Do great work without the big city bullshit.
We’ve always been an agency that’s punched above its weight. With a background working for international B2B brands and large agencies, for twenty years we’ve been applying the same high standards to everything we do. We just happen to be based in Stoke on Trent.
That’s a real advantage for our team – it means they’re able to work with the same quality of clients and campaigns they might if they were in London or any other big city, but still strike a good work life balance.
So younger team members benefit from the opportunity to learn from experienced pros who’ve been there and won the weird award trophies.
And the experienced pros can maintain the same award- winning standards they’ve achieved elsewhere. Without the torturous hours spent in traffic or the privilege of monthly parking permits that cost as much as your car.
If that makes sense to you, let’s talk about opportunities to work together.
Read on to find out more about how we work.
If you’ve landed here to see our current vacancies, carry on scrolling to the end or click here.
Got spark? Apply for our summer internship
Our summer placement program is a unique chance to get under the skin of how big brands communicate to business audiences. You’ll be working alongside our experienced team to help develop a campaign, giving you first-hand experience of how an award-winning agency brings this to life from the planning and creative stages through to delivery.
- An introduction to, and experience in, multiple B2B marketing disciplines.
- Experience working on live projects for some of our flagship clients
- A range of training opportunities.
- Mentorship from experienced industry figures.
- Competitive salary: £1792.50 for the 4 week internship.
Culture eats oatcakes for breakfast
Or it would do if it worked here. A strong, positive culture underpins everything we do – airing opinions is encouraged regardless of your role, people are given the freedom to do their best work and support for training is open to all. Ultimately, if you’re enjoying your work then everyone’s a winner.
That’s complemented with regular social events factored into the working day, supporting our annual chosen charity and the occasional knees-up to mark big milestones or achievements.
We know a lot of agencies crow about their culture, but we’re one of only a few to have been awarded as one of Campaign’s Best Places to Work.
See what the team thinks
Feel free to get in touch with the team and have a chat about their experience of working at Lesniak Swann. Here’s a few of the team across our various disciplines.
PR Account Director
Dec 2020 – Present
A lot of agencies pay lip service to company culture, and after being burnt with a previous agency I was sceptical about LS because the culture claims sounded so similar. But I’m so glad I made the move – LS is one of the most supportive and nurturing places I’ve worked where everyone has a voice, and we have a lot of fun too!
March 2020 – Present
From my various roles in-house I know how frustrating it can be if agencies aren’t offering you that value beyond the work itself. It’s great to work at an agency where offering a constructive challenge to clients is actively encouraged and rewarded.
Senior Account Manager
August 2013 – Present
After starting with Lesniak Swann as an Apprentice nearly ten years ago, I’ve been able to develop my skills and really progress, firstly to Account Executive, then Account Manager and now Senior Account Manager. With the agency’s support I completed my City & Guilds, CIM Diploma, and Ritson’s mini MBA in Marketing amongst other training courses. I work across some of our major accounts such as Polypipe and Michelin, and enjoy the diversity of projects we work on.
July 2011 – Present
I’ve been with Lesniak Swann for nearly eleven years so something must be good about it! We get to flex our creative muscles on some big names. As the digital side of the industry is constantly changing, training to stay relevant is essential and support is always available. I have spent the last 3 years as a member of the Interaction Design Foundation gaining all kinds of UX and UI certifications along with training for motion graphics. Location is great for me as it’s a 30min bike ride in along the canal.
Flexible and Remote Working
We like to employ independent people with get-up-and-go, and this is reflected in the options
we offer both for flexible working (when you work) and remote working (where you work).
Flexibility – choice on when in the day you
complete your work
We’ve always had a flexible working policy – yes, even in the heady days before Covid. This means that people are able to come and go at different times, provided they’re available (within the standard office hours of 9 – 5.30) for occasions when clients need a meeting or phone call.
On most working days we like people to be around between approximately 10-4. Some like to start early and finish early, others prefer to start later (either due to school runs or an inability to get to sleep before 2am).
We’ve found over the years that people tend to keep a similar pattern so if you want to vary on an ad-hoc basis you just let people know. It’s important to stress that this is not asking – rather letting us know (we compare this to information you would give a flatmate).
Remote – choice on where you work
Again, since before Covid people have had the option to work from home. But since then this has become the norm.
We believe that it’s important that people spend some time together in the office, and for this reason everyone comes in on a Monday and the last Friday of the month.
Other than that we just ask that people within easy commuting distance spend around 50% of their time in the office. Some of us live further away and in those cases typically come into the office only for Mondays, last Fridays and the odd meeting.
Working from home also gives an additional level of flexibility that we want people to take advantage of. If you’ve sorted your work for the day early, by all means bask in the sun, mow the lawn or have a disco nap – we just ask that you’re contactable within office hours if anything urgent crops up.
We believe development is a virtuous circle – the more smart, skilled people we have, the happier they’ll be and the higher the quality of work we all produce.
For us development goes beyond the standard training courses (although we support everybody to gain a CIM or CIPR qualification). Regular book clubs, training events with external specialists and work showcases all help to make sure everybody is on top of the latest thinking.
Our recent reads have included Ogilvy on Advertising, Rory Sutherland’s Alchemy, A Beautiful Constraint and the latest; How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don’t Know by Byron Sharp. The next training event planned is Briefing Best Practice, with earlier events covering Project Management, the Power of PR, Insight, and Strategy: the S word.
We also provide a tailored, structured development path for all team members.
A selection of our key training providers
Book clubs on works from the latest trailblazers.
Our thought leadership events and workshops are always in demand.
We offer a package of rewards alongside the benefits covered above.
PR Senior Account Manager
Experienced PR pro looking to take on more responsibility? We’re after somebody to take the lead on a growing list of PR clients – take a look at the role here.
No suitable vacancies?
There aren’t always positions available, but we do keep a black book for future opportunities. So if you think you might be a good fit for our team, send your CV and a covering note to: firstname.lastname@example.org