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Programme Director

Wpp Group
Closing date
1 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Programme Director
Who Are We?

The&Partnership Group is the world's only truly full-service independent agency network, combining the energy and agility of a partner-owned business with the scale and strength of our alliance with WPP and GroupM.

We believe in The Power of &, bringing diverse talent together to transform the way great brands are built. Our teams blend creative, media, experience and technology specialists from across our marketing practices. The performance mindset of these teams optimises to business outcomes in every channel, fueled by the latest innovations in AI. Working alongside our clients' marketing departments, we deliver '&mplified Creativity' to solve their business and brand challenges seamlessly, creatively and efficiently.

Ultimately of course, we are our people. They're the most important part of our business, so we want to make a lasting impression on them in the same way they do on us, by striving to become the most important place in their careers.

That's why we do our best to build strong communities around them; provide the best possible opportunities for them to develop & grow; and empower them to make a difference to their clients and the world at large. Our strengths often lie in our differences, so we challenge and champion each other and our clients, to be the very best we can be.

The role

We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to deliver on our programme to become a best in class AI powered agency. This role will be the driving force behind changing how we work with our clients in the AI space.

You will ensure seamless collaboration between the project team and other agency stakeholders to deliver on our promise to lead the way in the integration of AI technology into our ways of working and agency processes.

The Programme Manager should demonstrate a solid understanding of project management tools and best-practice methodology and have the experience and flexibility to guide and support a diverse and dynamic team. You will be able to showcase superior problem-solving and relationship building skills and must have a desire to learn. You will have a passion for AI, technology and marketing and enjoy the intersection of the three in practice.

Key Responsibilities
  • The programme management and effective roll out of AI processes, technology and ways of working
  • Ensure defined data and performance frameworks are consistently executed to facilitate accurate test and learn reporting
  • Educate and guide teams through new AI processes and ways of working
  • Connect key capabilities together to solve problems and move work forward flawlessly
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive project plans, timelines, ensuring key stakeholders are consulted and informed of progress
  • Implement and share project management best practices, tools, and methodologies to enhance efficiency, and communication and manage risk
  • Proactively identify and resolve potential roadblocks or issues that may impact programme delivery.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills, capable of overseeing complex campaigns and delivering outstanding results.
  • Ability to manage differing, and sometimes conflicting, viewpoints and still drive the programme forward with clarity
  • Comfortable with autonomy you'll use your deep expertise in problem solving to optimise processes and drive outcomes
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with teams and clients across capabilities and across the globe. This is both a client and internal facing role.
  • Ensure team members feel personal accountability for deliverables and projects, engaging in all aspects of team assignments driving towards progress, actions and results
  • Develop and maintain high levels of team effectiveness (trust, communication, collaboration, productivity diversity and engagement)
  • Collaborating with creative teams to identify opportunities where generative AI can be used to enhance the agency's creative output and improve efficiency
  • Development of comprehensive project plan that outlines the scope, timelines, milestones, and deliverables of the programme
  • Defining clear objectives for the project, including the expected outcomes and benefits
  • Identifying the necessary resources required to complete the project, including budget, personnel, and technology
  • Managing project teams consisting of technical experts, creative teams, and other stakeholders to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget
  • Monitoring project progress against the project plan, identify risks and issues, and take corrective action as needed
  • Communicating project status to stakeholders, including senior management, clients, and project teams, using appropriate communication channels and tools
  • Ensuring that all project deliverables meet the required quality standards and are delivered on time
  • Managing changes to the project scope, timelines, and deliverables, ensuring that any changes are properly documented and communicated to stakeholders
  • Providing training and support to staff to ensure that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to work with generative AI tools and processes
  • Evaluating the outcomes of the project against the defined objectives, identify areas for improvement, and make recommendations for future projects

Experience required
  • Extensive experience managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, budgets, and timelines
  • A strong understanding of generative AI technologies, data analytics, and related tools and processes
  • Agency production experience leading to a strong working knowledge of agency production processes for all long and short form content including all Meta platforms, Google/Youtube and TikTok
  • Ability to coordinate requirements for all channels to actively capitalise on AI supported automated production
  • Solid understanding of the advertising and marketing industry, including its creative processes, workflow and production cycles and experience working on similar AI tech transformation programmes
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to motivate and manage project teams consisting of technical experts, creative teams, and other stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders, including senior management, clients, and project teams
  • Experience managing complex change within organisations, including identifying and addressing resistance to change
  • Ability to analyse data and metrics to identify trends, patterns, and insights that can inform decision-making
  • Innovation mindset: They should have a passion for innovation and be constantly exploring new technologies and techniques to improve the agency's operations.
  • Hands-on programme management experience in an agency environment
  • Solid understanding of integrated marketing channels, media platforms, social media, advertising production, digital and owned content and the data-driven marketing agenda
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a focus on finding innovative solutions
  • Possesses an in-depth understanding of project and programme management techniques and brings process innovation into workflows and ways of working

The&Partnership Group embraces and celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are a worldwide creative agency that represents global clients. The more inclusive we are, the more brilliant work we can create together.

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