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Creative Project Manager

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Looking for an organised, thorough, good attention to detail, proactive PM.

An excellent long term contracting opportunity, that offers a friendly relaxed studio environment with interesting global projects on! 

Print projects (note, they’re rarely actually printed): brochures, factsheets, infographics, adverts, white papers, event stands/signage, creative concepting etc

Video projects: event filming, animations, product demos, pieces-to-camera, interviews etc. The full spectrum

Digital projects: landing pages, digital banners, social media assets etc

Reports to: 
Client Services Manager 

Position Summary: 
The Project Manager is a member of the Client Services team within Global Creative Services. Global Creative Services operates as the in-house marketing agency to all the business Units—Legal, Financial and Risk, Tax and Accounting, Global Growth Organization and Corporate Enterprise. 

The Project Manager leads the client relationship within Global Creative Services and is responsible for intake, scheduling and management of all tactical projects for a given set of clients. They manage the efficient and effective implementation of marcom plan tactics by ensuring that objectives, strategies and tactics are sound and align with both the clients’ desired outcomes and Global Creative Services’ capabilities. The Project Manager must have the ability to distill client input for print, web and video initiatives into coherent, actionable language – usually in the form of a Creative Brief – for client approval and Creative Team assignments. They initiate the assignment of creative resources (in partnership with Creative Leads), develop schedules and manage all tactical aspects of project workflow. 

The Project Manager works with significant autonomy and independence and is expected to stay current with B2B marcom best practices. 

Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities: 
• Provides project leadership by acting as day-to-day client and Global Creative Services team contact for projects 
• Monitors and reports on client retainers and advises Program Manager of any concerns 
• Work directly with financial manager to manage client resource usages 
• Negotiates positive outcomes that ensure long-term business success for our clients and Global Creative Services 
• Awareness and knowledge of brand standards and escalates issues 
• Helps client understand creative services process and navigates client communication to help them understand timelines and deliverables escalating challenges and concerns to Program Manager 
• Advocate for the client within Global Creative Services (GCS) and advocate for GCS to the client 
• Master of project and workflow: accountable for creation and management of timelines, budgets and project status setting the course for multiple tactics through the department in all mediums (print, digital, video, etc). Requires working within the department’s online project management tool, Workfront 
• Ability to lead meetings in a professional manner, set expectations and renegotiate terms and timelines while encouraging a positive, respectful, team-oriented environment. 
• Prepare meeting recaps and distribute to all attendees 
• Coordinates with Creative Team Leads to secure creative team assignments and confirm schedules meet needs of projects 
• Reviews and evaluates all projects at intake to assess: creative brief, project parameters and deliverables as well as identifying Blue Chip projects for escalation to GCS Creative Director. Partners with clients and Program Manager as needed to ensure completeness of brief for effective creative development. 
• Reviews and routes all creative reviews between client and creative teams, setting up, leading and facilitating discussions when additional feedback is needed 
• Advises on best practices for tactics in play in partnership with Program Manager 
• Responsible for all elements of project and client relationship management 
• Clear understanding of GCS capabilities to assess when projects require additional expertise or partnership or if external agency support is needed, work with creative teams to select and facilitate completion of project with agency partner. 

Key Relationships: 
• Peer members of the Global Creative Services organization including Designers, Writers, Photographers, Videographers, Animators, Production Specialists, Copy Edit and other Project Managers 
• Marketing and Communication Professionals at all levels across the Business Units 
• Senior level executives across the Business Units 
• Finance Manager 
• Directors and Executive Leadership in Global Creative Services and Global Brand Marketing 

Essential Skills/Experience Required: 
• Demonstrated experience in creating and leading cross-functional teams 
• Resilience in the face of adversity and an extremely strong work ethic, positive attitude 
• Ability to both take and give direction 
• Working understanding of print, digital and video workflow in an agency environment 
• Fluency in marketing communication objectives, strategies, tactics and terminology with ability to write, evaluate and/or interpret a creative brief 
• Deadline and detail oriented with demonstrated ability to deliver on commitments 
• Strong interpersonal communication skills – written and veral (able to communicate with clients at varying levels – i.e. Coordinator to Vice President) 
• Effectively uses personal influence with client and team 
• Conflict resolution skills 
• Ability to adjust and set priorities to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment 
• Action oriented independent thinker 

Desired Skills/Experience Required: 
• Ability to understand the bigger picture and the interrelationship of disparate parts, resulting in well thought out actions that meet objectives 
• Ability to apply previous learning to new situations 
• Ability to leverage and work effectively with diverse styles, skills and abilities and across cultures 
• Knowledge of project management tracking systems 
• Ability to delegate tasks, coach people, manage expectations and motivate a team, with a strong “can do” attitude 
• Ability to draft creative labor budget estimate proposals 

Education/ Certifications: 
• Degree in Marketing Communications or related field or minimum 4-6 years agency (or corporate/in-house) experience in Account or Project Management role. (required)

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