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Creative Producer

Job Added: 09 July 2019
Applications Close: 16 August 2019
Level: Mid-Weight, Junior
Contract: Full Time
Based: London
Salary: Undisclosed
Website: lovers.co
Twitter: @oh_lovers

Help the next wave of projects come to life at Lovers

About the opportunity

We’re ready to welcome a kind, organised, exuberant collaborator into our full-time studio team, to help shape the next chapter at Lovers. You’ll be nurtured to become an admirable, reliable creative producer versed in modern creative collaboration, developing head-turning, smile-raising outcomes across diverse projects with super-interesting clients like Greenpeace, Google, English National Ballet and the Museum of Sex. You’ll also help find our next clients.

Lovers is a new creative model driven by collective creative power. Working diligently in our supportive, guiding environment, this role is about learning how to help your studio teammates bring diverse projects to life, resulting in everything from rebrands to films, books, websites, campaigns and more. Your job is to help us 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.

This is a special invitation for an ambitious person who wants to grow their collaborative powers, connections and creative leadership skills, far beyond past experience. You’ll be shown the inner workings and methodology of our model and business, asked also to help propel it bravely forwards. As your creative producer muscles strengthen, you’ll become 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 play space, Pillow Talk, Lovers get-togethers, and experimental clothing label DreamJams. 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

The work we make at Lovers is all about helping brands express themselves with great thought and effort, across a range of outcomes. Our output is ultimately about identity, message and feeling, with a twin emphasis on great ideas and great craft. We only help organisations we want to see thrive.

You’ll join our small, passionate central team, sharing responsibility for leading and orchestrating the wider Lovers collective. 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, phone 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, 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 lead producer and creative director — friendly, nurturing people who want you to succeed.

You’ll have direct contact with clients and responsibility for helping clients 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 some 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.

About you

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 project(s) you’re working on, so you can progress them to specialness. Mixing playful, lateral thinking with high design standards, you care deeply about how things look, sound, feel. But you’re especially interested in empowering other people to do their best work. You’re a sensitive noticer of all kinds of details in fact, and how things come across.

Rather than try to do everything yourself, you’re excited to involve others in your projects and you like making new friends. You’re a thoughtful person, that 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.

About Lovers

We’re a rising generation 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.

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 video art for the V&A, as well as films for Google. We’re developing a new tone of voice for Tate. We’ve created video art for a show at the V&A. We’ve designed international Greenpeace campaigns. We’ve grown our collective from a handful to a few dozen brilliant people spread across London and New York.

Our work is what happens when super-talented, motivated people work together on projects they care about. 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.

How to apply

Only direct applications will be considered, strictly no agents thank you. Please send your CV, portfolio (PDF or URL), a short note introducing yourself and salary expectations to [email protected] - although a portfolio is traditionally something a designer might have, rather than a creative producer, we’re specifically interested to see outcomes from the projects you’ve been involved with to-date. If a visual portfolio is not representative of your past experience, please provide written descriptions for two projects you worked on, detailing the challenge, role you played and the outcomes.