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Retail Project Manager

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Aquent's client, an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products, is seeking a Creative Producer for a 6–month assignment.
Pay: Up to 59.41/hr. DOE

As a Creative Producer, you will provide strategic and executional leadership across our consumer marketing as an integral member of the Retail Marketing team. Your key responsibilities include overseeing the execution of global program initiatives and product launches across the creative group including resource allocation, merchandising strategy, brief alignment, timeline management, agency/vendor management, cross-functional representation and ultimately execution quality. You will also work collaboratively with cross-functional and regional teams in strategy alignment, go-to-market planning and execution across the various programs that span the calendar year. As a Creative Producer in the retail creative group, you’ll manage projects spread across our extensive portfolio of product launches. While small, this team plays a pivotal role in coordinating and keeping the various creative teams (2D, 3D, studio, photography etc.) aligned and on course to execute our program deliverables.

Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with Program Managers and the Creative Producers to plan projects, define milestones, assign resources, assess risks, and help projects meet business objectives, deadlines and budget requirements. Manage projects through strategy alignment, briefing, design development and execution cross-channel by coordinating work across Programs, Product Marketing, Interactive Design team, Creative Studio and Production.
- Partner with internal procurement teams to issue and manage agency agreements, including authoring Statement of Work for all projects involving external agency partnerships. Work closely with internal creative teams and agency partners to deliver exceptional creative work - showing a keen eye for great design and a focus on brand integrity.
- Partner with Producer/Creative teams to plan and project quarterly budgets and ensure funding and spend are on track to meet budget expectations, flagging any over/under spend trends to upper management.
- Identify team needs with regards to process, tools, documentation, asset management, etc., and implement or drive required.
- Partner with regional and central teams to obtain retailer requirements for various campaign deliverables (fixture specs, 2D graphic specs, sell-in timings etc.) to aid design development and production logistics and provide clear communication to cross-functional team leads and senior management regarding project status, resource requirements, issues, and priorities. Proactively identify risks, prioritize them, and create plans to resolve in a timely manner.

Minimum qualifications:
- BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
- 8 years of experience managing the design and creative development of integrated marketing programs
- Able to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven, and tech work environment in often uncertain and ambiguous circumstances.
- Ability to balance working in a creatively driven organization, with an analytical and disciplined approach to marketing.

Nice to Have:
- Experience in retail
- Exceptional people management skills - team focus in a high paced environment with a proven ability to proactively establish rapport, credibility and influence, and drive results throughout a highly matrixed organization.
- Resourceful, adaptable, creative, and results-oriented with a positive attitude.
- Self-motivated, flexible individual with strong communication and leadership skills. Demonstrated portfolio of superlative written and verbal skills as well as strong presentation skills

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