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Head of Creative Project Management

date posted 09/24/2021
contract type Full time
job id R2579530
location Cambridge, Massachusetts

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Head of Creative Project Management leads and manages CPM department. You are responsible and accountable for the team’s efficient management of the creative-production workflow and leading the planning of the project. You will orchestrate all department projects, processes and creative operation management. You are a detail-oriented self-starter who is skilled and experienced in collaborating with all relevant teams to facilitate seamless execution and creative excellence. Particular focus on resource allocation, schedule facilitation, workload balance, and change management.

You lead the cross-team project planning, staffing, budgeting, managing expense priorities, and recommending and implementing changes to methods. Directs and controls the activities of a broad functional area through several department heads and managers within the company.

Responsibilities:

  • Effectively summarize and communicate project status to a wide variety of stakeholders.

  • Disseminate such information effectively and efficiently.

  • Ensure that dependent business unit schedules are known and identified in advance to all participants (who needs to launch what when and what is required for that effort).

  • Facilitate the definition of project scope and deliverables.

  • Anticipate issues and risks associated with project implementation and work with functional management to develop strategies to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

  • Manage multiple projects, tasks, priorities, and internal expectations.

  • Implement and maintain a collaborative team environment involving different functional areas.

  • Work in concert with functional teams, identify and work to implement necessary process adaptations.

  • Work with technical project managers to ensure that technical schedules for the program are integrated to the degree that dependencies are identified and resolved in advance.

  • Drive and document process standards and best practice of creative project planning and scheduling

  • Lead process improvements and creative tool implementation.

  • Develop, implement, and shepherd continuous improvements and process opportunities

  • Lead detailed project planning, budgeting, and cross-team capacity planning in collaboration with cross-functional groups

  • Manage a group of talented Creative project management professionals to orchestrate teams to deliver high quality, on-time design deliverables, accounting for on-the-fly program needs and

  • changes as they occur.

  • Facilitate success of direct reports in meeting their (and their team's) goals by supporting them in turning their strengths into higher performance, and by helping them improve on their weaknesses.

  • Perform all administrative HR tasks, including goal setting and performance reviews for the Creative Project Management staff

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum BA/BS in a Project Management, Business Management, Computer Science, or Logistics; Master’s degree in relevant field a plus

  • 15+ years of hands-on studio and traffic management is a must

  • Broad experience working directly in a high-volume, fast-paced, constantly changing studio/in- house creative environment

  • Strong technical, process analysis, documentation and mapping skills.

  • Proven problem solver with expert knowledge of CX and Design workflow best practices

  • Unflappable, with the ability to bring a sense of calm assurance to high-energy interactions

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, listening, and communication skills: Ability to negotiate a complex organizational structure and drive consensus across stakeholders.

  • Ability to construct workable solutions when presented with multiple and, often times, conflicting points of view

  • Experience with agile development and tactical skills such as spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, and electronic workflow software, a must

  • Proficiency in project management software, such as MS Project and MS Office

  • Superior organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and manage time

  • 15+ years of project/process management, operations or strategy analyst experience.

  • Experience managing complex projects through all phases of the project lifecycle to a successful conclusion (on time, on budget, benefits delivered).

  • Experience managing team of creative project management professionals and delivering projects in a large scale, complex global environment

  • Experience in Lean, iterative design process and Agile development process

  • Must be a pragmatic and objective communicator who can present project status and creative and design operational efficiency to all levels of the company

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially as they relate to presenting, articulating and defending research and design decisions

  • Agency experience is a plus

  • Familiarity with pharma/health technology is a plus.

  • PMP Certification a plus.

  • Process Management and/or certification a plus.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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