Sr. Project Manager

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Department: Idea Production

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

The Team One C.O.R.E.

C = Collaborative

Builds and sustains strong, genuine relationships with people of all levels and takes positive steps to extend network and cultivate connections. 

O = Optimism

Is utterly reliable, always delivering on promises and maintains the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

R = Results-Driven

Acts strategically to exceed goals and has the ability to adapt to changes in process and execution. 

E = Entrepreneurial

Constantly looking for and identifying actionable and thought provoking opportunities for the company and executing them.

 

GENERAL SUMMARY
The Senior Project Manager (SPM) leads a team of mid and junior Project Managers to oversee the concepting and production of highly complex multi-channel projects across all disciplines, with the goal of ensuring timely input from agency subject matter experts.  The SPM may also lead process improvement initiatives assigned by the Director of Project Management and Workflow.

 

DAY TO DAY:

Project Management

  • SPM will manage large scale projects that may be in whole or part of a larger campaign. 
  • SPM leads the concepting phase of any one project, maintaining this role through production and delivery.
  • Develops project plans, partnering with appropriate project leads within the agency.  Disseminates documentation internally.
  • Facilitates the day-to-day deliverables of internal deadlines with a focus on stabilizing the shifting “project triangle” (Budget, Schedule, Scope). 
  • Works to manage and mitigate scope impact with appropriate team members, knowing to escalate dramatic scope impact to Associate Director of Project Manager.
  • Routes work for internal reviews and approvals to ensure Quality Controls are transpiring (Creative approvals, Business Affairs, Legal, Product, Proofreading, etc.)

 

Project Initiation and Scope

  • In the broadest sense, the SPM understands and is fluent in the needs and deliverables for all projects tied to their campaign assignments: the timing, the budgets, the requirements and how they affect the approved scope as determined by their Account partner.
  • SPM has the conversations with the appropriate project stakeholders within the agency to provide project plan to Account partner and addresses scope creep if projects take on a new path.

 

Project Communication/Integration

  • Manages project communications internally and between all departments. The SPM communicates directly with individual team members to reiterate the scheduled deliverables, relay revision requests, record the job’s progress, and to address obstacles as they arise.
  • Works with assigned PM team to determine paths of escalation where needed and ensures clear understanding between all parties on all projects for campaign efficiencies.
  • Maintains Project Management project documents, ensuring accuracy based on real-time project needs and ensures PM team and affected Project Team members are aware of fluctuations, impact, timing and deliverables.
  • Partners heavily with project Producer throughout the production phase of the projects to ensure project is delivered to scope, providing updates to team as required.

 

Team Management

  • SPM will oversee a team of 3-5 Project Managers, working to provide mentorship, training and project support not just for their projects but for the individual team members themselves
  • SPM will work with Director of Project Management and Workflow to ensure workload of entire team is level loaded and appropriate.

 

Experience:

  • 6+ years of direct experience as a Project Manager overseeing multi-discipline deliverables
  • Must have strong integrated background with experience in at least two of the following: Broadcast Project Management, Interactive/Digital, Print Process 

 

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

 

Skills and Abilities: This person must be highly organized, with a charismatic and varied communication style.  A diplomatic multi-tasker who works well under pressure.  Is able to look at the “Big Picture” and understand the cause and effect of inter-related projects.  Relentless seeker of solutions, is able to have the ‘hard conversations” remaining assertive and respectful while ensuring understanding of sometimes complex initiatives.

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