a fast-paced creative team, a real team player.
  • Be a generous mentor, and help nurture the talent and creativity from our creative team. Communication, emotional intelligence and openness are key.
  • Push and elevate bandstand’s creative output at all times.
  • Help our account teams scope ideas and work proactively to manage your own time and deadlines
  • Have the ability to smoothly slip over to other roles to cover absence or help pick up the slack (from production bits to an eye for art direction to occasional strategic thinking to underpin creative decisions) is often required to keep the machine running smoothly.
  • Have a good understanding of basic Microsoft programmes, Google Docs and Keynote is required.

You:

  • Are a true hybrid creative – A hands-on conceptual creative with a great eye and a big sprinkle of flair. You’ll have years of experience developing creative concepts to directing film shoots under your belt.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of art-direction, design, layout and typography. You can conceptualise and visualise to an excellent standard.
  • Are highly skilled in Adobe Creative Suite and Sketch, with a focus on InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Have years of experience working on a variety of briefs in a fast-paced agency setting.
  • Are enthusiastic, always eager to learn and unafraid to do things differently, with strong organisation skills.
  • Are a strategic thinker and creative storyteller. A problen solver who thrives on cracking a client’s brief.
  • Will have excellent attention to detail and have very high standards.
  • A strong and persuasive presenter. You relish the opportunity to present the ‘big idea’ – and you’re not afraid to push back when needed.
  • Willing to step outside of your comfort zone and “the norm” and give basically anything a bash.
  • A keen collaborator, you’ll thrive when working with our team of hybrids, providing leadership and guidance when needed.
  • Want to help share your knowledge with juniors in the team and provide direction on their projects as well as your own.
  • Confident and able to take creative ownership of an account or group of accounts.
  • Used to working on multiple clients at any one time.
  • Culturally aware, with your finger on the pulse of new work and an interest in the advertising industry.
  • Informed of clever campaigns and keen to share the best in working practices with our team.

Must haves:

  • A broad portfolio of work that demonstrates your true hybrid talent.
  • At least 8 years’ agency experience.
  • You’ll have experience in bringing your ideas or scripts to life. So, exposure to being on set is essential.

Nice to haves:

  • Experience working in After Effects would be a real bonus.
  • Experience working for property clients, as we have a few.

In return:
bandstand promotes a ‘People First’ philosophy and reward staff’s hard work with a whole host of soft benefits and company away days as well as a competitive salary package.
If any of this tickles your fancy, and you think the above sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

Please apply with a cover letter, your portfolio and CV to james@bandstand.co.uk and nik@bandstand.co.uk and tom@bandstand.co.uk.

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