BEAR Nibbles

Creative Manager

Based: London
Level: Director, Senior
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 30 March 2018
Twitter: @bearnibbles
Job Listing Added: 14 February 2018

We are BEAR. We’re an ambitious young company determined to take a big bite out of bad snacking habits. Grrr. We make pure fruit snacks with no added nonsense that make being healthy a little bit easier and a whole lot tastier.

We started out making our tasty pure fruit yoyos, and now also make tasty pure fruit ‘paws’ for babies and toddlers, and crunchy ‘Alphabites’ cereal with no refined sugar or salt. We also make Urban Fruit, gently baked fruit to eat on the go, for the 25-45 year olds who run around leading busy lives but who find eating a juicy mango on the bus home a bit of a challenge.

Since we launched 6 years ago, we’ve grown quickly and we are currently sold in all the UK’s supermarkets and grrreat stores across the UK. Now we are taking BEAR around the world and have really ambitious plans for our international growth across Europe, the Middle East and beyond. We are a growing team of 48 people, mostly based in our Cave down by the river on the Southbank, London.

What makes us different?

• We keep things simple – this means only using real ingredients and absolutely no sulphites, concentrates, preservatives, added sugar or added salt.
• We work directly with all our farmers, meaning we can guarantee the quality and production standards of our snacks are the very highest. We pick ripe fruit when it’s perfectly in season, and bake it at low temperatures to make sure you hang on to the good bits.
• Brand is at the heart of everything we do, and we have a lot of fun along the way.

These values are what we are actively looking for in every person who wants to come and work here:

  1. Brave – trust your gut, don’t be afraid to change your mind if it’s the right thing to do, dust yourself off if things go wrong, have faith in others, and say what needs to be said respectfully.
  2. Entrepreneurial – keeping going until you find a way, think differently to challenge the norm, negotiate for the best deal, do your due diligence but don’t overkill the detail.
  3. Ambitious – come with solutions whenever you can, inspire others, keep foraging for ways to improve & embrace feedback, set stretching targets.
  4. Real – get results through positive relationships, know yourself, listen to & respect other opinions, help others grow with constructive feedback.

We’re looking for a brilliant creative thinker to come and join the team here at BEAR and Urban Fruit. Someone who’s brave, challenging, and who cares passionately about what we’re trying to achieve, and can lead and inspire others. We want someone who really challenges the way that we think, and who also loves to design too- we’re a small team and we’ll need you to roll your sleeves up and get involved as part of this. You will manage a grrreat team of 4 designers who are passionate, talented and looking to be challenged.

Here are the most important things we’re looking for from you:

• 5-7 years of experience working in-house or agency side with brave, simple and impactful work.
• Conceptual thinking - you are ideas focussed and centred around the strength of a concept behind a project, rather than just how it’s delivered.
• Spark, passion and bravery – you are passionate and the very best at what you do, constantly looking at ways to push boundaries, move the brands forward, and do things differently.
• People focussed, with a track record of bringing out the best in others as their manager.
• Flexible and open – you are able to take and give feedback constructively, working other views into your thinking whilst still holding a strong view.
• The ability to work under time pressure.
• Able to be autonomous in working through creative ideas and narrow down to best options.
• Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign literate

A couple of things that are not essential but would be nice to have:

• Copywriting skills
• Illustration skills, as we do quite a bit of illustrated content which we create ourselves.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing company and to shape who we are, how we look, and what we say. 

We create a huge amount in-house, across a wide variety of creative platforms that span across packaging, print, digital, Kids TV, events, in-store marketing and press. It’s possible your role will also involve illustration and writing copy, depending on your skills and experience. You’ll be working across both our brands (BEAR and Urban Fruit) so you’ll need to adopt a flexible design style. Occasionally you will also partner with agencies, particularly to input at the creative brainstorm stage.

This is the senior role in our design team, with 4 direct reports. You will report into Georgia who heads up our marketing team and work closely with the wider marketing team.

Salary: Flexible depending on individual experience.

How to Apply

To apply please send a CV and a creative application to [email protected] or if you prefer to go by pigeon post:
Jobs at BEAR
BEAR, The Big Cave,
Deepest Darkest Woods,
4-8 Emerson Street,
London SE1 9DU