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Sr. Project Manager

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• Client is seeking a confident, personable, energetic, highly organized Senior Project Manager with deep knowledge of the design process to join team. This position provides coordination, consolidation, and distribution of project/program information. Inputs, reviews and validates all required project and status data into PMO repository, tools, etc. Identifies project risks, reviews and obtains agreement with local stakeholders and monitors progress. The candidate will collaborate on the development and implementation of projects, help facilitate client & team meetings, create work plans & schedules, help craft and maintain project files.

Responsibilities
• Create the Project Plan(s), which includes a Project Scope Statement, Work Breakdown Structure, Schedule, Communication Plan and Risk Management Plan
• Track progress of the project(s), compare to original plan, work with team to take corrective action if the project is not tracking to plan and regularly communicate status to project stakeholders
• Actively execute the Project Plan(s) including managing project scope, completion of tasks, anticipating and managing project risks and ensuring a quality product is delivered to the internal client / project team’s satisfaction on time and within budget
• Close-out the project by delivering all agreed upon deliverables, conduct a Project Retrospective, document Lessons Learned and communicate them to the appropriate audience within organization(s)
• Uses industry and institutional knowledge to positively influence other team members and role model best practices within the organization
• Discuss and work with Chief Art Director to escalate to the appropriate project stakeholder any information related to: increase or decrease in workflow, and projected staffing needs
• Monitor Group bandwidth and maximize efficiency across team resources
• Special projects as assigned, including strategic research and travel

Requirements:
• Must be wildly creative and obsessively meticulous
• Possess strong command of OmniPlan, MS Excel, MS Project and familiarity with enterprise project management applications
• Must have excellent interpersonal skills
• Superior written and verbal communication
• Must work collaboratively to develop project solutions
• Quick, creative problem solver, self-motivated, and organized
• Some budgeting experience in Production a plus
• Basic knowledge of disciplines within a digital agency a strong plus (e.g., UX, Web, Software UI, Industrial Design, Print, Type)
• Aptitude and cultural fit to inspire and collaborate within the multidisciplinary team

The following characteristics define a candidate that will succeed in our culture and for this position.
• Leadership / Vision: a pro-active, take charge leader with proven strategic vision; can manage, motivate, challenge, empower and delegate to others while leading by example; gains the trust of other parties quickly. Possesses the wisdom and confidence to take educated risks. Has ability to see both the bigger picture and interdependent parts but not be afraid of getting involved in the detail when necessary. Is sought out by others for strategic advice and counsel.
• Curiosity: Has a naturally curious mind, loves to explore and nurture intellect; knows how to observe and identify patterns that identify trends and key insights early; knows how to ask the right questions (relevant) and quantity of questions necessary to uncover key information that can be made actionable. Probably, an avid observer and follower of popular culture and societal trends.
• Creativity: An innovative and resourceful person who thinks and acts “outside-of-the-box.” This individual possesses a left brain/right brain mindset. Recreationally they are likely to most enjoy nurturing their creative passions and hobbies across multiple categories, such as film, games, music, art, design, fashion, comics, literature, and news. Endeavors that push / challenge their perceptions and physical limitations.
• Technology Forward: Has a passion for technology, tinkering under the hood, and enjoys being a sought after authority and the resource that others turn to for emerging media and technology.
• Social Responsibility: Empathy and concern for team members, life work balance, Sony corporate community / culture, and corporate global responsibility.
• Communication: Excellent oral and written communication skills; a great presenter, an active listener with consultative capabilities; skillful communicator in tough situations where striking a balance between being direct/forceful and diplomacy is necessary.
• Open Minded: Approach to listening and problem solving is inclusive and open minded.
• Action Oriented: Self-motivated and self-starting individual who can take limited direction and produce tangible results. Capacity for learning on one’s own, whether it’s software tools or languages.
• Service Orientation: Recognizes the importance of providing outstanding service and support to both internal teams, agency partner teams and externally to partners.
• Decision Making: Makes good decisions in a timely manner based on analysis, sound judgment and wisdom.
• Team Oriented: Works well in collaborative team environments and matrix reporting Structures.
• Willingness and Passion for Travel: Candidate will travel regularly for project and inter-organizational meetings. Frequent travel within Japan and to/from the U.S. and other regions will be necessary.


Minimum Experience (yrs): 6
Required Experience or Education:
Based on experience, background and candidate fit / desired characteristics. BFA/BS – MFA/MS in Graphic Design, Computer Science, or Interactive Design-related field, or equivalent work experience.

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