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Vayner Media // social-first digital shop
 
London, England, United Kingdom    Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
 
   
 
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VaynerMedia is a global creative & media agency built for the now. Born in social our work is now full service, simply loving big ideas that connect & create real change for our clients business. We are independently owned, founded in 2009 with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney & Mexico City. And were not too bad at what we do, with our work winning in Cannes Lions, the Clios, D&AD & The Webbies to name a few. 

Here in London we have huge ambitions. Weve doubled in size over the last year & broadened both our client list & the kind of work were doing for them. Our roots are in social & we love it - its where we get to understand different audiences, to experiment, to gain insight & to see how people really engage & respond to ideas. 

We are creative & media in equal measure because both are equally important in developing effective communications. A lot of our work in-house (with our own production, edit & motion teams) because execution is key to effectiveness. We believe 100% that brands can be built on digital platforms & part of our model is built bottom up, flipping the traditional advertising model & process on its head. We dont play to agency/industry norms & our culture & energy reflects that.

We have an incredible client list across UK, EMEA & Globally. Our ideas live & breathe in organic & paid social but also fully integrated campaigns including TVCs, radio, press, OOH (you name it were there). Our difference? We learn fast - from what we see & how our audiences really act, alongside cultural cues to create our integrated campaigns.

Infused with the DNA of our founder, we pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit. Being an independent agency affords us the freedom to be bold & stray from convention. It also allows us to pivot quickly, which is key to succeeding in an ever-changing market. The same way Gary was one of the early YouTube influencers, VaynerMedia has been the forerunner in many opportunities, serving as alpha/beta launch partners with platforms from Facebook & YouTube to TikTok & Snapchat. 

But ultimately we are people people. We are skills first rather than where you studied & who you know. Were here to change advertising so we thrive on free-thinkers with big ambitions.

Sound like you?

The task at hand:

We are currently looking for an interim Project Management Lead to help run the London agency for 3-6 months  whilst we search for a new permanent candidate, working alongside our EMEA Operations Director & managing our brilliant team of Project Managers. There is potential for this to be a temp-perm role. 

Candidates need to have social/ digital experience, thrive in an open & fast moving, collaborative culture, & be a kind & empathetic leader.   

Who are you?

A Project Director or Head of Project Management. Highly organized, highly motivated, goal- & detail-oriented self starter who is passionate & experienced in all aspects of agency project management. You understand & can advise on how to develop & implement appropriate portfolio processes & operations. Your experience is inclusive of, but not limited to organic & paid social campaigns (including TikTok), digital experiences & live streaming, integrated campaigns, client onboarding, pitches & other complex projects.  Scoping teams, managing timings & working with resourcing managers & heads of department are core requirements of the role.  

You are someone who is all about flexibility, commericiality & creative problem solving. You are a strong leader capable of building relationships, communicating ideas, & providing thoughtful, clear, actionable direction to team members & clients. You are able to partner closely with department & business leads to manage a portfolio of brands, as well as manage, grow, & lead the team of Project Managers assigned to those brands. You are passionate about creativity & your processes support the delivery of high quality work.

 

Responsibilities:

Portfolio Management


  • Serve as senior lead on large-scale portfolios of businesses, partnering with  Client Partnership VPs, Group Creative Directors, & other department leads (Strategy, Production, Tech, Media) regularly on business priorities & portfolio-specific processes.

  • Work with Client Partnership & Finance leads to define & monitor overall portfolio approaches, deliverables, staffing plans & agency fees.

  • Understand each client engagement, including business objectives & priorities.

  • Serve as a key lead on all aspects of project & retainer financials within a portfolio - ensuring proper processes, tracking methods & escalations are being adhered to

  • Ensure the delivery of best in class creative output across all campaigns.

  • Partner with department leads in retainer scopes, procurement requirements, & larger business planning with clients

Project Management


  • Provide strategic program planning & oversight on a variety of marketing & advertising work, including our proprietary models (Strategic Organic Content & the Vayner Volume Model) as well as our ongoing retained work 

  • Review budgets, project plans, & SOWs with an understanding of best practices, potential third-party capabilities, time requirements, & broader portfolio business objectives

  • Work with PMs, resourcing & department leads to assemble the best integrated teams for each assignment.

  • Manage Workfront & the PM teams utilization of it

Team Management


  • Mentor & train Project Managers to ensure optimal team dynamics & individual career growth

  • Provide a pivotal communication, escalation, & negotiation point to the team.

  • Support PM department head in developing, vetting & implementing process & training initiatives for department staff

Process Management


  • Responsible for the operation, customization & improvement of team processes necessary for each portfolios business needs

  • Work with other senior department leads to maximize operational efficiencies & define processes on the team, project & portfolio levels

  • Nurture cross-functional agency relationships & be the ultimate problem solver to deliver work to Clients 

  • Confident seeing work through to production & advising on/ scoping production partners. 

New Client Planning


  • Lead client discovery & scoping with business lead

  • Develop budget, staff plan, & related contracts

  • Align key internal & client stakeholders on onboarding process & key ways of working

  • Provide significant support to PM during first 100 days of client engagement

Desirable skills & experience:


  • 10+ years experience, including direct experience within an agency environment in a project management capacity

  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, or related fields, or entrepreneurial street cred

  • Experience with digital & social projects & deliverables ranging from 10K to 2M+

  • Strong ability to partner across departments, including Client Service, Strategy, Creative, Production, Media, Tech, Ecomm, etc.  

  • A cool, calm & collected approach to problem solving

  • Understanding of, & experience executing, projects that adhere to platform guidelines, legal considerations, advertising regulations & social/digital best practices

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to work both independently, & as a part of a team

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

  • Demonstrated experience in & passion for team leadership, mentorship, & development of junior talent

How we will support you:

We know talent is our most important asset & our people guide our work & our culture. The last year has challenged us like nothing before, & we are committed to providing the support & flexibility needed for people to do their best work & have fun doing it. We are an open minded bunch & we value diversity of thought & experience. Every person we hire will make us a more creative, innovative & happier agency. You are always welcome to bring an idea or opinion to our work & our ways of working.

For now, these are some of the things we have in place to support you

We regularly review our benefits & are committed to providing a comprehensive programme for our people. This currently includes all the good stuff you would expect from Health Cash Plan, Life Assurance, 27 days holiday through to Group Personal Pension & Income Protection.

We know some days aren't as good as others & that's OK. We have our mental health partner Sanctus on hand for employee coaching sessions & an Employee Assistance Programme in place should you need it. We also work with NABS, an industry specific support organisation who are passionate about helping people to thrive.

Sometimes it can be the smaller things that make you smile. We have a wide variety of discounts & benefits through Perkbox & you can save on your commute through Commuter Club or our Cycle To Work Scheme. If R&R is more your thing you can take some time out for a monthly massage. We understand that there has never been a more important time for self care & as such we have a varied wellbeing programme to help you to be your best self.

VaynerMedia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means that VaynerMedia provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members & job applicants without regard to gender, pregnancy, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief, part time or fixed term employment, age or any other legally protected class.

 

Candidates must be authorised to work in the U.K.


 
 
 
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