Become a ‘make-it-happen maestro’ at Lovers
About the opportunity
We’re ready to welcome a kind, organised, exuberant collaborator into our full-time studio team: a ‘make-it-happen maestro’ to help bring the next wave of Lovers projects to life. We’ll help you blossom as an admired, reliable, mid-level creative producer, collaborating across a spectrum of brand communication projects. You’ll be on the front line of project action, spanning brand identities, campaigns, photo shoots and other creative assignments with super-interesting clients like Greenpeace, My/Mochi Ice Cream and Alexandra Palace.
Lovers is an exceptional, independent creative studio, built in a very unique way to help brands sing. We have a small, passionate full-time team at our heart (working every day) surrounded by an inspiring orchestra of playmates, called in for projects based on whose tail the brief wags. Working diligently in our supportive, guiding environment, this role is about working cleverly with your teammates to bring diverse projects to life. Your job is to work under the guidance of our Head of Production to research, organise, plan, schedule, budget and manifest project outcomes using the rules and tools we’ve developed. Your progress will rely on really great communication, initiative and effort. Your secret weapon will be your smile, keeping clients and collaborators feeling energised each day.
This is a special invitation for an ambitious person who wants to grow their collaborative powers, connections and project management skills, far beyond past experience. You’ll be shown the inner workings and methodology of our model and business, invited to help propel it bravely forwards. You’ll be relied upon as a key Lovers representative, somebody our collaborators and clients genuinely enjoy working with.
Between creative projects for clients, you’ll also help curate extracurricular initiatives, including our culture, Lovers get-togethers, and company initiatives. You’ll actively recruit new members into the group as well. Above all, you’ll learn how to collaborate fairly and effectively. Something remarkably few creative companies are focused on properly teaching.
The role in detail
As creative producer it’s your job to support your studio teammates in figuring out solutions to our projects, helping to organise collaborations, diaries, budgets, calls, briefings and other operational strands.
Our varied projects will immerse you in diverse and fascinating subjects. So far we’ve delved into theatre, art, dance, sex, death, film, finance, food, education, music, child protection and environmental justice. This is always changing and growing, and you’ll actively help identify and win our next round of projects too. Our work is multidisciplinary, so you may find yourself helping to produce brand identity systems, tone of voice, campaigns, adverts, printed books, digital tools, spatial elements like signage and way finding, and more.
Many project tasks will become your sole responsibility, but you’ll always be surrounded by our experienced team, including Head of Production Lisa, Founder & Creative Director Alex, and others — all friendly, nurturing people who want you to succeed.
You’ll have direct contact with clients and responsibility for helping them feel super-confident in you, Lovers, and the work we’re delivering.
Here’s a list of specific things you’ll need to perform well in this role:
— Positive, Idealistic outlook. We use this every single day.
— Determination. We work hard, then go home usually on time.
— Perceptiveness. Noticing things, more keenly than most.
— Foresight. Thinking ahead to help projects run smoothly.
— Interrogating briefs. Digesting and unpacking challenges.
— Scoping projects. Forming ideas about how you want projects to run.
— Identifying collaborators. Figuring out who to bring on board.
— Brilliant briefing. Instructing your colleagues clearly and fairly.
— Bringing the best out of people. Help people do their best work.
— Building proposals. Designing and writing killer presentations.
— Making friends. Constantly, with clients, with collaborators.
— Communicating. Speaking and writing warmly and clearly.
— Professionalism. Being on point, on time, on budget.
— Pro-active Instinct. We’re often inventing and improvising.
— Cultural awareness. We’re sensitive to the world around us.
— Strategic interest. Strategy is something that interests you.
Here are some strands of experience you’ll need to draw and build upon:
— Organising project work. You’ve helped run projects on time, on budget.
— Briefing collaborators. You’ve instructed and involved people in your work before.
— Thinking for yourself. You’re got confidence as a self-starter.
— Explaining clearly. You’ve developed a knack for bringing clarity to situations.
— Multidisciplinary working. You’ve at least dipped your toe beyond a single discipline.
— Persuading people. You’ve had experience making people feel convinced by you.
— Navigating feedback. You can listen carefully, negotiating the best path forwards.
— Commissioning assets. For example; design, photography, illustrations, sound, film.
— Running shoots. Organising creative production ‘in the room’ where necessary.
We’ve deliberately written this job description to make sure it’s not asking you to ‘be’ any particular type of person, so if you feel you could do the job (or learn to do it) then please consider applying, whoever you are. Lovers is a place for all talented creative people, regardless of background. Here are some traits you might recognise in yourself:
What really gets you out of bed in the morning is a natural excitement to get on with the creative projects you’re working on, so you can progress them to specialness. Blending great people skills with strong organisational ability, you want to deliver results. You’re especially interested in empowering other people to do their best work too. You’re a sensitive noticer of all kinds of details in fact, and how things come across.
You’re a thoughtful person who puts effort into collaborating fairly and intelligently with those around you, something you want to get better and better at. People like working with you. You love to learn and grow. You enjoy trying to achieve new things, breaking new ground.
You’ve focused on organising and managing projects for a while and you’re ready to take that skillset to the next level, turning yourself into a flexible, reliable creative producer. You want to be somewhere you can be supported to achieve amazing results for amazing clients. You’d also love to help a great company grow, learning how to help a creative business blossom. You’re ready to be challenged and to contribute meaningfully.
We’re a group of designers and creatives who want to work on projects that feel good, for organisations we respect. We want our industry to do less harm to the people in it and to the world around it, so we’re on a mission to build a new and different creative supergroup model and methodology geared towards making thoughtful, effortful creative work that feels great. This model combines a small central team with a diverse and inspiring collective of individuals with an array of talents, interests and personalities.
The work we make at Lovers is all about helping brands express themselves with great thought and effort, so they stand out and people love them. Our output is ultimately about identity, messaging and communication, with a twin emphasis on great ideas and great craft. We only help organisations we want to see thrive.
So far we’ve rebranded Alexandra Palace, the Royal Court theatre, Green Man Festival and other culture shapers. We’ve made award-winning animations for the NSPCC and TV commercials for Badoo and My/Mochi Ice Cream. We’ve designed international Greenpeace campaigns. We’ve designed social media campaigns for Nike. We’ve grown our collective from a handful to a few dozen brilliant people.
There’s not really an aesthetic style at Lovers, but there is a consistent ‘energy’ to the work. It’s hard to define but we think it’s something to do with ingredients like playful creative thinking, deep belief in creative processes, a reluctance to be dull, an appetite to engage people’s emotions and use words in interesting ways, and a loving care and attention towards craft details, with the occasional theatrical touch. We want you to add to this Lovers ‘way’, evolving and defining it with us.
Our studio is based in Haggerston, however, we are encouraging remote working currently and will be reviewing this quarterly in 2022.