Sophie Williams

Chief Operating Officer

  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsProducer - Project Manager - Chief Operating Officer
  • Andrei Croitor
  • Francis Lane
  • Sheridan Seraphin
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About me

Before becoming COO, I was a Creative Producer, specialising in stills and video shoots - accustomed to working with a variety of budgets sizes, and tight turn arounds to create extremely high quality work that surpasses client expectations and engages consumers. I advocate for POC and feminist work in all I do.

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Skills

  • Advertising
  • Digital Media
  • Events
  • Digital Content
  • Budgeting
  • Pre Production
  • Problem Solving
  • Producing
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Social Meda
  • Time Scheduling
  • Social Media Content Creation
  • Advertising Shoots
  • Stills Production
  • Video Production
  • Operational Management
  • Finance Management
  • Growth

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  • Wunderman UK

    Wunderman UK

    • Advertising
  • M&C Saatchi

    M&C Saatchi

    • Advertising
  • Cult LDN

    Cult LDN

    • Advertising
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    Reel Nice

    Work history

    Currently

    Co-Founder

    Culture Heroes

    Jan 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Launching soon! Culture Heroes is a UK based non-profit initiative that seeks to create more diversity in leadership across the creative industries - Co-Founded alongside two of the Founders from We Are Stripes. Our mission is to create and support the next generation of BAME leadership by engaging with talent with over 2 years of experience to help them unlock the next level in their careers. We aim to reduce churn and improve retention across the creative industries of Advertising, Design, Technology.

    Currently

    Chief Operating Officer

    Social Life

    Oct 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Responsible for agency development strategy, as well as ensuring Social Life offers the most rewarding experiences possible for our clients, our team, and the fandoms we work within. - Overseeing the process of hiring, retaining, developing and growing a team of the best social content creators in the world - Overseeing the legal incorporation of our California office - Social Life Media USA Inc. Setting up all infrastructure from bank accounts, payroll, hiring, contracts, legal compliance, and everything else needed to successfully incorporate Social Lifes US entity. - Owning the P&L of the UK and US incs, delivering a monthly top line, and quarterly in depth, reports to the board, making strategic recommendations. - Owning projections and pipelines for 12, 24 and 36 months. - Contributing to the Social Life business plan, and the strategic and developmental plans for the business - Developing and implementing all processes necessary for the smooth running of the business in the UK and US. - Managing and supporting the Head of Production, the Head of Studio, and all of their direct reports in the UK and US - Owning all invoicing - Managing a third party PR company - Managing a third party Accountant and Bookkeeper

    Currently

    Creative Producer

    Wunderman UK

    Jun 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Leading the production of all video and photography assets for Digital Ad campaigns, Brand Films, Facebook Canvas Ads, Internal films and interactive Data Visualisations. My key clients include: • Dyson • EY • United Airlines • Sensodyne • Pirinase • Legal and General • The Sunday Times Magazine • Wunderman UK I work closely with the Creative Teams to find the best approaches and solutions to bring their concepts to life by building and maintaining relationships with a range of production companies. I am responsible for scoping the production budget, gathering quotes and running recs. I work on the project from brief to scope, through to shooting. I then oversee the post process to the delivery of the final film. Once the final film is delivered and approved I work internally to use build out supporting assets such as social drivers, cut downs and trailers. I am happy working either directly with a client, or via an Accounts team. I am part of Wundermans Diversity and Inclusion initiative and am passionate about representation and diversity in the work that I produce.

    Currently

    Project Manager

    Cult LDN

    Jul 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Key clients including: Rimmel London (Global), Coty Inc (Global), Pan Macmillan - Picador Books (UK), The Big Issue Foundation (UK) Creating SOWs and timelines for key milestones and final delivery of each project I manage. Maintaining a project overview and bringing things in on time and in budget. Where necessary sourcing and engaging freelance team members or third party contractors. Managing resourcing across the agency, not only for the projects that I manage. Working very closely with the Programmes Director to put in place processes and systems for tracking hours and budgets including personally introducing Basecamp. Regularly taking on both a Producer and Account Manager role on under-staffed projects. Resource Management Daily and weekly allocation of in house and freelance design resource across the agency. Sourcing and securing of necessary freelance specialist assistance where necessary - but minimising the necessity. Culture Club Taking on the responsibility of being the chair of an internal group tasked with wellbeing and happiness within the agency. Leading fortnightly reporting sessions with Senior Management to address issues within the company and begin rewards initiatives. Forming Cult LDN's first charity partnership with The Big Issue Foundation.

    2015

    Creative Project Manager & Operation Co-ordinator

    M&C Saatchi

    Nov 2014 - Jun 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Key clients including:?Microsoft Mobile, John Lewis, Audible Creative Project Management Key targets: Maximising creative team workflow efficiency and output, streamlining the adoption of new creative processes across the business. Traffic Management for all Creative Team deliverables. Leading daily standing meetings with the Creative Team. Creating SOW’s and timelines for creative projects. Increasing transparency across all teams through the use of Basecamp and Smartsheet, allowing Accounts Teams to more easily manage client expectations. Instigating the first in a series of Creative Workshops, lead by the Lead Designer. Operations Co-ordination Key targets: Unifying processes across APAC, UK and South African offices, with emphasis on training and appraisals. Scheduling 2015's internal and external training programme for employees within set budget. Overhauling the bi-annual appraisal process across the UK, South Africa and APAC offices. Preparing successful awards entries. 3 MOMA Awards finalists, 1 MOMA Award winner - Most Effective Retail Campaign: John Lewis

    Education

    2008

    BA(Hons) Theatre and Performance

    University of Leeds

    Sep 2005 - May 2008
    • Leeds, United Kingdom