Weber Shandwick, Inc
Description The Project Management Director\/VP has overall accountability for all aspects of deliverables on large-scale, account(s). As the team\u2019s project management lead, the Project Management Director\/VP serves as a collaborative business partner to team leads and agency finance, ensuring that a cross-practice approach is applied to all issues related to deliverable quality and fiscal health. The Project Management Director\/VP is responsible for: ensuring that the principles of continuous improvement are utilized throughout the program development and delivery, and that project teams use flexible project planning designed to support the creative and executional process. This position serves as the primary contact for internal team members, agency practice and discipline leads, and outside vendors. The position is directly or indirectly involved in leading projects from concept\/strategy through flawless execution. One of the most important aspects of this position is the ability to be the conductor of the project\/team and be a proactive, solution-oriented, operationally strategic leader. He\/she is responsible for the optimization of team staffing structure, ensuring the right skill sets are applied to the work to serve the business requirements, deliverable quality, and partners with the account lead to manage the financial health of the account. This role is also responsible for oversight of any day-to-day project managers assisting with specific programs. Job Responsibilities Financial Acumen \u2022 Client-facing lead on all financial management issues; responsible for client and internal budget reporting in partnership with agency account lead and finance lead \u2022 Professionally manages client engagements with a focus on balancing quality, cost and schedule while managing client expectations \u2022 Partners with agency account and finance lead to help facilitate accurate and realistic forecasts; actively manages any forecast mitigation as needed \u2022 Routinely monitors financial performance of accounts to maximize revenue recognition and profit margin, collaborating with agency finance lead on account \u2022 Responsible for the development, review or oversight of all estimates, job creation, fees, burn reports, invoices and establishes team process for effective financial management of the account \u2022 Primary agency contact for clients and client procurement relative to financial management of the account (SOW development; monitoring and tracking deliverables and budgets; change management and reporting). Partners closely with agency account leads and finance lead \u2022 Creates or reviews all statement of work documentation for the team; accountable for top-down and bottom-up budgets to ensure scopes accurately reflect required work effort \u2022 Knows when a change order is needed and works with account team to communicate the change proactively to the client Management\/Leadership \u2022 Identifies needs on business for delivery support and appropriately aligns resources against those needs \u2022 May supervise and\/or mentor assigned delivery managers, project managers or producers \u2022 Partners with agency account lead to manage team on-boarding processes \u2022 Supports in educating the team on roles and responsibilities, process and templates \u2022 Partners with cross-practice leads to identify and manage resource needs \u2022 Helps to support client new-business opportunities \u2022 Demonstrates strong, professional work ethic \u2022 Accountable for contract management (client, vendor, and inter-company issues) Performance Standards \u2022 Well-versed in budget and resource management \u2022 Considered an expert in digital work and understands other mediums well enough to develop project plans, scopes of work, and budgets \u2022 Provides a breadth of process and business skills as well as hands-on experience that fosters credibility and drives thought leadership \u2022 Able to negotiate conflict, manage differences of opinion, and communicate effectively \u2022 Uses excellent interpersonal and listening skills Qualifications Basic Qualifications: \u2022 8-12 years of professional project management experience, preferably in marketing, public relations, management consulting or an advertising agency setting \u2022 Bachelor\u2019s degree required \u2022 Expert skills in scoping, pricing, and scheduling projects from both a bottoms up and top down approach \u2022 Ability to assess existing processes and identify opportunities to increase efficiency \u2022 Client-facing experience required \u2022 Excellent written and verbal communication skills \u2022 Strong organizational and time management skills \u2022 Effective negotiation and conflict management skills \u2022 Proficient in Microsoft Project, Excel, and Powerpoint Desired Qualifications: \u2022 Ideal candidate should have familiarity with different types of programs and deliverables, such as strategic planning, creative ideation, video, social and editorial content, digital, event based programs, and vendor management. \u2022 Ability to effectively communicate with internal team members across multiple disciplines and levels, instilling confidence and trust in your abilities. Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity\/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.
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