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Careers

Project Manager

at Wunderman Thompson
Orange County, California, United States

Who we are:

Wunderman Thompson is a creative, data and technology agency. We are built to inspire growth for our clients with breakthrough creativity that helps our clients succeed. We are in a unique position to deliver growth based on three fundamental principles: we see the world differently and reject conventional thinking; we have an unbounded definition of creativity that can rethink business, culture, and brand experiences; we act decisively and accountably, owning delivery end-to-end. 

Who we are looking for:  

Wunderman Thompson is seeking a Project Manager to join the team in our Orange County office. The Project Manager is responsible for providing project and program management across specified pharmaceutical and healthcare accounts. Liaises with clients and internal stakeholders, creates and manages schedules and budgets, then guides the execution of the work associated with them through the agency. Understands regulatory environment and shepherds the agency’s project output accordingly.

What you’ll do: 

Project Management

  • Acts as the general contractor for the client engagement with an emphasis on more complex or larger projects/accounts
  • Acts as a mentor to junior team members
  • Makes allocation recommendations to Project Management (PM) team leads
  • Assures projects are completed according to schedule and within budget
  • Directs project scoping
  • Directs project estimating for both time and budget
  • Manages project resourcing
  • Manages project quality control
  • Acts as project archivist by managing the proper storage of relevant project artifacts generated by multiple agency departments
  • Manages project adherence to requirements and specifications
  • Assures project adherence to deadlines/milestones
  • Assures project adherence to scope
  • Assures proper project documentation is generated and disseminated
  • Communicates risk management, internally and externally
  • Enacts change management
  • Acts as a champion of agency process 
  • Formally trains project teams on agency process
  • Assures internal communications are disseminated to all appropriate team members
  • Orchestrates team decision making and logs decisions via conference reports
  • Communicates project status through written reporting and by hosting status meetings
  • Acts as primary agency liaison with third-party vendors 
  • Schedules and hosts meetings relating to the advancement of their projects
  • Contributes to client- and vendor-facing status reports
  • Interacts with client in matters relating to program management, project planning, execution and review of deliverables
  • Plans and manages internal and external project communications, ensuring effective exchange of project information and deliverables across the agency
  • Supports regulatory and legal submissions of agency creative and collateral; helps to manage internal processes for client and FDA feedback throughout process

Staff Development/Team Building

  • Formally mentors and trains Project Managers and new hires
  • Contributes to performance reviews for Project Managers he/she mentors/trains
  • Works with PM leaders to develop communication and skill sets
  • Identifies and recommends training needs and opportunities
  • Fosters and promotes a team working environment 
  • Attends and/or participates in department overview meetings, mentor programs and in-house workshops when necessary

Agency Growth

  • Actively participates in agency-wide training programs
  • Adheres to agency-defined workflow procedures 
  • Exemplifies fiscal responsibility by adhering to agency and client expense management and staffing policies and procedures 
  • Contributes to new opportunities to grow clients’ business
  • Upholds agency-wide policies, procedures and processes across the team
  • Contributes to new-business projects as requested

Who you are:

  • A builder | Entrepreneurial attitude couple with a strong business acumen. Ability and appetite to bring people together. Innate ability to marshal people and create gravity around ideas.
  • Open and collaborative | Our team is close-knit and supportive and we’re working with a lot of unknowns – you must champion of team environments that are comfortable and encouraging.
  • Optimistic and resilient | Dig in and figure out how to work around problems. Yes and why not posture. Takes care of self and team. Balance needed to maintain stamina and positivity.
  • Ego-less | We all wear the hats that need wearing, it’s a mentality that makes the team successful.

What you’ll need: 

  • 3-5 years of Project Management experience
  • Experience with managing technology/Web projects within an agency environment 
  • Experience in pharmaceutical or healthcare marketing.
  • Experience launching pharmaceutical products and new drugs into market, through FDA approval is preferred
  • Working knowledge of FDA and OPDP guidance on pharmaceutical marketing is preferred
  • Detailed knowledge of design process
  • Ability to meet high standards for quality and accuracy under tight deadlines
  • Passion to learn the inner workings of the business and be part of a team
  • Ability to scope projects accurately, prioritize time well and juggle multiple projects with little to no supervision
  • Ability to communicate coherently and sensitively with clients, vendors and staff members

Wunderman Thompson is proud to be a WPP agency. Headquartered in New York, we have a truly global reach with over 20,000 people in 90 markets. For more information, please visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

Wunderman Thompson is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting and retaining the most qualified employees regardless of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age or disability. We rely on legitimate interest as a legal basis for processing personal information under the GDPR for purposes of recruitment and applications for employment. 

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