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Project Manager (Producer)

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Aquent Studios: Producer/PM

At Aquent Studios, the Producer/PM is responsible for successful creative delivery and project management of projects by managing project planning, participating in the creation of project estimates, developing timelines and budgets, and managing the successful execution of day-to-day activities on a diverse variety of projects across multiple geographies. Producer is responsible for translating client creative requests and ideas into project plans and deliverable for print, motion, or related digital content.

The Producer/PM works collaboratively with other Aquent Studios disciplines within a client-dedicated Creative Hub, including Design, Production, Copywriting, Motion Graphics and Program Management. The Producer is a key point of contact for client project teams, managing the team’s execution of all project deliverables to ensure that the solutions Aquent Studios delivers are on budget, on schedule, high quality and fulfill against strategic objectives and client requirements.

A Producer/PM at Aquent Studios must be an excellent communicator, an enthusiastic and proactive problem solver who works well in a team-oriented, collaborative environment and someone who thrives on being engaged at all levels of the project, possessing an extreme sense of ownership, responsibility and accountability to see a project through from start to finish.

Project Management
• Work directly with Program Manager and Senior Designer/Brand Manager (or Motion Graphics Designer & Copywriter when applicable) to understand project request, gather requirements, define objectives, deliverables and delivery dates, plan resources and develop a clear and actionable project plan
• Efficiently and effectively manage day-to-day problems, and communicating effectively in difficult and time sensitive situations. Understand when (and why) to escalate issues. Facilitate meetings, and ensure the team receives clear direction for next steps
• Have an understanding of Aquent Studios and Client specific operational management systems and tools (estimating, financial tracking, project timeline applications, etc.) adjusting the tools and resources a s required to effectively manage each project and ensure accurate reporting
• Deliver multiple, often concurrent projects: error free, on time or early, on or under budget, all while meetings or exceeding creative objectives and expectations
• Possess knowledge of quality assurance methodologies and ownership and management of Aquent Studios’ QA processes

Relationship Management
• Proven ability to motivate and create positive team environments
• Day-to-day client point-of-contact for all project related tasks, proactively setting and managing client expectations on an ongoing basis throughout a project
• Build strong working relationships with management and team within Aquent organization as well as the client organization, establishing a role as a trusted resource
• Serve as an advocate within Aquent Studios to leverage knowledge, resources, and global reach of the Aquent organization for the benefit of the client

Innovative Thinking
• Have a deep understanding of Client’s business and the industry in which they compete
• Comfortable supporting a high-velocity start up Client that prioritizes speed, responsiveness, quality and cost-effectiveness
• Contribute to internal work by supporting innovation and pursuing opportunities on behalf of Aquent Studios’ Client that go beyond the obvious or accepted minimum solution

Specific Requirements
• A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in a fast-paced agency environment managing multiple projects simultaneously, with a proven ability to use analytical, innovative and quick-on-your-feet thinking to deliver major projects on time and on budget
• Experience in multi-channel environment, ad agency, and/or PMI certification plus
• Experienced with oversight of third party relationships, including Photography, Video, and Localization providers as well as ongoing vendor management
• You will manage design and creative process ensuring that the team provides both high-quality and cost effective deliverables while upholding the client’s brand standards and acting as a brand steward
• Effective negotiation and problem solving skills required
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced creative environment
• A demonstrated track record of gaining trust and respect by consistently demonstrating sound critical thinking skills and maintain composure in stressful situations
• Knowledge of abilities and limitations of Adobe Creative Cloud applications

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