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Vacancy – Studio Manager / Director (closed)

Kava is a vibrant business communications, marketing and design agency situated on the Cotswolds edge near Dursley in Gloucestershire with easy access to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Bristol and Bath. Our portfolio has global reach and we work across many industries including technology, retail, construction and public sector.

We’re looking for a Studio Manager or Director to manage our very busy studio (preferably from the end of May). It’s a key role at Kava as you will be a member of the leadership team which directs our strategy. You must be able to manage a team of creatives and developers to see through all our print and digital projects on time and within budget and to an exceptionally high standard; liaising with account leads, administration team members and managing director. You will also be liaising with our clients on a regular basis when leading design and production projects.

Skills and responsibilities:

  • Manage all studio operations making full use of project management and collaboration tools
  • Monitor budgets, studio time and talent resource
  • Manage the studio team which comprises our Creative Director, Digital Project Manager, Designer(s) and in-house or remote freelance contractors, setting daily priorities and effectively flexing resources
  • Support CPD for the studio team and the growth of the studio
  • Check briefs and review work internally
  • Curate image libraries and video, artwork and branding assets
  • Ensure files are stored and named according to protocols and timesheets are completed effectively
  • Manage procurement of print, large format production, subscriptions and tools and organise deliveries
  • Knowledge of design and digital development processes is essential
  • Familiarity with Adobe applications including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat and Microsoft Office applications including Powerpoint and Word, particularly for corporate branding purposes
  • General artworking, press preparation and simple website content updates using WordPress
  • Proof-reading skills an advantage
  • It goes without saying: extreme organisational skills and the ability to keep calm under pressure

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • 35-hour full-time working week (the role is currently full time but we are open to flexible working patterns)
  • 5.6 weeks annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Personal development scheme and training platform
  • Annual, discretionary profit-related bonus scheme based on our engagement programme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for cycle-to-work and tech products
  • Flexible start and finish times around core office hours
  • Beautiful rural surroundings, working in a converted barn with kitchen facilities and shower room
  • Free refreshments and fruit
  • Free secure car parking and cycle shelter

Closing date 3 April 2020. Please apply by email with your CV.