Method in hunt for top-level staff to bolster London arm

US-based digital design group Method is seeking a managing director, creative director and two user-experience designers for its London office, which is expanding and relocating.

Founded a year ago, the London studio is struggling to fill the roles, says Method chief engagement officer Dean Crutchfield. ’We’re turning work away because we can’t find the right talent, and are looking in the US as well as here,’ he says.

’We are hoping to recruit a creative – or even an executive creative – director with a classic design background,’ says Crutchfield, ’but we are also struggling to find user-experience designers. You need a classic designer to hold a team together.’

Currently employing 13 people to work across accounts which include the BBC, Vodafone, FTSE and RTÉ, Method is poised to move from its home in the Truman Brewery in east London’s Brick Lane to Hoxton Square.

’We wanted to ramp the London office up fast, but things are different here,’ says Crutchfield. ’The US is very results-oriented, but you have to earn your stripes in London and show respect for your competition. We would welcome competition, because if we can find it, we can also find the talent.’

Method aims to employ 40 people in London by 2012, and is also planning to open an office in Asia.

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