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Are you digitalented? We need a Digital Account Manager

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 in People

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We’re on the lookout for a new Digital Account Manager. To fit the bill you’ll need 3-5 years relevant agency experience of handling multiple digital projects and the ability to liaise with clients, designers, developers and suppliers. In essence, we’re looking for that rare beast, the digital all-rounder. Someone with a solid grasp of digital strategy and creative solutions, an up-to-date understanding of the digital marketplace and technology, good workflow and budget management skills, an ability to formulate and present digital projects and excellent people skills to keep our expanding roster of clients (and our talented bunch of digital designers and developers) happy. But if you’ve got the relevant experience, you’ll already know the score! To apply and find out more contact Maria Vardy at

Full job spec available on request.

Digital freelancers required

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 in People

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We are looking for new shiny digital freelancers. If you are a web designer, UX designer, web developer, programmer, flash designer, flash developer, animator or just a general web technologist and have a fantastic portfolio of work to demonstrate this, then we’d like to hear from you. Ideally you live fairly locally and can make a decent cup of tea!

Only fantastically talented and happy people should apply.

Triple win at Cream Yorkshire Awards

Posted: November 18th, 2010 in Awards, News, People, Work

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We are delighted to announce we won no less than three awards at the recent Cream Yorkshire Awards 2010 event held at The Mint in Leeds last week. Our TV ad for Yorkshire Water featuring Yorkshire’s two thriftiest grannies, Edna and Mary, won a Commendation in the Broadcast category, our modern British retro brand refresh for Little Chef won an Award in the Corporate Identity category, and our Made Magazine showcasing Sheffield’s culture, business, sport and food for Creative Sheffield won a Commendation in the Publications and Annual Reports category.

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The things you agree to after one too many drinks!

Posted: October 11th, 2010 in News, Out and about, People

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Chris and Anthony, the two survivors

After months of exhaustive training (or is that just exhausted training?) myself and good friend Chris survived the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 10K Challenge (although the Nottingham course was actually 12km!!!).

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Coffee, cupcakes, cute puppies and a worthy charity

Posted: October 11th, 2010 in News, People

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Awesome cupcakes!

On Friday 24 September, despite it being a dull autumnal day in Sheffield, ‘Family Iris’ and our clients were having a great Friday morning!  It was, of course, the date of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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We’re hiring

Posted: July 21st, 2010 in News, People

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Please note this position has now been filled.

We’re looking to recruit a new senior creative. This is an excellent opportunity for someone brilliant to lead our creative team. You will have more than four years experience, with a portfolio full of great ideas for branding and campaign projects.

You must enjoy talking about your work, working with junior staff and be driven to create outstanding work in different mediums.

Shiny new Iris people

Posted: June 18th, 2010 in News, People

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We’ve strengthened our team with some new people in the last couple of months and they’re already fitting in nicely. Let’s take a closer look at them…

First up, Fran Kay our new Senior Account Manager. Fran comes to us from a design agency in Nottingham, where she worked on brands like E.ON, Hanson and BT. Before that Fran worked client-side and got to see a bit of the world, presenting to clients in America, Hong Kong, China, Europe etc. She studied Sociology at Bristol University and also has a Professional Diploma in Marketing (CIM). After 6 years in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire-born Fran reckons it’s“reet good” to be back in God’s county: “I’ve already been told my accent’s getting stronger… and I’ve only been here 5 days!”. When she’s not working at Iris, she can often be found in a tent in a muddy field. A seasoned Glastonbury Festival goer, Fran tries to get to lots of gigs and even travelled to Berlin to see Kings of Leon last summer.

And then there’s, Ian Parr, our new web developer who says he is “just happy to be here!”. He says there’s nothing interesting to know about him but we beg to differ. Not only does Ian have a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and four years experience in design agencies as a web developer, plus ten years building for the web but in his spare time he’s also a director for a charity. Catch21 Productions, is a Westminster-based independent video-producer with the aim of increasing political engagement among young people. Ian is responsible for online content and distribution systems including the provision of online video. He’s already worked with the Independent newspaper, Parliament, and the Community Channel.

We’ve added a Boddy to our senior management team

Posted: April 6th, 2010 in News, People

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We are delighted to announce that we’ve brought in Martin Boddy as our Chairman to help develop our offer across a number of markets and take us into a new phase of growth and progression.

An expert in strategic marketing planning and a successful entrepreneur with a wealth of client-side and consultancy experience behind him, Martin says he relishes the challenge: ‘This is an exciting time for Iris.  They’re a great agency doing some great things and I will be focusing on how we maximize that to grow the business.  Our work with Little Chef, Yorkshire Water and Creative Sheffield are testament to the talent they have and I am here to help them build on these and take the business to the next level.’

Martin’s impressive career spans a range of senior marketing roles in financial services. Initially he worked for First Direct then went on to become Marketing Director for Guardian Direct and Global Head of Direct Marketing for the GRE Group where he helped steer the company to 3rd place in the direct insurance league table within the space of three years.

Martin switched to various consultancy engagements from 1996 in the UK and the Far East before founding Jaywing in 1999.  Prior to its acquisition by the Digital Marketing Group plc in 2007, Jaywing was the UK’s leading independent data services organisation, employing over 100 people and was named in the Sunday Times top companies to work for list.

He also has a number of marketing awards under his belt including the most coveted IPA Effectiveness in Advertising 5 star award.

We need a Senior Account Manager

Posted: March 23rd, 2010 in News, People

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Please note this position has now been filled.

Hey we’re on a roll over at Iris and looking to hire a Senior Account Manager to make us all work harder. Know anyone?

Reporting to the Client Services Director, this role will involve managing a number of key accounts/projects with valued clients, ensuring standards of design, proofing and general customer service and client satisfaction are exceeded.

Daily tasks will involve all communication with your clients, meeting attendance where necessary, delivery of clear briefs into studio/digital teams, providing client with due date for completion of work, ensuring said deadlines are met. You will also be responsible for all billing matters relating to your clients, whilst working with other account managers, providing monthly billing forecasts for your projects and generating new business where possible with existing clients.

We are looking for a professional and dedicated team member to slot into our existing team. The right candidate will also have a minimum of 5 years experience within this role.

Location – Sheffield

Pension, private healthcare and package dependent on experience

Please send your CV and covering letter to Amy Vardy –

Charity starts at home… or should that be work?

Posted: November 27th, 2009 in News, People


We’re game for a laugh at Iris, as you may have gathered, and all the boys at Iris were (initially) excited at the prospect of getting involved in this year’s Movember. That is, until they realised that actually meant growing and having a moustache (on their face!) for an entire month!

Not ones to be uncharitable, they roped a more game, slightly more gullible fellow to do the dirty work for them. Enter Michael Barker, top software tester at Applied Cytometry; our medical software specialist client over in Dinnington but also loving (and rather spruce) fiancée of our very own Stephanie, Project Manager extraordinaire.

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