Manager, Project Management (REQ-011686_New_York)
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The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.
The project manager is vital to that effort and plays a critical role in the planning and execution of campaigns across our marketing team — with a focus on our brand campaign and earned (work that builds buzz, increases reach and creates outsized awareness on nonpaid channels) marketing initiatives.
This position will be a part of — and responsible for managing — a highly cross-functional and multidisciplinary group dedicated to bringing The Times’s brand story to life through campaigns that defy expectations, innovate as a rule and inspire a whole new generation of readers to subscribe and stay engaged with our products. As an essential member of the team, you’ll shepherd breakthrough ideas from ideation through completion ensuring deliverables are met within scope, within budget, while upholding the highest standards of quality.
What you’ll do:
Oversee production and gauge feasibility of complex integrated projects from strategy/ideation through reporting/retrospectives, serving as the primary point of contact for internal teams and external agencies to ensure all deliverables and components are on track and within scope.
Work closely with marketers and other cross-functional partners/vendors to define project scope, including key objectives, timing, budget (where applicable), deliverables and required approvals.
Develop and own project and/or production time lines.
Partner with creative, marketing and media teams from the earliest concept stage forward to ensure that the most innovative and effective processes and production methods are employed.
Monitor projects, evaluating and reporting progress and quality of work, proactively managing issue resolution, recognizing when things veer off course and escalating to senior management as necessary.
Ensure clear and frequent communication throughout project life cycle through use of email/Slack status updates, document sharing, meeting recaps, etc.
Facilitate, along with marketer and/or creative team, project kickoffs, creative reviews and work sessions.
Lead — and determine the need/cadence of — stand-ups, status check-ins and any other critical project-related recurring meetings.
Manage and track outreach to outside vendors such as venues, talent wranglers and influencers to ensure processes, time lines and clearances are in place.
Facilitate postcampaign retrospectives, along with marketer and/or program manager, to ensure continuous improvement for larger scale projects.
Help ensure brand consistency and messaging across projects.
What you’ll bring:
An enthusiasm for working collaboratively with others, and a proven ability to navigate a complex organization with multiple stakeholders and dependencies.
A proactive approach to project management, allowing you to take initiative in a challenging, fast-paced, ever-evolving environment.
An understanding of the dynamic between internal creative teams and external agencies, and the ability to navigate this relationship and respective processes seamlessly.
A true love of organization and efficiency. You consistently advocate for adherence to process and structure, but are also able to operate — and manage a team — in states of uncertainty.
An ability to quickly respond to shifting project needs or issues and identify workflow gaps with a solution-oriented mind-set.
An understanding of the capabilities and production needs for print, digital, email, social media, video, OOH and other experiential program components.
An openness to pivot and willingness to test and learn.
An interest in our brand and our work, and a curiosity to continue to deepen that understanding on an ongoing basis.
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising or a related field preferred.
Five+ years of project management and production experience.
Experience managing projects on the client side, working closely with external creative agencies.
Experience producing video/social media content and producing consumer activations/events.
Experience managing the development of vendor contracts.
Experience with talent, influencer and spokesperson management processes.
Familiarity with project management software such as [Register to View] Coda, JIRA, Fun Retro, Confluence and other PM tool sets.
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