Project Manager (Creative Agency)

New York, NY | Freelance | Job ID #59515 |
Posted Earlier this month

Our client, a boutique marketing and advertising agency, is looking for a Project Manager with experience across integrated projects in an advertising agency environment. This role begins immediately. Candidates must be local to NYC.

What you'll be doing:

  • Partner with the Account and Creative teams to ensure that all deliverables scoped are fulfilled, on budget and on time
  • Liaise with all agency functions to ensure project success from client brief through launch
  • Oversee budgets and timelines including tasks, schedules, hours reports/burn rate, initiating vendor POs and keeping leadership team aware of all statuses
  • Develop scopes and budgeting for all new projects
  • Create and get integrated team and client buy-in to timeline and estimate resource needs
  • Work in partnership with finance team to manage project budgets and provide a weekly status of project burn
  • Own and take accountability for keeping team on time and on budget
  • Lead project kick-off meetings, setting clear expectations of all roles and responsibilities using PM software
  • Assess issues as they arise and work with team to remove barriers
  • Continuously look for opportunities to drive process improvements for current and future projects
  • Manage the budgeting, estimation and tracking process for all external vendors and contractors including printers, producers, freelancers, etc.
  • Lead staffing of all incoming projects with the creative team, identifying resource gaps and fixing
  • Review utilization reports on a weekly basis, leveraging timecard reporting data to ensure proper allocation and forecasting
  • Learn agency processes and skills and help team to deliver a fully integrated experience for clients
  • Utilize and continue to develop your leadership and relationship skills
  • Other tasks may apply


  • 3+ years of Project Management experience in a creative advertising agency environment
  • Experience with digital creative development process including banners, web, mobile
  • PMP Certification a plus but not required
  • Ability to demonstrate your time management and analytical skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Able to leverage experience to solve problems and remove potential roadblocks
  • Experience working with strategy & creative teams
  • Understanding of creative process including timing, effort and appropriate skillsets
  • Technology skillsets Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs/Drive
  • Familiarity with collaboration software (e.g. Google Docs) and agency management tools (e.g. Workamajig)
  • Experience with Keynote and InDesign a plus but not required

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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About Onward Search

Onward Search helps connect creative, marketing, and technology talent with top jobs at the nation's most recognized companies and digital agencies. We offer a full range of recruitment and staffing solutions to include freelance / contract, temp-to-perm, and permanent placement.