Manchester-based creative agency, Shoot the Moon, has created two new senior roles, Operations Director and Head of Talent, to support expansion and strengthen the talent pool as the head count approaches 40.
Karey Wardhaugh, formerly of JWT, joins the business as Head of Talent to work on recruitment, retention, the long-term development of the team and wider development in agency capability.
Phil Marshall, Managing Director, said: “To maintain our high standards, as we scale the business, it’s vital that we invest in both new and existing talent and ensure solid foundations are in place to support development both in capability and capacity.
“I’m confident that Karey’s experience will help us develop the team in line with our growth strategy and ultimately create a team that will continue to support our wide range of clients as opportunities evolve.”
In addition to reviewing our learning & development plans, Karey has already helped the agency with two immediate hires to the social team and is currently sourcing talent to fill four further vacancies across the digital and photography departments.
As part of the recent restructure, Kieran Edwards will take up the role of Operations Director after almost three years with the business. He will be responsible for developing the agency’s capabilities; looking at additional services and strengthening the current offering. The newly created role will also see Kieran manage the company’s new business and marketing as they look to secure new opportunities amidst the planning of a second studio.
Kieran commented: “With our plans for growth, new services, new studios and team development, it’s an exciting and challenging time. I’m looking forward to realising our plan with the team, and expanding into new territories.”
The move comes as part of a re-structure that sees Shoot the Moon, that celebrates 21 years in Manchester this year, prepare for further growth, including the launch of a second studio expanding reach across the M62 corridor.
Phil added: “The restructure and imminent recruitment will ensure that, whilst we make these exciting changes to the agency, we are not distracted from looking after our existing clients and will continually look for more ways to add value.”