How would you describe your job?
In my general manager role, I’ll bring in new clients and generally oversee the growth the part of the company that works directly with brands (which is about 75% of the work Just So does). That can be everything from pitches, new business meetings, PR, through to developing strategy. Then I do client management as well, so there’ll be certain bigger client relationships where I’ll be really involved in that. Day to day, I’ll be looking after campaigns that are going out and getting those to the final stage.
I started off as a studio manager, which involved establishing and growing our post-production facilities from a couple of small external hard drives, to creating a more robust system that allowed us to tackle more projects. I helped build a solid post-production offering with a grading suite, and bringing clients into that environment. This naturally bled into creating client relationships with people from Skype and Microsoft.
If I was to categorise the job, I would call it a new business role, rather than, say, a creative, strategic or client services role. But because we are not a massive agency, it bleeds across into other areas. I very much get involved in all of the company; it’s quite entrepreneurial, and the environment is rewarding, creative and culturally rich.
What does a typical working day look like?
Our standard office hours are 9am to 6pm. Less and less time is now spent at my desk in front of a computer. A lot of it will be meetings, conversations with other members of the team, and generally discussing where we’re at with lots of things.
How did you land your current job?
I was recommended by someone from a previous company, who put me in touch. In that sense, it was down to making a good impression and using those relationships as springboards to move into other places. I think building a career is very much about the impression you make within each role you work in.
It was a very small company when I joined, I think I was maybe the sixth person on the team. It was very different to how it is now. When you’re a small business looking to bring people into a team, attitude, energy and enthusiasm are some of the most important things you look for in people – also, wanting to make a difference and really caring about it. There are no egos, politics or tensions here. Working in a company like that has been really important to me.