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Project Director

Business Type: Advertising Agency
Job Type: Project Management
Job Level: Management
Position: Full Time
Location: United Kingdom
Reference: 13134-094
Job Details:

McCann Health is one of the largest and most awarded health networks in Europe. Through combining the power of Science, Creativity and Strategy together we strive to integrate advertising, design, relationship and digital marketing, shopper experience and production to deliver best-in-class strategic and creative services to some of the world’s top as well as emerging health and wellness brands. At McCann Health we are proud to be #1 awarded network for creative globally, including the prestigious Health Network of the Year at Cannes Lions for two years running.

Project Management is the engine of the agency, running the day-to-day delivery of projects and balancing the need for exceptional quality and project profitability.

The Project Director will be responsible for supporting the Managing Partner and the Head of Project Management in ensuring operational excellence and adherence to agency processes within their assigned Business Unit, and in overseeing the team of Project Managers and day-to-day project delivery.

The Project Director will be also key to delivering large and mid-size projects to client requirements, on time, on budget and to the highest quality. Being the face of projects, the Project Director will be pivotal at building client relationships by helping clients navigate through complexities, and by providing clarity and organisation that ultimately leads to trust in McCann Health work, process and ethos.

You’ll be a success if you:

  • Oversee the delivery of all assigned projects to ensure they are delivered on time, budget and expected quality
  • Ensure detailed project documentation is developed, updated and shared on a regular basis
  • Review and sign off all scopes of work, budgets and project timelines developed by Project Managers before sharing with clients
  • Ensure timely, accurate and robust budget monitoring of all projects and produce agreed levels of portfolio reporting
  • Ensure risks, issues and dependencies are being recorded, monitored and proactively managed to minimise disruption to successful delivery
  • Ensure the appropriate level of testing and quality control is in place for all projects
  • Ensure post-project reviews are in place and include lessons learnt exercises which identify both positive and negative outcomes to be actioned
  • Work closely with Business Unit Leads to assess requirements and scope out work. Develop and implement the appropriate processes, workflows and documentation
  • Work closely with Project Leads across other network agencies on integrated projects and be the guardian of process, collaboration and delivery
  • Onboard and educate teams and individuals on project requirements, processes, tools and systems
  • Actively participate in and/or lead new business pitches
  • Develop strong relationships with key client stakeholders. Lead client calls and meetings as necessary to discuss process, progress and upcoming work. Manage client expectations around timings and project delivery
  • Oversee and advise teams on the day-to-day activities of your allocated PM team
  • Provide visible, motivational and decisive management and leadership to your allocated PM team.
  • Lead and inspire in a way that engages the PM team and retains people within the organisation
  • Set the highest standards in terms of leadership behaviours; support a culture of diversity and inclusion; respect for others, collaboration, responsibility and accountability.
  • Drive a culture of high performance across the team; through effective line management and leadership, ensure high quality selection, training, development and performance management of all line reports

What you’ll bring:

  • 6+ years or equivalent experience in project management (creative, integrated or digital environment)
  • Healthcare sector experience
  • Experience in managing a team of Project Managers
  • Managing projects with budgets of £500k+
  • Recognised formal project management qualification (PMP/APMP/Prince2/P30 or equivalent)
  • Managing digital projects such as website builds, microsites, apps social media campaigns, banner campaigns, email campaigns, and interactive experiences
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously for a variety of clients without compromising quality
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and senior stakeholder management, both on the client side and internal
  • Brilliant at building a strong team ethic and capable of having conversations with clients regarding project progress, risks and impacts
  • A diligent project leader who takes accountability on projects and exhibits the below traits:
                 - Adaptable, confident and solutions-driven
                 - Self-motivated and proactive
                 - Impeccable attention to detail
                 - Strong collaboration and negotiation skills
                 - Personable and brilliant at building a strong team ethic

You’ll be rewarded with:
  • Time well Taken – Uncapped paid time off
  • Summer Fridays – we finish at 3pm on Fridays during the summer
  • Competitive Salary
  • Great training and development  
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Private Healthcare
  • Headspace and mental health wellness programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Long Service Award
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Flexible working

If you feel the above speaks to your career ambitions, then please send your CV over to

Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to achieving our mission – to help our client’s brands and businesses play a meaningful role in people’s lives. We view diversity as a business imperative that, when incorporated into all agency practices, becomes a competitive advantage, driving growth and organizational sustainability. As we position ourselves for a future of increased competition and disruption, we’re accelerating beyond merely acknowledging differences. Our philosophy is that consistent practices and deliberate actions that foster an inclusive culture, unleash the creative power of our talent and our work. We call this Conscious Inclusion.

If you have a disability, a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, a medical condition or individual need – which you believe may affect your performance in selection, we’ll be happy to make adjustments to our processes to enable you to perform at your best.

Posted: 21/01/2022 | NPJ Ref: 295952 | NPJ Original URL
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