Jody Latham

Freelance Studio and Traffic Manager

  • LocationSutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

About me


Highly experienced freelance Studio and Traffic manager with over 15 years both agency and client-side running single and multiple teams across the UK. Passionate and highly organised with a calm head for workflow and team management alike; particularly focussed on delivering projects on time and on budget through quality briefing, brief analysis, client understanding and clearly defined client objectives, expectations and outcomes. Approach is entrepreneurial, refreshing and delivered with a strong yet amiable manner getting the job done through close collaboration and team work that crosses departments and seniority levels not just the one team. Particular interest and in-depth proven experience in team leadership, stakeholder management, workflow systems, process development and project management alongside key operational functions such as financial reporting and freelance monitoring and rate negotiation. Recommendations available on my Linkedin profile, link below.



  • Account Management
  • Client Services
  • Project Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Customer Service
  • Team Management
  • Traffic and Workflow
  • Team Collaboration
  • Brief Interrogation
  • Traffic Live
  • Brief Analysis
  • Brief Design Team
  • Traffic Coordination
  • Brief Taking

Work history


Freelance Studio & Traffic Manager


Sep 2015


Operations Manager


Apr 2014 - Aug 2015
  • Onsite for one of OLIVER’s largest clients, KPMG as part of the Senior Management Team. Responsible for all operational duties and tasks across a 70+ team including financial control, reporting and delivery. Responsible for all regional teams including full-time and contract staff recruitment and rate negotiation, appraisal and performance monitoring. Built and delivered monthly Management Information Packs for both OLIVER and KPMG. Agency and freelance database control, relationship and rate negotiation. High level project management. Led the implementation of TrafficLIVE across OLIVER accounts.


Creative Services Manager


Apr 2011 - May 2014
  • Installed and developed a new onsite studio at Barclaycard. Played a lead role in the on and off-site senior management teams for Communisis. Lead the team and traffic workflow, working closely with clients, account managers and creatives Lead on studio development projects, working in collaboration with a wide range of client and company stakeholders. Responsible for diagnosis of client requirements ?and developing creative solutions that move them effectively to the desired result. Lead role in the proposal, selection and installation of a bespoke workflow management system. Developed and produced monthly management information reporting Other responsibilities including recruitment, team management, status meetings, brief taking and interrogation, process development, financial tracking, budgeting, purchasing, client and supplier management, MI reporting.


Regional Studio Manager

Tribal Group

Nov 2008 - Mar 2011
  • Responsible for the management and leadership of Tribal's six Studio's including operations, resource planning & procurement, trafficking, system development, project management, supplier management, branding & identity guardianship. Successful process mapping, improvement and implementation. Ongoing management of agency operating procedures across 6 U.K. based studios and 1 lead creative team, raising standards, reducing errors and increasing profitability. Led in the review and consolidation of studios from 6 to 2 creating a more cost efficient and effective service saving £350k whilst maintaining continuity of service and increased quality of output. Built and recruited to a consolidated team, implemented IT and workflow processes. Developed and implemented a bespoke electronic management/booking system to increase efficiencies, profitability and deliver robust reporting to the business adding £75,000 revenue. Development of the creative resource across the business from people to services and network solutions. Managed the procurement process and implementation of external digital and print partners.


Studio Manager

Local Government

Nov 2001 - Oct 2008
  • Responsible for leading and managing a small in-house design and prepress team. Recruited to, and restructured a new studio team. Led on Infrastructure evaluation and set-up including budgeting, purchasing and supplier management. Developed and installed studio processes and procedures. Responsible for production and scheduling procedures across the service. Installed Heidelberg Computer-to-plate prepress technology, removing old chemical film processes. Other responsibilities included team management, freelance Database unkeep, brief taking and interrogation, brand guardianship, trafficking workflow, prepress, creative input and quality control.