At Beyond The Book we help our clients recruit high calibre people to join their Creative and Production teams. Every company has a need for branding and marketing, where creative collateral is needed to establish the brand, raise awareness and sell products and/or services. Some companies will outsource the creative, others will produce the creative in-house. For those that outsource, they will either use freelance or an agency. Agencies vary in what they offer. They can be full-service, or ‘integrated’ or specialise in what they offer, such as branding, or digital. Beyond The Book can help businesses skill up to cater for the whole life creative lifecycle, from concept generation to production. Skill sets include Art Directors, Copywriters, Graphic Designers, Artworkers, 3D Visualisers, Film Makers, Editors, Artworkers, Digital Designers and Front End Developers. We also help businesses with the people who ensure the process runs seamlessly, such as Studio Managers and Production Managers.
Creative Communications Designer
£28,000 - £45,000
I am looking for a talented Middleweight or Senior Graphic Designer who is totally happy using PowerPoint as their main design tool to produce highly creative presentations. This specialist design role sits within the Design Communications team and requires a strong sense of visual design, clean layout, strong typography skills, and the ability to think conceptually to source that killer image. This full-time, permanent role can be office based in Birmingham or remote for those based in the UK and offering a salary of £28-45k, depending on experience.The Company Our client is an amazing creative agency with offices in the US and a UK office in central Birmingham. They are a transatlantic team of around 30. Their talent and innovation drive them to work with exciting global brands, delivering insight, brand strategy, planning, social, digital, and cutting edge creative and marketing communications. They are very passionate about the brands they work with and are currently looking for a Creative Comms Designer to join their growing Design Communications team.The Role As Creative Communications Designer, you will report to the Communications Design Director and work alongside the CEO and strategy team to deliver the agency's most important visual communications for clients, including pitches, high-level strategy work and major internal presentations. You will transform powerful narratives, strategic vision and data through strong visual storytelling and engaging design layouts. You will be part of a collaborative creative environment, attending briefing and scheduling meetings, also acting as brand guardian, and taking the lead on improving quality on all visual communication templates. You will work within different visual and brand stylesAbout YouYou are a highly creative Graphic Designer with strong flair for editorial, design layout and infographics. You consider yourself a conceptual thinker who can come up with image-led ideas quickly to help tell a story. You love collaborating in a creative environment and can confidently discuss ideas and design development with your senior colleagues. You are experienced in designing for a variety of visual and brand styles and are passionate about producing high quality work.Software Skills:Strong working knowledge of PowerPoint - essentialStrong working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of core design tools -Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator (After Effects - a bonus)Get in touch If you feel this role sounds perfect for you, please send your CV and portfolio ASAP. If you don't have your CV to hand right now, please send me a note expressing your interest in the first instance and we can go from there!
Digital Advertising Designer/Artworker
£25,000 - £33,000
This leading integrated agency, based in beautiful offices in Milton Keynes, is looking for a Digital Advertising Designer / Artworker to join their busy creative studio. They work with clients who are household brand names on creatively driven work that wins awards, and due to increased client growth, they need a new creative in their digital creative team to work on all their digital artwork campaigns across web banners, emailers and digital communication. The agency will be doing a blend of working onsite/remotely. Their offices are a very short walk from Old Wolverton train station in Milton Keynes, which is commutable from Bedford, Northampton, Bicester, Luton, Hertford and Aylesbury. This is a permanent role and comes with a salary of £25-33k (DOE).The RoleYour main responsibility is for the production and creation of banners and emails; working with the wider design team, you will be taking static PhotoShop and Adobe XD designs from the design team and producing moving digital web banners and emailers.You will be confident in using HTML5 and CSS to convert these static designs using Adobe Animate and Google Web Designer to ensure that the production of these is fully responsive and mobile friendly.The software and skills needed in this role:HTML5 and CSSAdobe CS SuiteAdobe AnimateGoogle Web DesignerSketch / Adobe XDEmail standards and best practices using tools such as Dreamweaver etc to enable creating Eshots via the likes of Mailchimp, Adap and LitmusUI Design/ Digital design across both desktop and mobileResponsibilities in the role include:Banner & Email creationAsset creation & preparation using Adobe CC SuiteCreating digital creative artwork across multiple touchpoints, with the odd occasion working on offline creative artwork in busy periods within the teamProviding accurate timing estimate on your work and providing quality assuranceIf you have worked either within a creative agency or an in-house creative team where you have been creating digital artwork and design, making animated banners, and have been involved with hand-coding emailers, but you are searching for a new opportunity to grow with an agency that offers great progression, amazing benefits and top-level, award-winning creative work, then please do get in touch with your portfolio and CV as soon as you can!
Royal Leamington Spa
£25,000 - £35,000
This growing design agency based in the heart of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire works with some fantastic brands, and due to continued growth, they are now looking for an Animator who can work in 2D and 3D animation (mixed media animator) to join their talented creative team. This agency works on a wide range of digital work from animation, motion graphics, websites, videography, 3D design, banners, and pretty much any digital content you can think of! This role is offering part remote and part office-based from their creative studio in Leamington, so good flexibility is given. This is a permanent role offering a salary of £25000 to £35000pa. There are good train links and the agency is commutable from Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Coventry, Solihull, Rugby and Birmingham.The RoleWhilst the bulk of this role is creating animations in both 2D and 3D (and possibly some stop motion animation), you will ideally have a wider digital skillset that you can put to good use, whether that be across designing for websites, sound and video editing; perhaps you are able to dabble with front end development too and like to continue to learn new software and like pushing boundaries.Our client is open to the level of experience that someone may have, so if you are a talented junior, or are more experienced, it is truly not about how much experience you have, but about the skills that you have under your belt and the creativity you can demonstrate with your portfolio of work.Skills required for the role:2D and 3D animation - with the ability to use 3D software such as Blender, Maya and 3D StudioMax.Experience with different types of animation, for example, key-framing, speed graphs, easing, animating on 2's, etcStrong knowledge of After EffectsGood working knowledge of Adobe CS SuiteStrong video editing skills, with some knowledge of sound editingSource your own assets (music, sfx, stock photos, videos and vectors)Ideally, some knowledge of HMTL and CSS, even if at beginner levelAbout YouYou enjoy collaborating with a team, but also have the confidence to work under your own steam, and at times, are happy to take direction. You pride yourself on being adaptable and enjoy learning new skills and software and are curious about all things digital.You have strong communication skills, enjoying having direct access and taking briefs from clients. You take pride in your work and are conceptually strong.If you want to work in an agency where you will have a lot of variety in what you are doing, work with a talented team who work with some fantastic clients, then do get in touch with your CV and portfolio.
Senior UX Designer
£45,000 - £52,000
This small digital agency, based in the centre of Birmingham, is going great guns and growing rapidly! They work with large clients on multiple large projects that affect the user journeys of millions of customers and design world-class user experiences from end to end. They are all about innovation and work closely with their clients to bring digital and physical experiences together. They are now looking for an experienced Senior UX Designer, or Senior Product Designer, to join their talented team. Whilst their offices are based in central Birmingham, there will be mostly remote working, which would work well for anyone West Midlands, East Midlands, Gloucestershire or Warwickshire based. This is a permanent role with a salary of £45-52k (DOE).The RoleThis digital agency loves to hire people who are able to push boundaries, working very closely with multiple stakeholders in a business to get to the heart of understanding what the customer needs to do and to ensure that the user experience is at the heart of every project, which involves user journeys that can affect up to 12 million customers.You have been a UX or Product Designer for a few years and are very comfortable in conducting discovery workshops where you are teasing out information from stakeholders; you're able to confidently interrogate where needed to ensure that the research findings and the discovery phase is thorough and accurate.You will have direct responsibility for key projects in key clients, where you will audit digital experience across both the physical and digital space. You can take the findings from the workshops and translate them into customer journey maps and be able to explain this back to stakeholders.You will then concept and develop wireframes right through to high fidelity prototypes and then take these prototypes through to testing phase with users in order to validate (often at speed), based on the feedback given.You will get the opportunity to work on both mobile and app journeys (iOS / Android, and React Native), so it's important that you can demonstrate the ability to work across both sides.About YouYou aren't scared to question a stakeholder; you have an inquisitive mind that can be open to new ways of working, equally being able to suggest different ways of doing things and keeping up with the latest technology (they currently use Figma).You may have started out as a UI Designer and moved into UX design and still have a strong appreciation and ability to look at the aesthetic as well as the user journey.You enjoy conducting workshops and can present to up to 20 stakeholders, being able to lead the room. You can deal with multiple projects at any one time, being able to deal with projects at pace.You are commercially-minded and can spot an opportunity. You work well collaboratively, but equally are able to lead a project under your own steam. You ideally have worked within an agency, or if in-house, you have worked on multiple projects at any one time.You use the art of storytelling in your portfolio to display your understanding of the challenges and solutions of the product/service/brand you have created.You may have other design strings to your bow; perhaps you have previously worked in 3D or motion, branding or visual design - this agency is keen to ensure that they develop you and use your talents in the solutions that they provide to their clients.If you want to be part of a growing digital agency that is going places and works with some leading brands where your ideas will be listened to, then don't delay in sending your CV and portfolio for consideration, or call me to chat it through further!
Creative and Marketing Recruitment Coordinator
£competitive and DOE
We are a specialist recruitment consultancy working within the Creative, Marketing and Digital Industry. We are based in a beautiful countryside setting, just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, with free parking on-site and a very flexible approach to the working week. We believe that we’ve created a relaxed, enjoyable and autonomous culture that makes working at Beyond The Book a different experience. Our values are centred around integrity, quality, being experts in our field, and creating meaningful, long-term, relationships with candidates and clients. As such we have built a team of like-minded and motivated people. The whole team has a passion for delivering fantastic results to our clients and genuinely helping to further the careers of Creative and Marketing professionals, across the UK. This new role has been designed to help support our two Freelance consultants, and the wider business, in the areas of candidate management, database and website management, admin and marketing. You could be at any stage in your career and ideally have some exposure to the Marketing and Creative industry, or recruitment, but this isn’t essential for the right individual. The Role To work with the Creative team to build and maintain efficient communication channels and administrative processes with candidates and clients, and with a specific focus on Freelance, includingManaging inbound inquiries and some initial fact-finding conversations with freelancersWorking with the freelance team to engage with freelancers for contract availabilityHelping to manage the onboarding and booking processes for freelancers and clientsHelping to maintain all compliance standards and efficient administrative processesAssisting the Freelance team with the sourcing of freelance talent through online channels To work flexibly with the BTB Support team to undertake a range of administrative, marketing and online tasks, as required, including:Administration and continuous improvement of the BTB website and CRM recruitment databaseCreating Social and Marketing graphical content with Sketch (no previous experience needed)Editing/Proofreading of BTB published contentOther on and offline tasks relating to the recruitment process To continually communicate with the BTB Recruitment consultants, and the wider BTB team, in order to share progress and support others, with roles, candidates and clients, and to help foster a learning culture at Beyond The BookYour skills and qualities: A natural people person with a genuine desire to use your strong relationship building skills You are genuinely proactive in the roles you have had; a self-starter, goal orientated, and with high levels of motivationStrong verbal communication skills, both on the phone and face to faceA high level of literacy, and thorough, with very good attention to detailCompetent use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPointComfortable with learning and using a range of new online platforms, such as databases and other software/toolsProven ability to help plan and work on multiple projects at the same timeSolution focussed with the ability to solve problems creatively and quickly A strong team player - not just a cliché - you truly understand (and enjoy!) the benefit of teamwork and behave and communicate accordinglyStrives to continuously improve and happy to work on areas of personal development Naturally bright, inquisitive, positive, and fun!Own transport – business premises not on public transport routeThe Package:£ Competitive and dependant on experienceFlexible working Free parking onsite and easily accessible locationBreakfast, fruit, and snacks providedA genuinely relaxed and friendly work environment This is a role with loads of potential for career and personal development in a small but smart recruitment company. If you would love to be part of a growing business that is looking to change the perception of the recruitment industry, then please apply now or call Adam to chat it through!
£competitive with uncapped bonus & flexible working
We are a specialist recruitment consultancy working within the Creative, Marketing and Digital Industry. We are based in a beautiful countryside setting just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, with free parking on site and a very flexible approach to the working week. We believe that we have created a relaxed, enjoyable and autonomous culture that makes working at Beyond The Book a different experience from the majority of other recruiters. Our values are centred around integrity, quality, being experts in our field, and creating meaningful, long-term, relationships with candidates and clients. As such, we have built a team of like-minded and motivated consultants, who have a real understanding of the sectors they lead. All our consultants have a passion for delivering fantastic results to our clients and genuinely helping to further the careers of Creative and Marketing professionals, across the UK. A Beyond The Book Recruitment Consultant If you are currently working in a Creative or Marketing related discipline (non-recruitment) and love working with people or have significant experience in recruitment for this industry, and could do with a refreshing change, then we would love to have a chat. You may have some perceptions around what working for a recruitment company is like, especially through direct experience over your career to date. We can’t speak for other recruiters but here are a few potential fears, addressed: “Recruitment is all about targets and I’m not sure I want to be in sales” Our focus at BTB is very different. Of course, our business needs to earn income, but we 100% believe that if we make smart choices, take a long-term approach to all that we do, and service our client’s requirements with fantastic people, not CVs, then the income follows. And it does. “Don’t recruiters have to work every evening?” We are very targeted and discerning in our candidate search and this ensures we have fewer but deeper conversations with candidates. Sometimes you need to talk to people out of work hours, but we balance this by having a very flexible approach towards the working week. “I can already hear people saying, “why have you jumped to the dark side?”, and I really want to be proud of my career choice” For people who currently work in the industry itself, you will find the way our consultants' work is strongly aligned to your experience. Recruitment must be about business strategy, marketing, content, account management and relationship building, and as such the switch to recruitment isn’t as big as you’d think! Day to day responsibilities will include: Proactively building your brand and marketing yourself and your sector Building your network of advocates and future candidates within your sector through memorable experiencesRunning complete recruitment campaigns, from brief to placement, to include:o Face to face client briefingso Creating interesting and compelling job copy to deploy across multiple channelso Candidate management from initial telephone contact, through to internal interviews, interview prep and placement negotiationo All client contact throughout the candidate search, to placementWorking with existing clients, building relationships, and ensuring our high service standards are always delivered, with exceptional end to end recruitment solutionsIdentifying and acting on all opportunities to develop relationships with existing clientsCreating business opportunities by networking and making connections with new companiesDeveloping a deep knowledge of current and potential clients, and the industry we serveGenerating content to be deployed through social media and email, to include written, video and podcast contentYour skills and qualities:A natural people person with strong relationship building skills and a genuine desire to build relationshipsA self-starter with high levels of motivation and goal orientatedA proven ability to work on multiple projects at the same timeSomeone who values planning and can think strategicallyA good level of business acumen with a commercial outlook that underpins day to day decisionsSolution focussed with the ability to solve problems creatively and quickly A strong team player - not just a cliché - you truly understand (and enjoy!) the benefit of teamwork and behave and communicate accordinglyStrives to continuously improve and happy to work on areas of personal development An inquisitive, positive, outgoing personality and a good sense of humourMust have own transportThe Package: Competitive salary, including uncapped bonus Very flexible working Company iPhone and laptopFree parking on site and easily accessible location If you would love to be part of a growing business that is looking to change the perception of the recruitment industry, then please apply now or call Adam to chat it through further!!
Senior Brand Strategist
£competitive and DOE
Are you a Brand Strategist, with strong experience informing design thinking, strategy and innovation? If job security and working with leading brands, UK and globally, is what you are looking for then this is worth a read! We are helping a very successful and reputable agency, with offices across the UK and internationally, add to their strategy team, with a Senior Brand Strategist. The role is new, and due to growth, will focus on retail and FMCG brands to help them better connect with their customers. The role comes with a competitive salary and range of benefits and will be located in central London with a flexible working arrangement if needed.Our ClientOur client is a rapidly growing brand design consultancy with a network of 18 offices and 500+ employees worldwide across Europe and the US. Their client base is international, so be ready to visit one of their other offices or take a longer client trip to Moscow, Switzerland, or South Africa even. They are at the forefront of design thinking and sustainability with specialties across pack design, structural/3D design, innovation and strategy and proprietary tools that allow them to assess and make recommendations before the design process begins.Their people and culture are upbeat and energetic, who work closely together to foster a positive and rewarding culture.The RoleYou will work with the Director of Strategy & Innovation to hone your strategy skills, understand their tools and provide creative inspiration for their Designers; working alongside Client and Design Directors day to day to translate client briefs, ask the right questions, maintain excellence and grow client relationshipsYou'll develop exceptional brand, design strategy and insight, in collaboration with the Strategy Director, designing research methodologies, source market and consumer insight, develop hypotheses and create robust strategy proposals for approval. Specifically:Lead brand, design and research, insight project proposals, timelines and costsManage junior members of the team and be hands-on to conduct desk research to understand consumer and category landscape, work through data to understand trends, opportunities, threats, identify established and emergent verbal/visual languages.Identify, define and build strategic solutions to client briefs - from internal meetings through to design reviews, client presentations all the way to delivery of final design.Lead by example, set the standard for research design and moderation, workshops, ideation, product and brand proposition creationEnsure the Strategy Team works to best practiceGrowing in confidence to become the strategy voice at Design and Client creative reviewsEffectively manage your own time against each project, escalating risk when requiredPro-actively assisting the team, contributing to studio inspiration and design eventsAbout YouWe're looking for a strategist with research and innovation experience who has worked with consumer brands and has a 'can-do', bright and collaborative personality. Your drive for excellence will help their clients shine by identifying relevant insights and providing a strategic story to get to great design that shapes their business. Specifically, we are looking for someone with:Great research methodology knowledgeRobust understanding of innovation, brand strategy and namingCreative and analytical thinker, with strong attention to detailEstablished presentation and moderations skillsAbility to work under pressureMS Office and Keynote capability5-10 years' experience across brand, design, research agencies, in strategy rolesStakeholder management and conflict resolutionWide research methodology knowledgeUnderstanding of innovation processA degree or equivalent, in Marketing, Education, Design, Psychology or related behavioral fieldThis role comes with a competitive salary, 25 days annual leave (+ UK public holidays and the opportunity to buy 5 more days holiday after your first year), closed over Christmas to New Year, pension scheme, health insurance, office membership to the Tate and VA, friendly faces and kind people that make you feel welcome and support you, exposure to a range of clients, categories, countries (Europe of course but they also work with clients in China and Africa), potential to take your knowledge and experience to the next level by learning and honing new strategy skills and tools, the comfort of a strategy team to bounce ideas of off, the excitement of working with new people on different challenges to expand your mind and develop your thinking, ability to cross over into brand and design thinking if you come from an innovation or research agency. What's not to like!To apply for the role of Senior Brand Strategist, please send your CV to me as soon as you can!
Senior Digital Art Director/Designer
£40,000 - £50,000
More details to follow, but for now and top line, we are helping our client employ a new Senior Digital Art Director/Designer. Our client is an integrated agency, with offices in Cheltenham, London and Carlisle, and this role sits within the Cheltenham team, although flexible working is offered to split the week between home and office if required. You'll enjoy taking the lead on integrated campaigns that are predominantly multi-channel digital, across social, email, web, film (don't worry - you don't need motion skills, there is resource for that!). I am looking for someone with a strong agency background, and a portfolio of beautifully crafted work, showcasing concept and craft. You'll fit right in if you have little ego, a great team attitude, enjoy working with clients and come with the usual software skills, plus XD.Get in touch with mefor more info!
Senior Graphic Designer
I am looking for a Senior Graphic Designer with a minimum of 7 years' agency experience, to fill a new position within a thriving B2B digital creative agency. You'll be part of a collaborative creative team working across campaigns and marketing communications for global brands. The job is full-time and permanent, on a part-remote basis (minimum 3 days a week at the UK hub in Milton Keynes) and comes with a competitive salary. This role is commutable from Northampton, Leicester, Coventry, Oxford, Banbury, Bedford, Luton, Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead.The Company Our client is a global digital marketing agency based in Milton Keynes. Fluent in modern demand generation, their team brings energy and ideas to every stage of the marketing process, helping clients to grow by building strong connections with new and existing audiences through innovative digital marketing. The office culture is relaxed, collaborative and supportive - this is a company where ideas are encouraged and supported.The Role As Senior Graphic Designer, you will report to the Creative Director and work closely with other Graphic Designers, Copywriters, Video, Media and Front-End Developers. You will formulate ideas and design effective solutions for campaigns, digital and print assets, so lots of variety! Some of your work will involve creative artwork within precise guidelines, therefore your ability to get under the skin of our client's brand is essential. You will also attend client visits and calls to discuss briefs. You will not be frightened to challenge briefs and ideas in a constructive way to find the right creative solution.About You Good ideation and conceptual skillsA minimum of 5 years of agency experienceConfident working within client brand guidelinesExcellent knowledge of the Adobe Creative SuiteBe a mentor to younger members of the design teamStrong awareness of project timings and deadlines with the ability to meet themExcellent project management skillsStrong communicatorHave a real passion for the latest design trendsExcellent attention to detailExperience in creating global campaignsGet in touch If you feel your skills and career aspirations fit well with this role, please send your CV and portfolio as soon as you can. If you don't have your CV to hand right now, please send us a note expressing your interest and we can go from there!
Design Director (Shopper Activation)
Are you an agency Senior Graphic Designer with a portfolio full of shopper activation projects? Are you ready for a change or a step up? We want to offer you an opportunity that provides job security, a clear career path, and the chance to nurture and develop one key account and its various brands. What's not to love about that! The role comes with a competitive salary, depending on experience, and whilst the agency is based in Birmingham, they can look at part remote, with a day on client site near London. So, if you like a bit of variety in your week, then this could suit you really well.Our client is a leading FMCG creative agency, that houses a highly talented team who really know their stuff when it comes to brand strategy, brand comms and shopper marketing. The various creative teams look after their own clients, with the Associate and Creative Directors looking after a group of accounts. In the role of Design Director, you will look after a key account and its various brands. There is a clear career path in front of a Design Director, so if you want to grow and grow, then this client can offer just that. They are based in Birmingham, with client offices across the UK and internationally. The Design Director role is empowered to spend time on the client site.The RoleWe are looking to find a candidate who can bring their wealth of shopper and activation experience to a team of 6 Designers and one client. You will spend your time taking the design lead across various brands, within one company. It's a shopper activation account, employing omnichannel communication strategies to engage consumers in both the digital and physical environment. You will develop a great relationship with your client, and direct the design across your design team of 6. You will also support the creative direction of the account, working with your client to push boundaries and do new things! It's not a hands-on design role, but all your design experience will bring a ton of value to the success of the team.About YouYou will bring with you a solid agency background and significant time spent in shopper activationYou consider yourself charming, persuasive, influential and a passionate creativeYou will have people management experience, and love developing othersYou love keeping on top of trends and pushing boundariesYour portfolio will contain plenty of activation work, both on and offlineIf this is talking to you, please send your CV and portfolio (if it's not up to date, don't worry - we can work on that!), to us asap.