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The Role / Position Overview:

The Project Management team is responsible for supporting the Advertising Sales arm of the Financial Times. We are seeking a Senior Project Manager - a role that is intrinsic to the ad sales process, not only protecting revenue but key to securing future revenues. The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for consulting at pitch stage, checking the feasibility of projects, ensuring processes and procedures are in place in order to deliver on time and to budget, evolving campaigns where necessary and delivering a post campaign analysis. Providing excellence in delivery for all aspects of a campaign (stakeholder management, content creation, design and client servicing), the Senior Project Manager will ensure the client’s needs are at the heart of everything they do.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Foster high-value relationships with internal and external clients
  • Deliver outstanding client service on every campaign under your management, key point of contact for all stakeholders and be a trusted partner to clients and agencies.
  • Advise and consult on key areas of expertise, ensure appropriate processes and procedures are in place internally so projects run on time to budget so as to maximise profit
  • Act as the go-to authority, providing guidance, support, and strategic direction to the team to optimise sales performance and cultivate strong client relationships
  • Engage actively in process improvement initiatives, identifying opportunities and spearheading the implementation of innovative solutions to streamline workflows
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to assess current processes, pinpoint inefficiencies, and develop and execute strategies for optimisation
  • Proactively lead change initiatives, leveraging industry best practices to drive continuous improvement and elevate the quality of workflows within the team
  • Manage the production and delivery of branded content and partnership publishing campaigns including:
    • Completing a full suite of documentation for each project: including scope of work, timelines and contracts
    • Briefing all internal and external stakeholders: including editorial, marketing, design, copywriters, advertising operations and third party providers
    • Working with FT editorial staff and external content providers to produce content
    • Work with tech providers to produce the micro-site destinations
    • Manage a P&L, delivering projects on time and on budget.
  • Troubleshooting and proposing alternative solutions in situations where there are timing or delivery challenges.
  • Be flexible and adaptive to new technologies and requirements as the team’s activities evolve into new spaces.
  • Work closely with Project Directors and Global Client Services (GCS) team to ensure efficient working practices.
  • Contribute your ideas to the Project Directors and GCS team to drive change and implement processes and workflows that will enable a more efficient and effective delivery of projects.
  • Overseeing more junior members of the PM team, acting as a mentor and as a point of escalation whilst running your own projects.
  • Mandatory requirement to work in the NYC office twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Project management experience within the creative industry (such as advertising agency, media sales/marketing, client-side marketing) 
  • Experience managing complex clients with multiple touch points
  • Able to demonstrate aptitude for proactive problem solving, influencing and motivation
  • A strong communicator with the confidence to take charge of the delivery of multi-channel creative projects including ability to inform the Project Director and the senior management team of any account statuses, problems, plans and meetings as required
  • Flexible, organised and hardworking, proven ability of working to deadlines under pressure
  • Experience working with high performance Sales teams, the ability to negotiate and on occasions challenge best practice or push back when necessary
  • Proficient use of project management software (such as Asana, Monday, Trello, Jira, Basecamp, SalesForce)

Personal Qualities:

  • Can do attitude, willingness to deliver highest level of service to clients
  • Results-driven, high-performing, high-quality work attitude
  • Organised, with faultless attention to detail and an aptitude for independent time management
  • A collaborative nature with the ability to work within and lead a team
  • A self-starter, entrepreneurial individual, able to demonstrate past success in managing innovative projects that meet client needs and generate strong profit
  • Highly organised, numerate and with a high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent communicator, presenter and listener
  • Personal gravitas, presence and credibility with people at all levels of the client and agency world
  • Accountable, resilient and action orientated

Leadership Attributes

  • Thinks strategically - evaluates risks
  • Inspires creativity and innovation - stimulates team creativity
  • Drives results - holds self and others accountable to high performance standards
  • Builds teams - proactively addresses performance issues and takes appropriate action
  • Exhibits professional excellence - maintains composure under pressure
  • Builds relationships - manages the needs of diverse stakeholders
  • Communicates effectively - effectively persuades others to support ideas
  • Champions change - builds commitment to change

This position pays in the range of $80k-$85k base plus a competitive bonus package, depending on experience. The disclosed range estimate is for our NYC office and the successful candidate will be required in office twice a week.

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 



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