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Senior Creative Project Manager

OVERVIEW


VSA Partners is a design-driven branding and marketing company.


VSA was founded as a design firm more than 30 years ago with the belief that design is not only a craft, but a tool for achieving business objectives. As design thinkers, we approach business challenges holistically and aim to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising.

 

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing multiple projects at a time at a given brand or client, potentially across multiple brands, clients, or a singular, extremely complex project. They are charged with the overall health of the projects, including financials, resources, risks, and relationships.

 

VSA Partners is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, equitable environment for all employees. All employment decisions are made based on qualifications, merit and business need.

 

Responsibilities

The Senior Project Manager is expected to:

 

  • Project Delivery Management
    • Oversee and direct multiple projects at a time at a given brand or client, potentially across multiple brands, clients, or a single, complex project.
    • Ensure projects meet or exceed internal team and client expectations, including being on time and on budget, while occasionally being responsible for one or more project managers (dependent on client and project).
    • Interface heavily with senior marketing, technical, and executive management at the client to ensure the solution is understood and addresses the customer’s business requirements.
    • Contribute content and presentation of key client deliverables as needed to ensure relevancy, strategy, quality, and timeliness.
    • Manage and control project scope and the change control process to ensure that projects are executed according to agreed-upon scope, schedule, and budget.
    • Monitor and raise awareness of all project issues and risks, working with appropriate team members to develop solutions.
    • Communicate relevant project information to the client, such as status, risk, issues, or deliverables.
    • Review and contribute to all client SOWs for accuracy, grammar, and spelling.
    • Collaborate with the project team to drive the approach, deliverables, schedule, and tools to deliver the project within established constraints; ensure accurate financial management of projects.
    • Coordinate activities of the project team and ensure project tasks, including scheduling and facilitating project-related team meetings (i.e., kickoffs, status, internal/client reviews), communicating action steps to team, and delivering weekly status reports to project team, the client, and management.
    • Develop, maintain, review, and/or disseminate project documentation, including status reports, invoices, change orders, project schedules, budgets, and sunset reviews.
    • Ensure project documentation is produced in the standard format, follows internal documentation processes, and is reviewed and approved.
    • Work with Resource Management to ensure projects are appropriately staffed, including both employee and contract resources.
  • People Mentoring
    • Mentor junior team members and provide employee on-boarding and training.
    • Ensure junior team members follow standard policies and procedures and proactively identify and recommend improvements.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

The Senior Project Manager has the following education, experience, and licenses:

  • 5+ years of experience coordinating traditional or digital projects, preferably in a consulting or agency environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentration in project management, marketing or related field.
  • Experience using project management methodology, including the ability to identify and resolve issues, manage risk, develop detailed task-based project plans and specifications, perform resource allocations, and lead team meetings.
  • Experience with project life cycles, web development processes, and the delivery of solutions with creative and engineering components, advertising projects, brand strategy, and research projects.

To succeed, they must have the following skills, abilities, and knowledge:

  • Ability to develop and demonstrate an understanding of the client’s business, needs, expectations, and requirements.
  • Ability to mentor and direct junior project managers.
  • Strong knowledge of one or more of the following: web development processes and the delivery of solutions with creative and technology components, advertising, digital marketing, print, strategy, and research.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office/Google Suite (particularly Excel/Sheets), email, project and team communication software (e.g., Smartsheet, Jira, Slack, DoneDone).
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong team player; ability to assist with facilitating teams and clients.
  • Ability to interact at all levels of the company and with external parties in a professional manner, maintaining effective communication—both written and spoken.
  • Ability to be highly organized, accurate, and timely; able to prioritize.
  • Adaptability, flexibility, persistence, versatility, and ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities.
  • Ability to organize information, pay attention to detail, accurately follow procedures, maintain confidential information, and remember important pieces of information.
  • Ability to maintain self-motivation and to work independently and in team environments.

Additional information:

  • Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be necessary to meet deadlines.
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