Operations Director

Creative Services £ 50,000 - £ 70,000 per year

A one in a million job. I don't got something like this very often because it's a unicorn job.*

Picture it: an up and coming independent creative agency. You're driving them to the next stage of their inevitable rise to world domination, whilst alongside you the glorious creative director and the highly professional client services director applaud you on your driving skills. By which I mean ability to keep the agency healthy, getting the top notch creative work out of the door and having a lovely time while you do so.

Still with me?

A one in a million job. I don't get something like this very often because it's a unicorn job.*

Picture it: an up and coming independent creative agency. You're driving them to the next stage of their inevitable rise to world domination, whilst alongside you the glorious creative director and the highly professional client services director applaud you on your driving skills. By which I mean ability to keep the agency healthy, getting the top notch creative work out of the door and having a lovely time while you do so.

Still with me?

Good.

So what's the situation?

I've got an independent creative agency who, as already described, are absolutely smashing it out of the park. They have won plenty of nice awards, they've got clients that not just your grandparents would know about, but that your cool teenage nieces and nephews are probably on the social media about right now, and most importantly they have an exceptional culture. When I say exceptional I mean the "if we build it they will come" type culture, where the theory is "If we look after our people properly, make sure they are happy, and support them and their work life balance, then naturally our work will be the best it can be and world domination will follow." Refreshing. Excellent. Nice.

Where they are at is that their current (and rather excellent) head of operations is leaving due to relatively extenuating circumstances and so they need someone to join the team. Not as a direct replacement, but as someone who can shape the next phase of their growth. We're talking evolution not revolution.

That means looking after their project management team to make sure the work is delivered on time and makes a profit. It means working with the resource manager to make sure that the agency isn't too stretched. It means being directly involved in hiring their talent, both directly and via recruiters like myself. Most of all it means making sure that their extremely well embedded culture stays as strong as it is now: your two main targets will be profitability, and the tangibly measured happiness in the office.

So who am I looking for?

We want somebody who is naturally collaborative, who can strike that golden balance of process (enough to support, not so much that the creatives drown in red tape), and can be the right hand person to the creative founder of the business. No need for words like "dynamic" or "driven" or "enthusiastic" - that's all standard practice. I'm talking ownership. I'm talking putting your stamp on it. I'm talking about a business you can be proud to be a part of.

Long story short if you want to be part of the next big deal - Karmarama before they were Accenture, BBH before they were massive, other agencies who I won't name, then this is the place to take a front seat and drive that beast on to sweet sweet victory.

*there may or may not be actual unicorns involved in this role.

Contact: Daniel Whitmore
 

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