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Project Manager

Project Manager

The Octopus Group

London

Posted on 16 February 2017

Project Manager at The Octopus Group

Company overview:
Octopus Group is a 70 strong integrated communications agency based in Farringdon. Technology, and everything related to it, is our big passion. Our plan over the next few years is to become known as a category-defining marketing agency for technology brands.
We have our own approach and philosophy called Brand to Sales, which is about helping our clients link reputation to commercial sales success quickly. It works. We measure our success in the campaigns we run for global market leaders like Vodafone, Blackberry and Visa and super-growth companies like BlueJeans, Okta and Pindrop.
In our own industry, we’re getting known for being an Agency of the Future. People are talking about us, the phone is ringing, new clients are coming on board, we’re growing at record pace and more importantly for you, we’re hiring.
We have a unique family feel here where energy, enthusiasm, teamwork and a hunger to succeed are all mixed with a common purpose and a big safety net. Octopus Group is a special place to work and we spend lots of time and thought in keeping it that way.
Our future is an exciting one and we are looking for a range of talented stars to join us on the adventure.

The opportunity:
We are looking for a seasoned project/ops manager to join our very talented creative team. The role will be working closely with an in-house creative and development team, working across a varied client base in the technology and charity industry. Working closely with the Head of Design, Copy and Digital, the right candidate will confidently manage teams, have a level head, be confident when speaking with tact and honesty to mediate and manage team members across all departments of the business. You will understand project resourcing, costing and be able to forecast work load against sold campaign work. Above all, you will be a safe pair of hands when running projects and productions.

Desired skills
•Manage creative workflow for copy, design and development, liaising closely with account management, research and strategy teams to forecast resource needs
•Can plan and deliver projects to detailed, clearly defined time plans
•Can identify blockers and process improvements within the creative delivery model.
•Can manage and deliver projects from initiation to completion using an Agile Project Methodology
•Can manage relationships with key senior client contacts, managing client expectations and communicating effectively with all internal agency stakeholders
•Can create monthly forecasts and analyse historic data to identify intensive work types and arm management with planning foresight
•Manage workload for freelancers within the team, ensuring they are working on the right jobs and the Heads of have visibility to the work and their fees
•Stay abreast of team resourcing to identify any bottlenecks or capacity crunches and plan accordingly, informing stakeholders as required
•Planning and costing out projects/campaigns ahead of execution
•Drive client satisfaction across all touch points to ensure a consistent and positive experience with Octopus Group
•Protect and uphold the creative process and be an ambassador for creating great work in the right way

Experience:
•Have minimum of six years’ experience in a project management, ideally within a creative/marking agency
•Are familiar assisting in writing briefs and liaise with design, development and account management teams
•Are familiar with or proficient in Wrike or similar Project management software
•Experience costing out projects - a solid understanding in production value, budgeting, clear financial communication and how to financially run efficient projects
•Experience with agency turn-around times and ways of working - good understanding of the dynamics of agency processes and works well within these parameters

How to Apply

To apply, please email your CV over to jodie.blair@weareoctopusgroup.net