Project Manager
Ryan Partnership 7 reviews - Chicago, IL

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Ryan Partnership is looking for a seasoned project manager. This position will be operating out of our Chicago office. We are looking for someone that is detailed, motivated, and self-sufficient. He/she must ensure high quality work is delivered on time and on budget, manage a loyal and efficient creative environment and support the account management team with estimates, scopes of work & detailed project plans. The project manager will also maintain critical milestones impacting deliverables, schedules, and budget. He/she will also be responsible for managing multiple fast-paced CRM-related engagements including both digital and print mediums. At the top of our list, this project manager has the experience and soft skills to be effective in dealing with people and situational issues; both internally with their colleagues and with their client(s), producing insightful and reasonable solutions and eliminating conflict whenever possible.

Core Responsibilities:
Develop detailed project plans and project estimates to ‘task’ level

Manage both individual and team time to the scope of work for retainer and non-retainer work, managing to work stream budgets

Ability to create detailed scope of work for any new ad hoc, or out of scope project work requests

Resolving issues by coordinating among stakeholders and escalating as necessary

Creating and presenting project status reports and memos to account management and client

Reviewing and approving (or rejecting) time and expense submittals related to your project budgets

Serve as the primary interface with 3rd party vendors

Core Delivery Duties:
Co-management of project kick-off meetings (internal and external) alongside account management team

Development and management of ongoing project timelines

Creation, management and archiving of project collaboration tool tasks and sub-tasks

Creation, management and archiving of project job jackets/bags

Project job number open and close requests

Monitoring and maintaining internal and external milestones

Change request management and validation

Facilitation of project meetings both internal and external

Review of all project deliverables for quality and accuracy

Maintenance of project documentation

Daily maintenance and communication of project status reports and meetings to project stakeholders

Identification and communication of project risks and assumptions

Quality assurance and reporting oversight as related to your projects

URL matrix development and wireframe section/area identification for developer reference to each URL

Wireframe identification for project briefs; support for/with account management, creative and tech

Primary Responsibilities and Core Qualifications: The following outlines the principal work and responsibilities of the job, and is not intended to be the exhaustive list.
ATTRIBUTE ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE Profile for Success Professional demeanor Executive level presence Able to work in high pressure environment and resolve client issues Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills Entrepreneurial attitude: self-motivated, self-directed Flexibility: task assignment, priorities, work environment Open minded, desire to learn & process-driven Quick thinker, creative problem solver Communicates effectively at all levels, both up and down Able to work collaboratively across teams

Project Resource Planning using MS Project or Excel

Understanding of full MS Office Suite including, Outlook

Familiarity with PM methodologies such as: Agile, SCRUM, Waterfall

Understanding of digital marketing with emphasis on CRM and email

Understanding of print marketing with an emphasis on CRM and direct mail

Understanding and use of project collaboration tools; JIRA, Basecamp

Experience with on-going trigger-based email marketing programs

Skills & Abilities

Supporting collaboration and good team work skills

Pro-active in handling complex situations, negotiations and problems

Attention to detail

Effective communicator and presenter

Project Management skills: planning, assigning and directing work, time, materials and people (resources)

Understanding and explaining risks & issues, communicating blockers early and maintaining related records

Strong client-facing skills

Ability to be a strategic thinker outside of the box

Understanding of analytics and reporting

Results oriented, organized, highly motivated and detail-oriented with a high level of energy/high sense of urgency

Understanding and familiarity with using and reading data analysis reports

Understanding and familiarity with HTML, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files

Familiarity with email marketing deployment platforms; Exact Target, specifically

4-8 Years business experience required Minimum of 4 years of experience in a project or program management role Minimum of 2 years of experience managing strategic and organizational aspects of business & technology projects required Minimum 3-5 years of proven B2C experience managing projects in a commercial development environment, digital marketing and print management industries (preferably in a high-volume or critical production service environment, focused upon technology) Must be excel across all phases of project management; initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling, and closing projects; according to strict deadlines and within tight budgets Needs to possess general understanding in the areas of application programming, database, and desktop- and web-based system design, and understand framework differences between Internet, Intranet, Extranet and client/server architectures Working knowledge in many of the following areas required: enterprise architecture, user experience (UX), CRM, packaged software, collaboration tools, mobile technologies, custom application development, IT infrastructure, system integration, and outsourcing Ability to handle political client cultural situations with oversight Proven success in managing the delivery of the customer’s expectation Experience with program and project management methodologies Deep functional knowledge of core business processes such as accounting and financials, estimating, forecasting, email marketing, direct mail marketing, mobile technologies and user experience design best practices Previous programming skills are helpful, but not required PMP desired, but not required
Education 4- Year degree in business, marketing, advertising, or equivalent required; advanced degrees, a plus

Relevant professional or management qualification within the marketing and advertising industry

Ryan Partnership, a division of Epsilon, has driven billions of dollars in revenue for our clients over the past 29 years because we’re relentlessly focused on results. In short, we drive transactions. Our 650+ person company delivers comprehensive multichannel programs with expertise that include direct, digital, data, and retail marketing. We define and support brand propositions and then put them into action with effective customer relationship marketing for clients like AT&T, Dell, eBay, Office Depot, J Jill, Unilever, GSK, The Home Depot, and American Express. Recently purchased by Epsilon, Ryan Partnership is now able to offer our client’s even stronger data and analytics capabilities.
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Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) and its combined businesses is North America’s largest and most comprehensive provider of transaction-based, data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today’s most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and other emerging technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data employs more than 10,000 associates at approximately 70 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data is a leading provider of marketing-driven credit solutions, and is the parent company of Epsilon®, a leading provider of multi-channel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and LoyaltyOne®, which owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. For more information about the company, visit our web site, , or you can follow us on Twitter at

Ryan Partnership, a division of Epsilon, is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any individual, employee, or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. Ryan Partnership is committed to hiring veterans and military spouses.

Ryan Partnership offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

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