Senior Project Manager

Chicago, IL /
Digital – Engagement Partners - Digital /
Full-time
In a world where it’s never been harder for brands to capture and keep customers, experience is everything. An independent, global marketing agency, Ansira believes designing relevant, persuasive experiences for all the right moments is the only way to strengthen relationships, cultivate brand loyalists, and assure profitable growth. That’s why Ansira arms brands and their sales partners with solutions to make those experiences possible: strategy, performance marketing, loyalty marketing, martech consulting and integration, channel partner marketing, and local marketing activation. For more information, visit Ansira.com or LinkedIn.

The Sr. Project Manager will maintain, strengthen, and grow relationships with key clients through the management and delivery of medium to large Channel Partner Marketing projects concurrently, with limited to no supervision. Must have excellent communication skills and flawless planning capabilities. Responsible for supervising and coordinating the efforts of product management, engineering/IT, strategy, and quality assurance teams to effectively deliver upon contracted deliverables and client expectations. The ideal candidate has extensive previous experience as a project manager in an agency setting and has a high level of technical aptitude. This role will report to the Project Director of Channel Partner Marketing and may oversee projects assigned to Project Managers or Project Coordinators to help identify and mitigate roadblocks and risks.

This position can work remotely in the US only near one of our offices (Chicago, STL, Dallas, Detroit, ATL)

Background/ Experience:

    • Responsible for managing the execution of client engagements, in partnership with the Engagement Lead, with a focus on quality, budget, and schedule in order to both set (i.e., plan and scope) and meet (i.e., manage) upon contracted requirements
    • Active ownership and accountability for all assigned projects through final delivery and client sign-off, meeting all timeline milestones, and delivering within the approved budgets
    • Monitor all assigned project processes and operations for time and resource efficiencies, cost management, and process improvement opportunities
    • Monitor financial, resource, and quality “health” of all assigned projects and recommend course corrections to mitigate issues
    • Provide client engagement leadership team regular updates on project health (schedule, scope, quality, budget, and risks). This may include executive level reporting
    • Develop and document project parameters including scope, schedule, budgets, specifications; create, update and monitor project schedules for all assigned projects within enterprise project management tool (i.e., Workfront)
    • Assist product owners with managing development requirements and tasks within project management tool (i.e., Jira); Facilitate proper quality assurance testing
    • Conduct and lead kick-off and status meetings regularly with internal teams and ensure thorough communication with all stakeholders at all stages of every project
    • Communicate project status effectively and identify and inform of perceived risks, both internally and to the client
    • Closely monitor budgets, establish plans and processes to avoid and/or resolve scope creep, budget overages, or efficiency issues
    • Occasionally work with Engagement Lead and Business Development to respond to RFPs and organic growth opportunities; generating proposals and actionable SOWs, estimating work efforts and costs with high-level tasks and milestones, and scoping project approaches that best meet client needs and constraints
    • Develop and manage project budgets; assist client partnership and Engagement Lead inaccurate revenue forecasting; be accountable for project profitability (mitigating margin erosion); contribute other financial reporting as required by client engagement leadership team
    • Maintain optimal utilization of internal project team members and help identify when a contract or full-time staff augmentation is necessary
    • Champion existing processes while also identifying and presenting potential improvements to PMO leadership

Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

    • 5+ years of client and project management experience, preferably in B2B marketing and/or managing channel incentives programs
    • Experience in the big tech vertical is a plus
    • Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Degree preferred  
    • Broad delivery expertise (management of schedule, scope, quality, budget, and risks) 
    • Experience working with product management, engineering/IT, strategy, and quality assurance resources and a thorough understanding of related deliverables and processes  
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize under ever-changing needs and schedules, handling multiple projects at once while meeting tight deadlines and adhering to budgets 
    • Adaptability; able to refocus team priorities and tasks, delegating effectively  
    • Proven project management skills with an understanding of processes (timeline development and cross-discipline schedules, trafficking, risk management, etc.) and quality assurance/control (QA/QC) and project acceptance protocols  
    • Experience with financial processes for projects - includes forecasting, scoping/estimating, and burn rates 
    • Team leader with strong interpersonal skills, including problem-solving and conflict resolution, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly in both oral and written communication 
    • Excellent analytical skills, strategic thinking, and solution-oriented 
    • Self-motivated with effective decision-making skills 
    • Demonstrated strong planning and organizational skills; highly detail-oriented 
    • Solid computer skills, including proficiency in Word, Excel, and MS Project 
    • Experience with Jira, Workfront, Teams, and/or SharePoint is a plus  
    • Strong working knowledge of all current and relevant project management methodologies (i.e., Agile, Waterfall, Kanban, etc.) 
We are a culture of passionate, collaborative and respectful people. We are curious about finding the most strategic solutions, while being fearless in our pursuit of pushing the limits.