Culture / 01.12.22 / 4 min read

Become our next inspiring Associate Creative Director

Permanent role, full-time or by negotiation. Salary £60-70k depending on experience.

Bristol office, but with a hybrid policy to suit your role and your life.

This a hugely important role, where you’ll be working alongside the Creative Director (me) and the other Associate Creative Director in driving our creative standards ever upwards.

We are brand experts, so you’ll be bringing some really compelling experience in brand identity creation from influential agencies, along with the ideas to create arresting marketing and internal comms campaigns.

Want to work in a place that thrives on challenging the ordinary, with a rewards package unseen in our sector? Read on…

Become our next inspiring Associate Creative Director

We’re Mr B & Friends. An award winning independent agency with a national reputation for brand expertise. We’re looking to fast forward and what’s gone before just won’t get us there. This role is prominent, client-facing and influential in driving forward the ambitions of the agency. 

Here’s what you’ll bring to the role:

Big brand thinking. You have experience leading teams and working with strategists in creating disruptive, distinctive brand identities and campaigns. You can amply demonstrate how you turn strategy into a singular, compelling and creative story. You have a clear process for taking an idea from a standing start to a polished conclusion, and know how to bring clients along the way.

You know people, and how to bring them on side. You are a persuasive presenter, and enjoy building the trust and respect of your clients and colleagues. You know what good looks like, and have strong rationales and structured processes to help sell your ideas. Managing people is part of your day-to-day, and you can demonstrate how you’ve helped develop the skills and careers of those you’ve coached and mentored.

You drive the ideas. Your background is in influential brand identity agencies, and you know how to make a brand work across multiple channels, from motion to social and digital. You’re at ease art directing designers and external suppliers, and are accustomed to being the ideas person in the room.

You’re hands on, happy to roll your sleeves up, and will be keen to develop further.

You’re an agency voice You are an agency spokesperson, with thoughts and ideas you want to share with the wider world. You don’t shy away from writing an article or standing at a podium, and you take a keen interest in making friends amongst clients and the wider creative community. You’re experienced at line managing others, nurturing their careers and guiding their development.

You understand the commercial imperative. You know how an agency makes money and how business works, and are smart at balancing the best creative outcomes with commercial realities.

All about us

Mr B & Friends is a Bristol-based agency with a global perspective – many of our people forged their careers in London and overseas agencies, and our clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to worldwide brands. We are sector agnostic, working equally across B2B and B2C, and have a particular focus on brand identity, marketing and internal communications. If you really want to ‘get’ our culture, then you have to understand our brand positioning – Challenge the ordinary. It’s the lens we apply to everything we do.

With a full-time staff of c.34 people, we’re well placed to handle large, complex projects entirely in-house, while still feeling like the energised, supportive team we’ve been from the start.

The ‘Friends’ in our name isn’t spin. We look after our people – many have been with us for five or more years (and there’s loyalty bonuses that go along with that).

If it’s glory you’re after, then we win awards too, including the likes of The Drum and the Transform Awards. But really, it’s a bi-product – our focus is building great relationships with clients who come to us for exciting and effective work.

We also have a great Employee Benefits scheme called The Friends Pact. There are an additional 27 employee benefits outside of salary, holiday and pension on offer. We have flexible hours and a hybrid policy where you only need to commit to a couple of days a week in the office – obviously more if you prefer. We are also currently trialling a 4.5 day week, with half day off on Fridays.

If this role sounds like it could be yours, why not drop a note to me, Kate Gorringe, Creative Director, at

We’ll be conducting initial interviews by video, and second interviews in person at our Bristol office.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits of employment. We invite applicants to share pronouns, to ensure we address you appropriately.

Kate Gorringe

Executive Creative Director