Assistant Creative Director

£45,000 - £55,000
2 years ago
Flexible Working, Hybrid Working, Manchester
Account Director

Job Description

What if you could create work at the cutting edge of culture for some of the biggest global brands in sport?

This is a chance to turn world-beating insight into visually stunning campaigns seen by millions. You will be part of a growing creative department at an independent agency that invests in talent and believes in big ideas. 

This is the perfect role for a culturally connected and ambitious creative looking for an exciting new challenge.

The Agency

We are the strategic sport and esports creative agency with a model that is unique in our industry. Fan Intelligence® is Ear to the Ground’s global network of 11,000 influential tastemakers and fans. They empower us with real-time insight into what fans want, which we use to create compelling work at the cutting edge of culture. 

As the agency that listens better than anyone, we leverage the intelligence of fan bases to solve our clients problems, make the most of their sport and entertainment sponsorships, and ultimately build brands that lead culture.

2021 was our fifth consecutive year of growth, we have long term partnerships with PlayStation, Sony, New Balance and Coca-Cola.

Our Culture 

Ear to the Ground is a place where people grow, develop and thrive. 

We are proudly independent, not part of a larger conglomerate. At our core, we understand the importance of culture in enabling you to do your best work. Progress is possible for everyone that joins us.

We reward ambition, invest in talent, and encourage you to forge your own path.Our commitment to listening is felt by our own people too; this is an agency where every voice is heard. Supportive, collaborative, social, and inspiring.

You will benefit from our ‘Work From Anywhere’ policy and we encourage applications from candidates anywhere in the UK. Our HQ is in Manchester, which you should expect to travel to at least once a month for meetings and events; but otherwise you have the flexibility to work wherever suits you best.

Job Purpose

The Assistant Creative Director will bring a mix of marketing expertise and inspirational creativity to help build on Ear to the Ground’s award-winning creative output.

Working alongside the Creative Director to provide additional support but also to lead creative solutions on stand-alone projects.

Main Responsibilities and Activities 

  • Contribute towards and bring to life the agency’s ambitious creative ideas by translating them into compelling integrated marketing campaigns
  • Be creative lead on projects with a cross-functional team of designers, copywriters, social media experts, photographers/videographers, and project managers to understand and deliver strategic and creative campaigns
  • Inspire, review and approve art and copy developed by the team, ensuring deliverables that hit clients’ marketing goals and challenges
  • Help develop a world class team of internal and external creative resources to ensure that our creative is brilliantly executed
  • Utilise Fan Intelligence to conduct internal and external creative workshops to collaboratively develop insight driven creative campaigns that hit client KPIs and fanbases will love
  • Present, or oversee presentation of final concepts, inspiring our clients to purchase
  • Be agency expert in creative market trends, visual communication, and the competitive landscape to inspire everyone in the agency to produce great creative

Skills & Experience 

We’re looking for:

  • Circa. 7 years of related experience with 4+ years of creative specialism in agency or freelance setting
  • 4+ years experience creating marketing/advertising campaigns from developing vision and the message platform to overseeing production on time and budget
  • Understanding and past experience creating integrated content across all marketing channels from digital, social media, paid media, mobile, but also understand offline, print and events
  • Proven experience with concept development
  • Highly skilled in bringing creative concepts to life, constructing a narrative and selling the idea
  • Strong creative vision with an understanding of business objectives
  • A good knowledge of the sports and gaming worlds, and a good cultural awareness of the Youth Market  


  • Private Medical with Vitality & Medical Cash Plan
  • Enhanced Paternity, Maternity & SPL Package
  • Mental Health Support inc free counselling
  • Personal Development Coach
  • Work from Anywhere policy

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