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Creative Project Manager
Richfield, Minnesota  |  Remote, Hybrid, Onsite
Contract Position
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Applied on October 20, 2021
Job Id #50068 Posted August 30, 2021


Tell us about your department:

  • Client Creative supports upper and lower funnel creative in paid, organic and operated channels.
  • The Project Manager is an integral part of ensuring work is kicked off, tracked, and managed against timelines throughout the ecosystem and lifecycle of a campaign

Project Description:

  • Individuals will support end to end process development for FY23 planning, as well as vendor and brand campaigns in the Fall/Holiday timeframe

Role Summary: 

  • The Project Manager is the glue that helps keep projects and people together and is responsible for planning, organizing, managing and executing projects from beginning to end.  
  • Acting as the hub for Creative Services projects, the Project Manager must flex between critical/strategic thinking, the tactical delivery of tasks, and the connections between for projects with large-level scope and impact (based on size and complexity of business and volume of campaigns).  
  • The Project Manager will set and vigilantly manage project expectations with internal and external cross-functional team members.  
  • Strong relationship-building skills are critical to success in this role, along with clear and consistent written and oral communication.  
  • A demonstrated aptitude for applying project management methodologies and deciphering organizational dynamics is important.  
  • Additionally, the Project Manager will recommend and implement process improvements and act as a change agent to champion new processes/tools within the organization.

Key Responsibilities (Essential Functions) - List in order of importance    
Project Management 

  • Drive creative delivery efforts for Marketing campaign and asset development by partnering directly with Client business teams, including but not limited to category marketing, brand planning, media, social, and creative.  
  • Oversee execution of projects end-to-end.  
  • Provide strategic input, proactively anticipate and manage issues/risks and recommend solution, document/communicate project details to hold others accountable, and conduct final project analysis.
  • Ensure teams complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Translate Briefs / Intake Forms into campaign roadmaps and actionable project plans.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational dynamics to effectively navigate the development of timelines that meet the needs of all project members.
  • Set and vigilantly manage project expectations with internal and external cross-functional team members both at the peer-level and levels above and below, inclusive of understanding and enforcing roles, responsibilities, and contributions of project team members.
  • Understand and assess the impact of change, adapt own work and guide the work of others to support and drive those changes.
  • Think critically, balance multiple asks, articulate trade-offs for competing priorities, and appropriately identify and escalate issues to ensure delivery of world-class creative products. 
  • Collaborate with Creative Directors to expertly align key team members and resources to deliver critical, time-sensitive work.
  • Work collaboratively with Project Manager peers within the Creative Services team to consolidate work streams and drive efficiency and effectiveness on behalf of the organization.
  • Facilitate key meetings, own agenda creation, and recap/distribute meeting notes/feedback/follow-ups.
  • Create timelines and track via workflow tool to ensure deadlines are being met, dependencies are established, and risks are mitigated.  
  • Present and communicate ideas, build consensus, and effectively rationalize decisions to a variety of audiences.
  • Lead third party vendor/agency engagement, evaluation, and execution of activities ranging from scope definition to delivery of final assets.  
  • Own Agency scope alignment, ensuring work/deliverables are consistent with agreements.
  • Create reporting and analytics specific to work completed and in-progress and use data to create recommendations and influence continuous process improvement.

Process Development, Standardization, and Best Practices

  • Play a central role in defining and activating strong project/resource management, establishing the Creative Services Project Management team as a true center or excellence within the Marketing team.  
  • Activate against an extensive understanding of project management methodologies (agile and waterfall).  
  • Capabilities required include development of timelines, work prioritization, cross-functional communication, integrated delivery schedules, budget estimating, cross-functional team collaboration, alignment, and reconciliation.
  • Work collaboratively with project management peer group to deploy a standard and consistent approach to project management that delivers a predictable level of service to “clients” across teams; Regularly share best practices.   
  • Innovate and collaborate on process, methodology, and integration models.
  •  Recommend and implement process improvements and act as a change agent to champion new processes/tools within the organization.

Communication / Relationship Management 

  • Facilitate clear and consistent communication across the project team, and leadership when needed, including weekly team meetings and other ad-hoc meetings/discussions as needed to advance the work.
  • Establish self as a trusted advisor and indispensable gatekeeper to getting work accomplished.  
  • Build and maintain relationships by engaging team to establish credibility, solve problems, and achieve objectives.
  • Exhibit effective leadership, diplomatic, and motivational skills including the ability to lead up, across and down multiple teams within the organization.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to equally balance deadlines and customer experience in a fast-paced environment.
  • Promote positive team chemistry and ensure the team is having fun while being the best! 

Basic Qualifications:

  • 4-Year Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, engineering, operations, or a related field
  • 8+ Years progressive Marketing or related experience 
  • 4+ Years people or resource leadership and/or management experience (indirect or direct)
  • Retail and/or Agency experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with project management software 
  • PMP Certification
  • Master's degree

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact hr@horizontal.com.

All applicants applying must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment.

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