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Traffic Manager/Project Estimator

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We're looking for a Sr. resource to work within an established 40+ person studio. This person will be the point person initiating and scheduling jobs for (2) Creative teams. This candidate will work internally with 15-20 Program Managers who represent 40+ large Retail based clients. It will be this person's responsibility to estimate the hours necessary to complete a request and ultimately to assign a budget for all projects. This candidate will manage and maintain all information in a software system the Studio uses. It will be the responsibility of this person to follow up constantly with the design teams to ensure the hours assigned are in line with the estimate approved by the Clients. This person will have a direct impact of driving profitability and ensuring the Studio runs efficiently.

Candidates will be working with other Traffic Managers, Designers, Writers, Project and Program Managers and will be responsible for initiating and controlling the schedule and completion of all jobs within the Studio, ensuring internal cooperation between all departments including Account Service, Proofreading, Creative as well as outside vendors from time to time.
They will assess and help improve current process, systems, and work flow as necessary. Candidates must be familiar with all aspects of the Creative process from project initiation to completion. Candidates will take responsibility for maintaining schedules that ensure deadlines are met by monitoring progress, effectively handling any challenges that may arise, as well as informing the team (including Creative, Account, Proofreading and all other internal divisions) of revisions and changes in projects.

Candidates will also work to design and implement programs aimed at increasing department efficiency, as well as enforcing existing protocols already in place. Candidates should be prepared to use the current software system in place in order to help track billing, resources, etc.

Requirements:
• Ability to handle multiple schedules and track changes for multiple jobs ensuring all deliverables and deadlines are met on time.
• Raise any flags necessary to maintain the smooth flow of work through the Studio.
• Distribute and track all revision orders
• Route all work (comps, layouts, etc.) to appropriate team members ensuring all edits are made and approvals are met.
• Proofread work as necessary ensuring edits are made.
• Maintain an active status report of all jobs and run update meetings with Account and Creative team members.
• Prioritize deliverables, deadlines and resolves scheduling conflicts in conjunction with Account and Creative team members
• Make sure Creative knows of all final specifications for design and/or production as well as making sure Creative has all necessary materials and information to complete their work

Experience and Skills Required:
• Ideal candidates will come from an agency, Interactive or advertising related background
• Detail oriented, sense of urgency, able to see the big picture, able to prioritize
• Able to work with many personalities and remain calm and focused
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
• Excellent organizational skills, interpersonal skills and a positive attitude
• Ability to work in deadline driven environment
• Excellent problem solving and decision making abilities
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize
• Exceedingly dependable and professional
• Familiar with industry standard best practices

We are not looking for broadcast traffic managers who handle media placements. We are seeking Print/Interactive related Traffic Managers/Project Estimators.

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