Project Director

  • Full-time

Company Description

Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness is a full-service creative agency operating in the health and wellness space. Our purpose is to unleash the ‘Wellness Effect’ in every person through meaningful personalised experiences, because we achieve greater outcomes when we are fully engaged in our wellness. We believe when our people do well, our work does well, our clients do well, and our patients do well, inspiring even more wellness in the world. We sum it up in two small words…Do Well.

That’s the what, but the how is guided by these six values – authenticity, courage, trust, creativity, belonging. This is what we believe matters most. The foundations that allow us to always have wellness front of mind.

Job Description

Our Project Directors are our delivery experts.  They show the way, ensuring Project Management excellence is at the core of what we do.  They are delivery focussed but with the ability to see the bigger picture, being experts who help drive projects and teams forward.  There are also operational aspects to the role ensuring we have the workload covered and are managing things in the right way.

As a Project Director you will be comfortable being the expert in the room from a delivery perspective.  You will work across a wide variety of clients, programmes, projects and tasks, leading multi skilled teams through all stages of the project lifecycle.  You will ensure we are financially aware, have the right resource in place and are hitting our deadlines. The role also manages other team members, their workloads, supporting and mentoring them and always promotes delivery excellence.  The role is responsible for making the correct commercial decisions for the benefit of the Agency, whilst also enabling our creativity, expertise and craft to shine. 

What you will do:

  • Plan and lead the way on how to approach a given programme of work or project
  • Build relationships easily and always communicate with clarity and certainty
  • Lead entire programmes of work and be responsible for ensuring all workstreams run concurrently
  • Create accurate scopes of work, resourcing plans and timelines for projects
  • Track the financial health of your projects and clients through burn reports and reconciliations
  • Manage resource bookings for your projects and work with other departments to secure the correct resource
  • Constantly highlight risks and provide solutions to mitigate them
  • Support and mentor other team members ensuring they work in a consistent and effective manner

Qualifications

Skills:

  • Ability to manage complex, cross function, multi-channel projects influencing quality, budgets and timings
  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to manage, understand and report on financial health of projects
  • Ability to identify gaps in knowledge and skillsets and recommend solutions to close those gaps
  • Comprehensive understanding of resource management, forecasting and capacity planning
  • Exceptional communication skills and be able to influence internal and external stakeholders, consulting and negotiating at the correct moments
  • Able to lead scope, timing and budget development including a way of managing risk on all projects

Experience:

  • Proven background in project management within an agency setting 
  • Experience in leading large multi-faceted clients and project teams
  • Proven track record of being the lead PM within a team and be able to show effective people leadership and a desire to develop more inexperienced PM’s
  • Skill in creating production and project strategies for brands or clients
  • Extensive experience in management of the full project lifecycle ranging from client brief through strategy, creative, design, copywriting, asset creation, production, execution and delivery

Additional Information

Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness has fantastic benefits on offer to all of our employees. In addition to the classics, Pension, Life Assurance, Private Medical and Income Protection Plans we also offer;

  • WORK YOUR WORLD opportunity to work anywhere in the world, where there is a Publicis office, for up to 6 weeks a year.
  • “YOU” DAYS – flexibility to take a day off for your well-being and self-care without prior notice and additional paid leave for volunteering and charity work of your choice.
  • HELP@HAND BENEFITS 24/7 helpline to support you on a personal and professional level. Access to remote GPs, mental health support and CBT. Wellbeing content and lifestyle coaching.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY POLICIES We provide 26 weeks of full pay for the following family milestones: Maternity. Adoption, Surrogacy and Shared Parental Leave.
  • FLEXIBLE WORKING & BANK HOLIDAY SWAP You can switch a religious Bank Holiday (either Good Friday or Easter Monday) for another day to celebrate a religious, spiritual, faith or belief-based day of your choosing.
  • GREAT LOCAL DISCOUNTS This includes membership discounts with Soho Friends, local restaurants and retailers in Westfield White City and Television Centre.

Full details of our benefits will be shared when you join us!

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.

We are supportive of all candidates and are committed to providing a fair assessment process. If you have any circumstances (such as neurodiversity, physical or mental impairments or a medical condition) that may affect your assessment, please inform your Talent Acquisition Partner. We will discuss possible adjustments to ensure fairness. Rest assured, disclosing this information will not impact your treatment in our process.

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