Ad Agency Project Manager

Published October 28, 2021

Edge is looking out for a U.S. based, rockstar Project Manager that wants to be part of a dynamic team of thought leaders and experts - and is willing to dive in and learn along the way, looking to grow a career as an established and essential part of our team. 

This position provides a fantastic opportunity to work for an innovative, full-service marketing and advertising firm located in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. 

HOURS & LOCATION

Everyone at Edge works from a home based office, which has been our thing since our inception - we know how to make working from home work well and have done it successfully for 20 years. So, if you’re excited about working remotely, want to have a role where you can affect change and grow your career, and enjoy building partnerships - AND if you live within an hour or so of the Portland Metro area (we love to hang out as a team, get our families together and enjoy the occasional beer in Zack’s back yard), please read on!

40 hours a week with flextime available. Preferred work schedule is M-F between 7am-6pm PST with flexibility as to start-stop times.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a Project Manager at Edge, you’ll be working closely with Marketing Directors, Marketing Managers and Marketing Coordinators to uncover needs, identify goals and set KPIs. From there, you’ll be responsible for working with Edge stakeholders to build proposals and set timelines that make sense within the bigger picture of all client projects and initiatives. You’ll focus on growing relationships, establishing trust, securing approvals and clearly communicating project scope, monitoring project milestones, managing budgets and greasing the wheels of many moving parts (think navigating the stairs at Hogwarts). 

As a Project Manager at Edge, you’ll be a key part of our Client Services team - working with our CS Team Manager and Project Coordinator to lead and facilitate ongoing projects. You’ll partner with your team to identify and eliminate barriers and obstacles to productivity and provide an open avenue for our creative teams to thrive in the areas where their skills and talent are required most. 

This role will play a critical part in the smooth operation of the agency - delivering quality work and helping each department attain their goals. In this role, you’ll be working with and continually developing and maintaining processes and internal practices to ensure streamlined workflows, super-served clients and maximized profits.

A confident problem solver and quick thinker who anticipates potential issues before they arise and handles them in a balanced, people-first approach will be successful in this role. This role is best suited for a reliable, adaptable, detail-oriented, highly organized, people-person who can juggle multiple project-related tasks, enjoys a fast-paced work environment and thinks creatively while working in a mostly remote work environment.

ABOUT THE PROJECTS

At Edge, we are both creative and technical. In a given week, you’ll find our team setting up advanced tracking, programming, maintaining websites, updating digital creatives, creating media plans, crafting copy and creating content. As a Project Manager, these are the types of projects you’ll be involved in facilitating:

  • Complex Website development in WordPress
  • Digital campaigns in Google Ads and Display & Video 360 with ROI based reporting
  • Content creation (video, photo, graphics, copy) for web, traditional media and digital ads 
  • SO much more (it’s pretty fun stuff!)

ABOUT EDGE 

Remote since our inception, Edge was established in 2001 and is celebrating 20 years in business. We partner with marketing teams in a variety of industries all over the United States including Credit Unions, Home Builders, Home Improvement, Retail and Non-Profits.

We have a small team of seasoned experts and offer a fun, dynamic, engaging and creative work environment. We are passionate about our local community, the Pacific Northwest, craft beer, music and the great outdoors. Our values focus on people, performance and partnership.

We go beyond whenever possible to serve our clients and each other. And, we look for these same attributes in the teams and individuals we align ourselves with, both internally and externally. Edge is growing, with opportunities for upward mobility and having lots of fun with a great team throughout your journey.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrates organizational and time management expertise
  • Earns trust among clients and colleagues
  • Leads client meetings and internal meetings around projects, preparing and communicating in advance as needed in order to provide an efficient and effective collaborative experience for all parties involved
  • Serves as a knowledgeable and reliable point of contact for any information required to complete projects
  • Understands the principles and processes involved in web development and digital marketing
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills in all formats
  • Understands the importance of detailed documentation and is able to take effective notes during meetings
  • Has strong interpersonal skills with an aptitude for fostering long-term, high-value relationships
  • Demonstrates good judgment and a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Thinks critically and develops creative solutions, manages expectations
  • Is a pleasure to work with, has a positive energy and a solution-oriented spirit that inspires and unites teams – is able to work hard but keep it fun
  • Successfully and clearly communicates concepts related to marketing technology in a variety of communication styles to a range of leadership levels with varied technical understanding 
  • Has experience with large, complex, multi-stage projects
  • Is adept at using various applications/programs including Excel, Google Apps and ProjecManagement Software (i.e. Asana or ClickUp)
  • Is self-motivated and driven with a sense of urgency and the ability to work independently
  • Collaborates with team members, third-party vendors and talent in a remote work environment
  • Actively monitors client and project budgets and manages project profitability
  • Has a passion for creative excellence, client satisfaction and overall agency operational health
  • Assists in the creation of project documents including strategy, estimates, plans and reports
  • Demonstrates professional demeanor during client meetings (on phone, video and in person)

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Advertising/Marketing, Communications or related field OR related real-work experience
  • 3+ years’ experience with project management in a marketing and communications field and a solid understanding of creative processes, roles and responsibilities

DESIRED SKILLS

Proficient in Google Apps, Asana or other project management software, Slack, Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of Google Marketing Platform and Google Analytics. A strong understanding of the intricacies of creative projects (i.e. proofing processes, file types, etc). 

SALARY AND BENEFITS PACKAGE

We offer a robust compensation package, with approximately 5 weeks of paid time off starting the first year, as well as other benefits with further tenure. 

Full Time (40 hours per week) Benefits include:

  • 80 hours of paid time off (two weeks), prorated based on start date. Paid time off is not accrual, meaning you don’t have to wait for it to build up in order to use it.
  • Extra week of paid time off after five years of employment (120 hours per year)
  • Eligible for a sabbatical (4 consecutive weeks off) after seven years of employment and then every 5 years thereafter
  • Extra week of paid time off at 8 years of employment (160 hours per year)
  • Approximately one week paid time off during the week between Christmas and New Years when Edge closes for the holiday break (exact amount of time varies year-to-year based on how dates fall on the calendar with the holidays)
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 40 hours (five days) of paid Health & Wellness time per year (to take care of yourself and/or a loved one)
  • $85 per month phone allowance
  • Company provided equipment, including a MacBook Pro, monitor(s), keyboard/mouse - we connect with you about what works best for your space
  • $100 office chair stipend (you keep the chair!)
  • 100% company paid medical, Rx (Regence Silver 3000 or Regence Silver HSA 3500) and dental insurance (Principal) for all full-time employees. Optional employee paid vision (VSP) and family benefits offered. 
  • 4% Matching 401K. Edge matches 100% of employee contributions up to 4% of salary. 
  • Total Cash Compensation Range: $50,000 - $65,000 per year which includes base salary and bonuses combined. Base salary depends on experience.
  • Eligible for benefits and bonuses after 90 day probationary period.

LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis. Equal opportunity employer.