Senior Project Manager

Role purpose

VMLY&R is on the hunt for the professional expertise of an experienced and driven Senior Project Manager to join the Johannesburg team. The successful candidate will responsible for developing and maintaining profitable and mutually beneficial relationships between VMLY&R SA and its clients.

Key Accountabilities

  • Working on through-the-line accounts for high profile brands, with the opportunity to expand as the team and client portfolio grows
  • Building strong working relationships with clients and external partners while delivering against tight timelines and budgets
  • Understanding and interpreting clients’ business and project requirements
  • Strategic input at a senior level and understanding of strategies developed for clients
  • Manage and control all scoping and planning of projects across the team discipline team
  • Manage timelines and communication thereof to meet project deadlines, ensuring to manage client expectations
  • Develop full-scale project plans and associated support documentation
  • Manage risks and develop risk management/contingency plans
  • Anticipate problems before they occur and find ways to accomplish project goals regardless of changing circumstances
  • Ensure that the project is completed successfully, within the given deadline and budget
  • Owning the delivery and quality of projects for clients based on deep understanding of the TTL landscape, trends and opportunities
  • Conduct project postmortems in order to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements
  • Strong financial management including reviewing and assisting with quoting, implement monthly billings and forecasting on revenue spend.
  • Manage and oversee budgets and revenue on all projects to ensure profitability

Professional Skills

  • 3-4 years' TTL agency experience as an account/project manager/three+ years' digital experience running projects in an agency is essential
  • Comprehensive understanding of online, including search marketing, digital media, platform development, advertising, CRM and emerging technologies is essential
  • Ability to manage and effectively deliver on multiple campaigns/projects with fast turnarounds
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Experience in strategically analysing and solving client's business problems
  • Planning skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Experience with managing budgets - a bit of a number cruncher
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